Documentary

CARTEL LAND Review: A Tale Of Two Drug Wars

It opens with a scene straight out of Breaking Bad – a group of masked men are cooking barrel loads of meth by moonlight. The Mexican cartel members even mention that they were taught by a father and son team from America, reminding viewers of Walter White and his surrogate son Jesse Pinkman. (more…)

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Review: GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF Is A Sobering and Scathing Eye-Opener

Time and time again, documentaries often prove that truth is stranger than fiction. The most fertile subjects don’t need to be exaggerated because they’re compelling enough on their own, and the HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief knows this trope and leans into it. (more…)

Review: DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON Is A Raucously Entertaining Doc

Director Douglas Tirola boasts (somewhat cheekily) that Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead features more bare breasts than any other documentary in history. Judging by the raucous end result that details the hard-partying genesis and spectacular flameout of the National Lampoon humour magazine, he may well be right. (more…)

The Overnighters Review

The bootstrapping American Dream of Horatio Alger’s myths seem further away than ever. An eroding middle class, widespread globalization, ongoing conflicts, and the new normal of near-constant economic turmoil have made it abundantly clear that true “rags to riches” stories are few and far between. Yet there’s still opportunities to be had if you look hard enough, and one such boomtown is Williston, North Dakota. (more…)