Mini Reviews #7

Screen Shot 2014-01-12 at 20.43.43Dear Zachary: A Letter To His Son About His Father (2008)
Director: Kurt Kuenne
Starring: Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

A heartbreaking documentary made by a friend of the murdered Dr. Andrew Bagby, compiling as many memories as he can for Andrew’s baby son Zachary as a family memento. The less said about the content here the better, as a twist in the tale occurs half way through the journey that is so devastating for the documentary’s contributors that to let on would be to dampen the impact of the feature. A must see documentary that will have you questioning how much you really know about those around you, and what they can be capable of. 10/10.

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Screen Shot 2014-01-12 at 20.40.32Soapdish (1991)
Director: Michael Hoffman
Starring: Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Whoopi Goldberg

A rather messy and unimpressive comedy about the goings on of a popular daytime television show. Sally Field is about the only enjoyable presence in this sloppy and and times plain boring predecessor to much more effective television spoof shows such as 30 Rock. A promising cast featuring, all young and fresh faced, Robert Downey Jr., Elisabeth Shue and Teri Hatcher fail to elevate the film above anything other than ninety minutes of mediocre slapstick and unoriginal humour. 4/10.

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boyBoy Interrupted (2009)
Director: Dana Heinz Perry
Starring: Evan Scott Perry, Dana Heinz Perry, Hart Perry

An emotional documentary detailing the short life of Evan Perry, a bipolar sufferer who took his own life at the age of fifteen in 2005. Created by his parents who are both filmmakers and had documented Evan’s life from birth, the picture is unlike any other I’ve seen in terms of footage portraying the way in which mental disease can take hold of a child and change them forever. However, the fact that it is produced by family causes it to lose its insightful edge, turning instead in to a grieving process that perhaps should have been conducted privately. 5.5/10.

5 thoughts on “Mini Reviews #7

  1. whoa “Boy Interrupted” sounds crazy. Kind of makes me wonder if the parents shouldn’t have put down the camera and spent more time trying to help their kid instead. Of course, that’s a snap judgement on my part without having even seen the film.

  2. Dear Zachary was one of the most emotional and heartbreaking movies I’ve ever seen. The fact that it’s a documentary makes it even more devastating. Loved it your short review on it.

  3. Just discovered your awesome blog. Have to comment on “Dear Zachary”. The couple mentioned in the film attended the medical school that I recently graduated from. Although I did not know them, I still feel as if the story is quite close to home. The story was well publicized in my home province so I was aware of what happened before I saw the documentary. It is such a heartbreaking and devastating story.

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