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DGA Doc Nominees Give Some Love To 'The Interrupters'; Martin Scorsese, James Marsh & More Tipped

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 2:04 PM
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Every year, it seems the documentary branch of the Academy goes out of their way to embarass themselves, and this year is no exception. When the shortlist for the Oscar nominees landed back in November, it was arguably more notable for what was left off the list than what was included. A number of high profile, well reviewed films -- Errol Morris' "Tabloid," "Being Elmo: A Pupeteer's Journey," Werner Hezog's "Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life," "Page One: Inside the New York Times," "Senna" -- didn't make the cut, but luckily the DGA have righted some of those wrongs.

My Favorite Films Of 2011: Kevin Jagernauth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2011 11:01 AM
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The annual top ten list is pretty much an exercise in futility to some degree. With a race to cram in as many movies as possible as the clock on the year winds down (and let it be said, I didn't get to see everything I would have wanted to) combined with the added duty of then ranking them, it's safe to say that in three months (not to mention three years) feelings and impressions on the movies I've seen will have changed. But in considering the list for this year, I went with the former adjective -- "feeling." Because at the end of the day, the movies that will linger with me the most, that I will want to share and encourage others to see are those that struck a deep chord that still resonated days, weeks and months later. Others are just movies that thrilled and entertained with an inventiveness and creativity unlike anything else I saw on the big screen.

Watch: Trailer For 'The Interrupters' The New Documentary From The Director Of 'Hoop Dreams'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 3:38 AM
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It has been over 15 years since Steve James delivered his beautiful and heartbreaking documentary, "Hoop Dreams." A powerful look at the lives of two high school boys who are working on making it to the NBA, James' sensitive film didn't just focus on the journey of his subjects but also opened the lens to the impact their goals had on their families and on the community as a whole. The film initially flew under the radar but was tirelessly championed by Siskel & Ebert and it has since earned the rightfully deserved status of one of the best documentaries of all time. Since then, James has directed a handful of films -- the narrative feature "Prefontaine" and the docs "Stevie" and "Reel Paradise" among them -- none have been met with same buzz as "Hoop Dreams," but that may all change.

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