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Micropubs – The New Local (REQUEST)

The Micropub is a one-room pub in vicinities less spacious than your traditional local. They have become more prominent in the UK due to an advantageous licensing law. Starting off over 15 years ago with The Butchers Arm, started and operated by Martyn Hillier, they have exploded in popularity in Kent and have started to gain traction in London.

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Quick Critique (REQUEST): Making and Unmaking

Shaun Rose is an independent filmmaker located in New York. His film Upstate Story released on his YouTube channel in 2018 and has more recently seen awards success in festival runs. This documentary actually tracks back his process to 2012, before ever dreaming up Upstate Story (previously titled “I”) and talking about an ambitious (and since abandoned) project Dog Days.

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What I Like About: Surviving R. Kelly/Leaving Neverland and Framing a Narrative of Abuse

Note: At the time of writing this, neither Michael Jackson nor R. Kelly have been legally convicted of any sexually based crimes as described in the documentaries. The two men who were the subject of Leaving Neverland, James Woodchuck and Wade Robson, are currently appealing a court’s decision to dismiss their claims against Jackson’s estate pertaining to sexual molestation in 2015, without the court passing judgement on whether these allegations were true or not. R. Kelly is currently facing 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, throughout which he has maintained his innocence. When describing instances in these documentaries, I will be writing as if these allegations occurred for simplicity’s sake and due to my own personal belief in their validity, but it is not up to me to declare their definitive factual basis. This article is not meant to pass judgement on either of them, merely to examine how these narratives were handled.

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IndieCork2018

I was at IndieCork 2018!

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Quick Critique: American Animals

College students and friends Warren Lipka (Evan Peters) and Spencer Reinhard (Barry Keoghan) decide to go on a heist together.

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Quick Critiques: Filmworker/The Ballymurphy Precedent

I haven’t really been loving documentaries this year.

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2017: Best of, 23-11

To read my watchlist and guilty pleasures list, click here. For my worst list 24-11, click here.

We’ve done the worst, now let’s look at the best!

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Cork Film Festival 2017

Okay, let’s get this shit started!

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2016: Best Movies, Nate’s Honourable Mentions + 10-1

Click here for So Bad It’s Good, here for Worst Movies 37-11, here for Best Movies 36-11, and here for Worst Movies 10-1.