Willie Mays is perhaps the greatest all-around baseball player of all time and gets the documentary treatment in Say Hey, Willie Mays! How long should a documentary about the Hall of Fame outfielder be? This is one of the questions that I have asked myself repeatedly since watching the film. He is one of the best players to ever play the game. What he was able to do in the outfield are things that certainly…"Say Hey, Willie Mays! Profiles Baseball Great"
The Warner Bros. Discovery second quarter earnings call is taking place on Thursday afternoon after a rough week for the company. During the past few days, Warner Bros. cancelled both Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt while both films were in post-production. It is unprecedented for a major studio to do this. On top of this, HBO Max has quietly removed Max Originals and HBO series from their platform. The films are available through digital retailers…"Warner Bros. Discovery Q2 Earnings Call"
Endangered explores a year in the life of a small number of journalists working in democracies and the intimidation from the far-right. The following words were said about journalists during a campaign rally in Brazil and it is absolutely sickening: “These reporters are criminals. These people need to be executed.“ Think about it. When someone speaks this sort of rhetoric on the campaign trail, it is absolutely reprehensible. If you spoke this way in the…"Endangered – Tribeca 2022"
George Carlin’s American Dream is a two-documentary about the late comedian premiering on HBO and available to stream on HBO Max. While interviews with contemporary comedians are nice, this documentary does not work without the archival footage of the late George Carlin, the dean of the counterculture comedians. It’s this footage that drives the bulk of the documentary. It’s best to learn about Carlin’s life from the man himself. Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, who…"George Carlin’s American Dream: This Doc Is Superb"
The award-winning John Adams limited series, starring Paul Giamatti as the former president, is solid viewing for Presidents Day. I’m not going to dive into the plot of every part of the miniseries. If you know the story of John Adams, you already know what’s going to happen. Well, maybe. They certainly play with the history to an extent! What I will tell you right now is that the book is better. I originally watched…"John Adams: A Presidential Miniseries"
Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season is a documentary that profiles greatest female skier during her final season in the sport. She entered the season with a goal of 87 World Cup victories but because of injuries, she finished with 82. It’s nothing to complain about because Vonn currently holds the women’s record in skiing. One can only imagine that she would have finished with north of 90 victories if she didn’t miss much of the…"Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season"
The Weight of Gold is a documentary that seeks to explore Olympic athletes and what going for gold means for their mental health. When the film premiered in July 2020, it came at a time when we should have been watching athletes compete in Tokyo. However, the pandemic meant delaying the games until the following summer. The film brought mental health into the conversation just one year before the same subject would dominate the Summer…"The Weight of Gold: The Olympics and Mental Health"
Penny Lane is back with her newest documentary, Listening to Kenny G, which goes into why he’s such a polarizing jazz musician. Lane interviews a number of jazz artists and critics in hopes of getting to the bottom of finding out why Kenny G is so polarizing. She makes sure we here from a wide variety of people. You either like him or don’t. And for some, he’s not representative of what real jazz is–sound…"Listening to Kenny G – Toronto 2021"
Oslo, the new film premiering on HBO and streaming on HBO Max, keeps close to its theatrical roots in revisiting the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Listen, I’m not going to inject my opinion into this film. We all know how things have and haven’t changed since the accords. The timing is certainly a coincidence. Production was announced in November and dated on the schedule at the end of April. This is not a case of…"Oslo: HBO Movie Keeps Close To Theatrical Roots"
The Day Sports Stood Still flashes back to a Wednesday night last March when every sports season effectively ended or was delayed. There are numerous people interviewed throughout this film. Chris Paul might be the main focus but everyone here has their own story to tell. Chris Paul was on the floor when the Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Utah Jazz. This was the first NBA game to come to a premature end during…"The Day Sports Stood Still And The Covid-19 Impact"