'The Great Train Robbery' is one of the features films in Mark Cousins ' documentary 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey '

‘The Story of Film: An Odyssey’ on Hulu and Sundance Now

In The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011), Mark Cousins takes an unconventional, expansive, and almost exhaustive approach to the history of cinema. I can’t imagine that anyone who is not already captivated by cinema would even begin this immersive, ambitious 15-hour documentary series that attempts to encapsulate cinema, from birth to the present, and […]

Making the original 'Ben-Hur,' featured in the documentary 'Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film' by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill

Watch This! ‘Hollywood,’ Kevin Brownlow’s epic documentary on American Silent Cinema

Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film, a 13-part documentary series written and directed by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill, is one of the greatest documentaries on cinema history and a tremendous artifact in its own right. Brownlow, a British filmmaker and historian, took a camera crew to the U.S. in the late 1970s […]

Mark Hartley celebrates "The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films " in "Electric Boogaloo."

‘Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films’ on Netflix

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) – Australian filmmaker Mark Hartley has become the cinematic historian of the disreputable genre films of the seventies and eighties with such loving productions as Not Quite Hollywood (spotlighting the disreputable side of the early Australian film industry) and Machete Maidens Unleashed (on Filipino grindhouse […]

Wendell Pierce in the HBO series Treme created by David Simon

Revisit ‘Treme’ and ‘When the Levees Broke’ to remember Katrina – Amazon Prime and HBO Now

This weekend marked the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans, a natural disaster compounded by insufficient defenses and a disastrous response by the government. Looking for a proper way to mark the occasion? Amazon Prime and HBO subscribers have two very good options. Treme, David Simon’s follow-up to The Wire, is beautifully […]