DOC NYC Capsule Reviews HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE and MAGNIFICENT BURDEN

HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE
A look at two men attempting to build time machines- Rob Niosi is attempting to build a replica of the machine from the 1960 movie while Ron Mallett is attempting to actually build one that will allow movement through time.

Disappointing film looks good but is more essay and meditation than anything truly exciting. Its nice to see Niosi build the prop but after awhile it kind of ceases to be interesting. I didn't care much for him. Mallett fares better but at the same time there just isn't enough here to support an 85 minute film.

MAGNIFICENT BURDEN
Taylor Stein, former party girl and daughter of a legendary promoter takes on the drug companies when she discovers that her adopted son has SMA aka spinal muscular atrophy which will leave him unable to move.

Intriguing story is done a disservice by an approach that reminded me of an informercial more than a straight on documentary. I felt like it was selling me its story instead of telling me the story. It was nudging me to react instead of simply letting me be moved by what I was seeing. The result was I was intellectually moved but not emotionally. Worse when it was done I was already moving on to the next thing before the credits finished rolling.

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