Swimming Against the Stream

‘Man vs. Snake’ a great story in unusual venue

Traditional sports documentaries are best when they tell the human story behind the competition. While it stretches the definition of a sport, “Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler”...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | COLUMN: Swimming Against the Stream

‘The Man from the Future’ a time-travel movie with heart

When it comes to science fiction staples, time travel is one of my favorites. The best time-travel movies use the concept to explore some aspect of the human condition, and “The Man from the...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2016 | COLUMN: Swimming Against the Stream

‘Phoenix’ a dark and moody post-WWII exploration of identity

The history of World War II has been well-documented cinematically. But “Phoenix” takes a unique perspective – that of a Holocaust survivor who returns to Germany. Upon returning from Auschwitz,...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2016 | COLUMN: Swimming Against the Stream

‘Into the Inferno’ Herzog’s cultural, philosophical take on volcanoes

“Into the Inferno,” a new documentary by Werner Herzog, features something that many science-themed documentaries lack – humanity. Don’t get me wrong – series like “Cosmos” do a marvelous job...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Swimming Against the Stream

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