Past Stories

A Wink and a Smile

The outrageous and erotic world of contemporary burlesque is the focus of director Deirdre Timmons’ documentary lens—and considering we’re about to watch a dozen barely-clad, voluptuous women fondle feathers and hang from...


Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution

The last thing one probably thinks of when breathing in the rolling hills and golden plateaus of the picturesque French countryside is cancer. Yet, in director Jean-Paul Jaud’s new documentary, cancer is exactly what&rsqu...


Say Anything (20th Anniversary Edition)

Just like legendary teen flicks Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Breakfast Club, Cameron Crowe’s late-’80s directorial debut has a cult following – but this one is mostly made up of guys...



Toi & Moi

Connoisseurs of French film can quite fairly claim some of the most cutting-edge cinema ever to be filmed within their critically acclaimed yet often snooty backyard. From Renoir’s La Grande Illusion through the works of ...


Il Divo

Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino’s stylish biopic on former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti is a brilliantly executed testament to the visual power of cinema: unless you’ve closely followed Italy’s pol...


Who is KK Downey?

Who is KK Downey? is a worthy satire. It is the rare comedy that is both scathingly sharp and on-target in its more subtle satirical moments, but capable of laying on the broad, stupid humor too. The guys responsible for…



They Killed Sister Dorothy

In 2005, Sister Dorothy Stang—a missionary from Dayton, Ohio—was brutally gunned down in the Brazilian rainforests she dedicated her life to protecting. Called the “Angel of the Amazon” by local farmers,...


The Story of Roxy Music: More Than This

“Imagine being a teenager and seeing aliens arrive on [singles chart TV show] Top of the Pops,” jokes Bono at the start of More Than This, an excellent hour-long documentary on Roxy Music that was originally broadca...


Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry

Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry is a kick ass documentary that pulls you into the life and times of legendary 20th century tattoo artist Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. It combines archival footage with interviews of promine...



Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

Lovers of documentary film will find more than a few gems in this documentary about documentaries from filmmaker Pepita Ferrari and the National Film Board of Canada. Putting the art form of “capturing reality” unde...


The Stepfather

Timed to coincide with the release of a remake starring Nip/Tuck’s Dylan Walsh, the original The Stepfather is finally out on DVD. The original had its theatrical run back in 1987 and is considered a cult classic—fa...


Full Battle Rattle

Documentarians Tony Gerber and Jesse Moss shine a disturbing light on an angle of the Iraq War most of us don’t even know exists: the new, and some might say delusional face of counterinsurgency training. Deep in the hear...



What on Earth? Inside the Crop Circle Mystery

What on Earth? is a charming, sometimes loopy, sometimes mind-blowing documentary on the subject of crop circles. For those not in the know, crop circles are wonderfully intricate geometric designs that show up in corn fields u...


Second Skin

Second Skin is a compelling, sometimes troubling look into the world of online gaming. Games such as World of Warcraft and Everquest are vastly popular right now, huge cash cows and to some evidence of the Internet’s more...


Calle 13: Sin Mapa.

Calle 13: Sin Mapa is a documentary that both brings to light some of the poorer areas of South America, the humble lives lived by it’s indigenous people and a glimpse into the private moments when a rock star feels…



The Chieftains: Live at Montreux 1997

Few bands are more ingrained in Celtic music tradition than The Chieftains. You hear ’em at folk fests and St. Paddy’s Day parties, piping through authentic Irish pubs and during PBS concert broadcasts. Still going ...


Alien Trespass

Billed as a loving tribute to bad sci-fi films, this Canadian export starring ex-Will & Grace hunk Eric McCormack sets off on the right course, but just like the spaceship of its unfortunate alien hero, plummets head first ...


Bridge to Nowhere

Bridge to Nowhere is the story of four young men from a working-class neighborhood who turn to crime (in this case prostitution) to try to escape their dead-end futures, and the dangers, temptations and attendant joys they expe...



The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is an adaptation of Michael Chabon’s 1988 novel of the same name. It is directed by Rawson Michael Thurber, the man who gave the world that great cinematic masterpiece Dodgeball. Really, I kid....


Explicit Ills

Explicit Ills is first-time writer/director Mark Webber’s gritty paean to his home city of Philadelphia. It is sometimes spot on and absorbing about class, race and that bitch, poverty, but it falls into paint-by-numbers ...


The Union

The Union is a wonderful movie about why pot became illegal, the absurdity of it remaining illegal and how it remains a potent force in daily life despite the prohibition. The movie is a Canadian take on the subject, ably…



The Unknown Woman

Winner of five Donatello Awards (the Italian equivalent of the Oscars), director Giuseppe Tornatore turns darkly away from his much-lauded Cinema Paradiso with this gritty, fascinating look at a Ukrainian sex slave’s atte...


The Edge of Love

The Edge of Love by director John Maybury is a sometimes entertaining, sometimes plodding, talented mess. It is stuffed with ambitions of the highest order—in the overly literary script, the mannered yet only intermittent...


Resolved

The oft-stigmatized students of high school speech and debate programs take center stage in this documentary that is less about the personal stories and characters involved in debate than the overwhelming notion that we as a so...



Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

Nietzsche said, when you stare at the abyss long enough, the abyss stares back at you. You better fuggin’ believe the abyss is staring back at you in this movie—an empty, nihilistic void that swallows all art, brain...


PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND

Phoebe in Wonderland is a fine movie, which unfortunately was given the “we don’t know what to do with this” treatment in its theatrical release. After all, it doesn’t really hit the studios’ favor...


DEPECHE MODE: THE DARK PROGRESSION

Be warned . . . watching this new “unauthorized” documentary on Depeche Mode will make you spend money. You’ll want to immediately run out and buy (or download) all your old faves from the ‘80s era to wa...



GRAN TORINO

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort—and last foray into acting, so he says—is one of those movies that can be called compelling without being called good. In Gran Torino, Eastwood plays Walt “don&...