Merce Cunningham was an American dancer and choreographer who resided at the forefront of modern dance for five decades.
Written / directed by Alla Kovgan, Cunningham is a new 3D documentary about the last generation of his dance company. A visual story told through recreations of his landmark works and archival footage of Cunningham himself, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage…
I’m interested in the story of Cunningham and his great works. By the end of the movie, I may even be inspired to move my body more creatively than before. Mostly however, I just want to see mesmerising dance moves and beautiful visuals
Written / directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, Memory – The Origins Of Alien is a new documentary about the untold story behind Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic, Alien.
Featuring Bijan Aalam, Tim Boxell and Axelle Carolyn, we can expect to learn about how Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger inspired Scott’s film and more…
One of the scariest things I can think of is the idea of a living parasite. I bring this up because the creatures (Xenomorph or Internecivus raptus) that burst forth from within bodies in the infected parties in Scott’s Alien are essentially parasites.
Looking forward to finding out how my simplistic thinking aligns with what Philippe’s documentary will reveal.
Ivor Powell, Veronica Cartwright, Rhoda Pell, Shannon Muchow, Ben Mankiewicz, Mickey Faerch, Roger Corman, Roger Christian and Axelle Carolyn also make an appearance.
Fantastic Fungi is a new Louie Schwartzberg directed documentary about the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of the most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges of our planet.
Narrated by Brie Larson; featured scientists include Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil…
The great time-lapse visuals have me interested, and mushrooms do happen to be one of the foods I eat regularly.
I’ll also be watching for the science / magic. Will you be watching Fantastic Fungi?
These eight words as spoken by Brittany Kaiser, the former business development director for Cambridge Analytica, a now defunct data mining political consulting firm is the reason I watchedThe Great Hack, Netflix’s documentary about the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal.
I don’t really have many complaints about the content of The Great Hack, except maybe my dislike of some moments that seemed too graphics heavy and the rather surprisingly slow narration at the beginning.
Overall, directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim’s film is well structured and does a good job of explaining why the above quote is true and a great job of breaking down the scandal through the roles of several affected persons. One such person being the aforementioned Brittany Kaiser.
As an individual with some background in tech, plus a general understanding of how ‘shady’ many corporations are, prior to viewing, I suspected that much of what would be revealed in The Great Hack was unlikely to be especially surprising to me, and I wasn’t completely wrong. For this very reason, perhaps more than the revelations about the levels of surveillance already happening and the ways our personal data is used by the likes of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, what I liked most about The Great Hack is actually the ‘character study’ of Kaiser. Specifically, the close look into her journey from Cambridge Analytica executive to whistleblower – plus her life before then. By the end of Kaiser’s story, it wasn’t hard to see how a person could have ended up in her precise predicament.
In addition to informing me in more detail about everything I missed by not closely watching the news when this scandal broke, The Great Hack reminded me of the long-standing need for humanity to re-evaluate its priorities. I’m not sure how possible it is to watch this film without thinking about the broken state of capitalism in it’s current form.
‘The more you know, the more you realise you have no idea.’ is an old adage that may cross your mind as you watch this film. Watch it anyway. Especially if you didn’t closely follow the scandal when it was trending very widely. It may not have a lot of good news for you, but perhaps The Great Hack will help you look into the ways to limit the amount of data that’s readily available about you online.
Also, there is that Brittany Kaiser story. I wonder when the movie of her story will come.
A ‘loving tribute’ is exactly what writer / director Adrian Buitenhuis’s documentary, I Am Patrick Swayze is. Well-paced and structured, I didn’t realise how little I knew about Swayze until the documentary was over.
Including Swayze’s own words, I Am Patrick Swayze features former colleagues, friends and family who had many things to say about the late actor. I certainly learned some truths – a few of which are heartbreaking but certainly facts that made me realise just how much it really took, physically and otherwise for Swayze to become the successful artist he came to be.
There’s no doubt in my mind that I’d have been crushing hard on Swayze during my teenage years, had I been born sooner than I was. Besides his movie star looks, I feel that Demi Moore really said it well with the words ‘I think he had a beautiful balance between strength and softness.’
I may have shed a few tears but a good time is definitely what I had as I learned about my would-be teenage crush; while also realising that overall, he seems to have been a rather decent human being.
To all Swayze fans, I say make time for this documentary. It’s one and a half hours of no regrets. All I need to do now is figure out precisely when I can watch / rewatch Ghost (1990), Dirty Dancing (1987), Point Break (1991) and several of Swayze’s other best best works.
Witten / directed by Adrian Buitenhuis, I Am Patrick Swayze is a new documentary about the life and career of Patrick Swayze, the celebrated pop culture icon.
Offering a loving tribute that features untold stories, exclusive interviews, heartfelt home movies and family photos, I Am Patrick Swayze brings together many of those who knew Swayze best. Including friends, family and colleagues, such as Demi Moore, Sam Elliott, Jennifer Grey, Rob Lowe…
As the clip with the top image appeared and Demi Moore was speaking, for a moment I thought she was going to say ‘Patrick had something about him that was very… SEXY!‘ But no. Instead she said rugged, beautiful, gentle, sensuous… all of which I’m sure are also true, of course.
I’m intrigued by this one even though I never really had a Swayze Crush. I mean, I may have a tiny crush right now… I digress. I’m mostly just curious about the man / artist who starred in Ghost (1990), one of my earlier movie memories.
Lori Petty, Kelly Lynch, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Lisa Niemi, Don Swayze, Marshall R. Teague also make an appearance.