Remember Doc Severinsen? He’s 93 and Still Leading the Band

By Gregory Crofton Born in 1927 in an old western town in Oregon, Doc Severinsen has seen a lot of life, and pretty much all of it has been with a trumpet in his hand. The 30 years he worked…

‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart’ Soars Through Five Decades of The Bee Gees’ Hit Songs

By Gregory Crofton Listen to “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” a song by The Bee Gees recorded in 1993, and you’ll get a sense of the depth of this band’s catalog. Part of their “Size Isn’t Everything” album, the song…

‘Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds’ is Packed With Herzog One-Liners That’ll Turn Your Gaze to the Sky

By Jonathon Norcross Werner Herzog’s new globe-trotting documentary about meteors feels like a Nat Geo TV special narrated by an existentialist-turned-standup comic. If that sounds condescending, I mean it as a very sincere compliment. Fireball is mystical, contemplative, and perhaps…

‘The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius’ Delivers a Comprehensive Look at a Devilish Case

Even-handed and intensive, this docuseries about the life of athlete and murder suspect Oscar Pistorius is a worthy addition to the canon of ESPN 30 for 30 Films, taking a close look at the moments that lead to the vicious…

‘My Octopus Teacher’: A Kelp Forest and a Different Kind of Love

By Gregory Crofton The brilliant reds, greens and purples of ocean life seen in Ultra HD 4K are reason enough to watch “The Octopus Teacher.” The documentary however delivers plenty of story too, and combined, this film works on levels…

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