Tag Archives: Real-life story

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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Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Meet Walter Mercado

Netflix documentary film “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” looks around the life and career of Walter Mercado, who was an iconic cultural figure for 120 million Latino TV viewers around the world. Although I must confess that … Continue reading

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Resistance (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A mime artist fighting against Nazi

“Resistance” looks into the early years of Marcel Marceau during World War II, and the result is fairly watchable while not distinguishing itself much from many other similar World War II movies out there. Sure, I am glad to learn … Continue reading

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Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): The story of one evil power broker

Roy Cohn was a deplorable piece of work in many aspects. Throughout his relentless pursuit of money and power, this evil and ambitious power broker casually ruined the lives of many people while also influencing numerous scumbag figures not so … Continue reading

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Welcome to Chechnya (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Against the anti-gay purge in Chechnya

It is often scary and chilling to watch HBO documentary film “Welcome to Chechnya”, which gives us a close look into a small but significant human effort against the ongoing anti-gay purge in Chechnya. While it is surely heartening to … Continue reading

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The Outpost (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): In the middle of a hell called war

“The Outpost” turns out to be more engaging and thoughtful than I expected. While this is surely another tense, gritty, and brutal modern American war drama, it distinguishes itself to some degree as tactfully handling its story and characters with … Continue reading

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DOSED (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Going through alternative addiction therapies

Documentary film “DOSED” observes a bumpy and difficult personal quest to sobriety via alternative addiction therapies. While some of you probably have some reasonable doubt on those alternative addiction therapies, the documentary still engages us as glimpsing into a series … Continue reading

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Athlete A (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A shocking sexual abuse case behind USA Gymnastics

It is often difficult to process what is told in Netflix documentary film “Athlete A”, which was released on this Wednesday. Like many other recent documentary films on sexual abuses, the documentary gives us a series of devastating testimonies on … Continue reading

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