Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tag: Documentary

Aquarela (2018)?

Title: Aquarela
Rating: PG
Directed by: Viktor Kossakovsky
Written by: Viktor Kossakovsky and Aimara Reques
Release Date: 8/16/2019
Running Time: 89 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
AQUARELA takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Captured at a rare 96 frames-per-second, the film is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element. From the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal to Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma to Venezuela’s mighty Angel Falls, water is AQUARELA’s main character, with director Victor Kossakovsky capturing her many personalities in startling cinematic clarity. The film will be shown in theaters at 48 frames-per-second, double the typical 24 frames-per-second, as projectors with the ability to project at 96-frames-per-second are extremely rare today, but when the time comes that the capacity is there, AQUARELA will be one of the first films to be shown at that speed.


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Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019)

Title: Cold Case Hammarskjöld
Rating: NR
Directed by: Mads Brügger
Written by: Mads Brügger
Starring: Mads Brügger, Göran Björkdahl, and Dag Hammarskjöld
Release Date: 8/16/2019
Running Time: 128 minutes

IMDb

What did you think of this film?
Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a crime far worse than killing the Secretary-General of the United Nations.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Note: The credits start playing over the final scene of Goran sailing up the Congo River.


ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas (2019)?

Title: ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas
Rating: NR
Directed by: Sam Dunn
Written by: Ralph Chapman and Sam Dunn
Starring: Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard
Release Date: 6/1/2019
Running Time: 91 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
The story of how three oddball teenage bluesmen – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard – became one of the biggest, most beloved bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers 50 years after the band’s inception.


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One Child Nation (2019)?

Title: One Child Nation
Rating: R
Directed by: Nanfu Wang, and Jialing Zhang
Release Date: 8/9/2019
Running Time: 85 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.


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Jay Myself (2018)?

Title: Jay Myself
Rating: NR
Directed by: Stephen Wilkes
Written by: Josh Alexander
Starring: Jay Maisel
Release Date: 7/31/2019
Running Time: 79 minutes

IMDb

What did you think of this film?
Photographer Stephen Wilkes creates an intimate portrait of his mentor, Jay Maisel, as he leaves the 30,000 square foot building in the Bowery that he’s inhabited and filled with his eccentric collection of beautiful random objects for the last 40 years – known as ‘The Bank.’


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Russian Five, The (2018)*

Title: The Russian Five
Rating: NR
Directed by: Joshua Riehl
Written by: Keith Gave, Joshua Riehl, and Jason Wehling
Starring: Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Slava Kozlov, Slava Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Jimmy Devellano, Jim Lites, Steve Yzerman, Darren McCarty, and Jeff Daniels
Release Date: 4/11/2018
Running Time: 102 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings hockey team was a laughing stock, often called the “Dead Wings.” After a wealthy pizza magnate bought the failing franchise, he appointed an unorthodox General Manager to build a championship team. Throwing off conventional wisdom, the new GM looked to America’s mortal enemy in the Cold War, the Soviet Union itself. Through a plot that sounds like a spy novel, the Red Wings organization brought on one Russian after another, sneaking them out under cover of night and whisking them to the Motor City, only to find that the new players faced another problem: Integration.

The film follows the stories of the five Russian players that emigrated to America, took root in Detroit, Michigan, and struggled to fit in, all while training day and night to become Stanley Cup champions. The new immigrants had to learn to communicate with their teammates, assimilate into the culture, and become Americans. Yet, along the way, the Russians began to teach the rest of the team the core of Soviet hockey, and better still, they started winning.

The Russian Five is the true story of immigrants that became American heroes, teammates that became family, and a scrappy, resilient city that became Stanley Cup Champions, twice. It’s a story about hopes and dreams becoming reality, and the harsh reality of dreaming big. The names Fedorov, Larionov, Fetisov, Kozlov, and Konstantinov are legend now in the Motor City and their influence is still felt throughout the National Hockey League today.

And all because a few brave people decided to set aside national identity to reach for the stars.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Yes

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Memoriam: In Loving Memory
Mike Ilitch
Dave Strader
Dr. John Finley
Bryan Murray

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Mike Wallace Is Here (2019)?

Title: Mike Wallace Is Here
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Avi Belkin
Starring: Mike Wallace
Release Date: 7/26/2019
Running Time: 90 minutes

IMDb

What did you think of this film?
Deemed the “enemy of the people” by our current president, journalism in America is on the chopping block. Lies, fake news, propaganda, and verbal subterfuge threaten to cripple our First Amendment. This fascinating exposé of 60 Minutes’ fearsome newsman Mike Wallace turns his hard-hitting, no-holds-barred journalistic style loose on Wallace himself, who is considered by many to be the inventor of the form. Mike Wallace unflinchingly interrogated the biggest figures of the 20th century. During 50 years on the air, his aggressive reporting style and showmanship redefined what America has come to expect from broadcasters.


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Honeyland (2019)?

Title: Honeyland
Rating: NR
Directed by: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
Starring: Hatidze Muratova
Release Date: 7/26/2019
Running Time: 87 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city – a mere four hours’ walk away. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, it doesn’t take long however, before a conflict evolves that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability.


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David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019)*

Title: David Crosby: Remember My Name
Rating: R
Directed by: A.J. Eaton
Starring: David Crosby, Cameron Crowe, and Henry Diltz
Release Date: 7/19/2019
Running Time: 95 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A revealing and deeply personal documentary exploring the life and creative renaissance of music icon David Crosby. A cultural force for over fifty years, Crosby faced uncertain future after the 2015 dissolution of Crosby, Stills and Nash. Racked with health issues and personal obstacles, Crosby forged a new path at the age of 77. Seeking out younger musicians and recording a pair of critically-praised new albums, Crosby now sets out to make a mark in a world now so different from the generation he came to define in the 60’s. With unflinching honesty, self-examination, regret, fear, exuberance and an unshakable belief in family and the transformative nature of music, Crosby shares his often-challenging journey with humor and bite. You thought you knew him. Meet David Crosby now in this portrait of a man still tilting against every windmill, with everything but an easy retirement on his mind. This inspirational story, filled with music, will speak to loyal fans, and legions of new ones.


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Between Me and My Mind (2019)?

Title: Between Me and My Mind
Rating: NR
Directed by: Steven Cantor
Starring: Trey Anastasio
Release Date: 4/27/2019
Running Time: 100 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A few minutes into this intimate look at the creative process of founding Phish guitarist and vocalist Trey Anastasio, it is clear that he is exploding with his unique brand of songwriting and creativity. As the frontman of one of America’s longest lasting and most successful touring bands and a solo musician as well, Anastasio’s virtuosic musicianship has made him an icon, beloved by his die-hard fanbase for the depth of his artistic output and the boundless enthusiasm that he exudes on stage and off.


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