@fogoftruth Episode 503: 2019 Oscar-Nominated Documentaries and THE SILENCE OF OTHERS

This week we talk Oscars with a brief discussion of the documentary-feature nominees and a more intensive review of each nominated short, as well as kvetch generally about the complicated relationship between documentary films and Oscar, and also interview Robert Bahar, co-director of The Silence of Others.

Oscar Shorts Reviewed:

To see the video that accompanies our interview with Bing Liu – from the 2018 AFI DOCS festival – go to our “video extras” page. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our “episodes” page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Mr. Reed’s Metaphysical Neighborhood Presents the Best (and Worst) Films of 2018

[For an explanation of my blog-post title, check out my “best of” list from 2013.]

Below, you will find lists of my favorite films of the year, divided by documentary (nonfiction) and narrative (fiction) formats. Not all the movies mentioned have received a significant release in 2018, though many of them did; the others may still be making the festival rounds, or may have only been released abroad, or only online (something evermore common, so almost not worth mentioning). Where I have previously written reviews of a movie (whether for Film Festival Today or Hammer to Nail), the title of that movie is hyperlinked to my original review. In the case of the one film among my Top 20 choices which I did not review, I include a brief capsule description of it, here (and link to its distributor’s website). Where, in the “honorable mentions” section, I have not reviewed a film, I have hyperlinked the title to the movie’s IMDb page. Continue reading

9 Pieces @hammertonail: 5 Reviews and 4 Interviews

Hammer to Nail ran 9 more pieces of mine in the last week, including an interview of a filmmaker whose film I saw at the SXSW Film Festival, but which I conducted back here in Baltimore. There were 3 more interviews, of which two were from the Maryland Film Festival, plus 5 reviews. See below for links:

Enjoy!

“Reel Talk” – with Chris Reed and Hannah Buchdahl – on “RBG,” “Tully” and “Avengers: Infinity War”

Christopher Llewellyn Reed, “Reel Talk” host, w/ Hannah Buchdahl, of “ChickFlix”

Welcome to the fourth episode of the 2017-2018 season of Dragon Digital Media‘s Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed. My guest this time was ChickFlix‘s Hannah Buchdahl. We discussed three recent films: RBGTully and Avengers: Infinity War (in that order). Like what you see? Be sure to check out the firstsecond and third episodes of this current season, as well.

In Howard County, Maryland, you can watch the show on Channel 41 (if you’re a Verizon customer) or Channel 96 (if you’re a Comcast customer), and you can watch it online from anywhere. You can also still catch all six episodes from last year (firstsecondthirdfourthfifth and sixth), plus all six from the previous year (firstsecondthirdfourthfifth and sixth), as well as the six episodes from my first season with Reel Talk (Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4Episode 5Episode 6). Enjoy!

The fantastic Dragon Digital Media team did their usual superlative job putting this together, especially producer Karen Vadnais and director Danielle Maloney, as well as floor manager Anthony Hoos. We’ll be back at the start of July with the final episode of the season, so stay tuned. Until then, have fun at the movies!