THE BOOTLEG FILES: SIKKIM

MEXICAN DREAM

ELECTRIC PILGRIMS, EVERYONE IS EVERYWHERE

TREADING WATER

ORIGINAL SELF

FLORE

MOTHER MORTAR, FATHER PESTLE

THE BOOTLEG FILES: DISTANT THUNDER

THE LAZARUS EFFECT

WHITE GOD

THE BOOTLEG FILES: SIKKIM

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil explores a long-banned Satyajit Ray documentary…

MEXICAN DREAM

A magical, shifting landscape: a dream of an ancient culture emerging from the landscape, and sinking back into it again…

TREADING WATER

Too much of this film feels like a half-baked “Saturday Night Live” skit stretched to the fraying point.

ORIGINAL SELF

This cheerful, voluntary group celebration under a wide open sky is a quintessential American image, embodying our national concept of a diverse democracy…

FLORE

French filmmaker Jean-Albert Lievre turns his camera on his family for this intimate documentary on his mother Flore’s struggle against Alzheimer’s disease…

MOTHER MORTAR, FATHER PESTLE

The sheer visual pleasure and sensuality of the film’s photography almost functions as an implied rebuke to the characters; they live in a world of such rich visual splendor, but they can’t see beyond their own noses…

THE BOOTLEG FILES: DISTANT THUNDER

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil nabs an elusive Satyajit Ray feature…

THE LAZARUS EFFECT

Writers Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater set a new world record for first act technical gibberish. Duplass deserves an Oscar for keeping a straight face while issuing comically incomprehensible instructions to his crew as they conduct an experiment on a pig…

WHITE GOD

As a thriller, a canine character study, an unusual love story, and a parable on mistreatment by our Haves on our Have-Nots, “White God” works.