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FROM READERS: True/False moviegoers share one-word film descriptions

By Missourian Reader Community
March 5, 2012 | 12:55 p.m. CST
Rebecca Vogler described the movie "Me @ The Zoo" as “enlightening” at the True/False Film Festival on Saturday afternoon. The movie traces a line through a tapestry of web comments, response videos, fans and haters to map the controversial rise of an Internet folk hero.

With 40 films showing at the True/False Film Fest this year, moviegoers have an abundance of choices to sate their appetite for documentaries.

While Vox Magazine will be reviewing each of the films in detail, the Missourian has compiled a collection of one-word movie reviews from community members who have seen the films. 

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We want to know what you think about this weekend's True/False films. Describe a movie you saw, in just one word. This can be submitted in a number of ways, along with your full name and the movie you saw.  

Detropia

This movie takes place Detroit. It shows a hollow shell of a city that many call home. The nightmare-like sequences leave viewers with the impression of loneliness.

Mary Zell Colquhoun: "Deflating"

1/2 Revolution

This movie embodies the beginning of the Arab Spring in Cairo. The director, who lives in Cairo, watches war break out on his street as he tries to decide what is best for his family and his young son. Even after Hosni Mubarak, the former dictator, is thrown from power, the revolution seems to be only half over. Mubarak's regime is replaced by a military dictatorship.

Christine Tibbetts: "Gripping"

Bryan Vaughn: "I am glad I live in America"

Andrew Kleiner: "Provocative"

Alaina Boyett: "Inspiring"

Curran Kirkpatrick: "Chaotic"

Joseph Ott: "Arab diaspora people power"

Karen Slates and Larry Slates: "Incomprehensible"

Maggie Ackerman: "Remarkable"

Taryn Litton: "Impressive"

The Waiting Room

This movie shows the waiting room of Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif. An anxious father and a drugged-out patient wait as gunshot victims and an array of patients come through the door. The pressures of public hospitals in the inner city come to life.

Mary Zell Colquhoun: "Unhospitable" 

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope  

This movie brings viewers to the annual Comic Convention in San Diego. The carnival atmosphere is filled with costumes and toys. But the film is anything but juvenile. It follows the dreams of many fans to become part of this comic book world.

Mary Zell Colquhoun: "Marvelous" 

Herman's House

This movie is about Herman Joshua Wallace, a former Black Panther. He was perhaps wrongly accused of killing a police officer and was sentenced to 30 years in solitary confinement. Through letters and occasional phone calls, Wallace was able to build his dream house for when he got out of prison.

Agnieszka Matkowska: "In awe..."

Jack Jensen: "Wow"

Michael Polley: "Powerful"

How to Survive a Plague

This movie narrates activists efforts to find a way to manage AIDS. The story takes place in 1987 while the death toll increased in New York City. The film goes back and forth from historical footage to footage taken today in retrospect.

Sarah Johnson: "Action-provoking"

Christine Tibbetts: "Self-empowerment" 

Bully

This movie tells the story of children being bullied by their peers in public schools in America. It was selected to receive the True Life Fund, which will benefit the subjects in the film. Check out Vox's review of the movie or see what viewers have to say below.

David Williams: "Powerful"

Eartha Roulier: "Convicting"

Paul Reichert: "Awesome"

Josh Chittum: "Powerful"

Olivia Brockman: "Impactful"

Carol Lazzaro-Weis: "Life-changing"

Mason Scott: "Different"

Carly Fischer: "Change"

Me @ The Zoo

This movie is about Chris Crocker, a video blogger from a small town in Tennessee. The film traces a line through a tapestry of web comments, response videos, fans and haters to map the controversial rise of an Internet folk hero. Check out our Facebook album of these reviews or read below to see what viewers had to say.

Rebecca Vogler: "Enlightening"

Dan Copp: "Colorful"

Alexandria Baca: "Viral"

The Island President

The movie tells the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives (an island nation in the Indian Ocean) as he confronts a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced — the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. Check out Vox's reviewour Facebook album of these reviews or read below to see what viewers had to say.

Samantha Brewer: “Amazing”

Andrea Martin: "Inspiring"

Jim Bryan: "Compelling"

The Ambassador

Mads Brugger passes himself off as a Liberian diplomat in the Central African Republic where he mixes business with statesmanship. Check out Vox's review, our Facebook album of reviews or read what readers had to say below. 

Buddy Hardwick: “Krazy”

Joe Muenster: “Fascinating”

Aaron Hensley: “Mesmerizing!”

Keri Dillingham: “Eye-opening”

Karen Hines: "Fabulous" 

Melissa Bushdiecker: “Awesome!”

John Schutz: "Stupendous"

Only the Young

The friendship of two young men, Garrison and Kevin, changes when Garrison discovers the opposite sex. Check out Vox's review, our Facebook album of reviews or read what readers had to say below. 

Kristin Baker: “Sunny”

Megan Lee: “Bittersweet”

Alyssa Sapp: “Heart warming”

Secret Screening Blue

The movie uncovers the subculture that lies below one of the biggest industries in America.

Mary Zell Colquhoun: “Gulp”

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

The movie tells the story of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and his big-concept art projects such as filling a room with tens of millions of porcelain sunflower seeds. Check out Vox's review of the movie or read what readers had to say below. 

Steph Foley: "Humbling"

Christine Tibbetts: "Possibilities"

Jodi Stephens: "Inspiring"

Joshua Connor: "Compelling"

David Soto-Karlin: "Inspiring"

Melann Ray: "Powerful"

Sarah Paulsen: "I won't be afraid."

V/H/S

This work of fiction by Columbia native Simon Barrett is an anthology of fake horror home movies. "Not on any level is this a family-friendly film," Barrett said in a previous Missourian article. 

Check out Vox's review or read what readers had to say below. 

Steph Foley: "Frenetic gore"

Summer of Giacomo

Experience the summer when 8-year-old Giacomo Zulian, who was born deaf, experienced sound for the first time. Check out our Facebook album of these reviews or read below to see what viewers had to say. 

Emma Squire: "Picturesque"

Hong Mi: "Beautiful"

Jim Semelkia: "Italian!" 

Going Up the Stairs

An Iranian woman accidentally finds and explores her artistic talents. Check out our Facebook album of these reviews or read below to see what viewers had to say. 

Andy Ganey: "Eye-opening"

Paige Pritchard: "Hopeful"

These Birds Walk

This story brings viewers into the lives of boys living in a Pakistani home for orphans. Check out our Facebook album of these reviews or read below to see what viewers had to say. 

Christine Tibbetts: "Heartache"

Austin Bruner: "Moving"

Ann Marie Long: "Heart-breaking"

Susan Haberer: "Interesting"

Beth Balaban: "Human"

Karen Dwyer: "Tragic and eye-opening"

Will Buck: "Sad and moving"

Undefeated

A volunteer high school football coach inspires inner-city teens to turn their football program around. This movie was co-directed by 2001 MU graduate Dan Lindsay, and last week it was awarded an Academy Award for best documentary feature of the year.

Mary Zell Colquhoun: "Touchdown!"

The Belovs

The story of a Russian farm family that includes twice-widowed Anna Belova, who lives with her brother Mikhail. 

Christine Tibbetts: "Self-sufficiency"

Mary Zell Colquhoun: "Nyet"

The Imposter

A young French man convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their son who went missing for three years.

Justin Willett: "Unbelievable"

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