20 years on, can cinema teach us anything new about 9/11?

Whether new documentaries about 9/11 are strictly necessary depends on your stance on documentaries in general. As long as people vow to never forget 9/11 and its aftermath, there will always be new stories to tell. Part of the success of One Day in America lies in its exploitation of the audience’s preexisting knowledge. With the events of 9/11 so frequently replaced in both fiction and documentary cinema, can anything new be revealed 20 years on? But for those who see documentary first and foremost as a storytelling medium, the…

Alexander Payne’s next film will reunite him with Paul Giamatti

After the fascinating misstep of his previous film – which, credit where it’s due, gave us a dancing Udo Kier – Payne is returning to his wheelhouse for his next outing, in verboseness and discontentment and neurosis. The unlikely group shares some “comic misadventures” during two snow-blanketed weeks, and ultimately comes to realize that “none of them is beholden to their past,” as the Deadline bulletin has it. As Payne himself says in the Deadline item, “I think it’s a matter of time before [Paul Giamatti] gets his Oscar.” Published…

This new documentary is Afghanistan’s answer to Boyhood

Nevertheless, this is a fascinating example of protracted filmmaking and a refreshing counter narrative to those which typically surround the War on Terror. Still, it is common to hear filmmakers freely admitting to intervention, which Grabsky and Sharifi do when Mir and his family move to Kabul and are unable to find work. His parents send him to school, although he soon has to drop out to support his family by working the land. The documentary follows eight-year-old Mir as he and his family carve out a humble existence among…