Tag Archives: documentary

Blindspot 2017: Into The Abyss (2011)

Into The Abyss explores a triple murder which occurred in the small Texas city of Conroe in 2001. Michael Perry and Jason Burkett, under the influence of alcohol and drugs, murdered a middle-aged housewife; they then gunned down her stepson and his friend. The film features conversations with the two inmates and those affected by […]

Blindspot 2017: The True Cost (2015)

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls […]

“Is it worth paying for a ticket?”: Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie (2016)

Quaint, polite Englishman slash documentarian Louis Theroux aims his keen eye and curious mind on the immensely powerful and somewhat frightening Church of Scientology in Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie (2016, dir. John Dower). A documentary that takes its time to wonder about what makes Scientology the juggernaut it is, Theroux’s voice leads us viewers […]

Paris Is Burning (1990): Quick-shot review!

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
Directed by Jennie Livingston and filmed in the mid to late 80s, Paris Is Burning (1990) is a cult documentary that focuses on the New York City drag scene of the 80s; its drag balls, vogue culture, and the various characters and groups that helped to make the drag scene…

Thoughts on… All This Mayhem (2014)

An Australian documentary slash Greek tragedy, All This Mayhem (2014, dir. Eddie Martin) is a story about the rise and downfall of professional skateboarding brothers Tas and Ben Pappas. Its synopsis is as follows: All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen […]

A Timely Blogathon: Night and Fog (1955)

Alain Resnais’ confronting short documentary Night and Fog (1955), known in its native French as Nuit et Brouillard, focuses on the atrocities of war – more specifically, the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Resnais directs his keen eye on the Auschwitz camp in particular, showing us the different buildings and areas of the […]

Trailer: Winter At Westbeth (2015)

I recently posted about an amazing documentary film that my partner has been working on for the past couple of years; a little project named Winter At Westbeth (2015). Winter At Westbeth is a documentary set in New York City, about the intersection between ageing and creativity, and contains some of the most beautiful and […]

Very exciting news! – Winter At Westbeth (2015)

Some old faithful readers here at Film Grimoire may remember that back in late 2014, myself and my partner and our good friend all travelled to New York City in order to make an amazing film, meet some amazing people, and also enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. That is, my partner and […]

Prophet’s Prey (2015): “Perfect obedience produces perfect faith.”

Documentaries which focus on uncovering the evils of religion are a particular favourite of mine to watch, and this documentary is no exception, despite its harrowing and sickening subject matter. Prophet’s Prey (2015) is directed by Amy Berg, whose specialty as a documentarian appears to be in exposing crimes against children within the context of […]

The Act of Killing (2012): “My conscience told me they had to be killed.”

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing (2013) is a surreal documentary about a dark time in Indonesia’s history. In 1965 to ’66, an anti-communist purge occurred all throughout the country, as a new president was elected and the country’s Communist Party was decimated. Death squads were responsible for killing one…