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Errol Morris’ Wormwood Descends Into Time-Killing Conspiracy Fanfic

2 years ago by Alan Scherstuhl
Morris’ film dramatizes Olson’s last days between interviews with Olson’s son Eric and journalists and lawyers who have taken the case as a cause

Errol Morris Cuts the Abu Ghraib MPs Some Slack in Standard Operating Procedure

12 years ago by J.hoberman
It's been 20 years since Errol Morris made The Thin Blue Line—a found "noir" that served to free an innocent man convicted of murder. Gathering evidence and dramatizing testimony, Morris' movie circled around a single, unrepresentable event—the death of a cop on a lonely stretch of Texas highway. The Thin...

The Unknown Known

As its subtitle suggests, one reason Errol Morris's 2003 documentary The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara proved so resonant is that its subject was partly a proxy for his most notorious professional successor. "I don't do quagmires," Donald Rumsfeld said in a news briefing at around that time, and there was the...

Heavenly Realism

12 years ago by John Freeman
Errol Morris is known for turning the mundane into the sublime. In his first documentary, Gates of Heaven, he chronicles the ludicrously vicious battle between two competing pet cemetery owners. By exclusively using interviews with the strange folks involved instead of narration, Morris creates a touching reality so real that...

The Thin Blue Line


A Belated Farewell to The Thin Blue Line's Randall Dale Adams, "The First Innocent Man"

9 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
"It's an Everyman's story. It's the story of someone slipping through the cracks -- if you like, a nonfiction Twilight Zone episode." That was filmmaker Errol Morris talking, in 1988, about his documentary The Thin Blue Line -- otherwise known as the film that proved Randall Dale Adams did not...

7 Vintage Dallas Jerks Who Add Up to One Trump

4 years ago by Stephen Young
Nothing about Donald Trump is new. In any major American city, no one need dig far to find people who exhibited the traits that make Trump so appealing to the Republican electorate, and Dallas is no different. None of its residents may have had all of Trumps' charms rolled into...

Dallas Still "Coming to Grips" With Kennedy Assassination? Still "Wounded"? If You Say So.

8 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
Nicola Longford, executive director of the Sixth Floor Museum, won't talk to Schutze, no fan of the museum's plans to take over Dealey Plaza two years from today. But she will visit with the Los Angeles Times about those plans, not to mention that Dealey Plaza redo the city's splitting...

Making a Murderer Taps Into National Skepticism Toward Law Enforcement

4 years ago by Jeremy Hallock
Making a Murderer has only been out for two weeks and the Internet is already lit up by intense reactions from angry viewers who managed to binge watch all ten episodes of the documentary series, holiday season be damned. Set in Wisconsin, the protagonist is Steven Avery, who was released...

How Hollywood Movies Led to Genocide: The Act of Killing at the Toronto Film Festival

7 years ago by Karina Longworth
Film critic Karina Longworth is reporting from the Toronto International Film Festival this week. See also: Threesomes at the Toronto Film Festival The best, most daring and form-defying documentaries in the world right now are being funded by the Danish Film Institute, and so it goes that the nonfiction knockout...

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