Documentary

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  • The Imposter

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 24th August 2012

    Last time I saw a documentary that had some scenes dramatised by actors, I think it was 'Women Who Kill: The Rose West Story' or maybe 'Inside Hitler's Bunker' on the Biography Channel. It's never been a very credible device, especially nowadays, when the fashion in documentary is 'stripped back, no narrator'. So The Imposter deserves no end of praise, not only for bucking this trend with its acted-out scenes, but for taking what could've been a weeknight Channel 5 true story and telling it like a truly gripping drama.

  • Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 18th July 2012

    There's only one man brave enough to go up against the Batman on The Dark Knight Rises' release week, and that's Ice-T. You might know him as the author of the touching, heartfelt ballads 'KKK Bitch' and 'Ice Muthafucking T', but now he's made a documentary all about rap, and it's not half bad. Finally, a review in which we have a legitimate reason to use the expression 'the shiznit'.

  • Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail

    TV Review | Ed Williamson | 24th May 2011

    Sure, it might sound a bit like the title of a late-eighties straight-to-video Van Damme movie, but it's just good ol' Louis Theroux, diffidently doing the jailhouse rock. Again.

  • Catfish

    Movie Review | Ali | 19th December 2010

    If you want to get the best out of Catfish, stop reading this review immediately and just go see it - it's in cinemas and available to watch online now. The movie's marketing team know an enigmatic approach is key, as its ads suggest you "don't let anyone tell you what it is" a la Psycho - the first hint you're in for a surprise that's nasty and nice in equal measure.

  • Religulous

    Movie Review | Mark | 18th April 2009

    There's a new kind of film on the block. And Religulous is it. To call it a documentary is a palpable nonsense: it's a documentary in the same way that a film without any CGI is a documentary - a record of staged events engineered to create and further an opinion. In effect, Religulous is a filmed thesis; a visual presentation o...

  • Man On Wire

    Movie Review | Anna | 4th August 2008

    On August 7th 1974, one man crossed the void between the two towers of the World Trade Center, 1,350 feet above the streets of New York - on a wire. No harness, no safety nets, no TV crew filming him. The only thing stopping him plummeting hundreds of feet was his own skill and determination; one quiver and he'd had it. The m...

  • Joy Division

    Movie Review | Mark | 8th May 2008

    "After those two records, those two works of art, everything else is merchandising the memory." - Peter Saville The lens of time perverts memory. Now, right now, this very second, we are living in historic times. Across the world, right now, events are happening that will be chronicled in history. But us, we're too busy livin...

  • Shine A Light

    Movie Review | Mark | 17th April 2008

    Martin Scorsese's long-running love affair with music - first cemented with The Last Waltz, confirmed with Bowie's best ever role in After Hours and the Dylan documentaries - becomes flesh with Shine A Light. Ostensibly a recording of a Rolling Stones concert in New York, Shine A Light is actually an unwitting comedy classic. ...

  • Sicko

    Movie Review | Ali | 22nd November 2007

    Michael Moore makes horror films. The truths uncovered by the tubby liberal are often far more terrifying than the half-baked shocks of the tired old slasher genre and the manner in which his greedy subjects use regular people as commodities makes me sick to my stomach, more so than any torture porn. His latest polemic sees him ...

  • An Inconvenient Truth

    Movie Review | Ali | 3rd October 2006

    Man, is this ever a hard sell: a former Presidential candidate waxes lyrical on the perils of global warming while his Powerpoint presentation plays in the background, complete with stats, graphs and - gasp - pie charts. Given a choice between this and Clerks 2 et al, the majority of moviegoers will no doubt give it a wide bert...