Category Archives: Documentary Reviews

American Comandante: Documentary Review

American Comandante Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become—James Allen William Morgan was a pipe dreamer of sort who, over the course of his formidable to fatherhood years, became a hero to some, a traitor to others, but most notably a man with conviction. The documentary, American Comandante, illustrates the story of how a young man from Toledo, Ohio converted to a commander in the Cuban Revolution under Fidel Castro. His lifetime was measured in a plethora of positions: Read more [...]

NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY

NO NO - A DOCKUMENTARY Initially, I had questions about the fact that Dock Ellis, who was pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitched a ‘No No,’ that is a no-hitter, against the San Diego Padres in 1971. How did he play, and play great, while on LSD? When did he realize that he was on his way to pitch a no-hitter? Where did he find the strike zone, even more, the catcher’s glove? Lastly…What was he thinking? All of these questions are answered by Dock. However, his drug use during Read more [...]

Plimpton!

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself He was not born in the woods to be scared by an owl.  Shadow Box “A collection of experiences…no one could be that good—and Plimpton isn’t.” The documentary entitled, Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself, begins with the aforementioned as an introduction about his life as a “participatory journalist.” As one of the founders and editors of the Paris Review in 1953, a position in which he would have until his death, George Read more [...]

James Baldwin—The Price of the Ticket

James Baldwin,The Price of a Ticket “If everyone had been in love they’d treat their children differently, they’d treat each other differently. It’s about love; it’s about the price of love…people don’t seem to realize that.” James Baldwin was born in 1927 in Harlem, New York. At the time of his death on December 1, 1989 he had become and still is, an important voice for the rights of all people. He was, as the documentary provides, a brother, spirit, and a writer. It was in a Read more [...]

SALINGER

SALINGER JD Salinger, the recluse author of Catcher in the Rye is revealed through interviews, footage, stories, and his written words in this captivating documentary. A life chronicled by his published stories in the New Yorker to his books. This attentive timeline reflects profoundly into the years of service during World War II, his family and the Glass Family, and the influence of Hinduism. We know from the documentary that Salinger was finishing Catcher in the Rye while in the war. It is Read more [...]