American Movie

American Movie

★★½☆ – (1999) – Documentary that focuses on an ambitious filmmaker who aims to surpass society through low budget horror features. In some ways enlightening when dealing with dreams, but wholly depressing when dealing with reality. A strong case for why having a backup plan in life is essential.

My Amityville Horror

My Amityville Horror

★★☆☆ – (2012) – Documentary about a former occupant of a notorious murder site who claims his family moved into a haunted house. Basically beats a dead horse since the fictitious movies led us to believe the “true” stories were false, and does nothing to prove otherwise even with participants of actual events. The main subject, however, is nutty enough to hold attention.

Room 237

Room 237

★★☆☆ – (2012) – Documentary that explores the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. A few raised issues are mildly intriguing, but most of the speakers reach for meaning in mundane objects while making excuses for common filmmaking errors. Proves that thinking too much doesn’t always manifest intelligence.

Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

★★★☆ – (2011) – Documentary that explores the aggressive tactics of independent cinema’s most important filmmaker. Provides a multitude of insightful interviews from the many who’ve worked under Corman, and from the man himself. Aside from a educational trip through time, the overall message is perfectly clear: the business of film may change, but the need to succeed against the status quo will always remain.

Going to Pieces

★★★☆ – (2006) – Documentary that explains the successes, failures and controversies of slasher films throughout the decades. A thoughtful and entertaining exploration of the horror audience’s fascination with staged death that offers plenty of insights from titans of terror. Informative and provoking for fans old and new.

Full Tilt Boogie

★★☆☆ – (1997) – Documentary that shows the behind the scenes trials, tribulations and parties while making From Dusk Till Dawn. Does nothing to glamorize filmmaking, but shows how often trivial the experience can be. Almost deters one from following their dreams in the often glum world of fictional production.

Faces of Death IV

★☆☆☆ – (1990) – Documentary that keeps on exploring how living beings, notably humans, can come to an end. Blends a few short scenes of real footage with all too obvious fabrications. A farce that makes a fool of anyone who buys into its authenticity.