THE LOOK OF SILENCE Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen In 2012, Joshua Oppenheimer brought us the wholly original documentary, “The Act Of Killing,” in which he interviewed, showed footage to, and even had reenactments from Indonesian death squad leaders. Throughout the course of that documentary, you felt the remorse coming from one of the main leaders and there was always a sense that … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge:  “The Look Of Silence” – Best Documentary Feature
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Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen A favorite right of the gate this year for Best Documentary Feature, “The Act Of Killing” landed as many critics’ picks for Best Documentary across the nation. Now, the only remaining favorite since “Blackfish” and “Stories We Tell”, the documentary category is so disheveled this year that at the moment, dark horse pick “20 Feet From Stardom” is … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge:  The Act Of Killing – One Nomination
THE ACT OF KILLING // A once-in-a-lifetime documentary about paramilitary leaders (also known as death squad leaders) in Indonesia, “The Act Of Killing” interviews these men about their practices and even has them reenact some of the vicious things they have done, all while unconsciously unraveling them to the point where the film ends with the main death squad leader, Anwar Congo, dry heaving … Read More One Minute Review: The Act Of Killing (2013) [3.5]
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: FIFTEEN DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS Chances are if you haven’t heard of it, it is an HBO documentary. Otherwise, the rest of the entries are about what we expected, minus maybe Weinstein’s “Salinger” and “Let The Fire Burn” not finding spots on the list. Without having seen most of these, I feel like I can already pick my winner in “Blackfish”, which … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards
Not since “The Cove”, have I felt this strongly about a particular subject and it just so happens they are very similar in nature, with “The Cove” delving into the capture and killing of dolphins in Japan, while “Blackfish” dives into the world of capturing orcas and training them to work at SeaWorld despite their eventual aggression. What Cowperthwaite does best in directing this … Read More Theatrical Releases: The Conjuring, Red 2, & R.I.P.D.