Act of Killing, Sarah Polley win at Cinema Eye

The big winners tonight at the Cinema Eye doc awards were the brilliant Act of Killing, along with Sarah Polley for director.  Too bad Blackfish did not win the audience award.   Winners from HR: Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking The Act o...
Posted On 08 Jan 2014

Blackfish has Seaworld in Aggressive Counter-Attack Mode

Naturally the multi-billion dollar corporation will use their deep pockets to once again wrestle the truth from the American people about the treatment of whales at Sea World.  They’ve spent twenty years on a carefully executed PR campaign to make people think what was...
Posted On 20 Dec 2013

Celebrities Cancel SeaWorld Appearances because of Blackfish doc

Yearwood has joined a growing list of celebrities and bands (Heart, Cheap Trick, Barenaked ladies, Willie Nelson, etc) who have canceled their appearances at SeaWorld because of the revealing look at the inner workings and treatment of orcas. SeaWorld has mounted a PR campaign...
Posted On 15 Dec 2013

Tim’s Vermeer – Illuminating the Painting by Revealing the Science Behind It

Did you know that Teller of Penn and Teller actually speaks? Not only does he speak but he speaks very well. Arriving at the Geffen Playhouse on yet another ridiculously perfect day in Westwood, California, I had no idea what to expect. “Hi, I’m Teller,” he said...
Posted On 07 Nov 2013

IDA Documentary Awards Nominations – Blackfish, Stories, Act of Killing Among Them

2013 International Documentary Awards Nominations BEST FEATURE AWARD THE ACT OF KILLING Director: Joshua Oppenheimer Producers: Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen Executive Producers: Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Torstein Grude, André Singer, Joram ten Brink, Bjarte Mørner...
Posted On 29 Oct 2013

Oscarwatch: Doc Feature Roll Out

Last week, Steve Pond reported that Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell is indeed eligible for the Documentary feature category. The Act of Killing is also eligible. From Pond’s story, a list of eligible films also includes: Lucy Walker’s “The Crash Reel,” Gabriela...
Posted On 07 Oct 2013

Seaworld Announces They Will Install Exercise Machines in Response to Blackfish, Continues Inhumane Treatment of Orcas

The astonishing documentary Blackfish, which could see a lot more publicity if it manages an Oscar nod, or maybe a win, has been giving Seaworld some heat. In response, Seaworld has announced it will install exercise machines for the orcas. Oh goodie. Make them do more work just...
Posted On 03 Oct 2013

Salinger – New Trailer

The critics are hating the new doc Salinger with an unbridled passion not seen since The Lone Ranger. Most of them keep saying “it’s a film Salinger would have hated,” neglecting to also add that not only would Salinger hate the film but he would hate any film....
Posted On 06 Sep 2013

The Blackfish Problem for SeaWorld – Sales Down … 6%

That sales are down only 6% is not nearly enough to make SeaWorld grow a conscience. But it is a start. Blackfish is now available on iTunes and DVD – if you haven’t seen it, you really ought to. Most people will want to avoid it, especially animal lovers. But I would...
Posted On 05 Sep 2013

Telluride Review: Salinger

Who hasn’t been captivated at one time or another by J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, one of the greatest American novels ever written. Probably we shouldn’t need to know much about the genius behind the book because, as the genius himself admits, the work should speak for...
Posted On 02 Sep 2013