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In this genre-bending tale, Errol Morris explores the mysterious death of a U.S. scientist entangled in a secret Cold War program known as MK-Ultra.
The fictional sequences (not “dramatizations,” “recreations,” or “simulations”) interspersed throughout Errol Morris’ six-part series invite us to investigate the conflicting testimony regarding the death of a scientist at the hands of the CIA during the Cold War. In Wormwood, Morris approaches these postulations as a skeptic, creating an epistemological wormhole that unsettles nearly all conventional understandings of documentary form.
Traversing disciplines from physics to psychology, nine scientists share ideas and seek common ground by delving into deep existential questions.
We don’t learn exactly what drew so many affluent young people to the Bhagwan Rajneesh’s Indian commune or how that led to the takeover of a tiny Oregon town in the mid-1980s. But amidst impressive archival footage (seen in local coverage archived below) and contemporary sensationalism (as in the four-part sexploitation flick seen below) this fascinating series bears neutral witness to an entire city being built from scratch, then dismantled. Filmmaker siblings Chapman and Maclain Way give too much room to certified sociopath Sheela, and to third bro Brocker’s editorializing music. But whole worlds -- of rural prejudice, criminal opportunism, gun love, legal overreach, and genuine idealism -- are compressed in a still-too-skimpy six-plus hours. The late Christopher Hitchens (audio book excerpted here), who joined briefly, recalled an ashram sign reading “Leave shoes and minds at the door.”
Rare home videos and interviews with Amy Winehouse's inner circle offer an intimate look at her journey from charismatic teen to troubled star.
The son of actor Leonard Nimoy directs this moving look at his father's portrayal of Spock, the iconic Star Trek character he played for 50 years.
This poignant film chronicles the country music icon's remarkable career, his 2011 Alzheimer's diagnosis, final tour and and his farewell to fans.
In a television interview filmed in 1995, Steve Jobs talks frankly about his early life, competition with Microsoft and his vision for the future.
This unflinching documentary examines the exacting work environment created by Apple's mercurial CEO and his cultlike influence on technology culture.
This inspiring documentary charts the birth of Sir Frank Williams's renowned racing empire -- and the near-fatal crash that nearly stalled its future.