Archive for April, 2011

Robin Wright in a scene from The ConspiratorThis year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. It concluded four years later, which also commemorates the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. It’s well known the American leader was murdered by John Wilkes Booth. However, three other men and one woman were found guilty and punished for conspiring to kill the country’s leaders. The Conspirator is the untold story of their trial, which resulted in the first female execution in the U.S. (more…)

A scene from A Simple RhythmA Simple Rhythm is a feast for the senses. It’s aesthetically magnificent and the sound is captivating. Moreover, the narrative is a fascinating balance of informative and hypnotizing. (more…)

A scene from No Entry No ExitThis documentary is a chasm of ethical complexities for both those participating and audiences watching the events unfold. In this tightly edited film, directors Mareille Klein and Julie Kreuzer explore the repercussions that reverberate through a rural community in Germany when a convicted rapist moves into the neighbourhood. (more…)

A scene from The Battle for BarkingEmbarking on our own nation’s election, I was intrigued by this film that documented the fierce competition in a particular borough of London during the 2010 federal election. If anything, the following description gave me the hope that watching this movie would make me feel exponentially better about Canada’s leadership options. (more…)

Martin Luther King Jr. and Harry Belafonte in a scene from The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975The ‘60s wasn’t all hippies and flower power. The Beatles were not the only phenomenon sweeping the United States. And Neil Armstrong wasn’t the only one taking giant steps for the future of humanity. The Black Power Movement took various forms at different times, but the mission to raise coloured people out of poverty and achieve equality was consistent. The movement grew out of the civil rights movement of the ‘50s and early ‘60s, but as circumstances changed so did the direction of the movement. Regardless of who was leading the call for change, it was always clear change was necessary. (more…)

A scene from El Bulli - Cooking in ProgressLast year, one of my top Hot Docs selections was Kings of Pastry, a documentary about the world’s top pastry chefs competing for the Meilleur Ouvrier. It was “one of the most delicious films ever committed to celluloid.” When I saw El Bulli – Cooking in Progress in this year’s program, I was immediately drawn to the film. Unfortunately, lightening didn’t strike twice and director Gereon Wetzel didn’t capture the same magic as D.A. Pennebaker. (more…)

This week’s releases include: the true story of world famous fraud and corruption; the tale of a young woman’s search for love and freedom; a documentary about the impact of a miracle; and a thriller about the ultimate intrusion. (more…)