Top of the Docs #50 – The Gleaners and I (2000)

The Gleaners and I is a film not just revolutionary for its ground-breaking use of handheld digital cameras, but also for the way in which Varda set about making the film.

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‘Tigers are Not Afraid’ (2017): Ghosts, Wishes, and Tigers Tell the Story of Five Children Amidst a Drug War

A young boy named Shine (Juan Ramon Lopez) stands in an alleyway, spray-painting a tiger on the walls. The black paint drips fresh as a narrator tells the story of a prince. This month’s highlighted film on Shudder for Women in Horror is Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017), written and directed by Issa Lopez. It’s a story about five Mexican children whose lives have been devastated by the ongoing drug war. When Estrella’s (Paola Lara) teacher gives her three magic pieces of chalk that grant her three wishes, the children’s lives drastically change into a game of cat and mouse.

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[Between the Lines] Why ‘Palm Springs’ (2020) Should Have Been Nominated for Best Original Screenplay

Without diminishing the nominees, there is one screenplay that should have made the cut.

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‘Slaxx’ (2020) – You Need to See This Movie About Killer Pants…

What honestly makes this film whole is the writing, because it incorporates all the elements needed to tell a complete story.

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Top of the Docs #45 – Los Angeles Plays Itself

From stairwells to suburbs and beyond, Los Angeles quite literally is cinema, and Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself sets out to prove it.

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