Tag: Documentary

Film Club meeting — WOAE093

A virtual meeting of the Wide Open Air Exchange Film Club with guest Davis Rivera. Thanks to everyone who contributed reviews and comments for inclusion in the discussion. You can dive in to the full podcast episode here or use the links below to hear excerpts for each film. Also available on your preferred podcast platform including iTunes and Stitcher.

Film Club viewing list discussed with Davis:

The Last Dance (2020), documentary series about Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls.

Capone (2020), a film by Josh Trank starring Tom Hardy as gangster Al Capone in his later life suffering from mental deterioration.

Vitalina Varela (2019), a film by Pedro Costa set in Lisbon and featuring Vitalina Varela who previously appeared in Horse Money.

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019), a stop-motion animation comedy about an alien encounter.

Corpus Christi (2020), a drama set in regional Poland where a young man with a criminal history passes himself off as a priest visiting from a seminary.

Other reviews featured:

Coming 2 America (2021), the highly anticipated sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy classic.

The Wizard of Lies (2017), a biopic about the downfall of financial fraudster Bernie Madoff.

Hotel Coolgardie (2016), a documentary about the woeful experiences of two Finnish backpackers assigned to be barmaids at a pub in outback Australia.

Judith Lucy vs Men (2020), a stand-up comedy special by Australian comedian Judith Lucy.

Music featured in this episode:

Lipka Zielona by Eliza Rycembel from the soundtrack to Corpus Christi

Midnight Train from Zamunda by Gladys Knight from the soundtrack to Coming 2 America

Films of the decade with Davis Rivera — WOAE084

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Film scholar Davis Rivera shares his favourite films of the 2010s including narrative films, documentaries and a couple of exceptional stand-out series. Davis has kept a record of his personal ratings of films since he was aged 13 and has a database of more than 3000 film ratings. These are his picks of the decade.

Listen using the audio player above or download the episode from the Wide Open Air Exchange podcast using iTunes or Stitcher or your preferred podcast platform.

Davis Rivera’s favourite films of the decade:

1. The Hunt (2012) directed by Thomas Vinterberg, and written by Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg

2. Rules Don’t Apply (2016) directed and written by Warren Beatty

3. Melancholia (2011) directed and written by Lars von Trier

4. Happy Hour (2015) directed by Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, and written by Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, Tadashi Nohara, Tomoyuki Takahashi

5. The Turin Horse (2011) directed by Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, and written by László Krasznahorkai and Béla Tarr

6. Hereditary (2018) directed and written by Ari Aster

7. American Sniper (2014) directed by Clint Eastwood, and based on the memoir by Chris Kyle

8. The Staircase (2018) directed and written by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

9. River of Fundament (2014) directed by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler, and inspired by the Norman Mailer novel Ancient Evenings

10. Hacksaw Ridge (2016) directed by Mel Gibson, and based on the 2004 documentary The Conscientious Objector

11. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) directed by Raúl Ruiz, and based on the 1854 novel by Camilo Castelo Branco

12. Jackass 3D (2010) produced by Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze, and directed by Jeff Tremaine

13. Lenny Cooke (2013) directed by Josh and Benny Safdie

14. The Last of the Unjust (2013) directed by Claude Lanzmann

15. The Counselor (2013) directed by Ridley Scott, and written by Cormac McCarthy

Other notable mentions:

The Image Book (2018) directed and written Jean-Luc Godard

Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) created by David Lynch and Mark Frost

Jesus is King (2019) produced by Kanye West, and directed by Nick Knight

Films by Kelly Reichardt: Certain women (2016) and Meek’s Cutoff (2010) and others