Madonna, Lady Gaga, and the Loneliness of Celebrity

In 1991, all the cool people I knew seemed to learn a lot from Madonna’s Truth or Dare, a documentary chronicling events behind the scenes on her Blonde Ambition tour. The only thing I learned from it was that I would never be one of the cool people. My friends reacted with delight to Madonna’s … Continued


Selective Editing Sinks Press Freedom Documentary ‘Nobody Speak’

The new Netflix documentary, Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, sets out to defend the media. However, its deceptive editing undermines any sympathy that a careful viewer might have had for the film or its subject. Directed by Brian Knappenberger, Nobody Speak’s thesis is that the First Amendment and press freedom are being threatened … Continued


Remembering Kurt Cobain and the Teen Spirit That Stinks

It was officially announced last week that an authorized documentary chronicling the life and career of the late alternative rock star Kurt Cobain is in the works. Filmmaker Brett Morgen, who directed The Rolling Stones‘ documentary Crossfire Hurricane, has said that he is teaming up with Courtney Love to make a movie about the Nirvana … Continued

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