“In Search of Israeli Cuisine” If Food Could Speak

 

At first I thought I was getting in over my head when I agreed to reviewing In Search of Israeli Cuisine as I know very little about their food. Having grown up Italian, give me a film on Italian food and I’m right there. However, I found this film not just about food, but about the State of Israel, its nation and its people. Delighted with the movie I could not stop watching it till the final frame, it’s an eye opener.  Read more

“On the Map” a Basket Full of Miracles

 

An apropos title for the film On the Map opens in several cities in Florida this weekend and it’s exciting, heartwarming and inspirational. Set in Israel following the Yom Kippur War, the documentary captures the serious issues of the people, the challenges before them and a team of basketball players that dig deep into their hearts for a chance to get their country recognized as nation in the eyes of the world. This is not an ordinary sports movie, but a historical tribute to the men who made it all happen some 40 years ago. Read more

Interview with Director Abigail Fuller on “Do You Dream in Color?”

An enlightening and poignant coming of age documentary, Do You Dream In Color? captures the inspired journeys of four courageous blind teens as they face the challenges and frustrations of living in a sighted world. There’s, Connor 14, who uses echo-location to improve his skateboarding skills so he can join a skateboarding team. Sixteen-year-old Sarah dreams of studying in Portugal, where her mother was born. Read more

“Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower” an Inside Look at Protectors

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Those going to concerts, speaking events, nightclubs, arena events and other high profile happenings have no clue in what goes on behind the scenes. The documentary Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower tells it all with film, video, photos and firsthand accounts of one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Read more

“Author: The JT LeRoy Story” a Wacky Look at a Wacky Life

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This wild and wacky documentary on the life of author Laura Albert, Author: The JT LeRoy Story, gets complicated, showy, impudent and irreverent and that just the first half. But, that’s the beauty of this offbeat, nonsensical biography told by Laura Albert herself. Unless you travel in book writing circles, you may not know the celebrity of the writer who earned her fame using multiple impostors and through a stroke of luck. In fact, she’s even accused of a mental multiple personality disorder in her quest to pull off one of the biggest hoax’s in the literary business. Read more

“Life, Animated”, a Heartfelt Story of True Love for a Child

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Heartfelt, inspiring and compelling the documentary Life, Animated takes you into the world of Autism in a positive way. Not to be missed, this amazing production involves relationships as you have never experienced unless you are a parent, psychologist, or a member of the medical field directly associated with children with this unusual affliction. It’s so touching and emotional that the film should bring tears of joy from this rare coming-of-age story. Read more

“Rabin in his Own Words”, the Life of a Peacemaker

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One of the most complete and intensive biography/documentary films I’ve seen years, Rabin in His Own Words comes to American screens this weekend. It follows Yitzhak Rabin life from birth to his untimely death using photographs, home film, archival footage and news reels. It’s actually a documentary on how Israel was born, the historical wars they fought and the challenge of bringing peace to the nation. Read more

The Best of It, Making the Right Bet

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Making the right bet on a college basketball team can get you a lot of money. The other side of the coin however, can put you in debt. In the documentary film The Best of It we find that there are smart gamblers and not so smart ones. Director Scott Pearson Eberly puts together a cross section of betters and adds a few odds makers in this enlightening film that reveals the stress and elation of winning. Oh and some dire consequences of losing as well. Read more

The Phoenix Incident, Where Truth Battles Fiction

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Most documentaries are usually biographical, historical, or political taking one into the center of a particular topic. In the case of The Phoenix Incident however, the film uses the genre to entertain while tying in with an actual event. This sometimes works to a high degree, especially subjects that threaten extinction like the atom bomb, space junk and earthquakes. UFO sightings have been an ongoing subject for years with most of the evidence hidden from the public labeling them as scientific anomalies or military exercises. The Phoenix Incident takes the subject of alien sightings and possible abduction a step further citing an actual happening that the filmmakers say was a cover up. Read more

City of Gold, is Food for the Gods

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With all the food shows on TV these days what makes the movie City of Gold unique? The documentary has one main character, it involves on camera making of food, and the critic eats and gives his opinion about the dishes and the restaurant. What stands out the most however, comes from a novel idea and the reputation food critic Jonathan Gold has built. One where the show is never staged and the restaurant he drops into never knows when he will show up or if at all.  Read more

Rolling Papers, A “Puff” Piece on Marijuana

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Taking a gander at law abiding citizens smoking pot in Denver, the film Rolling Papers transports you into the heart of the Rockies for an in depth tour of Amendment 64. The documentary features the growing, harvesting, production and sales of weed and oh, the smoking of the mind expanding recreational drug as well. Yes I did say recreational. While most states are clamoring for the medical value of smoking marijuana, Colorado has determined it’s as safe as alcohol. And it makes the State very rich from the sales tax. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves because there’s as much documentary as comedy in the wacky film. Read more

What Our Fathers Did, The Sons of Nazis

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A very compelling documentary What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy opens in theaters this weekend. The film delves into two high officials of the Nazi government that were responsible for most of the deaths in the concentration camps during WWII. With material discovered by an International Lawyer, the responses from two sons that grew up in the families of the two Nazi officials during the war and the aftermath are eye opening. It’s that one in a million chance to get an inside view of the monsters that controlled the destiny of millions of Jews. The film gets shocking at times as one of the sons tries to defend his father. Read more

Soldiers and Peacemakers, The Wars of Israel

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Sitting back and watching the documentary The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers brought back the memory of the history taught in my school years depicting the establishment of the State of Israel. But the information I received back then does not compare with what you will see in this film. Told by the late Yehuda Avner who witnessed the beginning of a nation through all the turmoil and frustration, you’ll see how the country evolved into what it is today. Now in Theaters. Read more

Tibetan Warrior, One Man’s Fight for Freedom

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The documentary movie Tibetan Warrior offers a look at the plight of the people in a region taken over by the Chinese. The movie brings to light the disturbing practice of self-immolation as a way of letting the world know that Tibetans are opposed to Chinese rule. The film follows Loten Namling a musician and self-acclaimed Tibetan Warrior who walked for days spreading the word about his people in Tibet. It also goes into the visits he has made to the Dalai Lama in India and the United Nations. It is an interesting topic and one that should be addressed worldwide in the vein of any repressed nation wanting to be heard. Read more