Category Archives: Documentary Reviews

Love is idle. Three simple words. The Weasels’ Tale.

—Chris Joseph Stancato The Weasels' Tale (El cuento de las comadrejas) Love is idle. Three simple words. The Weasels’ Tale. On the cornice of comedy, death is always dormant. There is a dark struggle for the comedian to strike the fears of reality and the forces within. The comedian’s delight to humor the crowd dangles high and low, sometimes like a court jester. The court in The Weasels’ Tale is run by a queen, a former starlight actress living in her past. Those court jesters, Read more [...]

listen to billie holiday sing…

BILLIE—A NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT BILLIE HOLIDAY CHRIS JOSEPH STANCATO There are many circles of life that we enter, some broken, some unbroken, and some crossover. In Billie the circles of lives involve two women: Billie Holiday and a journalist named, Linda Lipnack Kuehl. The latter person is only part of this documentary, but she is the Roman à clef to unlock the façade of what we know about Billie Holiday i.e., Eleanor Fagan. https://youtu.be/hKimh-iPd_0 NOW PLAYING AT SAVOR AND Read more [...]

Revisión documental destacada: Botero

"La realidad es seca" El documental de Botero, desde una plaza de toros en Medellín hasta galerías mundiales Chris Joseph Stancato "La realidad es seca", dijo Botero. Si agrega una molécula de agua, una gota de un elixir o una idea como las acuarelas en una plaza de toros, entonces ha cambiado este paisaje árido de normalidad como un lienzo a algo espectacular, especial: esta es la visión de Fernando Botero Angulo, artista colombiano. He visto muchos documentales sobre artistas Read more [...]

Tom Wolfe Gets Back to Blood

 

Tom Wolfe Gets Back to Blood

Tom Wolfe Gets Back to Blood is a film about Tom Wolfe’s study of the Magic City. I learned a great deal about his nature for retaining the social environment of people. While he walked around Miami scoping, telescoping, noting, writing, and interacting with different people, you felt as if you were walking with this man in the white suit.

As a Miamian I could truly appreciate the footage of the great author ambling through the city with respect to our culture.

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Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Say It Loud! I’m Black and I’m Proud!

Soul Music as defined by James Brown: “Can’t… Can’t makes you a soul singer.”

This documentary of the ‘Hardest working man in show business’ broadens the definition of Brown as a soul singer and his separation of ‘show’ and ‘business.’ Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown is a 2014 film that begins when he was a still-born and ends as the influence of his career and life are interwoven in rap and hip hop.

James went to prison at Read more [...]

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 the 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 [...]