Tag: Hot Docs 2014

DVD: Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014)

DVD: Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014)

January 18, 2015 | By

A fascinating historical collage of rock star Alice Cooper, directors Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema and Scot McFayden’s took the audio from extensive interviews and created vivid montages using stills, music, and archival concert video to trace Vincent Furnier’s ascension from an asthmatic teen living in Detroit to a pioneering rocker with a flair for macabre subjects and theatrics, including hanging, beheading…

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Super Duper Supermensches

Super Duper Supermensches

January 18, 2015 | By

Reviews of kissing cousins documentaries Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (Anchor Bay) and Super Super Alice Cooper (eOne).

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HOT DOCS 2014: Reviews Set 5

HOT DOCS 2014: Reviews Set 5

May 7, 2014 | By

Hot Docs 2014 Reviews, Set 5, include four NFB docs: Absences (2014), Guidelines / La marche à suivre (2014), Out of Mind, Out of Sight (2014) and Where I’m From / D’où je viens (2014).

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Film: Absences (2014)

Film: Absences (2014)

May 7, 2014 | By

As her own mother’s mental health disintegrates from the gradual effects of Alzheimer’s, director Carole Laganière seeks to understand how a major absence effects people (namely adults with traumatic events in their youthful pasts), but in the process of making this film, she also creates an absence…

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Film: Guidelines / La marche à suivre (2014)

Film: Guidelines / La marche à suivre (2014)

May 7, 2014 | By

Director Jean-Francois Caissy’s portrait of students at a rural high school in Quebec captures the awkwardness and attitude of unruly teens as they accept and adapt to the school’s behaviour code. The tough discipline from prior eras has been replaced with lengthy progress meetings…

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Film: Out of Mind, Out of Sight (2014)

Film: Out of Mind, Out of Sight (2014)

May 7, 2014 | By

After examining the specific case of a violent act committed by a mentally ill individual in NCR: Not Crimminally Responsible (2013), director John Kastner broadens his scope in this related doc regarding the treatment of patients at Brockville’s Mental Health Centre…

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Film: Where I’m From / D’où je viens (2014)

Film: Where I’m From / D’où je viens (2014)

May 7, 2014 | By

Claude Demers’ personal reflections on his childhood in Verdun, a borough in Montreal, Quebec, are conveyed in a slightly experimental narrative design where the director’s impressionistic narration flows over striking images of the city’s waterways and rough streets…

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HOT DOCS 2014: Review Set 4

HOT DOCS 2014: Review Set 4

May 5, 2014 | By

Hot Docs 2014 Reviews, Set 4, include: The Agreement / Forhandleren (2013), The Beijing Ants (2013), Everything Will Be (2014), The Sower / Le Semeur (2013) and What is Left? (2014). Also: what’s coming soon!

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Film: Agreement, The / Forhandleren (2013)

Film: Agreement, The / Forhandleren (2013)

May 5, 2014 | By

In an era when one terrible war is replaced with another and rarely revisited by the media after its most explosive phase has passed, Karen Stokkendal Poulsen’s hour-long film reminds us of the slow and petty details that need to be sorted by former warring parties prior to the necessary…

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Film: Beijing Ants, The (2013)

Film: Beijing Ants, The (2013)

May 5, 2014 | By

When Ryuii Otsuka’s family of three are given notice by the daughter of their supposed landlords to either accept a steep rent increase or vacate their apartment by the end of the month, things swerve to some horrible extremes in this fascinating documentation using hidden…

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