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Eight Days A Week -The Beatles – The Touring Years Review by James R (Jim) Martin

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

Just when you thought you knew everything about the Beatles along comes Ron Howard with a new traditional documentary film focusing on the Beatles in the beginning, getting underway, then moving on to the years of touring the world, reaching crowds so large they needed super big venues like Shea Stadium housing 50,000 fans at a time on some occasions.

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THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD – Review by James R (Jim) Martin

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

The Tibetan Book Of The Dead has a mysterious, even ominous sound to it conjuring up thoughts of mystical contact with dead spirits in some sort of secret way. The Canadian Film Board, two-part documentary film, The Tibetan Book Of The Dead – A Way Of Life – The Great Liberation, narrated by Leonard Cohen explores the actuality behind the mythical title. The Dali Lama makes a brief appearance in the film to help explain the connection to Buddhist thought. The realities of death cannot be disputed or avoided. The Tibetan Book Of The Dead is an ancient archive of guidance and strength. It remains a source of wisdom and teaching beginning with the spiritual cultures of the Himalayas. This documentary is an authentic,

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Dalai Lama Awakening – Your Transformation is Now – Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, REVIEWS | 0 comments

The documentary film Dalai Lama Awakening is a journey worth taking for anyone who finds himself or herself on a spiritual path guided by the insights of Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama. It is an engaging, but not necessarily an easy, cinematic trip to take for two hours; but it is a learning experience. While the process may have its difficulties, as many journeys do, it also, has many moments when it presents beautiful images of India and the Tibetan settlement in India, where the Dalai Lama has been exiled since the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1950.

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Meet The Patels – Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

Meet The Patels, winner of the audience award at the 2014 Los Angles Film Festival, achieves explores the pressure on Indian American Families to maintain their culture and traditions, in particular those relating to marriage, in the face of the assimilation of the second generation. It is informative and entertaining.

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WHERE TO INVADE NEXT — PREPARE TO BE LIBERATED — Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

Where To Invade Next is a not to subtle reminder of what the middle and working class people of the United States have been deprived of while many European countries and others have moved ahead with health care, education, equal rights for women, workers rights, drug abuse, prison reform, and family planning. In addition how other countries have dealt with major past problems in their cultures so that they can move on and not repeat the same mistakes.

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Vivian Maier Street Photographer, The Vivian Maier Mystery, Finding Vivian Maier and A Photographer Found -- Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

Vivian Maier was born on February 1, 1926 in New York City. Around the age of 25 or 26 she started taking photographs, about 100,000 or more pictures by the time she died on April 21, 2009, ninety-nine percent of which she never showed anyone. She worked as a Nanny and/or Housekeeper most of her life using her spare time to photograph in New York City, Chicago, a village in France, and on an eight-month world tour accompanied by her trusted twin-lens Rolliflex camera hanging from her neck. Her work was discovered two years before she died but she was unaware of it. It included documentary style photography, 8mm film and audio recordings.

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American Experience: Walt Disney — Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries, REVIEWS | 0 comments

PBS - American Experience: Walt Disney documentary provides an uncensored, well researched, exploration of Walt Disney, the man, his work, and his passion for achieving goals. The 221 mintute documentary looks into Walt Disney’s contributions to the art of film, his strengths and weaknesses. The film examines his great insight into American culture and at other times his opaque insensitivity to historical, political and social issues facing Americans. Walt Disney was an artist and an entrepreneur, greatly aided in his goals by Roy Disney, his brother who complemented Walt’s obsessive personality with a practical nuance. American Experience: Walt Disney informs and entertains. It is a great biography of Disney and the development of animated feature films.

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