- Jackass 3D – Distributor: Paramount – Release date: October 13, 2010 – Box Office: $116,896,922
- Oceans – Distributor: Disneynature – Release date: April 22,2010 – Box Office: $19,422,319
- Babies – Distributor: Focus Features Release date: May 07, 2010 – Box Office: $7,320,323
- Waiting For ‘Superman’ – Distributor: Paramount -Release date: Septeber 24,2010 – Box Office: $6,415,448
- Exit Through The Gift Shop – Distributor: PDA – Release date: April 16, 2010 – Box Office: $3,291,250
- Catfish – Distributor: Relativity – Release date: September 17, 2010 – Box Office: $3,237,343
- Inside Job – Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics – Release date: October 8, 2010 – Box Office: $3,311,773
- Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work – Distributor: IFC – Release date: June 11, 2010 – Box Office: $2,930,687
- Restrepo – Distributor: National Geographic – Release date: June 23, 2010 – Box Office: $1,330,894
Tag Archives: Documentary review
Doc and a Drink has been going through many changes. Most notably, my partner in crime has decided to leave the D&D team. I took a sabbatical from the blog. I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue but, I am going to push forward. I apologize for the break in coverage.
We now have a new look and a new style. The post will have more pictures, more links, and less verbage.
I just went to SIlver Docs today and I’ll be posting my review soon!
Cheers & Beers,
Doc & a Drink is going to the “Our City Film Festival”. Our first stop is the opening night party tomorrow (Saturday). It’s open to the public — Join us!
It’s at RFD’s (810 7th St, NW) and everyone knows RFD’s has an excellent beer selection. Katy and I will be interviewing some of the local documentary filmmakers. It’s going to be a blast. It’s only 12.00 and all the money from the festival goes back into the organization. Buy your tickets online – they will sell out! See you there (8-11pm).
**** Celebrate the opening of the film festival with filmmakers and VIPs.
Enjoy beer specials, great raffle give-aways, and performances by
Grammy nominee, Arts and Humanities Council of Washington grantee
and subject of past OCFF film, Blue Line…
Then – this Sunday – is the main event. The films are all about D.C. The festival is only on Sunday, at The Goethe Institute (812 7th St, NW). For ticket information and a full schedule check the website: http://www.yachad-dc.org/Home.shtml
AND – just added — is the closing event with the D.C Cupcake Girls…
Georgetown Cupcakes’ Sophie and Katherine will be special guests,
screening TLC’s Second Season of DC Cupcakes,Our City
hosting a Q&A, and cupcake decorating contest at the finale.
5 out of 5 Cheers.
FILM: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
REVIEWER: Becky Beamer
Summary: Documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg provide an uncompromising glimpse into the personal and professional life of comedian and red-carpet mainstay Joan Rivers, a woman clinging stubbornly and steadfastly to the pop-culture bandwagon. Stern and Sundberg — whose previous film, The Devil Came on Horseback, covered the Darfur genocide — take a no-less-intensive approach to their subject here, taking a hard look at fame’s bitter toll.
Joan Rivers surprised me. Before seeing this movie I had zero interest in Joan RIvers as a person and certainly didn’t care about her career. But now … I think she’s super hard working, strong woman, who deserves appreciation for more than her comedy. Can someone out there try her in drama? Her stand up is hilarious. She can laugh at herself but, takes working very seriously. I had no idea that she thinks “no job is too small”. She comes across as lovable and impressive.
I totally forgot about the camera work or composition. I was sucked into her character.
Come on everyone … give Joan Rivers a chance.
And guess what? You can stream it on Netflicks.
4 out 5 Cheers.
The numbers are in. A handful of documentaries made over 1 million in box office sales this year.
Runner up with a decent profit :
- The Tillman Story – Distributor: Weinstein Co. – Release date: August 20, 2010 – Box Office: $802,535
And just because you are all curious about Winnebago Man…. a few more.
- The Art of The Steal – Distributor: IFC – Release date: February 26, 2010 – Box Office: $544,890
- The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers – Distributor: First Run – Release date: January 29, 2010 – Box Office: $453,650
- A Film Unfinished – Distributor: Oscilloscope – Release date: August 18,2010 – Box Office: $320,486
- Last Train Home – Distributor: Zeitgeist/Kinosmith – Release date: September 03, 2010 – Box Office: $285,848
- Countdown to Zero – Distributor: Magnolia – Release date: July 23, 2010 – Box Office: $272,040
- Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child – Distributor: ArtH – Release date: July 21, 2010 – Box Office: $256,242
- Sweetgrass – Distributor: Cinema Guild – Release date: January 6, 2010 – Box Office: $206,728
- South Of The Border – Distributor: Studio Libre – Release date: June 25, 2010 – Box Office: $199,000
- Winnebago – Distributor: Kino – Release date: July 9,2010 – Box Office: $181,039
- Casino Jack and the United States of Money – Distributor: Magnolia – Release date: May 7, 2010 – Box Office: $176,865
So I was really stoked when “Between the Folds” came out last year, I tried to see it twice, and both times the screenings were totally full. It’s the story of origami as art. And how scientists are interested in how origami works.
I was personally interested because I actually like origami, a holdover from a childhood in Japan. Really the only thing I ever fold is paper cranes, and I only do it when I’m feeling sick, because I really believed in that story “1,000 paper cranes” when I was a kid. But, nevertheless, I still like to think I know something about origami.
Also, I was interested because, hello, I’m a science groupie, and every scientist I talk to is totally stoked on origami, so I thought it would be awesome. I love that intersection between art and science.
But I was pretty let down. This just was not awesome at all. It was a bunch of semi-boring interviews, and precious-sounding narration that made origami look less cool than it actually is.
I couldn’t put my finger on it for a while. The interviews sounded like there were interesting soundbites. I still think origami is cool. Why isn’t this documentary awesome?
Maybe it’s that part of artists that take themselves too seriously. Like one guy made weird gnomes as his expression of art, and the interview made him seem like he just had no sense of humor whatsoever – like these artists were just overearnest all the time. It’s strange, their earnestness about their art made them seem – flat. One-noted. And the structure of the film, so modular. Not awesome.
I actually got bored.
I’m giving it a three. I still learned something, and the camerawork and lighting was nice if not overly creative. I just had really ridiculously high expectations.
—3 out of 5 Cheers