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2012 Stories by Mark Holcomb

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  • Samsara

    published August 22, 2012

    Whether it strikes you as a profound, perspective-shifting spiritual travelogue, or the cinematic equivalent of a forgettable New Age music... More >>

  • Searching for Sugar Man

    published July 25, 2012

    Fluid, open-ended documentaries that demand more of an audience than foregone assent or fleeting bouts of passive outrage are rare these days,... More >>

  • The Ranging Gaze of Deborah Stratman's Experimental Films

    published July 18, 2012

    Probing the elusive terrain where technology, disruptive phenomena, and the contradictory human impulses for order and chaos meet (and often... More >>

  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World: The Apocalypse Drag

    published June 20, 2012

    Apocalype movies are a venerable enough genre (and reliable enough as box office cash spigots) to support a few lightweight, funny-sad-romantic... More >>

  • Kumaré

    published June 20, 2012

    Prepare to have your assumptions pitched out the window by this tense, surprisingly probing satirical documentary—not just about... More >>

  • Men on the Bridge

    published June 20, 2012

    Raw yet respectful and tenderly observed, this feature-film/documentary hybrid from writer-director Asli Özge plops a trio of real-life... More >>

  • The Last Ride

    published June 20, 2012

    Country music devotees will either love or hate this speculative account of the last three days in the life of Hank Williams, the... More >>

  • The Girl From the Naked Eye

    published June 13, 2012

    In an 18-month span that has included the release of two superb action movies (The Raid: Redemption and Sleepless Night) and one and... More >>

  • Patagonia Rising

    published June 6, 2012

    Another week, another travelogue-gorgeous eco-disaster documentary to induce despair over the fate of the planet, if not the will to help turn... More >>

  • Corpo Celeste

    published June 6, 2012

    First-time writer-director Alice Rohrwacher's minutely observed, emotionally complex Corpo Celeste would be a treat in any season, but... More >>

  • 5 Broken Cameras

    published May 30, 2012

    Startlingly intimate and direct, this first-person doc by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi requires multiple viewings for anyone eager to work out how... More >>

  • Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    published May 30, 2012

    An exposé in the purest, most pissed-off sense, director Léa Pool’s Pink Ribbons, Inc. digs into the bizarre elision of... More >>

  • Behold the Pot of Gold that is Beyond the Black Rainbow

    published May 16, 2012

    Achieving something far weirder and more resonant than the genre pastiche it initially seems to reach for, Beyond the Black Rainbow... More >>

  • Sleepless Night

    published May 9, 2012

    Ingeniously simple yet deceptively intricate, this French police thriller abounds in post–Woo/Tarantino action tropes: the usual... More >>

  • The Road

    published May 9, 2012

    Tiny budgets work wonders on ghost movies—it's what's not shown that truly frightens, as any first-year film-school mook should know.... More >>

  • Payback

    published April 25, 2012

    With its novel approach and wider-than-usual scope, this riff on Margaret Atwood's 2008 book-length essay, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side... More >>

  • Citizen Gangster

    published April 25, 2012

    Gently mining unknown history—to U.S. audiences anyway—this smooth biopic of Canada's most notorious post–World War II bank... More >>

  • The Myth of the Happy Hooker Debunked in Blunt and Beautiful Whores' Glory

    published April 25, 2012

    As with meat processing and politics, the day-to-day drama, tedium, and heartbreak of prostitution have little to do with our spoon-fed... More >>

  • Jean Gentil

    published April 18, 2012

    Although it's steeped in tragedies both personal and cultural, this contemplative, gorgeously shot documentary-fiction hybrid from... More >>

  • Morgan Spurlock Makes the Case for Comic-Con in A Fan's Hope

    published April 11, 2012

    Far from the nerd-in-a-barrel bloodbath it could have been, this documentary follow-along at the 2010 edition of San Diego's annual comics and... More >>

  • My Mars Bar Movie

    published April 11, 2012

    "A lot is going on, as usual, at Mars Bar . . ." So pronounces Anthology godfather Jonas Mekas in his years-in-the-making video document of the... More >>

  • The Assault

    published April 4, 2012

    Taut, forceful, ritualistic, and all those other flattering adjectives applied to thrillers that actually thrill, this skyjacking docudrama... More >>

  • Intruders

    published March 28, 2012

    Spanish horror movies have carved out a distinctive niche over the past few years with a surprisingly effective alchemy of... More >>

  • Scenes of a Crime

    published March 28, 2012

    A nonfiction corrective to decades of cop-friendly pop-culture conditioning, this rigorously focused documentary looks hard at... More >>

  • Wrath of the Titans

    published March 28, 2012

    Like many a franchise-killer, this big, flailing dud of a sequel to 2010's Clash of the Titans is more (retina-herniating CGI), less... More >>

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