Eternal Spring – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2022

In March 2002, a state TV station in China was hijacked by members of the outlawed spiritual group Falun Gong. Their goal was to counter the government narrative about their practice. In the aftermath, police raids sweep Changchun City, and comic book illustrator Daxiong, a Falun Gong practitioner, is forced to flee. He arrives in …

Waterman – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2022

As someone who isn’t familiar with the world of surfing, this documentary about five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was a revealing and beyond inspiring viewing that defies time and legacy. Majestically narrated by Jason Momoa, the film takes us on a journey through the many highlights of Duke’s professional life. He’s …

Still Working 9 to 5 – Film Review | Doc Edge Festival 2022

“Everyone was very nervous about the movie, because it had three female leads” – Lily Tomlin In the 1970’s, 1/3 of working women were secretaries. The pay was terrible, the bosses could routinely harass and talk down to their employees and there was very little if nothing a woman could do to move up. Eventually, …

Baloney – Film Review

Co-creators Michael Phillis and Rory Davis invite viewers to take a look behind the scenes of their beloved Gay All-Male Revue, BALONEY. While we witness them and their collaborators rehearse for their new show, which premiered just a few weeks before the global pandemic hit, we also get to know the cast a little better. …

Long Live My Happy Head – Film Review | Doc Edge Festival 2022

Gordon is an adorable Scottish man from Edinburgh. He’s a comic book artist who is working on several autobiographical books about how he’s living with this looming cloud over his head. At 32 he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and he hasn’t stopped fighting. Seven years later, he is writing and drawing what …

Review – The Rise and Fall of LuLaRoe | Discovery+

“Social media has been gasoline on the fire that is MLM’s” In the early days of this new fad known as social media, people were selling things with the help of videos and live streaming. In 2012, DeAnne Brady and her husband Mark Stidham, started LuLaRoe, a women’s clothing company known mostly for selling novelty …

Django & Django – Sergio Corbucci Unchained – Film Review | Venice 2021

Guided along by the narration of Quentin Tarantino, Django & Django explores Sergio Corbucci’s robust volume of work within the Italian Western sub-genre. Using his own work as an introductory framework, Tarantino introduces Corbucci, his more famous works, and the details that lead to their creation. While solid in its delivery of the information, Django …

The Rumba Kings – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

We colonized all of Africa with our music. Things were bad in the Belgian Congo in the early part of the century. Colonialization and apartheid level conditions between the invading Europeans and the rightful inhabitants of the country were enslaved, beaten, forced to work for the white man mining the natural resources while they lived …

Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

“All of my friends and colleagues who have contracted HIV are dying. How can I help?” High school friends, Ric Weiland, Bill Gates, and Paul Allen took their collective love of computers and technology and went on to work together at Microsoft. By day, Ric was a programmer and developer who took pride in what …

Fin – Film Review | Discovery+

Eli Roth in ‘Fin’. Photo credit: Joe Romeiro. Photo courtesy: discovery+ TRIGGER WARNING FOR THIS REVIEW AND THE DOCUMENTARY ‘FIN’: ABUSE & SLAUGHTER OF LIVE SHARKS IS DESCRIBED AND SHOWN IN FULL. The name Eli Roth rings a bell with many horror fanatics, but the director of Hostel, Cabin Fever and many other gory flicks, …