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Nostalgia for the Light (2010)

28 Oct

Review of Nostalgia for the Light

Chili, a country which is perfectly located for watching the stars. Its vast desert provides an area which isn’t polluted by the city lights. For astronomers it is the place to watch the stars. Their light has sometimes travelled billions of years before being caught into a telescope and someone’s eye. Astronomers, just like archeologists, look into the past trying to answer many questions. One of them states that actually we all live in the past. Everything our eyes sees first needs to travel some distance. Even if it’s just a millionth of a second, we are seeing something which isn’t the present. The history of the galaxy can be seen with telescopes and through memories the past of a country can be remembered, which in the case of Chili is a chilling one. Continue reading

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102 Minutes That Changed America (2008)

28 Oct

Review of the documentary 102 Minutes That Changed America (2008)

Translating real events into a compelling movie can be very difficult. You have to stick to the facts, but also still tell a story within those facts. Various movies have been made related to 9/11 and although they might have captured part of what happened you still know you are watching something which was recreated. If you were around on 9/11 you will remember the day vividly. Most people will know what they were doing and how they heard about it. They remember the impact it had on everybody, even if you were not living in the United States. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of movies and documentaries about it and was not expecting this documentary to add much. As it turned out I was quite wrong. Continue reading

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

20 Feb

Review of the documentary Searching for Sugar Man

Some stories are almost too strange to be real, but this documentary tells one that will have you captivated. This movie is about Rodriguez, a musician I had never heard of before. He’s an American artist who never made it there, but who played a big part in the history of South Africa. He had a big following there and any serious South African record collector has to have his records besides those of greats like the Beatles. Unlike the Beatles though no one seemed to know anything about him. Not where he lived or even if he was still alive. There were crazy stories about how he had died, but nothing could be confirmed. Until two people decided to find the truth about him. Continue reading

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

4 Feb

85-year-old Jiri Ono runs a tiny sushi restaurant in a Tokyo subway station with only 10 seats, but he is considered the best sushi chef in the world. And that’s not some people in the movie saying so. He’s got three Michelin stars to prove that fact. Those 10 seats are in high demand, so you have to book at least a month in advance and you can expect to pay at least 30.000 yen (243 pounds/ 312 euro / 381 dollar) for the sushi you eat there. This documentary looks into the world of the best sushi and sushi chef and the perfection he strives for each and every day. Continue reading

Burden of Dreams (1982)

26 Jan

Burden of Dreams review

Werner Herzog had a dream to make the movie I reviewed yesterday, Fitzcarraldo. It’s about a man who wants to make his dream of building an opera house in the middle of the jungle a reality. Part of doing so is to pull a ship over a mountain in the Amazon. As Herzog found out, some dreams can slowly turn into nightmares. Les Blank documented it. Continue reading

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

16 Jan

Since I started the “Story Behind” series I’ve wanted to know more about the history of film. As you know watch older movies regularly, but haven’t really looked into specific time periods or genres. In this documentary Martin Scorcese takes the viewer on a journey showing his love for film. Should you join him on a 225 minute journey? Continue reading

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

15 Jan

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple review
On November 18 1978 a total of 909 people committed mass suicide (or were mass murdered depending how you look at it) in Jonestown in Guyana. Their leader Jim Jones was the founder of the Peoples’ Temple. This documentary looks into its creation and the history of its founder and which events lead to this horrible event. Continue reading