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Ingrid Jonker: Her Life and Times [ 2001 ] [ Hits:8643 ]
Review: Ingrid Jonker: Her Lives and Time is a biographical documentary based on the life of South African poet and artist, Ingrid Jonker. The film examines her place within society, from her position during Apartheid in South Africa to the vantage point of Nelson Mandela’s famous reference in Parliament. No one can deny that the woman was gifted, and this documentary reflects on her life while acknowledging influences: from regimes to lovers. Her suicide at the age of 31 in Three Anchor Bay immortali...

Blackfish [ Hits:8545 ]
Review: The Cove sent tremors around the world, exposing the barbaric hunting of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. The film-makers brought the shocking seasonal slaughter into full view, shining a spotlight on Japan and the International Whaling Commission's lax policies around whaling and so-called "research". The Cove's courageous and tenacious film and surrounding activism not only won more than 25 film awards, it helped effect change on a global scale. The Cove touched on some delicate matters, suggesting ...

Fokofpolisiekar: The Movie [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6743 ]
Review: Fokofpolisiekar (fuck-off-police-car) are a five-piece Afrikaans punk band that hail from Bellville, Cape Town. When they formed back in 2003, they wanted to broadcast a lifestyle and spirit that reflected the state of affairs for Afrikaners in South Africa. Their complex heritage had left a generation of Afrikaans youth stranded; feeling displaced and alienated in their own country and it was time to forge ahead. Their heritage, the Church, enforced traditions, guilt for an era they had no ...

The Hitchhiking Movie [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6551 ]
Review: The Hitchhiking Movie is the story of Ryan and Phillip, who undertook a bold adventure in 2007, the grueling task of hitchhiking from coast to coast, New York to Los Angeles... in 7 days. Ryan bought an air ticket 7 days in advance, flying the tag team travelers back from Los Angeles and forcing them to do the almost impossible. The US has been inundated with horrors like The Hitchhiker and comedies like There's Something About Mary depicting the dangers of hitchhiking. The thumbs up mode of tra...

Searching for Sugar Man [ Hits:4780 ]
Review: Rockumentaries are usually about fame, the paranoia of money and the affects of a sex, drugs and rock 'n roll lifestyle on the road. Searching for Sugar Man reinvents the genre with a real-life mystery about Sixto Rodriguez, a '70s music icon, whose career was stifled and forgotten... or so it seemed. Decades after Rodriguez vanished from the music scene, two South Africans decided to find out what happened to the shy and mysterious rock 'n roller. Searching for Sugar Man recounts Rodriguez's q...

The Cove [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3798 ]
Review: The Cove is a documentary about nature preservation and an attempt to make wrongs right. Ric O'Barry, famous for his work on Flipper and now for his activism, is the driving force behind this fascinating behind-the-scenes investigation into the annual dolphin drives in Taiji, Japan. The trainer-turn-activist has been campaigning for years to set dolphins free after ironically helping the much-loved species to stardom and creating a demand and ultimately a threat to their survival as a species. O...

Tyson [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3746 ]
Review: "I'm gonna f**k you till you love me". I can't think of anyone in their right minds, who'd want to trade places with Mike Tyson. The man has carved a little piece of hell for himself over the last four decades... from his childhood days of petty crime in Brownsville to becoming the most infamous heavyweight champion of the world. Fast, furious and reckless, Mike Tyson stormed the boxing world with a series of first and second round knock-outs making him the most formidable and intimidating oppon...

Man on Wire [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3511 ]
Review: Man on Wire is the story of French tightrope walker, Phillipe Petit. For all intents and purposes, it’s probably better to call him a wire walker as his biggest feats were achieved balancing on cables. Petit’s name is not synonymous with his life. The man’s a living legend with his crowning achievement being an illegal high-wire walk between New York City’s World Trade Center twin towers in 1974. This documentary uncovers Petit’s background and reconstructs events building up to this i...

The 11th Hour [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3207 ]
Review: First of all, The 11th Hour is a documentary and not an asteroid action film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Stephen Hawking. DiCaprio is open about his political views and is championing the cause together with Al Gore. This is probably why The 11th Hour was lambasted as ‘liberal propaganda’ by many Americans. Watching The 11th Hour from a non-American point-of-view doesn’t have this effect. Some of the world’s leading authorities and most brilliant minds gather together to voice their c...

The U.S. vs. John Lennon [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3155 ]
Review: The U.S. vs. John Lennon is a strong anti-war biographical documentary about John Lennon, which details the musician’s anti-war political stance and threat to the U.S. government, during the Nixon administration. It tries to answer some tough questions, like: was John Lennon’s murder a political assassination? How involved in politics should artists become? Where is the line between stardom and leadership? The U.S. vs. John Lennon constructs a documentary composed of archive footage of John...