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G-Funk (SXSW Review)

Where Straight Outta Compton showed the hard-edge, down and dirty, fighting-for-justice story of NWA, G-Funk, in a way that somewhat mirrors the musical sound itself, documents the smoother and sweeter turn that Warren G, Snoop Dogg, and Nate Dogg brought to West Coast hip-hop music in the early 90s. First time director Karam Gill and […]

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Where To Invade Next (Blu-ray Review)

People familiar with Michael Moore are aware he can be a polarizing figure. The other thing to keep in mind is how surprisingly charismatic and affable he can be. While he has made his views clear in past films, there is often plenty of humor to be found as well. This is what works best […]

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Don’t Worry, It’s Only Michael Moore In WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Available on Blu-ray This April

Whether or not you agree with what he has to say, Michael Moore has proven himself to be an entertaining filmmaker. Some of his films lean heavily on one side of things, but with Sicko and what I’m hearing about Where to Invade Next, it is nice to say Moore has a different touch working to explore […]

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SXSW Review: TOWER

One of two documentaries about mass shootings premiering at SXSW, TOWER pieces together stories from a few survivors and witnesses of the UT Tower shooting that took place in Austin in August of 1966. The film uses roto-scoped animation (think films like Waking Life, or A Scanner Darkly) on top of archive footage, to create […]

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PIFF Review: Original Copy

Mirroring its subject, the documentary Original Copy takes its time to show the attention that Sheikh Rehman puts into crafting hand-painted movie banners for a small theater in Mumbai, India. With this careful examination, the viewer is treated to not only a look at one man’s passion for his nearly obsolete craft, but also a […]

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Life Itself (Blu-ray Review)

Roger Ebert was a force to be reckoned with when it came to film criticism, and I was very saddened by his death in April, 2013.  The documentary film Life Itself, an adaptation of the late film critic’s memoir and a look at the last few months of his life, puts his story front and […]

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Virgil Films Presents LEGENDS OF THE KNIGHT on DVD, VOD, and Digital Download 11/18

Hey, it’s that Batman documentary and we at Why So Blu tend to support all things Batman-focused, especially special projects like this!  I have been interested in and covering this documentary since its Kickstarter campaign launched way back in March of 2013.  Before Comic Con I was able to see the film and was eventually able […]

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Take On ‘Life Itself’ Even After The Balcony Has Closed (Movie Review)

Roger Ebert was a force to be reckoned with when it came to film criticism, and I was very saddened by his death in April, 2013.  The documentary film Life Itself, an adaptation of the late film critic’s memoir and a look at the last few months of his life, puts his story front and […]

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Jodorowsky’s Dune (Blu-ray Review)

What if you had the chance to see the greatest science fiction film never produced?  Unfortunately you can’t, because, as stated, it was never produced, but you can come very close!  Jodorowsky’s Dune is a fascinating documentary that details the intended plans by director Alejandro Jodorowsky to create an ambitious project, utilizing the talents of […]

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NBFF 2014 Review: ‘Follow Friday The Film’

So what is all this Twitter business? Wednesday at the Newport Beach Film Fest afforded me the opportunity to check out a documentary that would have made more sense to see on a Friday. At least I now know what I can recommend via #ff on Friday, as Follow Friday the Film is an enjoyable […]

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Blackfish (Blu-ray Review)

When I initially saw the poster and title for Blackfish, I was convinced it was a horror movie.  Upon learning more about the film and watching it, I was not too far off.  Blackfish presents the story of a notorious performing whale, locked away in captivity, along with the tales of other killer whales in […]

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Tune In For The ‘Stories We Tell’ (Movie Review)

This has not been by choice or any reason in particular, but I have not seen too many documentaries so far this year.  That said, I was fully willing to embrace a new film from director Sarah Polley, which happens to be a documentary about her family.  My initial thought, upon learning about the nature […]

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NBFF Review: Broadway Idiot

Opening Night at the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival felt like quite a success, as I was happy to enjoy the film that kicked off this week-long event.  Broadway Idiot is a documentary that covers the process of turning a hugely successful Green Day album into a Broadway musical.  Unless one simply cannot stand Green […]

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Undefeated (Blu-ray Review)

It is very satisfying to see a documentary that can elicit a very positive reaction by the time that it is over.  Not to be confused with liking a movie because it is good, I am referring to how a film is satisfying not only because it is very good, but because it feels like […]

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Seek Out ‘Searching For Sugar Man’

Does anyone have a favorite musician, who made music they really appreciated, only to have no idea what happened to that person or group?  On the contrary, what if you did something you enjoyed and released your work to the public, found little success and faded into oblivion, only to learn years later that you […]

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‘The Imposter’ Had Me Convinced

I am always really thrilled to want to recommend a documentary, when I find that it is truly fascinating and entertaining.  There are some documentaries that I would only recommend to certain people, based on what I know about them, whether it be appreciation for these type of films or the subject matter that it […]

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