Documentary

The Accidental President Intentionally Misremembers the Trump Presidency

During one of the few visually compelling moments of the documentary The Accidental President, a tangle of red lines spread like spider webs across a field. The red lines represent a tweet by Donald Trump, which users then share and re-share across Twitter, ensuring that his message dominates the discourse. In voiceover accompanying the image, former …

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Moments of Justice

Midway through the 2019 documentary film Collective, newly appointed Romanian health minister Vlad Voiulescu sits in defeat. After months of crusading against corruption in his country’s healthcare system, Voiulescu realizes that nothing has changed. Mobsters, politicians, and businessmen still put profits above human lives and resist any of his reforms. Utterly forlorn, Voiulescu drops his head …

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Review: Won\’t You Be My Neighbor? Reveals Mr. Rogers to be a Warrior for Love

Like thousands of children before me, I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. And, like thousands of adolescents before me, I grew out of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and declared my maturity by mocking his warmth and simplicity. He just seemed too nice, too weak to deal with the complex, edgy world that the teenage me …

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Review: Won\’t You Be My Neighbor? Reveals Mr. Rogers to be a Warrior for Love

Like thousands of children before me, I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. And, like thousands of adolescents before me, I grew out of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and declared my maturity by mocking his warmth and simplicity. He just seemed too nice, too weak to deal with the complex, edgy world that the teenage me …

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RBG Gives Perspective to the Notorious Supreme Court Justice

Late in the documentary RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsburg watches herself being impersonated on Saturday Night Live by Kate McKinnon. Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West hold the camera on the otherwise taciturn Supreme Court Justice while she giggles at McKinnon’s outside performance, before one of them asks, “Does that remind you of yourself?” Ginsburg answers …

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