Posts Tagged ‘Documentary’

Sam Dunn desperately wants heavy metal to be taken seriously. Growing up as a metalhead, Dunn has spent years defending the legitimacy of his favorite genre of music. Metal is simply his argument expanded (or maybe condensed) to 96 minutes. Though giving a slight focus to metal culture, Dunn and his co-writer/director Scot McFadyen tackle […]


A labor of love for actress and TV personality Ricki Lake, The Business of Being Born is upfront about its bias. Executive producer Lake and director Abby Epstein obviously think it would be better if more women in the United States used midwives rather than OBGYNs, and they make a pretty good case for their […]


The King of Kong is an underdog story set in the world of competitive gaming. After being laid off from his job, Steve Wiebe, a fairly average, middle-class husband and father of two from Seattle, decided to beat the “world record” high score in Donkey Kong to pick up his spirits a bit and finally […]


Using a New York drag show as a starting point, Venus Boyz offers portraits of several drag kings in effort to explore performances of female masculinity. Each performer approaches drag from a unique perspective and situation. While all of them are queer, each would define their sexuality and their gender identity in different ways. Several […]


Stacy Peralta’s documentary Made in America is ostensibly about the Crips and Bloods, two rival gangs in south Los Angeles. Instead, Peralta spends much of his time creating a brief sketch of the development of street gangs in LA and then turns to uninformative testimonials from current and former Crips and Bloods members. Peralta seems […]


Documentary films such as Jesus Camp preclude the need for horror films for anyone who espouses a political agenda anywhere left of neo-conservative. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s documentary about Evangelical children’s ministry offers a bad news insight for moderates and liberals, but also offers a fairly kind presentation of Evangelicals. I can understand that […]