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Hoop Dreams (1994)

“My mother, God bless her, she’s always said in America you can make something of your life.” There’s nothing like a fine documentary, and Hoop Dreams is one of the finest. The premise hooked me right away. I often wonder about all … Continue reading

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Roger & Me (1989)

“Some people just don’t like to celebrate human tragedy while on vacation.” I think a lot of Michael Moore’s charm has faded over the years, even among those who agree with his views. His gonzo style can be off putting, … Continue reading

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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

“I’m so fuckin’ mad I can’t see straight. And they’re just daring me to kill again.” I could watch documentaries for days on end, and Netflix seems to have taken to the real crime drama with its selections, likely following … Continue reading

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Sherman’s March (1986)

“This isn’t art. This is life.” I was really on board with Sherman’s March from its premise. The first I read of the film was that it was a man’s attempt to make a Civil War documentary, but he ended up getting … Continue reading

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Häxan (1922)

 “Centuries have passed and the Almighty of medieval times no longer sits in his tenth sphere. We no longer sit in church staring terrified at the frescoes of the devils. The witch no longer flies away on her broom over the rooftops. But … Continue reading

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F For Fake (1973)

“What we professional liars hope to serve is truth. I’m afraid the pompous word for that is ‘art.’” I first learned about F For Fake in a short video essay by Every Frame a Painting. Video essays are a film buff’s ticket … Continue reading

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The Thin Blue Line (1988)

“Any prosecutor can convict a guilty man. It takes a great prosecutor to convict an innocent man.” Wrongful conviction has always been a fascinating topic for me. If you’ve got injustice in the system, even if it’s just reasonable doubt, … Continue reading

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