Truth, Justice and Cinema Verite: How Observational Documentaries Have Helped Shape the Political Culture

Never meet your heroes. That’s one of the pillars of cultural decorum I’ve learned to follow over the years, and as technology and social media blur the boundaries of public and private life, it’s become a more difficult mantra to follow. Can I ever watch a James Woods movie the same way after reading through… Read More Truth, Justice and Cinema Verite: How Observational Documentaries Have Helped Shape the Political Culture

Chance is the Lifeblood of Cinema

Can anyone love anything as much as Timothy Treadwell loved being amongst the grizzlies we see him with during his annual excursion into the Alaskan wilderness, trips he chronicled for educational purposes, posterity, and perhaps a stab at fame? Footage that shows him frequently venturing to within arms-length of these majestic creatures, acknowledging the dangers… Read More Chance is the Lifeblood of Cinema

I Watched The Thin Blue Line and Now I Get the True Crime Craze

From the moment the words left his mouth and he began gesturing with his hand a simulation of adjusting the mirror to see the scene he was leaving behind, we know that the filmmaker is interviewing the cold blooded killer of a police officer who had stopped him for a routine traffic violation one night… Read More I Watched The Thin Blue Line and Now I Get the True Crime Craze