Category Archive: documentary

Nov 16

Abraham Lincoln: A life in pictures

"Lincoln" star Daniel Day-Lewis is the latest actor to play American president Abraham Lincoln on screen.

Honest Abe has proven a popular subject for filmmakers over the years Was Abraham Lincoln our most cinematic president? From his hardscrabble childhood on the frontier to his dramatic death due to an assassin’s bullet, Lincoln lived a life fraught with hardship, triumph and tragedy. He shepherded the nation through its greatest crisis — the …

Continue reading »

Jul 24

The London Olympics: Let the Games begin!

Chariots of Fire

“Chariots of Fire,” “Cool Runnings” guaranteed to get you in the Olympic spirit Take your tea set out of storage. Dust off your bowlers and umbrellas. The 2012 London Olympics are almost upon us. More than 14,000 athletes from 205 countries will compete in 300 sporting events, ranging from popular spectator sports such as beach …

Continue reading »

Jul 18

Happy birthday, Hunter S. Thompson!

The godfather of gonzo journalism would have celebrated 75 years today “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold … ” These are the words of Hunter S. Thompson, the godfather of gonzo journalism. More specifically, it’s the opening line of “Fear and Loathing in …

Continue reading »

Jul 01

July brings an explosion of big-budget blockbusters

Andrew Garfield stars as the title teenage superhero in "The Amazing Spider-Man."

“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Dark Knight Rises” will rule multiplexes in July Looking for something to do on a sticky summer afternoon? After a month of fairytales (“Brave,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”), historical fiction (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter“) and testosterone-fueled fantasies (“Magic Mike,” “Rock of Ages,” “Ted”), we’ve arrived in the heart of the …

Continue reading »

Jun 18

Hit the road with “Smokey and the Bandit”

This week’s screenings: South American adventures, “Smokey and the Bandit” A group of dedicated nature lovers follow the footsteps to two legendary outdoorsmen in the documentary “180 Degrees South.” The film follows surfer Jeff Johnson and his friends as they retrace Doug Tompkins and Yvon Chouinard’s legendary 1968 van trip from Ventura to the mountainous …

Continue reading »

Jun 08

Josh Brolin introduces audiences to “Untamed Americas”

Learn more about our amazing continent this weekend on National Geographic They’ve endured extreme heat, subzero cold and 80-mph winds. They’ve rappelled down Peruvian cliffs and slogged through Ecuadorian jungles. They’ve communed with bison at South Dakota’s Custer State Park, swam with stinging jellyfish in Monterey, Calif., and been stalked by pumas in Torres Del …

Continue reading »

Apr 11

What to Watch: “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey”

A sweet, smart and engaging film, “Being Elmo” traces the career of Emmy Award-winning puppeteer Kevin Clash from his humble beginnings in Baltimore to his success on the beloved children’s television series “Sesame Street.”

Jun 13

These flicks spell “summer”

Aliens attack the White House in that seminal summer movie, "Independence Day."

Inspired by director George Lucas’ years as a young cruiser in 1960s Modesto, the nostalgic coming-of-age comedy “American Graffiti” follows a group of high school graduates (Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul LeMat and Charles Martin Smith) on one fateful summer night as they cruise the streets, hook up and luck out. Legendary DJ Wolfman Jack provides a steady soundtrack of rock n’ roll hits.

Apr 14

Abraham Lincoln’s film legacy

"The Conspirator," starring Robin Wright and James McAvoy, centers on the Abraham Lincoln assassination trial.

“The Conspirator,” opening Friday, looks at the plot to kill President Lincoln Earlier this week, we marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. Today we celebrate an equally somber occasion. On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching “Our American Cousin” in Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. …

Continue reading »

Sep 11

Sept. 11 on film

"The Elephant in the Room"

What filmmakers want to tell us about Sept. 11 Seven years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, we’re still feeling the physical and psychological impact of those planes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania. Few places is that impact felt …

Continue reading »