DJ Tim Bergling/Avicii’s rise to fame, and struggles with physical and mental health issues, as well as with overbearing management and commercial pressures. A fascinating and ultimately poignant behind-the-scenes documentary detailing the mu.ltiple stressors acting on a popular artist’s life.
Documentary biography of card mechanic Richard Turner, who is blind. Excellent introduction to the world of the leading card magician/card shark, dealing equally with blindness and with sleight of hand as subject areas.
Documentary on the late American magician, his inspirations in magic and his place in contemporary close-up magic. A fine career overview and just enough of a glimpse into the man to reveal his complexities as a person. Highly recommended.
Documentary portrait of Jiro Ono, a sushi master. A compelling examination of dedication, zen-like patience, purity, and the pursuit of perfection in all things sushi-related. Highly recommended.
A documentary chronicling Jerry Seinfeld’s return to stand-up, and the life of an up-and-coming comic, Orly Adams. Decent doc that’s strong on the challenges of stand-up, the self-doubt and uncertainties that come with playing comedy clubs.
Documentary offering a career retrospective of writer/director Larry Cohen. And an utterly splendid thing it is too; Cohen is engaging and forthright, and a blend of clips, archive footage, and interviews underlines Cohen’s significance to genre. Well worth your time.
Supporting actors and extras reminisce about working on Star Wars, and the impact that the film and its fan culture has had on their lives. A bittersweet little documentary which makes a minor though not-uninteresting contribution to the movie’s fandom.