Pop Culture

When God Sleeps | Tribeca 2017

Even with death threats hanging over him, Iranian musician Shahin Najafi refuses to be silenced.

League of Exotique Dancers

“You can’t go home again” isn’t true for a group of former burlesque dancers from the 1960s and ’70s returning to the stage.

Harry Benson: Shoot First

The man behind some of the most iconic photographs ever taken.

Love Between the Covers

A documentary that busts a few myths about the romance genre and the people who read and write it.

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

About as open and probing as a documentary gets, this is a revealing look at an unparalleled entertainer’s professional and personal life.

Life, Animated

In his graceful and disarming documentary, filmmaker Roger Ross Williams gets inside the head of Owen Suskind, an autistic young man who learned how to communicate by taking his social and language cues from classic Disney cartoons.

Elstree 1976

A collection of interviews with background actors and bit players from the original Star Wars , some of whom have managed to turn their work on the film into a lifelong source of pride and income.

I Am Thor

The behind-the-scenes documentary I Am Thor is about a heavy metal singer who dresses up as, yes, the Nordic god Thor, bends steel bars, vanquishes foes onstage, and smashes bricks with sledgehammers. So, essentially, he’s the band GWAR before GWAR. He almost made it in the halcyon 1980s when He-Man (who he uncannily resembles) and […]

Tab Hunter Confidential

Embarrassingly, the first Tab Hunter film I ever saw was Grease 2 (1982). He played the hunky biology teacher opposite his longtime costar Connie Stevens. It wasn’t until many years later when I saw him in John Waters’s Polyester (1981), and even then I didn’t really understand his pop cultural significance. The documentary Tab Hunter […]