This is so meta…. I’m reviewing a film that is essentially a review of the history of film. A catalogue of it’s advancements, influences and cultural shifts. The Story Of Film: An Odyssey is an epic, and believe me that term is used correctly, documentary about the history of film from the very first images ever captured in motion on film all the way up to modern films such as Avatar and Inception. It even has an epilogue that discusses the potential futures of film. Understandably this was quite an undertaking for director Mark Cousins. Click the link for my account of my journey through this story of film.
Category Archives: Documentary
I’ve covered a horror themed documentary before here on The Film Dump, that one being Video Nasties. That was a very British focused doc about the era in the early 80s when horror films were getting banned left, right and centre. Today’s film is focused on the history of the US horror genre and how it reflected the tastes of the times. An interesting history it is too. Click the jump to read my views on the documentary Nightmares In Red, White and Blue.
So you know how videogames get blamed for every evil in the world these days? And how apparently murderers and pedophiles didn’t exist until the internet made them? Well that’s all lies. Shocking I know. You see the truth is horror movies are to blame. At least they were when I was a kid. They were labeled by popular British comics such as The Sun and the Daily Mail as “Video Nasties” and that was a phrase I knew very well as a child. Video Nasties the documentary covers the period in British film history when 72 films were banned and removed from sale, when people were arrested, fined and jailed for selling them and when a group of attention seekers and politicians decided to make it their goal to milk this campaign for all it was worth. Read on for what is likely to stop being a review of the documentary and likely to end up being me bitching about how stupid this all was and how we’re still letting people repeat the same mistakes.
You know how I did a whole week of Star Wars movie reviews because I’m one of those suckers that brought the blu-ray collection on day one? Well my love for Star Wars is second only to my love for Star Trek. And pizza. The reason is likely because Star Trek (and pizza) have never gone out of their way to ruin what I loved about them. I suppose you could say I am a Trekkie. I’d rather you didn’t though. Anyway, here’s my review of the documentary Trekkies.
Well I totally messed up. Yesterday was Friday the Thirteenth and if I had watched a film yesterday I would have done my 13th review on Friday 13th. Missed a trick there. That was likely due to poor planning and a lack of skill with numbers, which brings me to tonight’s review, Waiting For “Superman”. First documentary I’ve reviewed so this is gonna be a learning experience for me which is quite apt. So… let the lesson begin.