REVIEW: ‘Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story’ (2020) is a Portrait of Addiction and Sobriety

Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story opens with Lett touring the Vancouver comedy club scene, arguing with the audience, making crude jokes, and refusing to pay his bar tab. He’s been kicked out of almost every establishment in the city and it’s easy to judge him because he comes across as such a hateful person. Richard Lett is an old school Canadian comedian, old school being a kinder description for offensive. He’s brash, loud, and rude, with his personality making it easy to dismiss him. But Never Be Done takes the time to uncover why Lett makes these actions.

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REVIEW: ‘Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story’ (2020) Responds to the Elephant in the Room

It is difficult to reconcile with the documentary’s use of this footage and how it shapes the film’s narrative.

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SUNDANCE LONDON REVIEW: Adolescence and Electioneering Collide in ‘Boys State’ (2020)

Boys State lifts the curtain on one of American’s most interesting political experiments and reveals a story which has somehow remained untold until now.

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: ‘Clapboard Jungle’ (2020) and the Harsh Reality of Independent Filmmaking

“Clapboard Jungle is the quintessential handbook for aspiring filmmakers.” Turning the camera on himself, Justin McConnell’s Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business, chronicles the hardships of navigating the film industry. Utilizing a mixture of talking heads interviews and guerrilla-style vlogging, McConnell explores how difficult it is for independent filmmakers to navigate the business side…

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REVIEW: ‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ (2020) and the Eternal Magnetism of Walter Mercado

At 87 years old, Mercado exudes the same cosmic magnetism that has endeared Latin American audiences to his shows for decades.

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Top of the Docs #26 – San Andreas Deer Cam

San Andreas Deer Cam is a fascinating exploration into virtual landscapes, why we play games in the way that we play them, and just how colossal video game world building can be.

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REVIEW: ‘Disclosure’ (2020) Only Scratches the Surface

Sam Feder and Laverne Cox’s documentary Disclosure arrived on Netflix at an opportune time. Transgender people’s healthcare is at risk, jobs are now protected, and long overdue media attention is being given to Black trans women, who are disproportionately affected by state and interpersonal violence. With trans people entering more and more mainstream discussions, there is great possibility for education and change. Disclosure aims to educate its audience about transgender representation in the media using the voices of trans people themselves.

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Top of the Docs #18 – ‘Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure’ (2011)

Matthew Bate’s documentary film, “Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure,” documents the story of Eddie Lee and Mitchell’s initial recordings and attempts to make sense of the inherent humor and relatability of the strange pop culture sensation.

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Top of the Docs #16 – The Ten Best True Crime Docuseries Streaming Now

If you loved Netflix’s Tiger King, then you’re in luck there’s an abundance of true crime documentary series – a.k.a. docuseries – streaming right now. The docuseries format allows a story to be told with a level detail that couldn’t fit into a single documentary. To save you some time searching, here’s a list of the best ones out there.

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