Constantine’s Sword (2007)
Journalist and former priest James Carroll takes a journey through his own life and through the history of Christian-Jewish relations. The documentary covers persecution of the Jewish people at the hands of Christians and the influence of religious belief in making wars (including Christian evangelism in the US Air Force Academy). The movie rambles around the world and asks more questions than it answers, but they are good questions. What has Christianity done to persecute Jews and how has Christianity supported unjust war? Good things to ponder if one wishes to follow a God of Love.
The “true” story of the libertine tv game show producer Chuck Barris (creator of The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Gong Show), who also claims to have worked as a contract assasin for the CIA. I like quirky, but I found the deliberate over-the-top acting and (admitedly appropos) crudity a bit off-putting in this otherwise mildly entertaining movie.
Chop Shop (2007)
A gritty verite film set in the Willets Point area of Queens (the now-departed Shea Stadium towering in the background in many shots). Here 12-year old Alejandro lives and works at an auto body shop as well as a variety of odd jobs both legal and illegal trying to save money to by a taco van with his sister. A bleak and honest film about a boy with way too much responsibility waying him down.