We all have our dreams, some of which we feel we might never be able to realise. It could be a bigger house or a nice car, but it can also be something we want to see changed in our surroundings. Sons of Ben is a documentary which tells the story of a couple of men who had a dream which seemed impossible: To make sure there town had a soccer team which would play in the National League. There was only one problem, the town didn’t even have a team which could enter and they weren’t planning on playing themselves. Continue reading
He directed documentaries like Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, Cocaine Cowboys 1 and 2. His latest documentary, Dawg Fight, is available through Netflix. My Filmviews spoke with Billy Corben about this raw movie, in which fighters go up against each other in the backyards, bare fisted. These fights are organised by Dada 5000, who’s a fighter himself. Continue reading
When I use Netflix and have to decide what to watch, then chances are that I first dive into the documentary section. It’s a genre which I watch a lot and the number of good documentaries I’ve seen is high. I came across this title and as I always found martial arts interesting, I was very curious what was on offer this film. It introduced me to a world I did not know, that of the backyard fights. Continue reading
Behind each small news item on TV or an article in the newspaper often a bigger story is hidden than you might think at first glance. If you read about a Moroccan family with 10 children who constantly come into contact with various government organisations, including the police, the odds are that you’ll be making some assumptions. You will perhaps wonder whether the parents are really involved with their children or why they have 10 children as there is so much trouble. Naziha is the mother of such a troubled family and this documentary gives her a chance to tell her side of the story, to show that assumptions are often wrong. Continue reading
Everyone is familiar with the concept of specific songs having a “clean version”. They often are played during the day to make sure kids don’t hear the “bad” words and it’s something which we feel is normal. But what if that was applied to movies, that would be a bit weirder. Some movies are edited when shown on TV (I can still remember the BBC broadcasting Coming to America and Samuel L. Jackson saying “Forget you!” when he’s trying to rob the restaurant instead of the F word), but it’s something that doesn’t happen a lot. But what if you aren’t allowed to view imagery which could impact you negatively because of your religion? You would like to watch the latest movies, but you never know what kind of imagery they contain. It would mean a huge risk. Continue reading
How was a simple banker from Rotterdam able to eventually help finance more than 900 movies, including a number of big titles including Rambo, Superman, Platoon, Dances With Wolves, Terminator and Basic Instinct? That’s the question that’s answered in the documentary Hollywood Banker, a portrait of Frans Afman, made by his daughter Rozemyn Afman. Continue reading
There are some artists which have this special sound you connect with the first time you hear them. It’s something I don’t have often, but I can still remember when I saw the video for Amy Winehouse’s “Stronger than Me”. Not only her voice was different, but so was the subject matter. When this came out it had been a while since I bought a CD, but for this one I immediately went to a record store to buy her album Frank.
She was an artist who I checked out a bit more than I did others and unfortunately you saw her taking some wrong steps in her life. Her death in 2011, even though shocking, never came as a surprise. Because of her popularity various documentaries have been made about this singer, but as this one has been made by director Asif Kapadia my expectations were high. Continue reading