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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.
A


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.
A


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.
B


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.
A


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.
B


Bloody Birthday

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


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.
B


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.
A


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.
B


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.
B


Suspiria

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

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