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    Review: Not A Racing Fan? ‘Senna’ May Not Convert But Still An Absorbing Account Of A Great Athlete > The Playlist

    “Senna” is an exciting, well-paced documentary that anyone can enjoy. Kapadia’s greatest accomplishment is the way he ties together all the pieces, players and dramatic turns in the climax (the cross cutting in this sequence is wonderfully handled). For those bored with summer movies, this is a true-life tale that will put most superhero stories to shame. We have been deliberately rather coy with certain details in this review, as we recommend you go in with as little information as possible about the driver, though even if you already know Senna’s history and fate, the film should still work like gangbusters. At our screening, you could hear a pin drop in the final ten minutes of the film, and things got a bit dusty. And while you won’t lose out too much, story-wise, if you wait to watch this one on the small screen at home, we’d like to recommend you drive fast to the theater for it, if for nothing else than to see the thrilling driving footage on a big screen. [B+]

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    The Secret Origin of ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop:’ Extortion, a Lawsuit and a Dilettante? | /Film

    Exit Through the Gift Shop, the street-art documentary credited to Banksy, was one of the best films of 2010, and also one of the most challenged on the basis of authenticity. The film purports to chronicle the street art of Banksy and Shepard Fairey through the lens of a camera held by wealthy dilettante artist Thierry Guetta. At least that’s the basis for part of the film, before Banksy turned the cameras on Guetta as the latter became a wannabe artist named Mr. Brainwash.

    Is the film ‘real’? Is Mr. Brainwash an actual practicing artist or part of a long con perpetrated by Banksy for the purpose of documentary satire? The story is so strange some assumed it couldn’t be true.

    Now Ron English, another street artist with connections to Banksy, says the film is definitely real, and that it was born when Guetta refused to turn over hundreds of hours of video he’d shot of Fairey and Banksy in action.
    I still haven't seen this. :(

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    Review: ‘The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975’ is a Noble—But Often Lacking—Documentary > The Playlist

    At one point during the film, John Forté relays an anecdote about giving out one of Davis’ books/pamphlets whilst in jail as an “introductory text” to curious fellow prisoners on their cultural heritage. Forté’s description is true of the film as a whole. It’s a cursory overview that flirts with some of the most important events and issues of the past century, but never really unpacks their legacy enough to inform their influence on political decorum – or, indeed, lack thereof—today. For a film that contains so much talk of the necessity of political violence, it can, at times, seem annoyingly afraid of some of the opinions its subjects espouse. Slight, then, but worth seeking out. [B-]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kubrick View Post
    Caught "Senna" at the Landmark and I was blown away. Easily the best film I've seen this year. Fascinating story of an amazing character/athlete that I had zero prior knowledge or interest in before hearing about this film.

    This is one of those rare documentaries that transcends the genre and is easily accessible to any and all lovers of great storytelling. This movie is filled with good guys, bad guys, evil conspirators, beautiful women, adventure, heart-pounding excitement and one helluva gorgeous score. A truly memorable experience.

    This film will win the Oscar for Best Doc. Guaranteed.
    Looks like Senna is doing well enough that Laemmle is expanding it's showings.

    09.16.11 • TOWN CENTER 5 [Encino]
    09.23.11 • CLAREMONT 5 [Claremont]
    10.07.11 • BLVD Cinemas [Lancaster]


    Sweet!

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    Catherine Reviews Asif Kapadia’s Senna [Theatrical Review] « The Criterion Cast

    Senna straps the audience to their seats and asks them to hold on. Aided by a memorable score by Antonio Pinto, Asif Kapadia has crafted a loving tribute that briskly and effectively lets you up close and personal with the career of Aryton Senna. There is a tension that feels ever-present, taking the audience back to those Forumla One seasons as if they were happening for the first time. It is impossible not to grow attached to Senna himself. He is admirable and humble with an infectious and unwavering devotion. As the film ends, one is filled with a surge of heartbreak that overwhelms. In short, Senna is a must-see; do yourself a favor and do not miss it.

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    TELLURIDE: Herzog’s meditative and crucial ‘Into the Abyss’ is best of the fest so far

    Whatever your position on capital punishment, the film is necessary, plain and simple. If you believe in it, you need to spend the time Herzog does with the family and friends of the accused, peeling back the layers of judgment and digging to the root of his thesis: all life is precious. If you don’t believe in it, you need to witness the pain of the victims’ families, as Herzog conveys it, and the cold brutality of the more sterile portions dedicated to forensics and consideration of the crimes. It isn’t for the purpose of swaying opinion, I feel, so much as the purpose of educating whatever opinion you might have.

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    Saw it last night, it was pretty good. Shows how the political F1 really is (was)

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    Opens in early November. I've gotten a couple press screening invites, but they're all at times that are not workable. :(

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