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.
Directed by Don Hardy Jr. and Dana Nachman, Pick Of The Litter is a new documentary about a litter of puppies that are in training for two years, in order to become Guide Dogs for the blind.
I’d never really thought about how much work it takes for a Golden Retriever / Labrador to go from cutest puppy to certified Guide Dog for the blind. For this reason and to spend some time looking at the some of the cutest puppies out there, I must watch.
Love, Gilda is a new Lisa Dapolito directed documentary about American comedienne Gilda Radner. It features Radner looking back and reflecting on her life and career whilst offering unique access into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer.
Love, Gilda uses audiotapes, interviews with friends, rare home movies and diaries read by modern day comediennes including Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph…
I’d never really heard much about Radner until now and I couldn’t help but notice how much she reminds me of Tina Fey (another Saturday Night Live alum) in the above photo.
I’m looking forward to this one because she was clearly an amazing lady, beautiful both inside and out. Just look at the illuminating smile that opens this trailer.
Featuring those who knew him best including family, colleagues and friends, Robin Williams – Come Inside My Mind is a new documentary offering an intimate look into the life and work of the late comedian…
Featured friends include Billy Crystal, Steve Martin….
I’m in because he was great; on film, on stage and through his often very wise words.
When I think of Williams, first I see the pie covered face of Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) one of his most iconic characters. Then I try to remember my favourite of his many great quotes…
‘What is right is what is left if you do everything else wrong.’
Directed by Jessica Leski, I Used To Be Normal – A Boyband Fangirl Story is a new documentary about four different women whose lives were dramatically changed by their love of a boyband – The Beatles, Take That, Backstreet Boys and One Direction.
Hopefully this documentary won’t make too many people think that fans of boybands are all obsessed in the same way the ladies in this documentary are.
Back in my boyband loving days, I had posters on my walls and fantasised about marrying a certain boyband member. Overall though, I think that if anyone would have had the power to turn me into a screaming, jumping, crying and fainting kind of fan, it would have probably been Michael Jackson. May he rest.
Which pop culture icons are you or were you screaming, jumping, crying and fainting kind of obsessed with?
Cecil Beaton is known for being an Academy Award-winning costume designer, respected photographer, artist and set designer.
In Love Cecil, director Lisa Immordino Vreeland brings us a look at Beaton’s life and work – through archival footage, interviews with those who worked closely with Beaton and photographs along with voice over from Beaton’s famed diaries…
The King is a Eugene Jarecki co-written and directed documentary that explores how a country boy lost his authenticity and became a king, while his country lost her democracy and became an empire. The boy is Elvis Presley and the country the United States of America.
With appearances by the likes of Alec Baldwin, Lana Del Rey, James Carville, Chuck D and Ashton Kutcher, The King is a musical road trip across America in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce, forty years after his death…
Having not lived during the Elvis era, I’m interested to learn about his influence, good and bad.