The Documentary “Whale” Takes A Comprehensive Look At A cornerstone Of Tradition Of The Japanese Village Taij

By William Engel The year 2009 saw the release of “The Cove”, a harrowing documentary about the Japanese village of Taiji and their barbaric practice of ritualistic whaling. Nearly ten years later, “A Whale of a Tale” strives to set the record straight. “A Whale of a Tale” documents the journey of Jay Alabaster, an…

“Reach” Is A Film With A Tumultuous Plot Of Troubled Youths

By William Engel Grief, bullying, teen suicide, domestic abuse, homophobia and drug addiction are just a few of the issues incorporated into the tumultuous plot of “Reach”, a heartrending drama about a developing friendship between two troubled youths. The film follows Steven Turano (Garrett Clayton), a depressed high schooler who struggles to deal with the…

“The Chinese Exclusion Act” Shows The true Cost And Exploitation Of The Chinese Immigrants

By William Engel The PBS  broadcast of  “The Chinese Exclusion Act”, was  a daring, sobering documentary about the titular law that prevented Chinese-Americans from being recognized as citizens for more than half a century. Through multiple accounts and both primary and secondary sources, the film provides an in-depth look at the history of the Chinese…

“Regionrat” Tragic Consequences Of High School Drama

By William Engel “Regionrat”, based on the Richard Laskowski novel of the same name, follows Ray (Connor Williams), a broke and lonely young man who spends six months trying to make it in Seattle before deciding to move back to his hometown to finish high school. He runs into trouble before long, however, when the…