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Thursday July 14, 2011

Bye-Bye Tabloid; Hello “Tabloid”

Errol Morris is one lucky bastard. His most recent documentary, “Tabloid,” played the Seattle Interntional Film Festival last month. Here's its synopsis:

Poster for Errol Morris' "Tabloid" (2011)Morris’ latest mind-boggling study of boundless obsession takes as its jumping-off point the notorious 1978 kidnapping in the U.K. of a Mormon missionary by former Wyoming beauty queen Joyce Kinney. The lurid details made headlines across the world and turned her into a one-woman media circus. ... Moving beyond the sick, sad, and smirk-inducing aspects of the film, director Morris makes some serious points about the power of the yellow press to shape and destroy lives ...

“Headlines all over the world?” I remember thinking. “I was around in the 1970s. I like stories about sex. How come I don't remember it?”

Then I saw the film and realized, “Ohhh, because it happened in England, with the British tabloid press. Yeah. No wonder I didn't know about it.”

Then I thought, “Too bad for Morris. Probably no market for it. Americans just aren't as interested in British tabloid stuff.”

Right.

The doc opens in limited release in the U.S. tomorrow.

Posted at 03:26 PM on Jul 14, 2011 in category Movies - Documentaries
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Wednesday April 20, 2011

Tim Hetherington, Co-Director of Restrepo, Dies in Libya

I just heard the news about Tim Hetherington.

A year ago I saw him at the Harvard Exit in Seattle, tall and thin and British, a photojournalist mostly, standing next to Sebastian Junger, short and broad and American, an author mostly, and his co-director on the documentary we'd all just watched: “Restrepo.” Both calmly answered questions from the partisan Seattle poster for RestrepoInternational Film Festival crowd about the politics of war and the politics of documentary. A few in the crowd, like Jeff Wells later, wanted “Restrepo” to be more political: the how and the why we're in Afghanistan. They felt “Restrepo” somehow lacked. I was stunned. I was stunned by the stupidity of the questions and by the power of the film. I've urged it on everyone since. I doubt there's a movie I mentioned more in the last year. I was a broken record.

Samples:

Maybe someday they will.

Rest in peace, Mr. Hetherington. Emphasis on peace.

Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington during the making of "Restrepo"

Junger, left, and Hetherington during the filming of “Restrepo”

Posted at 03:24 PM on Apr 20, 2011 in category Movies - Documentaries, Restrepo
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Saturday December 04, 2010

The PGA Got It Wrong

The Producers Guild of America released their short list for best documentary feature yesterday. Thus:

  • CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER
  • EARTH MADE OF GLASS
  • INSIDE JOB
  • SMASH HIS CAMERA
  • THE TILLMAN STORY
  • WAITING FOR ‘SUPERMAN’

I've seen two of these: “Inside Job” and “The Tillman Story.” The better doc, the more complex doc, is “Restrepo.”

Hopefully the Academy won't make the same mistake.

Posted at 01:44 PM on Dec 04, 2010 in category Movies - Documentaries, Restrepo
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Friday June 27, 2008

Trumbo

Hope this movie comes to Seattle. Independents are having trouble these days — there's a glut of good films that need distributing — but the message of Trumbo has rarely been more relevant.

Posted at 12:17 PM on Jun 27, 2008 in category Movies - Documentaries
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