Although its title is attractive enough, this 2012 documentary by Lauren Greenfield could also have been called "Back To Reality." Jacqueline and David Siegel are wealthy Floridians who are parents to eight children. She is 43 years old, he is 74. They both come from middle class backgrounds. David is the founder and owner of … Continue reading The Queen of Versailles
This 2008 informative documentary deals with how what we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000. Considering than the average American supermarket has about 40,000 products and that almost every one of them is available all the time, we would not suspect the food industry guilty of concealing … Continue reading Food, Inc.
Director Spike Lee presents to us a simple but impacting story of a very complex and tragic event in this 2006 four-part documentary series: the gut-wrenching aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Through Lee's skillful presentation of news clips, interviews, and an informative history of past hurricanes hitting this once festive city, we witness … Continue reading When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
Have you ever wondered who wrote this or that melody? What was the author's inspiration? What may have influenced a particular song? In the case of this documentary, you'll learn about a particular songwriter who few know, but many know his songs and enjoyed them throughout the years. American songwriting bloomed in the mid 50's … Continue reading A.K.A Doc Pomus
THE FOG OF WAR (2003) You've probably have heard about "fake news", but have you heard about "fake wars?" In this film by director Errol Morris, former secretary of state Robert McNamara explains in details the intricacies of the Vietnam War, including how it was provoked and almost manufactured. Why America has always got be … Continue reading Top 5 Relevant Documentaries -Summer 2019
I was video hunting for something to watch that could keep me awake after a hard day at work on Friday night. After a few bad choices that didn't do the trick, half-asleep, I stumbled upon this music documentary from 2016. Wow! This was better than 3 cups of Cuban coffee! From the first scenes … Continue reading The Rolling Stones: Ole, Ole, Ole! A Trip Across Latin America
This 1995 documentary miniseries is the definitive historical account of the most influential rock band of the twentieth century. John, George, Paul, Ringo, and their producer George Martin among others, take us step by step to the birth of The Beatles, passing through the good and the bad, and arriving at their last collaboration: Free … Continue reading The Beatles Anthology
In 1961, Fidel Castro's government prohibited professional sports from being payed in Cuba. At that time, a young Luis Tiant was the most promising baseball player on the island. He was playing in Mexico when he got the news and decided not to go back to Cuba but pursue a career in the American Baseball … Continue reading The Lost Son of Havana