Is Glen Campbell Alzheimer’s documentary exploitive?

Is Glen Campbell Alzheimer’s documentary exploitive?

Director James Keach’s documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me follows the country music legend’s farewell tour following his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in the summer of 2011. While chock full of joyful moments, it’s hard to watch the rapid descent of the great musician into dementia, as documented during a scene at the Mayo Clinic […]

EIFF REVIEW: Doc celebrates Memphis history

EIFF REVIEW: Doc celebrates Memphis history

How do you watch a 90 minute documentary about the recording sessions for an album no one knows about, coupled together with countless anecdotes about people most music fans have never heard of, filmed in a city that was once crucial to the development of the American 20 century musical and cultural identity, but isn’t […]

INTERVIEW: Shannon Tweed on Hollywood

INTERVIEW: Shannon Tweed on Hollywood

“Conquered Hollywood? It might have conquered me,” says the delightful Shannon Tweed on how she and countless other Canadians found success in American show business. The reality show star is just one subject in the new documentary Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood, along with people like Neve Campbell, Tommy Chong, Howie Mandel, Alan Thicke […]

EIFF REVIEW: The downside of altruism in One of a Kind

EIFF REVIEW: The downside of altruism in One of a Kind

Can humans help themselves by helping others? Veteran French auteur Francois Dupeyron explores this very complex question in his 17th film One of a Kind (original French Title: Mon âme par toi guérie, or My Soul Healed By You). It screens Saturday, Sept. 27 at 2 pm as part of the Edmonton International Film Festival. […]

EIFF REVIEW: Belgian bluegrass drama hard to watch in more ways than one

EIFF REVIEW: Belgian bluegrass drama hard to watch in more ways than one

There are a number of worthy ideas you can take away from The Broken Circle Breakdown – the gala closer of the Edmonton International Film Festival, Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 pm in the Empire City Centre 9 Cinemas. One, it’s pretty much the best romantic melodrama about Belgian bluegrass singers you’ll ever see. The […]

EIFF REVIEW: Spinning Plates feeds heart and soul

EIFF REVIEW: Spinning Plates feeds heart and soul

Towards the very end of Joseph Levy’s acclaimed documentary Spinning Plates, airing Oct. 3 as part of the Edmonton International Film Festival, there is a defining moment. World-renowned chef Grant Achatz compares his ultra-expensive, ultra-exclusive Chicago restaurant to those hometown spots run by his parents when he was a kid. He says, “It’s the same […]

EIFF REVIEW: Furry friends forever in Furever

EIFF REVIEW: Furry friends forever in Furever

The only thing missing in Furever is a visit to another country whose citizens aren’t so privileged, maybe one that doesn’t spend $52 billion a year on cats and dogs. In some places, people think we’re crazy for pampering what’s for dinner. It’s strangely ironic that the only place in the world you can get […]

EIFF REVIEW: Thanks for Sharing a sober look at sex ‘addiction’

EIFF REVIEW: Thanks for Sharing a sober look at sex ‘addiction’

If God allowed us to pick our addiction, who wouldn’t pick sex? No matter how many times you do it, you’re probably not going to get cirrhosis of the liver, bad skin, rotten teeth or lung cancer, provided you take the appropriate precautions. All you get out of it is a nice happy little rush […]

EIFF REVIEW: Sex After Kids a riot of awkward encounters

EIFF REVIEW: Sex After Kids a riot of awkward encounters

It was a stroke of genius to cast veteran Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent as a sexual therapist in Sex After Kids, a comedy which to name is to know. It plays Saturday, Sept. 28 as part of the Edmonton International Film Festival. But it is really necessary for him to tell us, “Kids are not […]

EIFF REVIEW: The Auctioneer like an Alberta landscape painting

EIFF REVIEW: The Auctioneer like an Alberta landscape painting

Farm equipment doesn’t fetch much money at auctions these days. As Hans Olson’s languid but visually beautiful documentary The Auctioneer suggests, the family farm is dying out on the Prairies, and with the surging popularity of the Internet as a buying and selling source, so is auctioneering. Thus we see Vegreville auctioneer Dale Menzak also […]

EIFF REVIEW: Muscle Shoals does its namesake proud

EIFF REVIEW: Muscle Shoals does its namesake proud

The great electric blues guitarist Otis Rush had some cracking albums in his day – and like his live gigs, they always started out with something smoking that really set the tone. In 1969 it was an album called “Mourning in the Morning.” Like most things musical, attempting to describe its incendiary, note-stabbing kickoff, all […]

EIFF REVIEW: Punk rock doc a homage for fans only

EIFF REVIEW: Punk rock doc a homage for fans only

Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead was once asked what it meant to play music outside of mainstream tastes. His brief and poignant response perfectly captures the ethos of Filmage: the Story of the Descendents/All: “It means you’re f—ing broke.” Screening Oct. 1 as part of the Edmonton International Film Festival, Matt Riggle’s documentary pays a fawning, […]

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