Directed by Cameron Yates; Chef Flynn is a new documentary about ten-year-old Flynn McGarry who went from cooking for his family and friends in his home, to challenging the hierarchy of the culinary world by opening a restaurant in New York City by the age of sixteen.
‘Anyone can cook!‘
These are the words that came to mind as I watched this trailer. They are words made famous by Chef Gusteau from my favourite Disney Pixar movie, Ratatouille (2007).
I want to see this to learn more about McGarry and to enjoy the story of a boy who knew his path early whilst being blessed with precisely the kind of parents one would need in order to flourish in his chose field.
On June 3rd 2017 and with no ropes or safety gear, Alex Honnold completed what is arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history. He became the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall.
Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Free Solo is the story of Honnold’s journey…
I’m in for all the ups and downs of history making but I also really want to see the stunning views captured.
306 Hollywood is a new documentary about two siblings who undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother’s house. And so begins a magical-realist journey in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind.
306 Hollywood is directed and co-written by siblings Elan Bogarin and Jonathan Bogarin. Among other elements, 306 Hollywood features footage from the annual interviews the siblings conducted with their grandma before she passed…
I can’t ignore the definite creepy vibe this trailer conjures up, yet I’m into it. I mean, it is Halloween next month after all. I want to see more of the vintage fashion and hear what their sweet grandma had to say in the interviews.
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead is a new documentary about the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director of Citizen Kane (1941), Orson Welles. A time when Welles is working towards finishing his last film – The Other Side of the Wind, in itself a film about an ageing film director trying to finish his last great movie.
Directed by Morgan Neville; They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead features Peter Bogdanovich, Steve Ecclesine, Oja Kodar, Frank Marshall, Joseph McBride, Beatrice Welles and of Course Mr. Welles himself…
Orson Welles is a name I’ve heard many times but I’ve never really known who he is. This is my chance to learn and maybe finally watch Citizen Kane.
Directed by Tom Volf, Maria By Callas is a new dicumentary that offers an intimate look at the life and work of celebrated Greek-American opera singer, Maria Callas, -as told in her own words.
Featured cast members include – besides Callas herself, Vittorio De Sica, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti….
Callas certainly seemed incredible and I want to see this for that reason; along with my general curiosity about how she experienced life as a woman at that time. I especially love that this story will be told ‘in her own words.’ Who knows, maybe I’ll finally develop an interest in Opera music, at last.
Omar Sharif, Brigitte Bardot and Jacqueline Kennedy also make an appearance
I’m guessing that my non-Americanness is the reason I hadn’t properly heard of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until the RBG trailer was released. The shame!
Now that I’ve seen directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s documentary, it’s clear that Bader Ginsburg really is as impressive as the preview suggested. What West and Cohen deliver is a well structured film that tells the story of who she is and the truly vital role she’s played as a defender of women.
Learning about Bader Ginsburg’s earlier life – all the way through to her current position as Justice of the US Supreme Court, RBG shares details of the many Iconic cases Bader Ginsburg fought in court; all in the name of her mission to make life better for women. We hear from the lady herself as well as her friends colleagues and family.
As I continued to watch, this great story became even more impressive to me as I learned about Bader Ginsburg’s character and all that it took to get to where she is. If you didn’t already know, On The Basis Of Sex (2018), a brand new feature length biography of Bader Ginsburg, with Felicity Jones in the leading role is due for for release in a few months. Post RBG viewing, I’m now even more excited to experience it.
I can’t help but pause in appreciation when I think about Bader Ginsburg’s work, especially in the 1970s and how it really did change everything. Watch it because of all the reasons mentioned.
Living In The Future’s Past is a new documentary presented by Jeff Bridges that aims to upend our way of thinking and provide original insights into how our fundamental nature influences our future as Humankind.To put it another way, who are and what are the life challenges we face?
Director Susan Kucera’s film promises beautifully captured imagery and valuable insight from the likes of theoretical physicist Leonard Mlodinow and British-American meteorologist and NASA astronaut Piers Sellers, to name just two…
I’m intrigued because the synopsis and this trailer has a similar vibe to Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary Before the Flood (2016)which I enjoyed. I also like that Dr. Piers Sellers, the very same meteorologist / NASA astronaut who spoke during my favourite moment in DiCaprio’s documentary is also featured in this film.
Wesley Clark, Ruth Gates, Bruce Hood and Oren Lyons also make an appearance.
Written / directed by Matthew Cooke, Survivor’s Guide To Prison does cover some truths I was already aware of, thanks to a few TV shows and movies I’ve seen. It also opened my eyes to new facts I hadn’t even thought about. New truths presented by and featuring people of various backgrounds who have valuable inside knowledge about how things often work from the moment you’re arrested through to prison, guilty or not.
As expected, ‘depressing’ is the word for the truth that’s presented in Survivor’s Guide To Prison. You’ll probably need some strength and faith (as I did) to make it to the hopeful bit towards the end. The bit where Cooke’s film shows us that as messed up as the system is and my goodness, it really, really is messed up – specially if you’re a person of colour and not rich; necessary change is possible and though seemingly very slow, change is happening.
When the end of the assault on my faith in humanity finally came, besides wanting change to come much, MUCH sooner, I wished that Survivor’s Guide To Prison showed more examples of organisations and people who are doing all they can to affect change. That likely would have made me feel that little bit more hopeful.
If the message wasn’t already clear, watch it because the stories are compelling and because then you’ll have the knowledge which you’ll hopefully never personally need – like insurance but better.