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DVD of the Week: Kings of Pastry

This documentary chronicles the physically grueling and emotionally draining three-day competition for the MOF, the highest designation for French pastry chefs. Amid impossibly towering sugar sculptures and delectable cream puffs and layer cakes, we see the essential cores of competition … Continue reading

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams: 3D for grownups

Come along with Werner Herzog as he explores the 33,000-year-old Chauvet cave paintings in southern France. It’s a great topic for a film – a specially authorized descent into the claustrophobic confines of a prehistoric cave, littered with human footprints … Continue reading

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Coming up on TV: The great Erroll Morris and Gates of Heaven

On May 1, Turner Classic Movies is showing Gates of Heaven (1978), the first masterpiece by documentarian Erroll Morris.  It’s overtly about a Bay Area pet cemetery, but as Morris interviews the cemetery owners and the pet owners (as well … Continue reading

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Blogging from Cinequest: War Games and the Man Who Stopped Them

This documentary tells the remarkable Cold War spy story of Army Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski.  In his service on the Polish General Staff, Kuklinski saw that the Warsaw Pact’s war plans for an invasion of Western Europe would inevitably lead to … Continue reading

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DVD of the Week: Inside Job

Charles Ferguson’s brilliant documentary Inside Job may be the most important movie of the year.  It is a harsh but fair explanation of the misdeeds that led to the recent near-collapse of the global financial system.  Unexpectedly, the film begins … Continue reading

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DVD of the Week: The Tillman Story

The Tillman Story weaves three stories together: the making of Pat Tillman, how he died in Afghanistan and his family’s struggle to pull the sheets back on the US military’s cover-up.  At its core, it is the story of people … Continue reading

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2010 in Movies: Documentaries

As usual several documentaries made my list of  Best Movies of 2010:  Inside Job, The Tillman Story, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, and Sweetgrass. And there were still more excellent documentaries.  Ken Burns augmented his brilliant Baseball with The … Continue reading

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DVD of the Week: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

I am not a Joan Rivers fan, but Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work won me over.  Rivers’ compulsion to stay busy at age 77 by accepting every conceivable gig is fascinating, and her raw vulnerability makes you care about … Continue reading

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Kings of Pastry

This documentary  chronicles the physically grueling and emotionally draining three-day competition for the MOF, the highest designation for French pastry chefs.  Amid impossibly towering sugar sculptures and delectable cream puffs and layer cakes, we see the essential cores of competition … Continue reading

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Inside Job

Charles Ferguson’s brilliant documentary Inside Job may be the most important movie of the year.  It is a harsh but fair explanation of the misdeeds that led to the recent near-collapse of the global financial system.  Unexpectedly, the film begins … Continue reading

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