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Recent Viewings – Sidewalk 2018.

August 27, 2018

White Tide: The Legend of Culebra

This is maybe the most well-made documentary I’ve ever seen. The look of it is unique and fantastic. The story is nuts, and the way they tell it is a lot of fun. It’s quite funny, too. See it when you can.

Love, Gilda

I only knew Gilda for her SNL characters, so it was cool to learn more about her life. She was a pretty complex person, and she kept a ton of diaries/journals, self-recordings, and videos, so pretty much the whole movie is told from her own voice, in one way or another. Possibly my favorite doc of the weekend. Definitely recommended.

Three Identical Strangers

This is a crazy story. It’s most definitely worth looking into, whether you watch the movie or not. It’s one of those strange tales that just keeps getting stranger and stranger. I feel like it went a little long (the last thirty minutes or so were a bit tedious), but overall it was a good watch.

The Guilty

This was my favorite overall movie of the weekend. Real-time, one dude, one room (pretty much). Great writing and great acting. It’s a foreign film, so there were subtitles, which potentially made it better. I’m not sure. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I won’t be surprised if this gets remade for an American audience.

Hot Summer Nights

This was a really stylized, well-made movie. The acting was fantastic. The soundtrack was great. It was fun. I wasn’t 100% into the story at all times, which is the only thing that was lacking to me, but it’s definitely worth seeing.

Bloody Birthday

80’s horror b-movie. It’s terrible. I mean, TERRIBLE. Quite a fun watch.

Phantom Cowboys

This is tough to quickly describe, but it’s basically a documentary that follows three young men from small, blue-collar towns in different parts of the country. The whole thing was shot over almost a decade. It’s interesting to see where they want to go as “kids” and where they end up as adults. It’s kinda like a real-life Boyhood, with three unique subjects. It’s a very beautiful, interesting character study. Worth checking out.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

This movie could’ve been very depressing. And I guess, really, it still is, but there is a good deal of comedy throughout that makes it bearable (and, at times, hilarious). The acting is fantastic, showing off some new faces that I’m sure we’ll see more from. I feel like the ending could’ve been a little better, though I’m not sure what that ending would have looked like. Anyway, see it.

Bisbee ’17

This is probably one of the most unique documentaries I’ve ever seen. It’s part doc, part acting auditions, part reenactment/narrative, and even part musical (probably my favorite part). The subject matter is tough, dealing with immigration, racism, and buried history in small-town Arizona. It’s hard to really explain what all happens in this movie, so if you get a chance, just check it out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Hearts Beat Loud

This was a nice break from all the seriousness of most of the docs we saw. Overall, it’s a feel-good movie, with some great music, and fun characters. It’s got a lot of heart(!), and I may have teared up a couple of times. Who knows? I’m sure it’ll be on Netflix or something real soon.


What did I just watch? This thing is crazy. And they’re remaking it? This thing is crazy.


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