A Despairing and Unbalanced Portrayal of Detroit at the Sundance Film Festival

And now for something completely different. An actually serious film review regarding a film that’s great for anyone who wants to believe Detroit is dead and buried–and insulting to everyone else.

By Ulises Silva

Documentaries have the power to educate, inform, and raise awareness, especially on topics or places that are only accessible through film by most people. Documentary filmmakers, then, have a responsibility to present their portrayals in a careful, balanced manner. To do otherwise is to introduce inaccuracies and exaggerations that, to viewers who may not know better, become irrefutable fact.

Which is why Detropia, a documentary by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady that portrays Detroit as a microcosm of the eroding U.S. manufacturing base and its dire economic consequences, is an unwarranted slap in the face to the city of Detroit and its residents. Continue reading

A Snarky, Hallucinatory, Hardly Inspirational Account of My First Marathon

Whoever said running your first marathon was hard was lying. It’s actually unbearably brutal.

So I guess, if you’re about to run your first marathon, you should probably stop reading now, lest you blame my disheartening account for bowing out of your first big race and start pelting me with protein gels, power glide sticks, and exploding ninja stars. Continue reading

Film reviews in 30 words or less, Star Wars edition: Star Wars

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Today on Digital Decaf, we’re reviewing the first three Star Wars films (i.e., where George Lucas really needed to have stopped). Star Wars (1977) Review: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas did something right by giving us X-wings, R2-D2, an S&M-themed villain, and plausible character development. Rating: