Tag Archives: Documentary

Rising Phoenix (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): They are indeed superheroes

Netflix documentary film “Rising Phoenix” is an uplifting examination of the Paralympic Games and a number of various participants. Rather than merely living with their disabilities, these and many other disabled athletes push themselves really hard at the Paralympic Games … Continue reading

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Boys State (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Meet future American politicians

Documentary “Boys State”, which won the US Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival early in this year, gives us a close and intimate glimpse into a bunch of boys who may be the future of American … Continue reading

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Untold (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A war of memories

South Korean documentary film “Untold”, which was released in local theaters as “A War of Memories” early in this year, simply listens and observes. Even without any particular comment, this small but haunting documentary calmly but palpably conveys to us … Continue reading

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You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): David Arquette rises

I did not know whether I could be merely amused or had to wince a lot as watching documentary film “You Cannot Kill David Arquette”. The documentary often feels so ridiculous and outrageous that I often had serious doubts on … Continue reading

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Russian Penguins (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A risky sports business in Russia

Documentary film “Russian Penguins” is as absurd as its very title suggests. Although I really have no idea on how much of the testaments from the interviewees in the documentary is actually true, the documentary is still engaging as cheerfully … Continue reading

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The Fight (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): ACLU lawyers against the ongoing injustices

Documentary film “The Fight”, which deservedly won the US Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmkaing when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival early in this year, gives us the inspiring stories of several lawyers of the … Continue reading

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2049 (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Hoping for a better future

These days, I often find myself worrying over the future of human civilization. While the signs of global climate change are increasing here and there all over the world, we are still not doing enough to stop this alarming trend … Continue reading

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The Go-Go’s (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): When they got the beat

I like good documentaries which illuminate things beyond my current knowledge, and documentary film “The Go-Go’s” is one of such cases. Following the short but impressive history of a famous all-female American punk rock band during the early 1980s, the … Continue reading

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A Most Beautiful Thing (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Rowing for changes

Documentary film “A Most Beautiful Thing”, which was supposed to be shown at the SXSW Film Festival before it was unfortunately canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is about a group of African American guys who try to bring … Continue reading

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Father Solider Son (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A solider and his family

Netflix documentary film “Father Soldier Son” gives us a close and intimate look into the 10-year story of one ordinary American soldier and his dear family. While it remains rather apolitical about the war which is still being continued even … Continue reading

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