Amy: Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman

August 11, 2015

This documentary by Asif Kapadia (Senna) chronicles the meteoric rise and tragic fall of singer Amy Winehouse, who was all of 27 years old when she was found dead of alcohol poisoning, her body ravaged by the effects of bulimia and substance abuse. Kapadia uses only existing footage taken by either those close to Amy, […]

Vivian Maier: The Accidental Artist

March 3, 2015

She was a shy and reclusive nanny who liked to take pictures. She never sought attention for her photographs. When her work was discovered, she turned out to be an incredible photographer, with a great eye and a knack for capturing impromptu moments. We recommend the excellent documentary Finding Vivian Maier (available on Netflix DVD).

Why Movies About Artists Suck

August 9, 2012

How many movies about visual artistsĀ have you ever seen that are not a total drag? Like most biopics, the lives of famous artists, whether painters, writers or composers, are usually not as dramatic and interesting as the lives and work of the artists themselves. Watching someone paint, write or compose music is like watching paint […]

Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry

August 8, 2012

This is an excellent documentary by young filmmaker Alison Klayman, about Ai Wei Wei, artist, activist and giant thorn on the side of the Chinese government. It shows how a smart conceptual thinker like Ai is exploiting the capabilities of technology, namely twitter and the internet, to try to shift the balance of power from […]

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