Review: ‘Good Night Oppy’ is an Uplifting Doc About NASA’s Ingenuity

The magic of NASA has faded in recent years, no longer the awe-inspiring, astounding, dream-big place that it used to be during the iconic Apollo missions and the Space Shuttle era. But perhaps we’re just not seeing inside the walls of NASA anymore, maybe we’re just not hearing the stories like we used to? Good Night Oppy is an extraordinary documentary that sets this straight, and puts everything back on course, remind us once again that NASA is still the dream-big, make-it-happen, monumental place that it has always been. Going into this film, I had no idea what I was about to watch. It’s about the clunky robot rovers they sent to Mars in 2003. Is that it? Is it just some abstract footage of them on that planet, driving around in Martian silence? Oh yes – it’s that and SO much more. This documentary film left me in awe. I was so moved by it, so inspired & invigorated, …

TIFF 2022: ‘I Like Movies’ is a Perfect ‘Film Bro’ Coming-of-Age Film

I don’t just like movies, I love them! If you also love movies as much as I do, then you’re probably familiar with the “film bro” – a nerdy dude who is so entirely infatuated with cinema that’s all he can talk about or think about. (Here’s two good articles about them: on No Film School or Little White Lies.) Film bros can be found anywhere and everywhere, usually lurking in various dark corners of the internet, waiting to slide into some woman’s DMs the moment she mentions David Fincher or Punch Drunk Love. Remarkably, there’s a new film at the Toronto Film Festival this year called I Like Movies, and it’s an awkward coming-of-age drama about a “film bro” from Canada. It’s not denigrating film bros, or turning them into someone to laugh at in a movie, it’s actually a remarkably empathetic and warm-hearted film about the challenges of growing up as a nerd and growing into yourself. It …

TIFF 2022: Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Eye-Opening New Doc ‘The Grab’

There are plenty of documentaries being made all the time now about climate change and its devastating impact on this planet. Before all of these, there was one doc that changed the entire conversation early on – Davis Guggenheim & Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, which premiered in 2006 and went on to win two Academy Awards (and tons of other prizes). With climate change getting worse and worse, and not much hope on the horizon of slowing it down, the conversation among the powerful is now beginning to change instead to – what’s going to happen next and how can we manage the inevitable natural disasters and social upheaval. One of the big questions on the horizon over the next few decades is: how will food sources and farms be affected as the world heats up. Which brings us to this documentary The Grab, made by Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, premiering at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival. It’s the …

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