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The Five Best Controversial Documentaries of Recent Years

Filed under: — Brandon Engel on December 11th, 2014 12:12:45 am

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Film is an incredibly powerful medium. It informs public opinion, and helps us to preserve pieces of our history. Some of the most influential writings on the potential social utility of non-fiction filmmaking were produced by Scottish born Canadian filmmaker John Grierson, who thought of film as a means of empowering the powerless, and calling attention to social ills. Grierson’s influence is still resonant, as evidenced by this collection of films that seek to enrich public discourses through their films.

 

Here are the top five thought-provoking documentaries from recent years.

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Black Sea (2014)

Filed under: — Helen on December 9th, 2014 06:12:25 pm

black sea film posterBlack Sea is a gripping submarine thriller that covers themes of desperation and greed. The film is held together by a strong cast providing frantic on edge performances which are enhanced by the dark and claustrophic setting of the submarine. There is a sense of tragedy as men who have dedicated their lives to their work find they are thrown to the bottom of a scrapheap,  and have to resort to desperate measures to get revenge and make a living.
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What could Brian Ross Learn from Woodward and Bernstein?

Filed under: — Brandon Engel on November 14th, 2014 11:11:24 pm

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Art history is perhaps one of the most comprehensive encapsulations of world history humanity has at its disposal. The role of religion in society at large, social mores, taboos, inequitable societal structures, social unrest, political scandal…it’s all been documented by artists.

What’s great about the 20th Century is that cinema has played such an enormous role in documenting this era in human history. Some of the most compelling films of all time have dealt, self-reflexively, with the role of media in modern society — films like Citizen Kane, Wag The Dog, Network — it’s an extensive list.

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Christine: Carpenter and King’s Abhorrent Auto

Filed under: — Brandon Engel on October 29th, 2014 11:10:44 pm

 

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In the history of Stephen King novels adapted to film, some have fallen short by a wide margin, some have become immensely successful, and others still become relatively obscure over time. Then there are those films like The Shining, which didn’t receive much praise upon its release, but has since gone on to be regarded as one of the greatest horror movies of all time. One of the major issues for Stephen King fans with The Shining, and indeed, for Stephen King himself, were the philosophical/spiritual incongruities between King and director Stanley Kubrick.

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Demons, Aliens, Renegades, and Slashers: The Grim Imagination of John Carpenter

Filed under: — Brandon Engel on September 10th, 2014 08:09:38 pm

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John Carpenter has created some of the most terrifying movie monsters in the history of cinema, but he’s also managed to make films that are moving emotionally, and he has continually defied what audiences have expected from self-aware genre films. What’s more, he could achieve all of this on a miniscule budget, with casts comprised primarily of unestablished actors. In fact, he helped to establish some performers, including Jamie Lee Curtis.

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Mistaken For Strangers (2013)

Filed under: — Helen on August 3rd, 2014 04:08:15 pm

mistaken for strangers posterMistaken for Strangers was supposed to be a rock documentary about the popular band ‘The National’ as they embarked on their 2010 tour, but it turned out to be something much more original and stirring.  Filmed by Tom Bernenger, the younger brother of ‘The National’s’ lead singer Matt Berninger, as he is invited to come on tour with the band and work as a roadie for them, Mistaken for strangers is more a film about sibling rivalry and self discovery than a music documentary. It not only shows the not particularly exciting off stage antics of a rock/indie band, but it shows how brotherly love and patience can be tested by jealousy and being in close proximity to one another. 
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Lovelace (2013)

Filed under: — Helen on May 5th, 2014 04:05:36 pm

lovelace film posterLovelace is the story of Linda Lovelace, the woman who starred in the 1972 porn classic Deep Throat, which was one of the first porn films to gain popularity with the mainstream public. Shortly after  leaving the porn industry, Linda went on to campaign against the porn industry and become an advocate for women’s rights and Lovelace outlines the reasons why.
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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Filed under: — Helen on January 27th, 2014 08:01:47 pm

inside llewyn davis film posterInside Llewyn Davis comes at a time when piracy and the internet are making it harder than ever for musicians to make money out of their music. People are buying music less and less from shops and getting everything online at a cheaper rate. With this and the still recent financial crisis in mind, this film about a struggling musician is a story bound to strike a chord with many people. Llewyn’s efforts to get himself heard has the potential to resonate with any person who has struggled to find work  in a changing marketplace. 


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Bernie (2011)

Filed under: — Helen on January 15th, 2014 11:01:55 pm

Bernie_posterBernie is the true story of Assistant Funeral Director Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), who after confessing to the crime of murdering his friend and employer  Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine) and concealing it for months, received the support of almost the whole town of Carthage, Texas. Their wish for Bernie to be found innocent was so strong that the District Attorney actually had to have the trial moved to another town in order to ensure  a fair trial.
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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Filed under: — Helen on December 6th, 2013 04:12:29 pm

beautiful creatures film posterBeautiful Creatures is a romantic fantasy film centred around a small town character who falls in love with a mysterious stranger who has supernatural powers.  Sound familiar? It’s impossible not to draw comparisons between this and Twilight, as the central story is almost the same, just with the genders being reversed. The supernatural character is the girl, and she is a witch or ‘caster’, rather than a vampire.
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