Tag Archives: Kartemquin Films

3 things about Judith Helfand’s COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code [2019] 1. They finally get the air conditioning they needed. 2. On the cover of the report: a snowflake. 3. A seemingly all white disaster preparedness conference. Urgent! There’s a story I sometimes tell about … Continue reading

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3 things about Bing Liu’s MINDING THE GAP

Minding the Gap [2018] 1. He won’t stop until the skateboard is really and truly wrecked. 2. “You can’t beat up women, but … sometimes a bitch needs to get slapped.” 3. Bing says, “Cut.” And moves his head slightly. … Continue reading

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3 things about Kartemquin Films’ THE INQUIRING NUNS

The Inquiring Nuns [1968] 1. They’re in a band called The Bubblegum Orgy. 2. Complaining about a rude cashier. 3. “I’m not sure why, but I’m glad you asked me.” A classic.

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3 things about Kelly Richmond Pope’s ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES

All the Queen’s Horses [2017] 1. She closed her eyes to listen to the click of the handcuffs. 2. “When the FBI tells you to keep quiet, you keep quiet.” 3. The majority of embezzlement cases are perpetrated by females.

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3 things about Steve James’ ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail [2017] 1. She tries in vain to get someone to listen to her point. 2. The blurred line between a gift and a loan. 3. Justice … with a $10 million legal bill.

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3 things about Maria Finitzo’s 5 GIRLS

5 Girls [2001] 1. After getting a hug from the boy she tells her friends, “This jacket will never be washed.” 2. From the balcony they look down onto the dancefloor, silently, bored. 3. “I wish I hadn’t been so … Continue reading

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3 things about Steve James’ LIFE ITSELF

Life Itself [2014] 1. Seeing the same theater, onscreen, that I’m sitting in as I watch the movie. 2. “They were a pair of Siamese twins joined at the rear end.” 3. A reprieve, courtesy Leonard Cohen.

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