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Ver Uncertain

Uncertain is a visually stunning and disarmingly funny portrait of the literal and figurative troubled waters of Uncertain, Texas, a 94-resident town so tucked away "you've got to be lost to find it".

Genres
Documentary, Comedy, Drama
Director
Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands

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Friday, 19 Jun 2020 20:38

As a budding film-maker, I had always felt that documentary film-making is only valuable if you understand the culture. Not having known any of the guys on this show, I really had no idea what this documentary was about, but it was interesting enough to keep me engaged. I have seen other documentaries about this group that were far more detailed, but it really does nothing to reveal what the people on the show are like outside of their work on this show. For that, you really need to have knowledge of the subject matter. This documentary didn't go into much detail into the people's backgrounds, but it did a good job at showing the effect that their work had on people's lives. I think it was important that they showed the interviewees for the most part being genuine and real people, rather than just making them look like they are good friends. That was good, but it could have been done a little better. This documentary does show some of the guys' real problems and gives you a sense of how they are dealing with them. The other thing I found interesting about this documentary was that it gave you a sense of the pressures these guys have to deal with to get that film made, and how that sometimes affects the way they see themselves and how they perceive other people. Also, the interviewees did an excellent job of making it feel like they were all friends, but they really were. It's good to see that they were all in good terms with each other, which is rare, but at the same time, it's very difficult to get everyone in a film to like each other. In the end, this documentary is very good, and it will definitely keep you interested. I would recommend it, but I'm not sure how I would really recommend it.
Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 05:01

This film is a collection of clips from The Beatles' career that are recorded on tape during the band's California residency at the time. The director, Mr. Obrez, walks the audience through the experience of being a Beatle fan. He doesn't show the bands' live performances and clips are presented instead. He presents clips from the concerts where the band performed, and interviews of people who were in the audience when the band played. When the film was over, I was left with the feeling that Mr. Obrez wanted to present a documentary, but not a concert film. There were several scenes that left me feeling that he was too interested in the actual concert footage, instead of focusing on the music. This left me wanting more about the actual concert footage. Mr. Obrez also shows clips from the first five albums of the Beatles and presents a very anti-climactic explanation of the reason why the Beatles came to be in the shape they did. I didn't see the Beatles' popularity at this point as a great driving force for the band, but a product of the stage production. However, I did like that Mr. Obrez did not portray the Beatles as any more than a rock group. He did a good job of showing the Beatles' extreme popularity, but he did not give them any "cartoonish" qualities. On the other hand, I was disappointed with the lack of an introduction to the Beatles and the lack of interviews with any of them. The focus of the film is on the music and the legendary concert footage. It would have been better to focus on the fans themselves, not just the band.
Saturday, 23 May 2020 16:59

In a documentary that is fascinating and sometimes funny at the same time, Rob Marshall and Jack O'Connell portray the challenge of making a documentary about our rights and the problems with our criminal justice system in America. The history and the current events in this documentary are quite interesting, but the discussion of the current problems and the lack of future for this documentary is questionable. The most of the film was taken from news clips. Even though there were news clips, the clips were pretty long and difficult to understand. There were times when I thought it was a long documentary, but the interviewees, many of whom had changed their views on these issues over time, made it seem much shorter. Also, many of the clips were from the press, the so-called "independent" press, which was not much of an industry back then. There were also numerous news clips of celebrities and other news organizations, who were in fact more interested in their own benefit than the viewers. Also, the decision to show the interviewees in their prison uniforms, rather than the norm of showing them in their own clothes, made it seem like they were doing something for the cameras. This was an interesting documentary that should have been much longer. However, I found the discussion of the current problems in the criminal justice system was a little heavy-handed. It was quite interesting to hear the current and past views of the judges and attorneys involved, but they did not feel the need to go into the political problems that each of them had. We are here to discuss the current problems in a documentary, not the political problems of which each of them had knowledge. I think the length of the documentary was an unfortunate thing, and I think it could have been done a little more with a little more insight into the current problems and the difficulties of making a documentary.


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