An uncritical though still fascinating documentary on the development and making of the original Star Wars trilogy, focusing on production problems with the first film. Plenty of detail here for fans. Though many of these stories have been often-told, they’re collected here in an engaging way. Fun for completists.
A documentary about AIDS/HIV and the ways in which the Los Angeles porn industry was affected by the issue over time, focusing on an outbreak among performers in 1998. A fascinating doc that’s simultaneously a thriller, an industry expose, a narrative history, a time capsule, and an apologia.
A quasi-documentary (archive footage, plus new interviews and other – fabricated – material) about Bob Dylan’s 75-76 US tour. Splendid and slippery attempt to capture/deconstruct a party on wheels masterminded by a playful set of hosts: Dylan, then Scorsese.
A behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the final series of HBO ratings juggernaut Game of Thrones. Excellent making-of doc, focusing both on the logistical challenges of big-budget TV, and of the relationships between the production and Belfast.
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.