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  • Blood on the Reel

    Blood on the Reel

    Less a documentary on indie horror, as much as it's a vanity project, where a filmmaker discusses his own film and he sometimes lets his friends talk about their films.
    All of the subjects seem to be self-shot, working of a list of pre-prepared questions.
    Overall it's an insiders look that nobody asked for.

  • The Fear of 13

    The Fear of 13

    ★★★★½

    Less a documentary in the traditional Ken Burns sense, and more of an aural memoir of a convict's time on Death Row.
    In the grand tradition of THIS AMERICAN LIFE or SNAP JUDGEMENT, THE FEAR OF 13 is great storytelling paired with some effective audio elements, and some less-effective but still-somewhat-effective visual reenactments and representations. This probably could have worked just as well as a podcast or a spoken word concert, perhaps even an essay. But the visual storytelling is…

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  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    ★★★★

    A fascinating look at small town jurisprudence in the era of MTV. While far from comprehensive, the roots to such projects as the SERIAL podcast, Netflix's MAKING A MURDERER, or HBO's THE JINX are undeniable. Although it becomes clear as the film goes on (a full two-and-a-half hours) that the filmmakers are convinced of the three suspects' innocence, there is an attempt to let both sides have their say, although access to the prosecution's side of things was not as…

  • The Act of Killing

    The Act of Killing

    ★★★★★

    Holy shit...