documentary

Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles

At first, the premise of this was so confusing to me. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing I don’t love about all three concepts: Yotam Ottolenghi. His reverent approach to food is something that has always stood out to me. When this master of middle-eastern food steps into any kitchen, his zen-like demeanour could convince anybody that putting cabbage in your mouth is the most exquisi...

The Skywalker Legacy: Taking One Last Look Sir, At My Friends

Ever since I first saw Star Wars, somewhere between 1994 and 1996, it has been an intrinsic part of my DNA and so re-watching The Rise of Skywalker, and then the behind-the-scenes documentary and seeing the thought, passion, and hard work that went into it, and ultimately seeing it all come to a close, was a bittersweet, almost spiritual moment. The Skywalker Legacy, a 2-hour documentary film, is ...

Apollo 11

You’ve seen shots of it a thousand times in movies and in popular culture. Of a big pointy rocket blasting off with chunks of white, frozen material falling off in slow-motion and a dude in a big puffy suit, jumping off a ladder and commenting how important that small hop was. Especially when compared to any and all of the other lame hops mankind have made before. But what about all the moments be...

2040

What will the world look like in 2040? Well, many predictions say the world is going to hell in a handbag and it’s all your fault you plastic-using demon! … However, Damon Gameau has a different narrative for the future. In his new environmental documentary 2040, Damon ponders what the world will look like in 21 years “if we just embrace the best that already exists”. Now we all know that predicti...

Pixar has a Hopeful Future and You Could Attend a Wizarding School!

Kia Ora, this is the Pretty Much Weekly! A weekly series where we sometimes share this week’s news, and other times share news that we only found out about this week. Of the latter, the documentary on the making of God of War is out, Pixar is currently only working on original films, and you can hop on a train and attend a magical school for an hour! Of the former, well, if you’re sick...

Fahrenheit 11/9

Before going to watch the pre-screening of left-winger documentarian Michael Moore’s latest doco I decided to have a wee look on IMDB to see what people were saying about the film. With a surprisingly low user rating of 5.8 I was intrigued to see the breakdown of votes. In classic political documentary style the film has an overwhelming number of ‘1/10’ scores. Now for a film to be a ‘1/10’ ...

An Interview With Gina Hara

Meet Gina Hara. She’s never had a crab stick before, loves Carcassonne the board game, and has directed a documentary called Geek Girls. Saskia and Jaz sat down with her, fed her a crab stick, told her Carcassonne was a real place, and asked her why she made a movie about girls and geekdom. Here is the result!

Kusama: Infinity

The choice to watch a movie can often be a lazy one. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, we all need to veg-out every once in a while. But if I’m being honest I wouldn’t usually choose to spend my free time watching a documentary. Like most others I presume, my choices will usually fall in the epic blockbuster category. I did recently endeavour to branch out and watch one of thos...

Whitney

Whitney is one of those documentaries that’s equal parts beautiful and sad. It’s beautiful to see this woman, unparalleled in vocal ability, catapulted to the heights of super-stardom and adoration. It’s hard to see cocaine addiction ravage her, and those closest to her take advantage of her wealth and fame. But that is the story of Whitney Houston. Beginning with her childhood, Scottish dir...

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