Liberty: Mother of Exiles – A Bastion of Freedom

Liberty: Mother of Exiles shines a light on one of the defining symbols of hope and a bastion of our nation’s freedoms: the Statue of Liberty. What directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have done is give us a documentary that spreads a new light on the Statue’s historical past.  The creation of the historic monument dates back to 1865 when Édouard René de Laboulaye first proposed a monument for U.S. independence.  French sculptor Frédéric Auguste…

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Ice on Fire: Climate Crisis Doc is a Horror Film

It would not be unfair to state that the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Ice on Fire documentary is a horror film because the global climate is at a crossroads. This is yet another climate change film.  However, there’s something that is strikingly different about this film.  I’ll get to more on this later.  There’s some beautiful imagery–don’t get me wrong–but it’s unfortunate the reason.  While Leonardo DiCaprio is a brilliant actor, he’s found a way to blend…

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Barry: Where do we go after that?

With the season 2 finale (“berkman > block) of Barry, the series leaves in a good spot while we wait for the new episodes to return next year on HBO. Barry just finished airing on the east coast.  West coast viewers, please wait before reading. While most people are still digesting the Game of Thrones series finale, there’s a dark comedy series ending its second season tonight.  Bill Hader is ever the capable triple threat…

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At the Heart of Gold is A Must-Watch Documentary

At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal will be one of the year’s most important and essential documentaries to watch. Trigger Warning: Sexual Abuse. For over twenty years, Larry Nassar was the trainer for the USA Gymnastics Women’s National Team in addition to Michigan State.  Nobody could ever predict what we was doing behind closed doors.  It only came to light as a result of the #MeToo movement.  The resulting trial didn’t just…

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Barry: Season 2 Hits The Mark

HBO’s dark comedy, Barry, is able to hit the mark during the sophomore season and the series capably avoids the sophomore slump. I’ve only seen the first three episodes of the season season.  While I can’t speak to the rest of the second season, co-creators Alec Berg and Bill Hader have upped the ante on the second season.  When we last left our anti-hero, he was in some sort of a personal crisis.  Not just any…

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The Sentence: A Riveting Documentary

If The Sentence doesn’t have you in tears at some point, please check your tear ducts. Rudy Valdez developed a love for film because of his sister, Cindy Shank.  His older sister had wanted to be a filmmaker at one point in her life and she passed along this love to her brother.  Six years after the death of Cindy’s ex-boyfriend, Alex, she is sent to jail because of “the girlfriend problem.”  It has something…

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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

It was a sad day when we lost legendary comedian Robin Williams but a new HBO documentary, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, tells his story in his own words. Williams got his start during the 1970s comedy scene in Los Angeles.  This led to various television appearances in the 1970s.  None of those appearances were more notable than the time that he made his first appearance as Mork on Happy Days.  The two-episode appearance…

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Succession: The Dramatic Arrested Development

The best thing that one can say about the new HBO drama, Succession, is that it is the dramatic version of Arrested Development.  After that, it gets tricky. The series follows around the family of Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the CEO of Waystar Royco.  As the series starts, it’s assumed that Logan Roy would be retiring from the company.  After all, he’s 80 years old and can’t keep doing the job forever.  He’s married to his…

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John McCain: For Whom The Bells Toll

The longtime Arizona Senator and military hero, Senator John McCain, is celebrated in the HBO documentary, John McCain: For Whom The Bells Toll. I hesitate to use the word celebrated but given the senator’s cancer diagnosis, it’s a better term to use than “profile.”  Family, friends, and colleagues share their thoughts on McCain’s life and work habits in his bittersweet documentary.  In airing the documentary while he’s still alive, it gives the senator an opportunity…

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The Tale: Laura Dern Deserves All The Awards

While The Tale is a film that certainly would benefit from a theatrical release, it’s best viewed at home because of all the screaming at the screen.  This is, in part, due to the events that transpire on screen during the 1970s. The question at hand while viewing the film, which runs shy of two hours, is whether or not it qualifies as a Me, Too film.  Writer/director Jennifer Fox, a documentary filmmaker, uses a…

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