New Film on Leonard Cohen is Rich, Nuanced But Filled With Few Real ‘Words of Love’

By Gregory Crofton Leonard Cohen, the beloved poet and troubadour from Montreal, surely was a narcissist, but name a great artist who doesn’t carry at least a touch of self obsession? More interesting was Cohen’s struggle with depression, his heavy…

Early Days Madonna Doc Hits the Right Note

By Gregory Crofton Director Guy Guido is an unabashed fan of this American icon and it shows in his film, an engaging mix of documentary and drama that reveals what went on with the young, vulnerable Madonna before she became…

‘BE NATURAL’ is a Dizzying But Needed Look at the Woman Who Helped Invent Movies

By Gregory Crofton Director Pamela B. Green was determined to tell the story of the world’s first female film director and studio owner. And rightly so. The life of Alice Guy-Blaché was largely unknown and it’s completely fascinating. The challenge…

‘WEED THE PEOPLE’ Shows the Huge Upside of Medical Cannabis

By Gregory Crofton Following cancer patients for more than five years, “Weed The People” is a revelatory film that shows how doses of cannabis oil can be key to beating cancer. The film, now streaming on Netflix, comes at a…

‘AMAZING GRACE’ is Raw and Electric, Reveals the Power of Aretha Franklin’s Gospel

By Gregory Crofton “AMAZING GRACE” likely ranks as the most complicated documentary ever made. Directed by the late, great Sydney Pollack, it was filmed over two nights in Los Angeles’ New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in 1972. But it wasn’t…

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