Tag: BBC

Reality, Absurd Dreams, and Faux History: Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories & Zelig

Reality, Absurd Dreams, and Faux History: Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories & Zelig

January 12, 2017 | By

Reviews of two zingers from Woody Allen: the not-really-comedic Stardust Memories (1980) and the brilliant mockumentary Zelig (1983), both on Blu from Twilight Time.

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DVD: Cambridge Spies (2003)

DVD: Cambridge Spies (2003)

March 29, 2016 | By

When Kim Philby died in Soviet Russia, the last member of the notorious British Communist spies was given a hero’s funeral procession, sealing one of England’s most incredible spying sagas. Branded The Cambridge Spies, the group of five, reduced to a key four, were ultimately responsible for giving away major secrets during their tenure in high-profile positions…

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Film: India’s Daughter (2014)

Film: India’s Daughter (2014)

April 9, 2015 | By

In the evening of December of 2012, 23 year-old New Delhi medical student Jyoti Singh Pandey went out with a friend to see a movie, but rather than settle for an action flick, she chose Life of Pi (2012), a life-affirming tale about trust, respect, and a healthy fear of that prevents a tiger from devouring a boy in a boat after a ship’s sinking. Within the next roughly 48 hours after boarding a bus to take her and her male friend home, Jyoti would die of injuries from a monstrously sadistic gang rape…

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Film: From Cyrus to Ahmadinejad – The Not So Secret Iran-Israel War (2012)

Film: From Cyrus to Ahmadinejad – The Not So Secret Iran-Israel War (2012)

March 8, 2015 | By

Produced when Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was still in power, this BBC Persian Television documentary by Maziar Bahari reveals an unlikely relationship between Iran and Israel, which one historian describes as ‘love without marriage’ when 30 years earlier the two countries shared more than diplomatic relations…

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Film: Mohammad and the Matchmaker (2004)

Film: Mohammad and the Matchmaker (2004)

March 8, 2015 | By

In this episode of the half-hour BBC series World Weddings, director Maziar Bahari fulfills the network’s mandate of crafting a lighthearted piece on marriage – in this case, an HIV positive former drug user searching for a wife – and illuminates more everyday aspects of a culture rarely seen in western media…

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DVD: The War Game (1965) / Culloden (1964)

DVD: The War Game (1965) / Culloden (1964)

February 28, 2015 | By

Banned by the BBC for over 20 years, The War Game (1965) is an Oscar-winning, short documentary that remains one of the most potent anti-war, anti-nuclear films ever made, but to understand why Peter Watkins’ film was rejected and suppressed, one has to flip back and do a tally of all the horrible things that had occurred within a few years prior to its making: the erection of the Berlin Wall…

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Vinyl Docs, Part 1 + a Smattering of Nostalgia

Vinyl Docs, Part 1 + a Smattering of Nostalgia

February 11, 2015 | By

Reviews of three docs on records – the extreme collector in Alan Zweig’s Vinyl (2000), the history of the 7″ record and 12″ LP in the respective BBC docs The Joy of the Single and When Albums Ruled the World.

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Film: Joy of the Single, The (2012)

Film: Joy of the Single, The (2012)

February 11, 2015 | By

A definite companion piece to the BBC’s When Albums Ruled the World (2013), The Joy of the Single covers similar ground in putting the love for an obsolete media format – RCA’s 7” 45 RPM platter – which in 1949 established a whole slew of conventions that still remain part of the way music is written, promoted, and enjoyed by the masses…

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Film: When Albums Ruled the World (2013)

Film: When Albums Ruled the World (2013)

February 11, 2015 | By

An obvious companion piece to the BBC’s The Joy of the Single (2012), When Albums Ruled the World gets into the rock doc genre with this taut, prescient chronology of how the lowly long-playing record managed to offer jazz and soon after rock musicians powerful opportunities to create concept albums rather than a series of short tunes the major record labels could spin-off as roughly 3 mins. singles…

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CD: Africa (BBC) (2013)

CD: Africa (BBC) (2013)

September 19, 2013 | By

Return to: Home / Soundtrack  Reviews / A . Rating: Very Good Label: Silva Screen Records / Released: March 18, 2013 Tracks & Album Length: 26 tracks / (68:02) . Special Notes: (none) . Composer: Sarah Class . . Review: Joining the BBC’s team of nature doc composers – which includes George Fenton (Frozen Planet [M]), Nitin […]

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