Exuding a guerilla theater, agitprop vibe (with touches here and there of vaudeville and live sketch comedy), F.T.A. is a thrilling expression of pacifism and accountability directed at the military.
Without ignoring the terrible-beautiful magnetism of the industrial imagery we love to hate and hate to love, the camera is gradually, gently, drawn across the river and away from the workday, to spend time with these very real humans who serve the machines.
Belushi is a warts-and-all look at one of comedy’s raging bulls.
Pitched in this era of hyper partisanship and sharp division, The Ground Between Us is notable because of the weight and balance it gives to the issues at stake.
“Every record can have its own unique sound, depending on who has owned it, who’s touched it, where it’s been. That’s really important to me.” This movie makes you realize that these things should be important to you, too.
The cinema verite masterpiece is among the first non-fiction theatrical features to chronicle “regular” people going about their everyday lives.
The documentary is about “the power of the community and how rock and roll, and music in general, is worth fighting for: sometimes that means doing it yourself.”
Roy Cohn was much more pernicious than Joe McCarthy because he was far more adept at undercutting the relevance of so-called American values.
With its many virtues, Flannery isn’t the perfect film biography. It’s a shoot-by-the-numbers conventional PBS American Experience.
‘BCN left behind some big shoes, but they can be filled. And there are inspiring signs that the kids, not the grizzled veterans of last century, will do the filling.