When An Inconvenient Truth hit the cultural consciousness back in 2006, it made a lot of people stop and think. No longer was Global Warming just a pair of big words with even bigger consequences. The movie brought hard science to the masses, making planet earth the star of the film. Now director Davis Guggenheim tackles another seemingly intractable problem, the crumbling state of American schools. In his new documentary, Waiting for "Superman," Guggenheim once again succeeds in bringing hard data down to earth and puts a human face on the problem through the heart-wrenching tales of several young students. While the drama is compelling and the film is well produced, in the end, Waiting for "Superman" left this reviewer wondering just what do we do next?
Waiting for "Superman" centers around one pivotal question. Not how do we fix the education system in America but rather can we fix the education system in America? The film lays out so many harrowing statistics that you wonder if the whole thing isn't permanently broken. When math and reading scores essentially flat line as the amount of money per pupil has more than doubled, the enormity of the problem truly hits home. The film profiles so called "dropout factories" where young students have a greater chance of going to prison than they do graduating...Read More
They may not get the headlines of some of their flashier colleagues, but Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are two of our most interesting young directors working today. They broke through with one of the best debuts of the last decade in the masterful Half Nelson...Read More
James Whale's 1931 version of Frankenstein remains a cinema miracle that defies time. Some 50 years since its premiere, its sensitive craftsmanship and relentlessly macabre tone still set horror movie standards, even after decades of noisome parodies and splatterfilm overkill.
A popular though critically ignored Western at the time of its release, John Ford's The Searchers was canonized a decade later by auteur critics as the American masterpiece par excellence...Read More
Before the release of Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee had made a name for himself as an independent filmmaker who helped to spearhead the rise of film festivals as a market place for independent cinema in the late 1980s. His first two features,...Read More
Fresh off a successful screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, Madeleine Sackler's gut-wrenching documentary The Lottery is now available on DVD. Loaded with special features such as the discussion panel from the film festival and additional interviews,...Read More
This futuristic hard-boiled detective yarn stars Harrison Ford as a world-weary film noir hero whose job is to smoke out and retire (i.e. destroy) "replicants" – androids with a human instinct for survival – in an overcrowded Los Angeles circa 2019.
Far too many people think it was actually directed by Al Gore but An Inconvenient Truth was actually helmed by the mega-talented Davis Guggenheim. It's been a ridiculously-strong year for documentaries (Inside Job...Read More
The year 1927 witnessed the appearance in Germany of the most significant utopian film of the silent era – Metropolis. In the film, director Fritz Lang achieves the realization of his ideas about the possible future organization of society. The introductory sequences present this...Read More
The Social Network follows Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) through the creation of the social networking website, Facebook.com. Launched in early 2004, the rise of Facebook has been quick and complete. With over 500 million users, Facebook has changed social interaction. The digitalization of our...Read More