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October 20th, 2011 By Jason Gargano | Movies |

Rainy Day Documentaries

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A pair of worthwhile documentaries that got criminally brief local theatrical runs hit the street this week via DVD/Blu-ray. Each is a nice stay-at-home viewing option on a crappy, rain-infested day like today.

Andrew Rossi's Page One: Inside the New York Times is an often fascinating, sometimes frustrating fly-on-the-wall look at whether traditional print media can survive in a world now dominated by 24-hour television news networks and the ever-expanding reach of the Internet. Rossi and crew do this by centering on The Times' media desk (and its resident star, media columnist David Carr), which was created in 2008 to cover not only the rapidly evolving general media landscape but also The Times itself. (Here's my review from when Page One opened here back in July.)



Just as interesting is actor-turned-director Michael Rapaport's Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, which looks at the influential Hip Hop crew's rise to prominence as an antidote to the genre's more hardcore and/or materialistic acts in the early 1990s through Tribe's acrimony-filled internal combustion by the end of the decade (and subsequent reunion tour). (Here's tt stern-enzi's review from when it opened here in late August.)


 
 
 
 
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