Category Archives: Documentary

BIGGIE: I GOT A STORY TO TELL (2021): New Trailer For Documentary About The Notorious B.I.G…

Biggie – I Got a Story to Tell (2021). The Notorious B.I.G., Netflix

The journey from hustler to rap king is what new documentary/biography Biggie – I Got a Story to Tell is all about.

Featuring in-depth interviews and rare behind the scenes footage, the film is a celebration of the life of Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G; a Hip-Hop legend renowned for his distinctive flow and autobiographical lyrics.

I’m in for the story of the the talent. And most definitely, to enjoy more of the soul infiltrating and joy inducing rhythms and beats in this trailer. Yep, I said it.

Biggie – I Got a Story to Tell Release Dates: March 1st, 2021, Netflix

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AMEND – THE FIGHT FOR AMERICA (2021): New Trailer For Documentary About The 14th Amendment, and Starring Will Smith, Diane Lane, Joshua Jackson…

Amend - The Fight for America (2021), Will Smith, Netflix
Amend – The Fight for America (2021), Will Smith, Netflix

Hosted by Will Smith, Amend – The Fight for America is a new series that offers a look at the evolving, often lethal, fight for equal rights in America; through the lens of the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment.

Created by Robe Imbriano and Tom Yellin; additional key cast includes Diane Lane, Mahershala Ali, Laverne Cox, Joshua Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson and Aja Naomi King.

I couldn’t help but think of Ava DuVernay’s 13th (2016) as this played. For it’s a very informative and useful documentary about the history of racial inequality in the the United States prison system.

I’m not expecting this to be quite as eye-opening as 13th, but I am looking forward to learning a thing or two, and seeing the various ways all the famous people involved will be contributing. 

Randall Park, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sterling K. Brown, Bobby Cannavale, Rafael Casal, Whitney Cummings and many more also star. 

Amend – The Fight for America Release Dates: February 17th, 2021, Netflix, (US)…

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MELTDOWN (2021): New Trailer For Photography and Climate Change Documentary

Meltdown (2021), Gravitas Ventures
Meltdown (2021), Gravitas Ventures

Acclaimed photographer Lynn Davis, and Director of Yale University’s Climate Change Communication Project, Tony Leiserowitz are at the centre of new documentary Meltdown.

Directed by Fredric Golding and focused on the extraordinary convergence of art and science, Meltdown promises perspectives on the world’s most pressing issue, Climate Change.

First and foremost, I’m in for the breathtaking footage of the icebergs. My plan being to take in all the visuals before it all melts away. And especially because going to cold climates has never been my favourite type of tourism.

Meltdown Release Dates….

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STRAY (2020): New Trailer For Stray Dog Documentary From Elizabeth Lo…

Stray (2020), Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing
Stray (2020), Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing

From writer/director Elizabeth Lo; Stray is a new documentary about the life of Zeytin, a stray dog living life on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey.

As someone who’s never been to Turkey and had no idea bout the stray dog situation there, I’m looking forward to learning and virtually meeting Zeytin.

Also, it may be the trailer music or the way Zeytin seems to be, largely ignored. But this could be quite moving.

Stray Release Dates: March 5th, 2021, (US), Internet…

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PRETEND IT’S A CITY (2021): The Things I Liked…

Pretend it’s a City (2021): Fran Lebowitz, Netflix

What to say about Pretend it’s a City; the new Martin Scorsese presented series about humorist and raconteur Fran Lebowitz.

First of all, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. And by ‘it’ I mean the first episode of a seven-part series. I wish I could have watched more than five minutes of episode two, but I had to stop because I couldn’t get into it.

The use of cinematic music to set the tone as the camera focused on Lebowitz walking through New York City was charming, at first. The charm quickly disappeared for me when I started noticing things that made me enjoy the show less.

I had a specific interview structure in mind for how the show would go and had hoped for a more thorough introduction of Lebowitz at the start. I thought that by the end of episode one, I’d at least have learned about who Lebowitz truly is; besides being known for her humorous observations of life in New York City.

I cannot deny that the way Lebowitz’s mind works is interesting. Yet, unfortunately, the structure of Pretend it’s a City didn’t result in an engaging enough result to keep me watching. I may also have tired of the ‘complaining’ – something Lebowitz is perhaps best known for doing – and doing well.

Even though the show’s focus is Lebowitz, I wanted to see presenter/ interviewer, Scorsese’s face more than once. I mean, it’s been three days since my viewing experience and I’m not even sure that I saw his face at all.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the details I feel are missing from episode one will come in the episodes that follow; in which case, perhaps I’ll give Pretend it’s a City another try. It is presented by the one and only Scorsese, after all. Give it a chance if you’re curious.

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SURVIVING DEATH (2021): New Trailer For documentary About What Happens After We die

What does it mean to die, and is death the end of our existence? These are the kinds of questions Surviving Death, a six part Netflix documentary series aims to explore.

All with the help of innovative new research and firsthand accounts from those who’ve been close to death.

Isn’t this just the perfect thing to watch after Soul (2020)?

One of the stories in this trailer I’ve seen before, years ago, in another documentary. It’s the one about the young boy . Assuming it really is the very same story, back then I found it so incredible that I’m DEFINITELY watching it again. You’ll probably want to too, skeptic or not.

Surviving Death Release Dates: January 6th, 2021 (US), Netflix

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ACASA, MY HOME (2020): New Trailer For Radu Ciorniciuc Documentary Set In Bucharest…

Acasa, My Home (2021), Zeitgeist Films
Acasa, My Home (2021), Zeitgeist Films

Acasa My Home is a new documentary that follows nine children and their parents. Families who, for 20 years lived in perfect harmony with nature in the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta. That is until they’re chased out and forced to adapt to life in the big city.

Directed by Radu Ciorniciuc; Mihaela Murgoci, Cristian Zãrescu, Prince Charles and Dacian Ciolos star.

I’m in to see how well the families adjust to their new way of life. Furthermore, the conversation that starts at 1:30 into the trailer has me extra curious about the parent/child relationship. Especially when the parent’s flaws start to come into focus for the child, and the way that’s handled by both sides.

Corina Enache, Duca Enache, Georgiana Enache, Gigel Enache, Luci Enache, Marcel Enache, Nicusor Enache and Zana Enache also star.

Acasa, My Home Release Dates: January 15th, 2021 (US)…

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PRETEND IT’S A CITY (2021): New Trailer For Martin Scorsese Docuseries Starring Fran Lebowitz…

Pretend it's a City (2021): Fran Lebowitz, Netflix
Pretend it’s a City (2021): Fran Lebowitz, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Pretend it’s a City (2021).


Pretend it’s a City is a new Netflix series presented by legendary film director Martin Scorsese.

Episode one features wry writer, humorist and raconteur Fran Lebowitz. We get to learn more about her fascinating mind as she wanders the New York City streets and sits down with Scorsese.

Similarly to the clueless man in the trailer, Fran Lebowitz is one of those famous people whose faces I recognise; yet I ha no idea what she really did until today.

Now is as good a time to learn as any. Especially since I feel I can never spend enough time with smart, funny women. There’s also the fact that the highly respected Scorsese is the one interviewing her.

Pretend it’s a City Release Dates: January 8th, 2021 (US), Netflix

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