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it was shown on TV here, i think at the end of last year. i stumbled across it by accident and wasn't sure if it was a drama or a doc for a while. didn't see it all because of the accidental discovery but i thought it was fascinating and intense, i'll have to watch the whole thing at some point this year.

Cambridge Metallica (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 22 March 2018 17:33 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground is fantastic. If you're bored by people who never stop talking about the '60s, avoid.

clemenza, Thursday, 3 May 2018 04:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Some of the stuff currently playing at Toronto's Hot Docs fest sounds good. I'm particularly interested in Transformer and Golden Dawn Girls (though I suspect the latter would just make me angry).

(ongoing) review coverage here:

incel elgort (cryptosicko), Thursday, 3 May 2018 23:13 (one year ago) Permalink

I had to check, and yeah, they're showing The Return, which you all should watch. Best Danish film of the year.

Frederik B, Thursday, 3 May 2018 23:25 (one year ago) Permalink

I've got tickets for three things on the weekend: United Skates, The Fourth Estate, and Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End. There was another one I really wanted to see but couldn't work in, about the people who are paid to monitor Facebook pages and such and immediately take down negative posts. That happened to me once on Palin's Facebook page, when she was pretty new--had a comment taken down within a minute or two.

clemenza, Thursday, 3 May 2018 23:47 (one year ago) Permalink

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I'm good, thanks.

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the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 June 2018 20:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I posted last year about an Expo 67 documentary that ended up being a bit of a disappointment for me. Design Canada is basically the film I wanted that one to be. It starts with a nice segment on how our flag came into being in the mid-'60s, then moves into all the iconic design that characterized Canada for the next decade, from the Montreal Expos and CBC logos to Roots, CN Rail (including a clip from Mad Men--Pete on the train--where their logo can be seen), and the Skydome. I think I internalized the spareness and clean lines of these logos growing up without ever thinking about them; I used to love designing the covers when I put out a fanzine 25 years ago, and all except two could be said to be in that style. Could have done without so much George Stroumboulopoulos, otherwise excellent--the graphic designers, all wry old men in their 70s and 80s now (plus one key woman), are very engaging.

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 01:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

Tried to link to the's the abbreviated address.

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 01:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

Saw this back in May, and it's absolutely stunning. One of the greatest music documentaries I've ever seen.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 12 July 2018 14:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

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Anybody watching "America to Me?" It's the new Steve James doc, being broadcast as a 10-part series on Starz. He filmed it at the high school my daughter is now attending. Looks pretty illuminating/moving/interesting/educational:

The/a hook is that rather then being set in an underprivileged inner city school, OPRF is well-funded and diverse and the hub of a self-consciously "progressive" community. So why doesn't everything work out, particularly for students of color?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 27 August 2018 15:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

First episode was great, btw.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 August 2018 02:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

Of the many people I've seen speak before their films, Steve James was far and away the best.

clemenza, Tuesday, 28 August 2018 03:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

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The Mike Myers film was sort of okay, but I'm really looking forward to this in a couple of weeks:

Saw My Generation this afternoon, a Michael Caine-narrated thing on England in the mid-'60s. Kind of a mess--really obvious for the most part, and there isn't a single surprise in a soundtrack with ~15 songs. Some good footage anyway. The funniest clip involved Woody Allen and Twiggy. Lots of beautiful, um, birds. (Except for Caine, you don't see anybody today--wanted to see Twiggy.)

clemenza, Saturday, 29 September 2018 21:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

So is anyone watching "America to Me?" It's over halfway through now, but there hasn't been a single episode so far that wasn't equally heartbreaking and inspiring. It's pretty remarkable, the way it started out one way and has been slowly expanding to address all sorts of other high school issues without losing sight of those initial themes.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 11:55 (seven months ago) Permalink

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seen this? maybe my 2nd fave doc this year after Wiseman.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:08 (five months ago) Permalink

Who needs classy when you can have this?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:25 (five months ago) Permalink


del griffith, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:34 (five months ago) Permalink

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