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The Neve 8028: Shaping the Contours of Creativity and Freedom Since 1973

The Neve 8028: Shaping the Contours of Creativity and Freedom Since 1973

I wasn’t really old enough to get into Nirvana, but I did catch the Foo Fighters wave. So when I heard that Dave Grohl—who was the drummer for Nirvana & the lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist for Foo Fighters—was making a documentary on Sound City Studios—along with an accompanying soundtrack of new material by the people […]

Gideon's Army and the Best Attorney There Is

Gideon’s Army and the Best Attorney There Is

HBO has been on fire with their summer documentary series, but the highlight thus far has definitely been Gideon’s Army. Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that everybody deserves legal representation in the court system, and if somebody cannot afford representation, then the state must provide an attorney for them. […]

With Only a Look, Marina Abramovic Is Making People Cry

With Only a Look, Marina Abramovic Is Making People Cry

During the spring semester of my sophomore year, a time when I was still very impressionable and not the world-weary upper classman I now consider myself to be, I took an introductory acting class in which I learned the difference between internal and external gazing. At the command of our animated professor, the whole sleep-deprived […]

Werner Herzog on God, Phone Books, and Albino Crocodiles

Werner Herzog on God, Phone Books, and Albino Crocodiles

A great little interview on The Colbert Report with our beloved Werner Herzog. I was fortunate enough to see his new documentary, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and it is very much worth your time, especially if you can see it in 3-D. The documentary explores the Chauvet cave in Southern France, which contains the oldest […]

Frannie Lebowitz on Revenge, Forgiveness and Christianity

Frannie Lebowitz on Revenge, Forgiveness and Christianity

It’s hard to say whether Martin Scorsese’s documentary about writer/humorist/public intellectual Frannie Lebowitz, Public Speaking, was the best documentary of 2010, or whether Frannie was simply the most interesting documentary subject of 2010. And I’m not sure it matters. The film is a non-stop delight because she is a non-stop delight, spewing witticism after witticism, […]

Downing Peppermint Schnapps and Calling Morocco at Two in the Morning: Mark Borchardt Confronts the Senselessness

Downing Peppermint Schnapps and Calling Morocco at Two in the Morning: Mark Borchardt Confronts the Senselessness

Right up there at the top of any list of favorite documentaries I might compile would have to be Chris Smith’s brilliant American Movie. With the possible exception of King of Kong, I can’t think of another slice of life that captures the dual realities of human nature better than the story of Wisconsin filmmaker […]

Five Favorite Documentaries of 2010

Five Favorite Documentaries of 2010

Kicking off our year-end lists, the five best documentaries I watched this year: 1. Bigger Stronger FasterWho knew the steroids “epidemic” could inspire such a profound meditation on identity, righteousness, strength, addiction, masculinity, hypocrisy, politics and family?! Seriously, as an unflinching yet entertaining look at the human condition, this one just cannot be beat. Bigger […]

Mockingbird at the Movies: True Stories

Mockingbird at the Movies: True Stories

The last six years have been an amazing time for documentaries. I am not thinking of the Usual Documentary. That is a movie about important issues you ought to care about: global warming, AIDS, Iraq, the Bush Presidency, the war on terror, the curtailment of civil liberties, genocide in Africa, Columbine, abortion, homosexuality, Iraq, big […]