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Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness

21 Mar

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Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness | 2007 |
Director: Melody Gilbert | Site | IMDB

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I have always been interested in old buildings and what has been left behind forgotten. In this documentary you meet a group of people who wonder the same thing; but they actually see what is left behind and go exploring first hand.  These people are all over the world and they call themselves Urban Explorers.  Essentially, they break into abandoned buildings and travel through old tunnels, even through sewage, if necessary, to find new spots to explore. I thought that this was an interesting documentary and hopefully it will get more people into Urban Exploration.

Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness Trailer

The Hollywood Complex

12 Mar

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The Hollywood Complex | 2011 | Director: Dylan Nelson &
Dan Sturman | Site | IMDB

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This is a documentary about children and their families traveling to Hollywood during the pilot season trying to become stars.  The documentary focuses on a specific apartment complex that caters to these families and a dozen children that reside there.  It really takes a deep look into what people sacrifice in order to help their children become stars.  There are so many people out there taking advantage of any person wanting to get into TV or films and when children are involved it’s even more upsetting.  The kids they follow are so motivated in becoming famous but seeing their reactions when they don’t get a part is sad.  I am definitely on the edge of whether or not I feel these kids should be going through this but all of them seem like this is what they truly want.  You just never know if it’s the parents pushing them or of this is something they decided on their own.  I recommend seeing this and you do get some good insight into Hollywood and the pilot season.

Nerdcore Rising

10 Mar

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Nerdcore Rising | 2008 | Director: Negin Farsad
& Kim Gatewood | Site | IMDB

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Nerdcore Rising documents the first U.S. tour of MC Frontalot, the “Godfather of Nerdcore” and his group of eccentric, nerdy band mates. Much of the film follows Frontalot and his band from show to show gaining mild but continued support from Nerdcore fans. Interviews with “Weird” Al Yankovic, Brian Posehn, Jello Biafra and many others build a background on what it is to be a nerd and what that term has come to define. It is a very broad word and seems to cover anyone who has had their obsessions and eccentricities build a wall of social awkwardness and scrutiny Continue reading

BioShock Infinite: Motorized Patriot

8 Mar

If you are anything like me you are shaking with anticipation for the release of Bioshock Infinite this October. In the tradition of the rest of the great vid docs Irrational Games puts out Ken Levin talks about the new approach to enemy types they took for Bioshock Infinite. For this doc in particular he discusses the “Heavy Hitters” or tank class enemies you will encounter. There is some great gameplay footage of a “Motorized Patriot”, or as I like to call him the Robo-George Washington. Enjoy…

BioShock Infinite: Motorized Patriot – Heavy Hitters Part 1

I Am Comic

21 Feb

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I Am Comic | 2010 | Director: Jordan Brady | IMDB
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I Am Comic takes a behind the scenes look at the life onstage and off of a comedian. Comedians of today and the past discuss their craft, techniques, why they do it and why they hate doing it. Being a very big fan of comedy I was pleased to see a lot of my favorites interviewed like Sarah Silverman, Todd Glass and Louis C.K. but I felt with a film like this director Jordan Brady missed a bigger opportunity to take advantage of the current resurgence in comedy. He gets a fair majority of the big comedy stars but I would have liked to see more from the booming alternative comedy scene Continue reading

Erasing David

20 Feb

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Erasing David | 2010 | Director: David Bond, Melinda McDougall |
Site | IMDB

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In Erasing David director David Bond attempts to answer the question how much information do companies and the government have on its citizens? While reviewing this information David attempts to disappear for an entire month whilst being pursued by two relentless private investigators. This documentary was very fun, thrilling at times and a little scary. Without spoiling too much David exposes some very interesting aspects of British government and their attempts at public surveillance Continue reading

To Hell and Back Again

14 Feb

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Hell and Back Again | 2011 | Director: Danfung Dennis | Site | IMDB
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Hell and Back Again is the story of soldier, Nathan Harris, who lead men into battle in Afghanistan, was shot, horribly wounded and has come home to heal and cope with life after war. Cinematically beautiful and thoughtfully edited, director Danfung Dennis, gives tremendously specific insight into the life and mind of a man home from war. Mostly consisting of honest and absorbing scenes shot very beautifully. There was one central aspect of this film that kept me feeling outside and came across slightly heavy-handed Continue reading
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