Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man – 2007
A documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter, with performances by those musicians he has influenced. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Trumbo – 2007
Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905 – 1976), this film examines the effects on individuals and families of a congressional pursuit of Hollywood Communists after World War II. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Protagonist – 2007
Director Jessica Yu’s fascinating and unusual documentary film sets the lives of four repentant miscreants within the larger context of Euripides’ classical Greek dramas. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Fuck – 2005
This documentary takes a look on all sides of the infamous F-word. It’s taboo,obscene and controversial, yet somehow seems to permeate every single aspect of our culture – from Hollywood, to the schoolyard to the Senate floor in Washington D.C.
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Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism – 2004
Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as “Fair and Balanced”. Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Bukowski: Born into This – 2003
Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of ‘Notes of a Dirty Old Man’, ‘Love Is a Dog from Hell’, and the autobiographical novels, ‘Women’, ‘Hollywood’, and ‘Post Office’. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Looking for Richard – 1996
Director Al Pacino juxtaposes scene’s from Richard III, scenes of rehearsals for Richard III, and sessions where parties involved discuss the play, the times that shaped the play and the events that happened at the time the play is set. Interviews with mostly British actors are also included, attempting to explain why American actors have more problems performing Shakespearean plays than they do. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Crumb – 1994
This movie chronicles the life and times of R. Crumb. Robert Crumb is the cartoonist/artist who drew Keep On Truckin’, Fritz the Cat, and played a major pioneering role in the genesis of underground comix. Through interviews with his mother, two brothers, wife, and ex-girlfriends, as well as selections from his vast quantity of graphic art, we are treated to a darkly comic ride through one man’s subconscious mind. As stream-of-consciousness images incessantly flow forth from the tip of his pen, biting social satire is revealed, often along with a disturbing and haunting vision of Crumb’s own betes noires and inadequacies. As his acid-trip induced images flicker across our own retinas, we gain a little insight into this complex and highly creative individual.
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media – 1992
This film showcases Noam Chomsky, one of America’s leading linguists and political dissidents. It also illustrates his message of how government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populous. The key example for this analysis is the simultaneous events of the massive coverage of the communist atrocities of Khmer Rouge regime of Cambodia and the suppression of news of the US supported Indonesian invasion and subjugation of East Timor. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.