‘Diego Maradona’ Doc is a Rocket on Screen, Much Like the Soccer Superstar was in Life

By Gregory Crofton What in the world was it like to be Diego Maradona? Director Asif Kapadia, a pioneer of archival documentary cinema, gives us a real sense of how life got so fast for Maradona, a young man who…

Rivalry Between Two NFL Titans Explored with ‘Deepfake’ Tech in Latest 30 for 30

By Gregory Crofton What better time to explore the origins of the NFL than the days before Super Bowl 55? Director Ken Rodgers (“The Two Bills,” “Elway to Marino”) has done just that with “Al Davis vs. The NFL” set…

Definitive Doc on Superstar Golfer in ‘Tiger’ but Shortcomings are Baked In

By Jonathon Norcross “Tiger” is a two-part HBO documentary on the life and career of superstar golfer Tiger Woods. Produced by Alex Gibney and directed by Matthew Hamachek and Matthew Heineman, the choice of filmmakers was criticized prior to the…

The Gold Rush and Early Days of Cinema Unspool in ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time’

A still from “Dawson City: Frozen Time” (2016) shows what time and degradation can do to an image shot on nitrate film. By Gregory Crofton You can tell “Dawson City: Frozen Time” is a fully realized work of art almost…

‘Babenco: Tell Me When I Die’ is a Masterpiece About Loving Life

By Gregory Crofton How do you make a film about life when you’re dying? Héctor Babenco somehow figured it out. “I don’t know what came first, filming or being alive,” he says. “As if by filming, you’re living an extra…

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