Spiritual Voices

When it comes to war documentaries, Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov doesn’t exactly leap to mind. Sokurov, a disciple of the great director Andrei Tarkovsky, has made a career out of experimentally slow-moving film work that maps the human condition  ...

Confession (Povinnost)

Known for his glacial pacing and deliberate, opaque storytelling, Russian director Alexander Sokurov would seem to be the ideal candidate for a documentary on Russian naval officers in the bleak, icy Baltic Sea.Titled Confession, this four-hour effort was split  ...

Bob Dylan World Tours 1966-1974

One of the hardest things about being a completist, of any artist’s body of work, is never being able to escape the worry that there’s some gem out there, eluding even the most diligent collector.Fans of Bob Dylan have  ...

In the Realms of the Unreal

Darger: The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum MovieGoods.com has a selection of photographs of Darger works The discovery, upon his death in 1973, of Henry Darger’s massive chronicle of the Vivian Girls with  ...

Gunga Din

Generally considered to be among the masterworks of Old Hollywood, Gunga Din comes with the added vintage of its storied year of release. In addition to the George Stevens-directed adventure-comedy, 1939 saw the release of several of the most  ...

The Jacket

Every generation has its event. Tom Brokaw coined the phrase “the greatest generation” in reference to the outpouring of national camaraderie and empathy that World War II inspired; the baby-boomers had Vietnam. To a generation coming of age in  ...

Lenny Bruce Without Tears

One of the upshots of the Bush presidency has been the flood of documentaries released in response to it.Over the past year, a glut of small nonfiction films have managed to find their way into the public consciousness, in  ...

Bright Leaves

North Carolina’s most famous novelist, Thomas Wolfe, once wrote that the most romantic notion was not “the desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.” It’s a sentiment with which North Carolina’s most famous documentary filmmaker,  ...

In Good Company

In this youth-obsessed culture, where turnover is privileged over tenure, and innovation often wins out over loyalty, it can’t feel good to be deemed a dinosaur. Whether it’s high-net worth salesmen on Wall Street busting their asses just to  ...

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Set entirely in Italy, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou follows famed oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) as he sets out to find the shark that ate his longtime partner (played by Seymour Cassel). Steve is an underwater filmmaker  ...