Category Archives: Documentary

Mommie Dearest (1981)-Reviewed by Anita **.5

“No wire hangers—ever!” has achieved the tagline of a life time. It’s the first thing anybody says or remembers when I bring up this docudrama about being Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter Christine Crawford. The film is based on a book … Continue reading

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The Danish Girl (2015) Reviewed by Anita *****

The Danish Girl tackles the discussion of gender reassignment surgery from about a century ago. Einar Wegener is the first known person to undergo gender change as we know and do it today. Outstanding film, this is what an Oscar … Continue reading

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Dirty John (2018) Reviewed by Anita **.5

In the mood to binge on a true crime story I suggest Dirty John. Currently available on Netflix and it is only one season of eight episodes. Who you marry is the biggest decision of one’s life, Debra Newell (Connie … Continue reading

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Sid and Judy (2019) – reviewed by George

This documentary/biography is a clever mash-up of newsreel footage and clips from movies, concerts, and TV shows. And the narration is handled by Jon Hamm as the voice of Sid Luft, Judy’s third husband and manager, supplemented with quotes from … Continue reading

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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) Reviewed by Anita *****

I love a movie with intermission and this one has it. The Agony and the Ecstasy is a biographical novel made into an epic film written by the American author Irving Stone. The docudrama is the telling of true story … Continue reading

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Ex Libris: A Film by Frederick Wiseman: The New York Public Library (2017) – reviewed by George

I wanted to see this, but I have had it since Sept. 4 of last year, and have been put off by its length: 3 hours and 25 minutes. Finally a few days ago I said alright, the time has … Continue reading

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Dangerous Beauty (1998) Reviewed by Anita ***

A true life film-story Dangerous Beauty is adapted from the novel The Honest Courtesan, a tale about a brave woman and her role in saving one of Italy’s most beautiful cities Venice. Veronica Franco (Catherine McCormack) is that remarkable woman, … Continue reading

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If You’re not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (2017) Reviewed by Anita *****

This is a wonderful American documentary about life after 65.  Director Danny Gold brings to center stage how society has marginalized this age bracket and the secret to living well into your 90’s loving and celebrating every minute. Star Carl … Continue reading

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Wall Street of the West – The Story of the Fort Worth Stockyards (2001) – reviewed by George

I saw this documentary on PBS. It really fits in with today’s Randolph Scott western (see following review). Fort Worth was an actual fort in north Texas, built, I believe, in 1849. In 1853 soldiers abandoned the fort and moved … Continue reading

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