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Movie: Stop Making Sense

A concert film for the rock group Talking Heads, filmed while on tour in 1983 to promote Speaking in Tongues. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Nov 15, 2022 - 16 comments

Movie: Waste Land

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.
posted by johnofjack on Nov 15, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: The Gleaners & I

[TRAILER] An 1867 painting by Jean-Francois Millet inspired septuagenarian documentarian Agnes Varda to cross the French countryside to videotape people who scavenge. Taking everything from surplus in the fields, to rubbish in trashcans, to oysters washed up after a storm, the "gleaners" range from those sadly in need to those hoping to recreate the community activity of centuries past, and still others who use whatever they find to cobble together a rough art. Highlighted by Varda's amusing narration. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 15, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story

[TRAILER] In the 1980s a bunch of underground cartoonists parodied a popular doll. The resulting commercial product tapped into the international kid zeitgeist. Celebrate their gross-out greatness with artist interviews, superfan collections, and more. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 15, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: Landfill Harmonic

[TRAILER] Favio Chavez guides the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. A documentary in Spanish by Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 15, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: You Don't Nomi

Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls (1995) was met by critics and audiences with near universal derision. You Don't Nomi traces the film's redemptive journey from notorious flop to cult classic, and maybe even masterpiece. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 12, 2022 - 11 comments

Movie: Portrait of a Garden

[TRAILER] In a historical vegetable garden on a Dutch estate, the 85 year-old pruning master and the gardener tend to the espaliers. As they prune, the men chat about food, the weather, the world and they share their knowledge of horticulture. Fifteen years they have spent working on the pear arbour. Will it finally close over this year? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 11, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

[TRAILER] In the center of the story is the life of the indigenous people of the village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei in the Siberian Taiga. The camera follows the protagonists in the village over a period of a year. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions. A documentary film directed by Dmitry Vasyukov, with English narration written and voiced by Werner Herzog. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 10, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: Angry Inuk

With "sealfies" and social media, a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit is wading into the world of activism, using humor and reason to confront aggressive animal rights vitriol and defend their traditional hunting practices. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 10, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Roger & Me

A documentary about the closure of General Motors' plant at Flint, Michigan, which resulted in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Details the attempts of filmmaker Michael Moore to get an interview with GM CEO Roger Smith. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 9, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: The Found Footage Phenomenon

The Found Footage Phenomenon is an independent documentary charting the origins of the found footage sub-genre, tracking it through to the technique's current form, and asking what the future is. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 3, 2022 - 0 comments

Movie: Ethnic Notions

This documentary traces the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Nov 2, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

Actor Mark Patton shares his story of being a closeted gay man while starring in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, a film that he began to suspect had homoerotic subtext. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 24, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: The Thin Blue Line

One night in November 1976, after his car breaks down on a road outside Dallas, Randall Dale Adams accepts a ride from teenager David Harris. Harris is driving a stolen vehicle and, later that night, when Dallas police officer Robert Wood pulls the car over to check its headlights, he is shot and killed. A jury believes Adams is the killer, but Errol Morris' classic documentary explores the role of Harris' perjured testimony, misleading witness accounts and police misconduct in the verdict. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 20, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: F for Fake

Documents the lives of infamous fakers Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. De Hory, who later committed suicide to avoid more prison time, made his name by selling forged works of art by painters like Picasso and Matisse. Irving was infamous for writing a fake autobiography of Howard Hughes. Welles moves between documentary and fiction as he examines the fundamental elements of fraud and the people who commit fraud at the expense of others.
posted by johnofjack on Oct 17, 2022 - 11 comments

Movie: Crumb

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. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 13, 2022 - 10 comments

Movie: Exit Through the Gift Shop

The infamous, shadowy British graffiti street artist Banksy has literally left his mark on cities throughout the world. He comes in contact with Thierry Guetta, a Los Angeles-based Frenchman who videotapes various underground art escapades, and later is transformed into an art phenomenon dubbed "Mr. Brainwash." Rhys Ifans narrates an overlapping documentary where the line between what is real and what might be fake blurs, as modern art and celebrity are put under the microscope. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 28, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: Tabloid

A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Aug 27, 2022 - 0 comments

Movie: Running with the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee

Don't do drugs, kids.
posted by The corpse in the library on Aug 26, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: The Queen of Versailles

The 2008 global economic crisis threatens the fortune of Florida billionaires David and Jackie Siegel just as they are in the middle of building a 90,000 square-foot estate. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 24, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Grizzly Man

Pieced together from Timothy Treadwell's actual video footage, Werner Herzog's remarkable documentary examines the calling that drove Treadwell to live among a tribe of wild grizzly bears on an Alaskan reserve. A devoted conservationist with a passion for adventure, Timothy believed he had bridged the gap between human and beast. When one of the bears he loved and protected tragically turns on him, the footage he shot serves as a window into our understanding of nature and its grim realities. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 21, 2022 - 5 comments

Nathan for You: Finding Frances  Season 4, Ep 8

The series finale of Nathan for You is unlike any other episode in that entire series. We revisit Bill, the Bill Gate's impersonator from a previous episode, and the 2 hour episode becomes an investigation of regret, lost love, loneliness, moving on. It also seems to be the seed for Fielder's current series, The Rehearsal. [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk on Aug 20, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)

Melvin Van Peebles was one of the first black directors to challenge the white establishment in his films, which include Watermelon Man and Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. In this documentary, the life of Van Peebles is discussed, including his work not only in film, but also as a novelist, actor, musician, stock trader and even Air Force pilot. Interview subjects include Gil Scott-Heron, Spike lee and Melvin's son and fellow filmmaker, Mario Van Peebles. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 10, 2022 - 1 comment

Victoria's Secret: Angels and Demons: Inventing Victoria / The Secret Friend / Tarnished Angels  Season 1, Ep 1

Investigated with journalistic rigor by director Matt Tyrnauer, this documentary tells the searing and provocative story of the Victoria's Secret brand and its longtime CEO, the larger-than-life, enigmatic billionaire Les Wexner. The underworld of fashion, the billionaire class, and Jeffrey Epstein are all revealed to be inextricably intertwined with the fall of this legendary brand. Available in the US on Hulu. [more inside]
posted by riruro on Aug 7, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: That Summer

Albert and David Maysles' classic Grey Gardens immortalized the estate of Edith and Little Edie Beale, relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, who lived in alarmingly poor conditions. But there is more to the story: it was Lee Radziwill and Peter Beard who first brought the Maysles to the Beales, when the two set out to make a film about Radziwill's childhood. The reels of that first contact were shelved for 45 years. This documentary recovers the lost 16 mm footage. Anchored in Beard's recollections and artistic vision, we are returned to "that summer" in 1972, a seductive dream world and collage of radically unconventional creative personalities---Warhol, Bacon, Jagger, Capote---practicing the art of living amidst oppressive forces of class expectation and prejudice. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 5, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: The Beales of Grey Gardens

Utilizing hours of unseen archival footage shot during by Albert and David Maysles as they were making their 1975 documentary, The Beales is a new take on the women of Grey Gardens. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 5, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Grey Gardens

This film explores the daily lives of two aging, eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Edie Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith, are the sole inhabitants of a Long Island estate. During the course of the documentary, they discuss their habits, desires and former loves with filmmakers Albert and David Maysles. The women reveal themselves to be misfits with outsized, engaging personalities. Much of the conversation is centered on their pasts, as mother and daughter now rarely leave home. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 4, 2022 - 11 comments

Movie: Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

Three teenagers are accused of this horrific crime of killing three children, supposedly as a result of involvement in Satanism. As in their previous documentary, things turn out to be more complex than initial appearances and this film presents the real-life courtroom drama to the viewer, as it unfolds. The film uses the music of Metallica instead of an original soundtrack, the first time that the band authorized their music to be used in a film. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 18, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

In this documentary, filmmaker Penelope Spheeris captures the life of Los Angeles "gutter punks": homeless teenagers who prefer anarchy and chaos to organized society. Many of the film's subjects come from abusive households and have developed alcohol and drug problems. While living on the streets, they must panhandle, squat in abandoned apartment buildings, and fight off skinheads to survive. The film also includes performances by several notable Los Angeles punk bands. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 18, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: This is Gwar

The powerful story of the most iconic heavy metal/art collective/monster band in the universe, as told by the humans who have fought to keep it alive for over thirty years. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Jul 18, 2022 - 1 comment

What We Do in the Shadows: Reunited  Season 4, Ep 1

The vampires return from their world travels to find their mansion on the verge of collapse, and a freakish new creature in the house.
posted by porpoise on Jul 15, 2022 - 9 comments

Movie: The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

In this follow-up to the 1981 punk rock documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, filmmaker Penelope Spheeris dissects the world of heavy metal. Through live performance footage and interviews that feature popular glam metal musicians, Spheeris examines the metal genre and the decadent Los Angeles music scene of the late 1980s; highlights include Ozzy Osbourne discussing the tedium of sobriety over breakfast and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler claiming to have spent a small fortune on drugs. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 15, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: The Decline of Western Civilization

The acclaimed Penelope Spheeris documentary takes a frank, often funny look at the punk culture of the late '70s and early '80s. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 13, 2022 - 9 comments

Movie: Chicken People

A 2016 documentary about the world of show chickens and the people who love them. Three participants breed, raise, and care for many varieties of chickens as they prepare to compete in a US national poultry show.
posted by brainwane on Jul 5, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak

Directed by Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze. A loving look at one of the most cherished and controversial figures in children's literature, Maurice Sendak. In this deeply moving tribute, spend time with the man who spoke to children through his stories and illustrations in a way no one else could. [more inside]
posted by Zumbador on Jun 16, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Gates of Heaven

This classic documentary by Errol Morris showcases workers in the animal burial industry while dealing with heavier existential questions regarding mortality and the afterlife. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 7, 2022 - 5 comments

Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives.: Full Season  Season 1, Ep 0

After marrying a mysterious man who claimed he could make her dog immortal, a celebrated vegan restaurateur finds her life veering off the rails. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Apr 15, 2022 - 9 comments

Movie: Audible

Football player Amaree McKenstry-Hall and his Maryland School for the Deaf teammates attempt to defend their winning streak while coming to terms with the tragic loss of a close friend. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Mar 1, 2022 - 1 comment

American Rock Stars: American Rock Stars  Season 1, Ep 0

No, not those rock stars. Curling rock stars. Specifically, the US Men's team, led by John Shuster. This 4-part documentary on Peacock, narrated by Nick Offerman, covers their shocking gold medal in 2018, the aftermath, and the journey back to the Olympics in 2022. It's a fun show, and they all seem like genuinely down to earth people that you'd enjoy hanging out with.
posted by COD on Feb 16, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Savageland

When the 57 residents of Arizona border town Sangre de Cristo are massacred in a single night in 2011, the sole survivor, a Mexican immigrant, is quickly arrested, charged, and convicted of single-handedly murdering all of them. In 2015, a documentary examines the case and raises questions: Why doesn't the evidence seem to implicate him? Why were people so eager to blame him, no matter how implausibly? And do the horrors captured on the roll of film he shot that night provide a more plausible explanation for the killings? [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Jan 15, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

From writer/director Kier-La Janisse (author of House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films comes "a seductive mega-text" (Indiewire) through the history of folk horror. Exploring the rural roots, occult creeds and cultural lore that continue to shape international cinema, this SXSW Audience Award winning documentary features clips from over 200 films and interviews with more than 50 filmmakers, authors and scholars. Severin Films presents this "astounding achievement" (Screen Anarchy) that Rue Morgue calls "an unprecedented journey into where folk horror has been, where it's going and ultimately what it says about humanity." [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 10, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Uppercase Print

The story of Mugur Călinescu, a Romanian teenager who wrote chalk graffiti messages of protest against the regime of dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and was subsequently apprehended, interrogated, and ultimately crushed by the secret police. Radu Jude's film is a bold hybrid, combining archive documentary with a highly theatrical staging of a ‘documentary play’ by Gianina Carbunariu. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 17, 2021 - 4 comments

Fake or Fortune?: Back at the gallery, the plot thickens  Season 0, Ep 0

True detective TV brimming with mystery, suspense, and art history. British art dealer and historian Philip Mould pairs with journalist and Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce to examine the provenance and attribution of questioned works of art. [more inside]
posted by Thella on Sep 27, 2021 - 2 comments

Movie: The Truffle Hunters

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years old, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle-which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation. [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Sep 22, 2021 - 3 comments

Movie: The Lost Leonardo

In 2008, a few of the world's most distinguished Leonardo Da Vinci experts gathered around an easel at the National Gallery in London to examine a mysterious painting: an unassuming Salvator Mundi (Latin for Savior of the World), found in a shady New Orleans auction house, that a select few believed to be a long-forgotten masterwork by Leonardo Da Vinci. That day, Salvator Mundi was authenticated as being the creation of Da Vinci himself, and thus, one of the most beguiling and perplexing stories of the 21st century was set into motion. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Sep 19, 2021 - 0 comments

Movie: Roadrunner

A documentary about Anthony Bourdain and his career as a chef, writer and host, revered and renowned for his authentic approach to food, culture and travel. (Trailer) [more inside]
posted by riruro on Aug 5, 2021 - 6 comments

Movie: Captain Beefheart: Under Review

"Traces the roots and history of this iconic musical legend with rare live and studio performances of Beefheart, interspersed with contributions from virtually all members of The Magic Band along with a panel of esteemed experts." - Amazon description
posted by The corpse in the library on May 12, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash

From Eric Idle, Neil Innes, George Harrison, and more, came the Rutles: an affectionate parody of Beatlemania, and a musical legend that will last a lunchtime. They were discovered by their manager, Leggy Mountbatten, in a lunchtime disco. Their first album was made in 20 minutes. Their second album took even longer. [more inside]
posted by one for the books on May 5, 2021 - 15 comments

Movie: Dark City Beneath the Beat

Musical documentary reimagines the narrative of Baltimore, a city rising above social and economic turmoil to develop a vibrant and close-knit community for the arts through its homegrown sound, Baltimore club music. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise on Apr 17, 2021 - 4 comments

Movie: The Clash: Westway to the World

A career retrospective of British punk band The Clash, featuring exclusive interviews with the entire band. - IMDB
posted by The corpse in the library on Apr 13, 2021 - 1 comment

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