Video of the Week: Hollywood Express

Video of the Week: Hollywood Express

This documentary is a great piece on a local independent video store in Cambridge, MA called “Hollywood Express.” The once huge industry has mostly disappeared, with only a handful of these excellent, independently owned business left. It’s sad, the local video store was THE place to find and discover movies when I was a kid, now, they’ve mostly gone the way of the Soda Shop. Now, we get our movies on demand, on netflix, or, at your local Redbox.

“Hollywood Express,” is from Adam Van Vorhees, and was an official selection at quite a few festivals, including the Woods Hole Film Festival 2012, Boston Cinema Census 2012, and Winner of the Silver Chris at the Columbus Film & Video Festival 2012. Enjoy!

Film Review: Best Kept Secret

Film Review: Best Kept Secret

“Best Kept Secret” tells the moving story of a selfless, heroic teacher, out to give the best possible quality of life to her autistic and special needs students as they age out of the system and enter the world.

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Film Review: Money for Nothing

Film Review: Money for Nothing

The Federal Reserve is not something I understand well; management of the country’s monetary policy, and the global impact of those policies, is beyond me. What stood out to me, then, in “Money for Nothing,” Jim Bruce’s new documentary, was the accessible presentation of the Federal Reserve Bank’s history, and the explanation of how the Federal Reserve has affected today’s economy.

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Video of the Week: “Moon Hoax Not”

Video of the Week: “Moon Hoax Not”

We try to keep the films/video’s we pick for video of the week to under 5 minutes, but this one was too well produced to not link to. In this video, the filmmaker has crafted a documentary in the first person examining why, given the technology of the period, it would have been completely impossible to fake the moon landing. He cites severe film/video technical limitations, its really put together well.

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Film Review: The Act of Killing

Film Review: The Act of Killing

For a film to entertain can be tough. You aren’t going to reach everyone, but at the very least you can make something that will tickle the fancy of a good chunk of the population. So when a film sets out to not only entertain but also educate, it is taking on an entirely new challenge. Years of schooling has taught us to cringe at the very thought of being sat down to learn. Like the assigned reading of high school, it isn’t that we think the book will be bad, we just hate being told what we must read and at what pace. There is that selfish vision of freedom that can cripple what is nothing but intellectual growth. When I say that The Act of Killing will capture your attention and teach you something, don’t shudder; just sit down and shut up because this is something that you need to know.

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Film Review: The Arrested Development Documentary Project

Film Review: The Arrested Development Documentary Project

We’ve been teased for years.  Will there be a movie?   Maybe another season?  On May 26, we will finally be gifted the thing that has been on our minds since that one friend let you borrow his “Arrested Development” DVDs, more.  Many an “Arrested Development” fan undoubtedly has this day clearly marked on his calendar and plans to do nothing more than sit down and devour all fifteen new episodes, interrupted only by the odd bathroom break.  During the years of waiting, two fans set out to tell the tumultuous story of the show and the amorous relationship with its small and exceedingly loyal fan base, the result is “The Arrested Development Documentary Project”.

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IFFBoston ’13 Review: The Elders

IFFBoston ’13 Review: The Elders

We live in a society where it’s fairly normal to push our elderly away: family members of advanced age are typically sent to assisted living and nursing homes for care toward the end of their lives, where previously they might have stayed in the home as a respected resource for the younger generations.
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IFFBoston ’13 Review: Persistence of Vision

IFFBoston ’13 Review: Persistence of Vision

One thing you have to give Richard Williams- he’s a persistent guy. An award- winning animator, best known for his short films and credit title sequences for other films, in 1964, Williams undertook what was to be his life’s work- a feature-length animated film titled “The Thief and the Cobbler.” Well, that wasn’t the original title; Nasruddin was the title they started with, but that had to be changed after Williams’ business partner left after skimming a good amount of money and taking the title character with him.

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IFFBoston ’13 Review: 99% Occupy Wall Street

IFFBoston ’13 Review: 99% Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street movement was a fascinating event in our recent history, and was covered extensively by the media. In the documentary “99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film,” filmmakers Aairon Aites, Audrey Ewell, Nina Krstic, and Lucian Read, set out to tell the story that wasn’t covered by news outlets, showing the movement through the eyes of the people on the ground. [Read more…]

IFFBoston ’13 Spotlight: Blood Brother

IFFBoston ’13 Spotlight: Blood Brother

Blood Brother is a documentary directed by Steve Hooper that chronicles Rocky Braat’s journey to an orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS. Originally, Braat’s plan was stay for 10 days, but his trip was extended to the summer, and then, he realized he wanted to stay indefinitely. [Read more…]