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06.12.15 Liam Mathews

Crystal Moselle’s fascinating documentary The Wolfpack, in theaters today, tells the story of the Angulo family, six brothers and one sister who grew up in a Lower East Side housing project but were kept in almost complete isolation by their messianic, abusive father and psychologically defeated mother. They spent much of their childhoods in almost […]

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05.28.15 Peter Yeh

From a documentary with a title like Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and Silk Road, one expects new details on how the Silk Road vendors and community operates, how bitcoin enables deep web markets, and a discussion that could bridge the gap for the average person between the anarchic cypherpunks and fear-mongering government […]

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05.11.15 Liam Mathews

Don’t go into Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop looking for answers about whether or not Gilberto Valle, the so-called “Cannibal Cop” (whose lurid fantasies about kidnapping, killing, and eating women transfixed and horrified the world) is guilty. It’s not that kind of movie. Instead, the documentary, which premieres Monday night on HBO, […]

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04.27.15 Liam Mathews

We all know about the Golden Age of Hip-Hop, but did you realize there was a simultaneous golden age in New York City dance and hip-hop radio? Red Bull Music and director Joey Garfield brought together just about every notable living figure from that time, including DJs Marley Marl and Tony Humphries and producer Strafe, […]

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04.17.15 Liam Mathews

Gilberto Valle, the media-branded “Cannibal Cop,” didn’t actually eat anyone. He was convicted in March 2013 of kidnapping conspiracy, but that conviction was later overturned when the judge ruled that the evidence indicated Valle’s gruesome forum posts about kidnapping, killing, and eating women were just sick fantasy. Valle could still face life in prison if […]

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03.23.15 Liam Mathews

There may be an old-ass choo-choo train buried deep under Cobble Hill, but the DOT won’t let the National Geographic Channel dig it out because of wounded pride, the New York Daily News reports. Bob Diamond, the subway historian who re-discovered the abandoned Atlantic Avenue tunnel believes there’s an 1830s-era locomotive hidden behind a thick […]

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03.17.15 Liam Mathews

Comedian Patrice O’Neal died in 2011, and now his former fiancee Von Decarlo and producer/director Mark Farrell have launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund a documentary about his life and work called Better Than You – The Official Patrice O’Neal Documentary. The producers told Indiewire: We want to do this movie the way Patrice led […]

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03.11.15 Prachi Gupta

The trailer for the highly anticipated, critically-acclaimed HBO doc about Kurt Cobain has arrived. Rarely are two-and-a-half minute trailers as interesting as the one for Montage of Heck, which includes never-before-seen home videos and photos of the rock icon as a baby. Director Brett Morgen got exclusive access to Cobain’s personal archive and then supplemented […]

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02.06.15 Prachi Gupta

If it’s true that the 1970s were the Golden Age of Porn in the U.S., then with the advent of the internet and the increase of porn piracy, the late 2000s have seen something of the Dark Age of porn. A new documentary premiering Friday night on Showtime, X-Rated: The Greatest Adult Movies of All-Time, […]

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01.02.15 Rhett Jones

If 2014 felt like it was filled with fear, conflicting information, tension, and general nonsense all heading toward some cataclysmic end to civilization, then BBC documentarian Adam Curtis would like to take a crack at explaining why that might be. Curtis is one of the great underrecognized journalists of our time. He makes sprawling documentaries for […]

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