Reviews - Page 94

Giving you our points of view on the latest docs in release and on the circuit.

Review: ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (UK, 80 min.) Dir. Lorna Tucker Vivienne Westwood seems like a real pain in the ass. It would be an understatement to call her a difficult subject. She doesn’t want to talk about America. She doesn’t want to talk about the Sex Pistols. When director Lorna Tucker interviews Westwood in a set-up that could be the backdrop for a Vanity Fair spread, she amplifies her squirmy restlessness by preceding each response with a fatigued whine. “It’s all so boring,” Westwood quips, insisting that there are better things to talk about than her, although she’ll gab endlessly about herself

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Review: ‘The Cleaners’

The Cleaners (Germany/Brazil, 88 min.) Dir. Dir. Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck A tough investigative doc that slowly, inexorably, turns into a cinematic essay about contemporary anger and hatred, The Cleaners reveals how Facebook censors images and texts worldwide. German directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewick track down a group of “content moderators” in Manila who decide what material stays up on Facebook and what gets taken down. These young Filipinos aren’t schooled in art or communications or ethics. They’re simply doing their jobs and with little training, the decisions they make are problematic, to say the least. One operator proudly reveals that

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Review: ‘Design Canada’

Design Canada (Canada, 74 min.) Dir. Greg Durrell The question of a “brand identity” is difficult to tackle. Corporate values, principles, history, and mandates combine with consumer-friendly concision. Now imagine this entity has thirteen unique departments, one of which considers itself a distinct brand-within-a-brand, two official languages and countless unofficial ones, a sprawling geographical range, and a rocky history of cultural genocide. The long road to Canada’s brand is a tricky one. However, this productive conversation ensures the collective identity undergoes constant reappraisal. The question of the national brand identity fuels an engaging discussion in Design Canada. This upbeat and patriotic

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Review: ‘American Animals’

American Animals (USA, 100 min.) Dir. Bart Layton American Animals spins the phrase “based on a true story” on its head. This innovative and exhilarating docu-drama hybrid from Bart Layton (The Imposter) masterfully straddles genres and art forms while examining a crime gone wrong. As with The Imposter, American Animals is a fast-paced and electrifyingly stylish film that puts the art of storytelling at its core as multiple speakers and perspectives create a kaleidoscopic portrait of a bizarre tale of true crime. The film dramatizes a 2004 incident in which four college students botched a heist in the special collections room at Kentucky’s Transylvania

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Review: ‘Pressing On: The Letterpress Film’

Pressing On: The Letterpress Film (USA, 99 min.) Dir. Erin Beckloff and Andrew P. Quinn One of the heartening trends in the past decade has been the revival of appreciation for the products and producers of the analogue age. Whether it’s the return of vinyl discs as commercial properties or the increased interest in local beers and wines, it’s clear that a stunning number of younger people are embracing older technologies. Pressing On: The Letterpress Film is a doc that will appeal to those who understand the artistry of making books or prints or single-sheet manifestos. Erin Beckloff and Andrew P. Quinn’s

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Review: ‘Becoming Who I Was’

Becoming Who I Was (South Korea, 96 min.) Dir. Chang-Yong Moon, Jin Jeon Programme: Special Presentations (North American Premiere) Despite his young age—five years old when production for this eight-years-in-the-making doc began—Padma Angdu is a wise and noble monk of noble standing and birth. The young boy is what the Tibetans call a “Rinpoche.” Angdu recalls receiving this title at the age of six when the high Lamas in his community recognised him as the reincarnation of a wise teacher. A formal ceremony enshrines this young boy as born again to impart wisdom that seems beyond the years of his

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Review: ‘Metamorphosis’

Metamorphosis (Canada, 85 min.) Dir. Nova Ami, Velcrow Ripper Velcrow Ripper, ace sound designer and veteran documentary filmmaker has combined forces with his life partner Nova Ami on Metamorphosis, a beautiful meditative piece on the environment. Using the caterpillar and the monarch butterfly as a central metaphor, they suggest that, for the most part, humanity is still in a larva stage and will hopefully evolve into the equivalent of gorgeous flying creatures in the years to come. At the beginning of Metamorphosis, the filmmaking duo work with Sue Halpern, the author of Four Wings and a Prayer, to recount the transformation of caterpillars

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Review: ‘The Quest of Alain Ducasse’

The Quest of Alain Ducasse (France, 84 min.) Dir. Gilles de Maistre We’re in a time when Anthony Bourdain, Paul Bocuse and Wolfgang Puck are superstars. Everyone can start a conversation by asking if you have a favourite new superfood—is it quinoa or coconuts?—and what foodie shows are the ones you obsess over on TV. So it’s no surprise that French documentary filmmaker Gilles de Maistre was given funding and carte blanche to follow the chef and culinary impresario Alain Ducasse for two years to figure out what makes him tick. Ducasse controls over 20 restaurants, has 18 Michelin stars,

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