Posts tagged "documentaries"

“Girl Model” Pulls Back The Curtain On Underage Modeling

Nadya was just 13 when she was discovered by a model scout in her native Siberia. She signed a contract, was sent to work the runways in Japan, and ultimately returned to her poor hometown in debt–she spoke no English and no one told her that her living costs would be deducted from her salary.

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 10, 2012

Hot Doc: “Mr. Rogers & Me” Gets To Know A “Deep And Simple” Man

I am of the mind that Mr. Fred Rogers is one of the best human beings that has ever graced this planet. I have fond memories of watching “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” as a child, and consider him partially responsible for my ability to tie my shoes and fondness for old man cardigans. So I’m very,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 16, 2012

14 Great Films To Netflix In 2012

We’re not movie critics, but we are movie-a-holics. We watch tons and tons of movies (that’s what you do when it’s freezing in New York and you don’t want to leave your apartment, natch). As such, we’ve assembled a very unofficial and unscientific list of our favorite films of 2011. If you missed some of…

By: Julie Gerstein / December 27, 2011

I Have “Rabbit Fever”

“Rabbit Fever” is a documentary about the hidden America I’ve always wanted to discover. It’s like “Best In Show,” but real, and with rabbits. Gah! I want the giant, white fluffy one! I’m obsessed. I need to be the rabbit queen. And I need to see this film. [Buzzfeed]…

By: Ami Angelowicz / December 3, 2011

Fashion On Film: “God Save My Shoes” Documentary

 

Fashion insiders, like Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and Tom Ford, are no strangers to the fashion-on-film documentary. But with “God Save My Shoes” we get an in-depth look at the relationship women have with their footwear. Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy, and Bruno Frisoni are a few of the shoe designer…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 1, 2011

Beyoncé Thinks She Was A Mermaid In A Past Life

I remember being thoroughly fascinated by MTV’s documentary special on Britney Spears, “Britney: For The Record.” And now the network had apparently done the same for Beyoncé. Here is the opening segment of “Year of 4,” which premiered last night. It begins with black and white footage of Beyoncé on the beach. “I’m alway…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / July 1, 2011

“I Am A Girl” Documentary Looks Like A Sobfest

If “Babies” had you in tears, then “I Am A Girl” will be a 16 hanky affair. The Australian documentary, which is made possible by philanthropic donations, will show us the lives of 10 girls around the world to illustrate “the simple fact of being born female means you are more likely to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2010

Adrian Grenier’s Documentary, “Teenage Paparazzo,” Premieres Tonight

Looking for something to watch after the Britney Spears episode of “Glee” tonight? I’ve got the perfect thing. Back in January, Jessica Goldberg told you that “Teenage Paparazzo” was her favorite flick at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s a documentary made by Adrian Grenier—yep, the dude from “Entourage”—and it happens to be premiering tonight…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / September 28, 2010

“I Think We’re Alone Now”: Tiffany Documentary Alert!

My most cherished possession as a 7-year-old was my autographed cassette tape of Tiffany’s self-titled album. It read “Best of luck! Tiffany.” My dad knew someone at the local radio station who hooked it up. I slept with it under my pillow for days. Yeah, I was a strange child. I wonder what…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 23, 2010

Hot, Young Aussies Auction Off Their Virginity For A Documentary

We’ve heard of people auctioning off their virginity before — it’s so last year. But Australian filmmaker Justin Sisely has taken it to a whole new level. He’s rounded up a whole group of virgins willing to sell their virginity for a documentary. Each virgin will get paid $20,000 plus 90 percent of…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / May 10, 2010

Vidal Sassoon Doc Shows The Man Behind The Famous Hairdos

The Tribeca Film Festival comes to an end this weekend, and among the scores of movies shown during the 12-day film fest, I’m looking forward to the hair documentary “Vidal Sassoon: The Movie.” You might know the name Vidal Sassoon from the haircare commercials with the tagline, “If You Don’t Look Good, We Don’t Look…

By: Catherine Strawn / April 30, 2010

3 New Must-See Documentaries

I am a sucker for a good documentary. In my humble opinion, “The Times of Harvey Milk” was way better than the Sean Penn-fest, “Milk.” I find that real life is just too terrible and wonderful all on its own to need fictionalizing. And so, I was hyped to go to the Full Frame Documentary…

By: Courtney Martin / April 14, 2010

Who Knew: The Cutthroat World Of $200 Denim

Making jeans is a sketchy business according to a new online documentary called “Dirty Denim.” Meet Chip of Chip & Pepper, a Budweiser-guzzling Cali dude who explains that the industry is “hard-core, dude. You’re on kill kill kill mode.” Why so? Apparently jeans designers are backstabbing d-bags who steal each other’s samples, spy o…

By: Leonora Epstein / March 16, 2010

Quickies: Sydney Pollack And Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” & Next Year’s Oscar Host Revealed?

Check out the trailer for Sydney Pollack’s still-unreleased documentary of Aretha Franklin recording her gospel album Amazing Grace. [PasteMagazine.com]
Jennifer Aniston admits that she guilted Gerard Butler into losing 15 pounds. [Hollywood Life]
Gabourey Sidibe’s mom responded to Howard Stern. [Inside Edition]…

By: Annika Harris / March 15, 2010

Watch All The Documentaries You Want—It’s Free!

My little nerd heart is freaking out right now! Thanks to WiseBread.com, I just discovered FreeDocumentaries.org, a site where you can download full-length documentary films online. (It appears to be legal, as the site claims to “follow all copyright laws.”) They’ve got (relatively) big-budget docs like Michael Moore’s “Sicko,” Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me,” and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2010

British Documentary Exposes The Dark Side Of Pedigree Dog Breeding

A controversial documentary called “Pedigree Dogs Exposed,” about the dark side to pure breeding of dogs, airs tonight on BBC America. This morning on “Today,” they showed a clip from the film, focusing on how pure breeding of Cavaliers has resulted in many of them having a painful genetic disease where their brains are…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 10, 2009

Documentary Looks At Why Men Are Less Manly Than Ever

Apparently, testosterone has gone down 17 percent in the last 14 years among American men, and one member of the decreasingly masculine population has made a documentary, “An Emasculating Truth,” which asks: “What does it mean to be a man?” Oscar travels around the country, interviewing various people and attempting manly activities (lifting…

By: Catherine Strawn / December 7, 2009

This Leonardo DiCaprio Doc Looks Like It Was Made In 10 Minutes

Want to know everything there is to know about Leonardo DiCaprio? Well then, you’ll want to watch this unauthorized documentary “Hangin’ With Leo!!” With totally sketchy footage and contradictory interviews with people who don’t seem to be experts on anything, this doc takes you deep inside the mind of Leo. Here’s what I learned…

By: Ami Angelowicz / October 23, 2009

Documentary “Starsuckers” Shows It’s Amazingly Easy To Plant Bogus Celebrity Stories In Newspapers

I love a good documentary and this one, “Starsuckers,” looks especially stellar. It looks at our culture’s growing obsession with celebrity—how newspapers and stations have drifted towards celebrity journalism and how fame is sold to us like a commodity. The part of the film I’m most excited for? Director Chris Atkins wanted to test…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / October 21, 2009

Jump Aboard The Michael Moore Bandwagon, Err, Gondola

Michael Moore tops my list of favorite documentary filmmakers I wouldn’t want to snog but would totally marry. I love a juicy oversimplification applied by the left, and nobody does it like Moore. First he took on the ailing auto industry in “Roger & Me,” then violence in “Bowling for Columbine,” then the reactio…

By: Jessica Goldberg / September 12, 2009