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The Dissident

By: Trevor Chartrand Informative and eye-opening, The Dissident is a haunting documentary that’s shockingly timely and relevant, especially considering last week’s siege in Washington.  Among other things, this film demonstrates the dangerous potential of social media when used in the wrong way.

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Zappa

Other than his physical appearance, my knowledge on the life and career of Frank Zappa was nil;  which is why I was anticipating the documentary Zappa.  Because if a filmmaker is going to educate me on the legacy of a prolific musician, it’s documentarian Alex Winter.  Recently known for his return as Bill S. Preston Esq. in Bill & Ted Face The Music, music aficionado Winter is also one of the best documentarians currently working…

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The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story

I’m laying my cards out on the table: I have an unconditional love for Nickelodeon.  The network defined my childhood, helped diversify my media and sense of humour, and it was an outlet for truly unique entertainment.  As much as I tried to enter Scott Barber and Adam Sweeney’s documentary The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story without an enamouring bias, it was impossible.

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Defying All Odds

By: Trevor Chartrand Defying All Odds is an inspirational documentary that takes a hopeful, optimistic look the possibilities of contemporary medical studies and research.  In the climate of the pandemic we’re currently faced with, a positive outlook is a much needed breath of fresh air.

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Totally Under Control

This month, let alone this year, seems to be really early to release a documentary about the current COVID-19 global pandemic.  This film, Totally Under Control, concludes by stating that one day after wrapping President Donald Trump tested positive for the virus, which is an indication as to how wet the paint still is on this project.  The release could be because, as we close in on this year’s presidential election, the documentary wants to serve…

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I Am Greta

By: Trevor Chartrand Director Nathan Grossman takes an observational, fly-on-the wall approach with I Am Greta, a documentary that follows climate-change obsessed Swedish teen Greta Thunberg on her quest to raise awareness for the climate justice cause.  However, much like the politicians who aren’t listening to Greta, the hands-off, reserved filmmaking style fails to become involved enough in the issues to inspire a call to action of any kind.

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Money Machine

Money is power, but it is also the root of evil.  As inhabitants of a Judeo-Christian capitalist society, this is a paradox that we all often find ourselves wrestling with: the idea that money is a malevolent force that we must seek out at the same time if we wish to coexist with others.  Sometimes, this paradox stops existing in the background and slaps us in the face.  Money Machine is an attempt at just…

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We Are Many

By: Jolie Featherstone We Are Many offers an inspiring – dare I say celebratory – look at the organization and outcomes of the largest protest in human history.  Indeed, an estimated 30 million people (many of whom had never attended a protest before) in over 800 cities across the entire globe collectively protested the US’ war in Iraq on February 15, 2003.