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Documentary Review | Apollo 11

Apollo 11 (PN 1995.96 .S668 A64 2019 DVD) is an enlightening documentary about the monumental NASA mission to the moon. Directed by Todd Douglas Miller, this film shows you never before seen footage of the Apollo 11 mission. This documentary is interesting, intriguing, and awe-inspiring. It portrays the feeling that Americans’ had years ago, as …

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Documentary Review | The Staircase Pt. 2

The second part of The Staircase series is an interesting continuation of the investigation of Michael Peterson who is on trial for the death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson. This part is split into four episodes which each highlight a different point in the trial, showing the perspectives of both the defense and the prosecution, …

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Documentary Review | Grandmas has a Video Camera

Grandma has a Video Camera is a documentary following the life of Brazilian immigrants to the U.S. This family moves to California, and there explains everything they go through in relation to their move. As they notice the cultural differences between Brazil and the U.S., they develop better skills to navigate their lives here. Eventually, …

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Documentary Review | The Thin Blue Line

Without even considering any technical achievement or artistic merit that The Thin Blue Line may or may not contain this documentary, made in 1988 about the conviction of a man for the shooting of policeman, is one film that can actually be credited with saving a man’s life.  The film specifically focuses on the trial …

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Documentary Review | The Secrets of Saint John Paul

A inside look on the life of Karol Józef Wojtyła also known as Pope John Paul II and his close friendship with Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka. In the years leading up to his papacy they came to have a unique relationship which was documented through years of letters. A journalist takes the opportunity to read and try …

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Documentary Review | Indians Outlaws & Angie Debo

In this documentary we learn about Angie Debo, an American who was born in 1890 and when she was 9, she moved with her family to Oklahoma, which would prove to be the stage for her great work. During her research, Debo discovers that the Indians are being taken advantage of. The treaty they had …

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Documentary Review | The Times of Harvey Milk

As is often the case with many documentaries, important and significant subjects can be misunderstood or misrepresented due to poor filmmaking capabilities.  Whether it is the ways in which the images are presented or simply an overly one-sided approach, some documentaries miss the mark. However, sometimes the story is interesting and monumental enough that the …

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Documentary Review | The Staircase Pt. 1

The first part of the thrilling documentary The Staircase is an introduction into the case of the death of Kathleen Peterson. Michael Peterson, the husband of the deceased, is the prime suspect and his trial is the focus of this documentary series. The first part of this two-part series serves as an introduction to the …

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Documentary Review | Gasland

Gasland tells how fracturing for natural gas has affected a lot of people, and our environment. There are a lot of nasty chemicals used in the process and some of these chemicals are not taken care of very responsibly and sometime end up in our water supply. Lots of people are interviewed and we see …

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Documentary Review | Hubble’s Amazing Rescue

This documentary begins its heroic story at NASA control on Earth and culminates just above the atmosphere at the Hubble Telescope itself. The film crew follows the engineers and workers who attempt to repair the outdated satellite in order to salvage one of the most complex and expensive cameras ever constructed. From practices in a …

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