Davis: They Say I'm Different
(2018/Yves St. Laurent/KimStim)/Come
On Feel The Noize: The Story Of How Rock Became Metal
Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight For Equality
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now for another diverse group of documentaries, some of which are
start with Phil Cox's Betty
Davis: They Say I'm Different
(2020) which is NOT a biography of the famous actress (she spelled
her name Bette), but a groundbreaking singer who was once the wife of
music giant and Jazz legend Miles Davis (she kept his last name
throughout her career) who debuted in the late 1960s with brutally
honest music about sex, sexuality, being a woman against a background
of counterculture, The Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, poverty and
violence of all kinds.
style eventually influenced all media, including the XXX sex film
industry that became legal in 1972, new kinds of music styles (Funk,
Punk, Glam, Disco, Blaxploitation Films, Rock, New Wave and
eventually, Rap/Hip Hop) and was all done on her own with no
co-dependence on any man, producer, husband, music partner or male
backer. By the mid-1970s, she opted out when mostly white music
executives wanted her to tone her act down and go more mainstream.
In her place, we had the rise of Donna Summer, the breakout of Diana
Ross, the eventually solo success of Tina Turner, Patti Smith, Suzi
Quattro, The Go-Gos and bolder music of everyone from Pat Benatar to
Joan Jett to even Olivia Newton-John!
what happened next and where did she go? Running a strong, rich,
nearly 54 minutes, she was one of the many artists who eventually
just dropped out of sight, no support from other artists, the
industry, fans of means and the like, turning up here all these
decades later in the Homestead side of Pittsburgh, PA and filling in
some of the blanks. My only wish is that more questions were asked
and more was said about her content in music history, but it is a
solid work everyone should see once and you too will be amazed at
what she accomplished and how all the divas today owe her something,
even if most of them (many with little to no talent) are imitating
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is mostly of stills and newly
shot footage, so it looks fine and has few flaws, though some older
footage can show its age when it is there, while the lossy Dolby
Digital 2.0 Stereo is not bad and mostly of interviews. The music
sounds fine when it kicks in.
include a Director's on-camera interview and extract of an interview
(2018) is a short 74 minutes look at legendary clothing designer Yves
St. Laurent in his twilight, still making clothes everyone wanted,
but few could have. Continually creating a gold standard for the
kind of fashions that even Hollywood had trouble competing with and
being the last standard-bearer of a fashion era now sadly gone. Too
many clothes these days look like rags and this includes expensive
dresses, wedding dresses and repetitive men's clothes, much of which
should have never seen a needle and thread.
in its current form after being delayed for over a decade, it is only
74 minutes, for fans only, can be sloppy and is the poorest of
several documentaries on the man we've seen issued over the years.
Allegedly, this was too personal in parts to be seen in public and by
the public, but could it be the sloppiness that was part of the
issue? Well, now you can see for yourself, but I was only so
impressed and only felt I was being let in to so much of an intimate
side of the clothing-makers life.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image had older footage taped and
not always well-edited from 2007 (plus a bit before) and the result
is we get analog videotape flaws including video noise, video
banding, tape scratching and cross color, so you'll have to be
patient. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has location audio
issues, but is not bad for the most part, but the combination can be
only extra is an Original Theatrical Trailer.
fun and informative documentary on the transition from birth of Heavy
Metal is an interesting look at the music genre. Come
On Feel The Noize: The Story of How Rock Became Metal (2019),
is your stay at home rock history lesson as it features many iconic
names and a backstage pass to the history of the rock movement.
heard all the music from Black Sabbath to Metallica, Alice Cooper,
Dee Snider and more and now with this doc you can get a little more
backstory of how these infamous bands and performers came to be.
Beyond the old days it flashes forward to the modern era and goes
into some more modern bands like Ghost and others. The theme of the
doc is essentially that rock is a way of life, man, and to these
artists more than just a profession for our entertainment.
doc features interviews with Jimmy Page, Ian Gillan, Ozzy Osbourne,
Nikki Sixx, James Hetfield, Dee Snider, and Michael Monroe to name
just a few. You'll be surprised by how many famous faces pop up
on Feel the Noize
is presented on anamorphically
definition DVD with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1
Dolby Digital mix, both of which are fine for the format and nature
of the documentary. There's plenty of documentary performances that
are used in the piece that are of varying quality, but primarily
everything looks fine here for DVD.
an Image Slideshow
an interesting documentary that explores the odd art form of
taxidermy. If you're interested in that topic, then this is
definitely the film for you. The film highlights a little known
subculture behind the practice and interviews artists from around the
world. As well it offers a different perspective on the craft with
insights from the artists that are studying nature and capturing more
'life' in their pieces than 'death'.
artists' idea behind taxidermy is to essentially capture these
creatures in their essence as a way of studying them and making
something unique at the same time. The artists in the film all have
their own favorite animals and approaches to the craft, which makes
for an interesting watch even if you aren't too familiar with
film features Ferry Van Tongren, Daniel Meng, Allis Markham, and
Travis De Villiers to name a few. Directed by Erin Derham, the film
is very well shot, edited, and crafted for a documentary.
is presented in anamorphically
standard definition on DVD with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1
and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital mix. It captures the realism with very
nice close ups on works that work come across a bit better in HD, but
is still passable here. The graphics and everything else in the doc
are tight and high end.
with director Erin Derham
Taxidermy art and poster galleries.
know the feeling when you run around working all the time with a
watch on or relying on your cell phone for the time, only to leave it
home one day and not know the time, you suddenly feel oddly lost.
Time is also money, yet it is also your life, and there is a point
where being gridded-in can just be too much and rob you of your life
and yourself. Cosima Dannoritzer's Time
(2018) explores some of the issues of this and how time became such
an important part of our lives. How it helped us, then how certain
companies and governments started using it against us.
leave all the details for you to see in its tight, smart 85 minutes
(getting to the point so it does not rob you of your time too much)
shows how time was almost universally the same, but a train wreck
caused everyone to rethink time and that is how time zones were
created, which saved lives and made things more efficient. Then
things started going in a counterproductive direction. I like how
this makes one think, even if it does not get too existentialist
(some might have wanted more of that) and has a lot of great footage
and stills to go with its extensive, consistent explanations of
don't get enough documentaries like this that challenge our
perceptions without manipulating us, brainwashing us or trying to get
us to buy into stupidity, so it is rare indeed. This one is
definitely worth your time, even if you only see it once. As we post
during a viral crisis, this one is more valuable than ever!
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image has some rough footage and
newer footage not transferred so well here and there, so you get
motion blur, and videotape flaws including noise, video banding,
telecine flicker, tape scratching, cross color and faded color. The
lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is better, cleaner and more
consistent, so that helps.
are no extras.
but absolutely not least, one of the most powerful, amazing
documentaries you'll see from the last few years, The Kunhardt
Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight For Equality
(2019) tells the story of how a young man became one of the most
groundbreaking lawyers of all time, defending poor persons (as well
as victims of racism, et al) from a Death penalty system that became
the new Jim Crow to get rid of African-Americans and incarcerate and
then kill persons (usually men) of color without due process, proof
and the result of hundreds of innocent men just missing being
executed when they did nothing.
course, some have been, were and still are being executed despite
massive evidence to the contrary and Warner (who put this amazing
work out via HBO) also backed the very good drama about Stevenson's
life called Just
(with Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx) that we recently reviewed and
recommended at this link:
a powerful, intense 101 minutes, I found this even more painful,
powerful, disturbing, triumphant, honest, true, inarguable,
intriguing and priceless in exposing what has been going on
(especially since the 1980s) in this country that has not helped
anyone one bit save some people who do not believe in justice.
Stevenson is a true groundbreaker, hero and greta man who has
achieved the unimaginable against all odds and his story (now more
than ever) is jaw-dropping in its achievements and embarrasses the
establishment who has not done enough to make sure justice is assured
would see this even before the feature film, but everyone should
consider this one required viewing as much as any documentary of the
last few years. See it!!!!
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a smooth shoot with plenty
of older analog videotape clips, but they can have unavoidable flaws
including video noise, video banding, telecine flicker, tape
scratching, cross color, faded color and tape damage. The lossy
Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is still talk-based, but just fine and as good
as anything on this list.
are no extras.
Nicholas Sheffo and James