‘DETROPIA’: An Arty Meditation, Good for a Slow Sunday

By Gregory Crofton Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing’s documentary (they made the Oscar-nominated JESUS CAMP) about the implosion of Detroit – is not lousy, but it’s not very good either. I’ve been suspicious of this documentary since I laid eyes…

ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED: Oscar-Winning Doc Brings Anne and Nazi Regime to Life

Because it was released in 1995, before the stream of sensational documentaries we’ve experienced in the last decade, I had never heard of the Oscar-winning documentary “ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED.” It took a gift from my father – a book called…

‘THE SOURCE FAMILY’: About a Cult Leader Who Liked to Rock and Eat Health Food

Before Father Yod became a health food cult leader, he served as a U.S. Marine, practiced Jujitsu, and went by the name James Baker. His personal transformation took place in Hollywood, California, where he had moved in hopes of becoming…

‘LIFE WITH MURDER’ Unravels Its Twisted and Unbelievable Story Perfectly

“LIFE WITH MURDER” unlocks a story so complicated and fragile that director John Kastner has to unravel it with precision. The crime of murder occurs within the confines of a family. How does a family deal with that? Crime maybe…

‘COULDN’T YOU WAIT? THE STORY OF SILKWORM’ — Documentary on One of the Greatest Rock Bands You’ve Never Heard Of

By Gregory Crofton SILKWORM – a rock band that ended abruptly in 2005 after its drummer died in car wreck – is documented and explained in “COULDN’T YOU WAIT?” The band was much more influential with musicians than popular with…

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