New documentary The Biggest Little Farm follows John Chester and his wife as they develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres of land outside of Los Angeles.
As director and co-writer, Chester and co’s plan is to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind and in complete coexistence with nature…
I’ll start by saying that animals are wonderful, especially from a safe distance – and they’re part of the reason I’m interested in The Biggest Little Farm. Secondly, I find myself curious about the the farmer lifestyle. Not because I’m into becoming one, mind you. I just want to enjoy the beautiful visuals of nature, life and farming, and to see how the other folks like to truly live.
Directed by Todd Douglas Miller, Apollo 11 is a new documentary about the Apollo 11 mission to land Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon in July 1969…
As this trailer played, for a brief moment there I thought, ‘Oh wow! They really did well with the casting of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin look-a-likes for this movie.’ But then of course, I noticed the -non-HD quality of the footage and I felt, well, a tad foolish.
Foolish or not, I remain curious. I’m also hopeful that my mind won’t be taken over by comments I’ve heard over the years. Comments about how the whole moon landing was merely an elaborate hoax.
Directed by Ireneusz Dobrowolski; produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and his father George DiCaprio, the images of Szukalski’s art featured in the trailer for Struggle – The Life and Lost Art of Szukalskireally grabbed my attention.
Whilst teaching us about the story of Poland’s greatest artist who also happens to be unknown by most, Dobrowolski’s documentary shares captivating imagery and closeups of Szukalsi’s work – and does this in a way that proves his genius undeniable. A genius that is no more obvious to me than at the point towards the end when we see Szukalski grinding away at a new material he’s about to turn into something highly detailed and truly special.
I enjoyed looking at all the great artwork and being introduced to the many important characters in Szukalsi’s life. A life often marked by great hardships. I didn’t learn too much about his psychology as I’d hoped but I did learn about his relationship with the DiCaprio’s and about some of the things that make him complicated and like many very talented artists, a true survivor.
The most memorable moment for me in Struggle is when Szukalski says that before starting a piece of work, he first pictures it in his mind in every detail. This moment is memorable for me because I’ve seen the detail of his work and there’s certainly plenty to picture.
Considering all the challenges throughout his life, how wonderful that Szukalski had his art and imagination to get him through. That and the great friends that entered his life, especially in the later years. Particularly Glenn Bray. Thank goodness for Glenn, the reason why Struggle is possible.
Watch it because you’re curious and to see evidence of his greatness.
7 Days Out is a new documentary series offering a behind the scenes look at some of the most iconic cultural events in the fields of fashion, sports, food, gaming, and space.
Events featured include a Chanel Haute Couture Fashion Show, NASA’s Cassini Mission and the Westminster Dog Show, to name just a three…
I’m most interested in the fashion show episode, then the restaurant opening followed by the space mission. As someone who doesn’t enjoy organising events, I actually quite enjoy watching other people do it and do it well. I also love food and fashion as art.
7 Days Out Release Dates: December 21st (Netflix)…
Struggle – The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski is a new documentary about Stanislav Szukalski, an eccentric Polish artist and self proclaimed genius. He’s one of the greatest artists most have never heard of.
Directed by Ireneusz Dobrowolski and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, other key contributers include Glenn Bray, George DiCaprio, Stanislav Szukalski…
I’m in for the story of a person who survived some truly challenging times. I want to know the story behind his art and I’m interested in his psychology.
There’s also the connection with the DiCaprios that intrigues me.
Directed by Nathaniel Kahn, The Price Of Everything promises a close look at the role of art in today’s consumerist society. Particularly the rarefied world of contemporary art where everything can be bought and sold.
Featured artists and art enthusiasts include Jeff Koons, Amy Cappellazzo, George Condo, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Marilyn Minter…
I appreciate all art forms and my favourite kind is film. However, I can’t imagine ever being convinced that art is more important than life. More reason to watch this, I suppose. Who knows, I may even be inspired afresh to pick up my paintbrush.
Three Identical Strangersis the extraordinary story of three complete strangers who discover by chance that they are identical triplets who were separated at birth.
It all starts from the day the first triplet is mistaken for someone else. A ‘someone else’ whom he soon finds out is his identical twin brother. The next hour or so of the film goes on to reveal plenty, including the circumstances that led to the separation of brothers David Kellman, Robert Shafran and Eddy Galland.
Three Identical Strangers features photographs, reenactments, video footage, interviews with the brothers as well as with those who know / knew them best. The end result is a well structured Tim Wardle directed documentary with a fair amount of detail about what actually happened after the brothers were born.
I really haven’t watched nearly enough documentaries in 2018 but I’d definitely recommend Three Identical Strangers as one not to miss. It’s an unfortunate story that’s as engaging, astonishing andheartbreaking as one might imagine – and more. Bringing to mind the age old debate of nature versus nurture among other complex issues.
My hope by the end of this film is that such cruel separations are far less likely to occur today than they were decades earlier. With that said, when you’re next in the mood for a good documentary, watch Three Identical Strangers because it’s good.