I’m fascinated by risks in broadcast television. Probably because it isn’t something you see too often. Television is an expensive medium and despite investments; It’s completely supported by advertisers, and it is hard to justify any risk taking without the fear of losing your investors. In “Life on the V: The Story of V66,” the risks paid off, but, the idea itself was unfortunately not sustainable for too long.
I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a first feature from a filmmaker and been as impressed as I was with “Dear White People.” Justin Simien’s film has such a tight narrative, woven with deep social commentary and satire, and told by an amazing ensemble of characters.
“The Case Against 8” is a powerful documentary filmed over the course of five years that tells the story of the battle over the rights for gay couples to legally marry in the state of California. It’d be easy for a film like this to get lost in a maze of legalese and court room documents, but like the case itself, it focuses at the two couples at the center of the story, and the love they have for each other.
The assimilation of an immigrant populations culture is fascinating, but it would never have occurred to me to use a signature dish as a tool to tell the story of Chinese-American’s. “The Search of General Tso,” from director Ian Cheney, asks and answers some great questions in his documentary, including, but not limited to “Who is General Tso, and did he actually like chicken?”
Chances are, at one point or another you’ve seen or heard of war reenactors. Growing up in Massachusetts, on more than one occasion we went up to Lexington on Patriots Day to see the Revolutionary War unfold before us. Before “In Country,” I had no idea that anyone reenacted the Vietnam War, which is what peaked my interest for this film. The documentary, directed by Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara, follows the 2/5 1st Cavalary, a platoon of Vietnam War reenactors in Oregon.