Chris Farley Is Still Getting The Last Laugh

There’s an obscure 1994 Saturday Night Live sketch called “Pepper Boy” that at least one friend of Chris Farley’s now uses to explain the late comedian’s incredible talent. He didn’t have a huge part in that episode—apparently, he was too busy filming Tommy Boy. The laughs in this particular bit were supposed to go to… »8/10/15 4:39pm8/10/15 4:39pm


Drink The Kool-Aid: Why True/False Is Our Best Little Film Festival 

Film festivals are weird things. If you love movies and have dreamed of going to, say, Cannes or Sundance, you might have this romantic vision of watching dozens of movies amid happy, goodhearted souls who share your abiding passion for film. The reality is, you'll meet some of those people at a film festival,… »3/05/15 12:59pm3/05/15 12:59pm

Inside Russia's Anti-Gay Vigilante Army, Occupy Pedophilia

Last night, the U.K.'s Channel 4 aired Hunted, a wide-ranging documentary about homophobia in Russia. Its biggest coup was achieving access to the inner workings of Occupy Pedophilia, the largest vigilante group responsible for the hunting down of, physical abuse against, and public humiliation of gay people… »2/06/14 10:44am2/06/14 10:44am

Filmmakers, Strongman Star Of Bending Steel Talk Raw Strength

Lately I had the strange experience of voting among the jury of a documentary film festival's sports documentaries, and finding that my top three choices were nowhere among those the festival recognized. Big deal; tastes differ. Still, I couldn't figure how my top choice, Bending Steel, wasn't everyone's favorite.… »10/30/13 11:16pm10/30/13 11:16pm

ESPN's Going To Produce A Bunch More 30 For 30 Films

So, fantastic news. ESPN will announce at today's upfront that they will roll out a second series of sports documentaries under the 30 For 30 umbrella, even though it's no longer the network's 30th anniversary and there may not be 30 of them. The first one will premier this fall, and new films will roll out over the… »5/15/12 11:00am5/15/12 11:00am

Why You Should All Be Watching HBO's Brilliant On Freddie Roach Docuseries

Sports documentaries tend to adhere to a certain formula: tremendous amounts of archival footage plus talking heads. If you're Ken Burns, you mix in some banjo music. Sometimes you get the subject to reminisce about a time in his life that is still of abiding interest to sports fans, and maybe, if you're lucky, you… »2/28/12 6:23pm2/28/12 6:23pm