Insider Gossip
  Monthly Hot Picks
  Book Reviews
  CD Reviews
  Concert Reviews
  DVD Reviews
  Game Reviews
  Movie Reviews
  The Home of WAXEN WARES Candles!
  Check Out Anne Carlini Productions Now!!
  NEW! Crystal Gayle
  MTU Hypnosis
  NEW! Ellen Foley
  Elise Krentzel (Author, Under My Skin)
  Nicolas Cage [The Unbearable Weight ...]
  Sony Legacy Record Store Day [November 2022]
  Michigan Siding Company for ALL Your Outdoor Needs

6 Degrees Entertainment

'Frontline: The Interrupters'
(DVD / NR / 2012 / PBS)

Overview: 'The Interrupters' follows three individuals who with bravado, humility, and even humor, work to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this is an intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities.

DVD Verdict: Oh my! This is a truly engrossing, yet sadly heartbreaking documentary on the youth violence culture endemic to the Greater Chicago, IL area. Frontline does not pull any punches on the breadth and depth of their coverage. They show the despair, violence, and utter hopelessness of the situation while focusing on those special individuals trying to turn their communities around.

This is not an "academic" travel into urban sociology or politics. This is a caption of how an entire community adopts the self-destructive values and how some very strong people are fighting to take back their communities.

Director Steve James, whose classic 'Hoop Dreams' captured the difficulty of teenage hoopsters with startling intimacy and power, has delivered yet another haunting portrait of life in urban America, and even though there were many great documentaries in 2011, I think 'The Interrupters' was one 2011's best documentaries. [EP] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.31) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.