Archive for the ‘documentary’ Category

Documentaries on artists are at their best when they manage to capture, through interviews, clips, context and commentary, everything it is that you love about the person in question. You should leave with a sense that their lives have been summed up, and you’ve been eloquently reminded of their virtues. And that means that this […]


Directed by Larry Charles. Running time: 101 minutes. Rating: 15. Comedian and long time talkshow host Bill Maher takes a break from late night television to develop his rants at religion in Religulous, a documentary keen on keeping the laughter strong whilst claiming it is trying to understand the phenomenon of faith. It fails, but it doesn’t […]


Directed by Liz Garbus. Running time: 93 minutes. One of the whackiest passages in Plato arrives in The Republic, when he writes that the best path to morality is the study of mathematics. His thought was that this kind of abstract thinking was necessary to transcend the physical world and discover greater truths, and with an […]


Sacha Baron Cohen (Brüno), Ron Paul, Paula Abdul, Harrison Ford, Bono, Elton John, Sting, Snoop Dogg. Rating: 18. Running time: 81 minutes. Brüno is not Baron Cohen at his funniest. That honor goes to Borat. It is, however, undoubtedly him at his ballsiest. Ali G’s most daring moment was merely asking David Beckham live on national TV […]


Directed by Werner Herzog. Rating: 15. Running time: 120 minutes. Let the dread of that heavy title take hold of you. At least it will act as mild preparation for what you’ll be taken through by this documentary. I’ve heard it said that Herzog here has given us a modern day In Cold Blood. That […]


Directed by Andrew Rossi. Rating: U. Running time: 92 minutes. The newspaper industry has been dying for a long time now, and everybody knows it. Everybody, apparently, except some members of the industry itself. Whilst the reasons behind the demise are undoubtedly diverse and intricate, a predominant cause is evidently the web, and here the […]


Directed by Michael Moore. Rating: 12. Running time: 127 minutes. It may not be novel to highlight the flaws of our world, especially when your subject is the age-old problems stemming from the commodification of everything from land to humans. But as I argued in the case of Fahrenheit 9/11, that a film’s material is […]