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I’m all about experiencing Silverdocs. It’s simply a great community event. Sometimes I feel like jumping into the sold out screenings and sometimes I like to go to the less popular events. One of those events is the FREE lunch screenings.
What are you doing for lunch? You could be multi-tasking. These shorts are lovely. Most of them are well done and under appreciated by the masses.
Shorts Programs at AFI Silver during Lunchtime (noon): FREE
WED / June 22 @ Noon
THUR / June 23 @ Noon
FRI / June 24 @ Noon
*It’s a different group of shorts everyday!
(just walk in and ask for a ticket – I walked in 10 minutes early without a problem.)
For more information: http://silverdocs.com/
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,
FILM: Topp Twins – The Untouchable Girls
FILMMAKER: Leanne Pooley
REVIEWER: Becky Beamer
This documentary is true kiwiana. If you aren’t sure what that is – I guess you’ll have to watch. The documentary was shown prime time on NZ Channel 1. It’s a free channel here in New Zealand. Actually, this documentary has taken nearly $2 million at the NZ Box Office making it the Top Documentary Film ever released in New Zealand !
Summary: Leanne Pooley’s documentary – offers a revealing look into the lives of the world’s only yodeling lesbian twin country-and-western singers.
The documentary was shot and composed in a very traditional manner and thus a bit dry. But, it was watchable because the twins have a good story. They are unique and special. I found myself downloading a few of their songs from iTunes. If you notice them coming to a folk festival near you – most definitely check them out!
The official website and trailer for the movie: http://topptwins.com/tv-and-film/untouchable-girls
Twins Rule !
3 out of 5 Cheers
b.b (I may be a Twin)
FILM: Bigger, Stronger, Faster *The Side Effect of Being American
FILMMAKER: Chris Bell
FILM REVIEWER: Katy Jones
Dude, this one totally rocks.
This amazingly huge dude pumps iron at Gold’s Gym and wonders if he should do something else with his life – like steroids. I mean, of course, why not? Everyone else is doing it. Well, not me. But like everyone in his family, all of his heroes, every upstanding American he knows, you know, all of those people are doing it.
So to find the answer about what he should do, he talks to everyone on both sides. His family, his congressman, and his heroes. The thing is the anti-steroid group comes off like dirtbags. So they don’t really help their argument that steroids are bad. That being said, the folks who actually do steroids don’t generally seem like they are having a happy lovely life as a result. So they don’t really help their argument that steroids are good. (Well, except that HIV-positive guy
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FILM: Food Inc.
DIRECTOR: Robert Kenner
REVIEWER: B. Beamer
SUMMARY : “In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.”
My reaction to this documentary was similar to how many are affected by a placebo. It hit “home” right away and then fell away from my thoughts just as fast as it had entered. Immediately following the film viewing, I made a personal pact to buy from local farmers and visit a local farmer’s market. But, I was quick to find myself eating at McDonald’s during a road trip over the holidays and I still haven’t bought anything from a local farmer – yet. My excuse for now is the winter months.
On the other hand – I did buy organic milk this morning. Maybe the movie did make me think twice about what I’m putting in my body and who I am supporting with my purchase. Over all – I found this movie extremely easy to watch. It was just well done – creative, interesting and fast paced. I didn’t fall asleep once. I also didn’t find it “preachy” which could have easily been an issue for this type of program.
4 out of 5 Cheers.
FYI for the documentary crowd : The Academy has announced this years nominees for the “Best Feature Doc” for the 82nd Annual Oscars.
Check out the OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE.
The list includes The Cove, Burma VJ, and Food,Inc. All docs that I wanted to see but haven’t yet…..
I guess it is no surprise by Doc&aDrink’s lack of “5 out of 5 Cheers” we have not seen any of the nominees. That’s Right – not one! I guess we have a lot of viewing to do …… stay tuned.
DOCUMENTARY: the English Surgeon
DIRECTOR: Geoffrey Smith
REVIEWER: becky beamer
It’s been a while but Katy and I reunited this week for a Documentary viewing. As promised in a previous post – I reviewed the English Surgeon in anticipation of the new film by Geoffery Smith.
Netflicks Summary: Get acquainted with the work of British brain surgeon Henry Marsh, who, since his haunting first visit to a Russian hospital in the early 1990s, has been devoted to founding a quality brain surgery clinic in the former Soviet Union. Marsh cobbles together secondhand tools and used equipment from hospitals in the U.K. to treat patients in need, such as Marian, a Ukrainian man for whom Marsh is his greatest hope.
The first thing that stands out is how “very BBC” the visuals and story telling style is for this film. This story was not assisted but a narrator which left the viewer a bit sleepy at a few points. We were just sitting – waiting – for the narrator to push the story ahead. I was a little disappointed by the tre conservative camerawork. And low and behold – it was sponsored by the BBC.
On the upside – the English Surgeon did have the most tactile face I’ve seen in quite a while. And the English Surgeon in combination with his Ukrainian counterpart were funny, insightful, and humanistic as characters. Thier interaction inspired laughter and conversation. I also have to admit I laughed OUT LOUD at least 3 points in the film. On the other hand – I fell asleep about 1 hour in and woke up 15 minutes later. At least I wasn’t the only one who took a cat nap during the same segment……. I think I can speak for Katy when I say that we both found the need to talk a bit about life, the health care system. and hard choices as the credits rolled.
It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst. Too bad it wasn’t just 1 hour I think it would have been a 4 out of 5…..
3 out of 5 Cheers