The Reagans: Part 1

Part 1 – The Hollywood Myth Machine. The rise of Ronald Reagan from liberal movie star to an unlikely conservative politician who shocked the nation by capturing the governorship of the largest state. Documentary series was directed and produced by…

In ‘Weed & Wine’ Meet Two Artisan Families, One makes French Wine, the Other California Cannabis

By Gregory Crofton The documentary “Weed & Wine,” a selection at this year’s DOC NYC, is part of its director’s mission to help normalize the marijuana business. Rebecca Richman Cohen’s new film juxtaposes the daily lives of a long-time wine…

OBJECTS ALSO DIE: The Last Days of the Ambassador Hotel

Produced, directed, photographed and edited by Doug Magnuson. A meditation on the general allure of decay, “Objects Also Die” is a visual and literary evocation of the recently demolished Los Angeles landmark Ambassador Hotel. Seen through the prism of Myron…

More DOC NYC Highlights: Folk Singer Karen Dalton and Whistle-Blowing Corrupt Cop Bob Leuci

By Gregory Crofton The DOC NYC film festival officially ran from Nov. 11-19, but about 70 select films remain available to watch through Nov. 29. Thankfully organizers have made it easy to sling docs from your computer screen to your…

Original Cut of ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ was three hours

BY TOBIAS CARROLL John Hughes’s film Planes, Trains and Automobiles has, over the years, earned a reputation as a classic American comedy. Besides that, it’s one of the most memorable films to be set around Thanksgiving, and it features all-time great performances by…

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