Short list of UNfinishable DOCS

There are very few documentaries that I can’t finish.  Yeah, sometimes I take a quick cat nap in the middle or start and stop the DVD so I don’t lose my mind BUT there are very few that I don’t finish.  These are a few of the recent UNFINISHABLE.

Please – feel free to add to this list!


Filmmaker: Elliot BerlinJoe Fab

Description: Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee is the setting for this documentary about an extraordinary experiment in Holocaust education. Struggling to grasp the concept of 6 million Holocaust victims, the students decide to collect 6 million paper clips to better understand the enormity of the calamity. The film details how the students met Holocaust survivors from around the world and how the experience transformed them and their community.

Review: Try it if you dare.  The cute quaintness is deafening. The paperclip program is interesting – for an article – not a doc.  The documentary was irritating and bland.  The music was over the top.

1 out 5 Cheers.


Filmmaker: Kenneth A. Carlson

description: In the blue-collar Ohio town of Massillon, the most important thing is high school football — and the frenzy around the local team, the Tigers, is almost cult-like. Former Massillon resident Kenneth Carlson’s documentary follows the three stars of the 1999 Tigers team as they deal with problems such as personal injuries and the pressures of their economically depressed town’s high expectations.

Review:  I wanted to like this doc.  I grew up “around the corner” – Sorry Ohio.  The camera work was terrible – at points unwatchable.  I sat through about half waiting for the story to improve and waiting to care about the characters. Nothing.

Note: It’s rated “R” too – seriously.  I thought – this HAS to be good.  It’s made for adults! Let me know if you dare.

1 out 5 Cheers.


Filmmaker: Jonathan Berman

Description: In 1968, Elsa and Richard Marley founded an alternative-living community in the remote Northern California wilderness with the motto “Free Land for Free People.” This film tells the story of that intended utopia. Through archival footage and interviews with former residents, director Jonathan Berman explores the problems and realities of communal living and the evolution of a community that endured FBI harassment, cult leadership and more.

Review: Surprisingly, this is the best of the worst.  It includes some interesting archival footage and covers a topic that’s interesting since I know absolutely nothing about communes.  I think it was just too long.  If the doc was a 30 minute short – my final review would be different.

1 out 5 Cheers.

Reviewer: Becky Beamer


Doc of the Week: A Music Doc

FILM: The GITS Movie
REVIEWER: Becky Beamer

The rousing and heartbreaking story of Seattle band The Gits, whose promising start was cut short by the tragic murder of spirited lead singer Mia Zapata.

I run into tons and tons of music documentaries.  I usually run the other way as fast as possible but – this Doc was rated 4.5 stars on my Netflicks que.

The Gits  documentary becky beamer Doc and a Drink

After watching it – I know why the doc got a high rating – the only people who rated this film were friends and family of the artist.

Unfortunately, this documentary just came across as a glorified memorial.  I was looking for a murder mystery and instead I  was bored to death.  I learned about The Gits history as a band for the first 75 minutes of the film.  I was also disappointed by the surprising lack of quality archival video and photos of Mia throughout the film.  The family and The Gits were involved in the doc – so what happened?  I don’t know….

Is that too harsh? sorry.  I mean no ill will towards anyone related to the band.  I did enjoy The Gits music – so – go buy some Gits Singles on iTunes when you have a chance.

AND – If I haven’t scared you away – learn more on the movie’s website:

1 out of 5 Cheers.


Drink Review : Mystery Wine

DRINK: The “blush” or “red” wine offered at your local Chuck E. Cheese
REVIEWER: b.beamer

Let me set the scene. It is my birthday but, not just any birthday, I am turning 30. And as I enter the dirty thirties I am nostalgic about birthdays of past. I immediately thought about the fun of Chuck E. Cheese. Yes!!!! Tokens !!! I always loved a good game of skeetball and who doesn’t remember the fun of counting tickets, pizza, and hitting defenseless groundhogs. The deal was sealed when I found out that this great establishment also served alcohol (beer + wine). Continue reading “Drink Review : Mystery Wine”