The very best kind of David and Goliath stories are the ones where the David in question eventually wins out. However in his battle against fruit giant Dole Foods, victory never feels completely assured for Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten. Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is an autobiographical documentary about Gertten's protracted moral and legal fight to get his 2009 doc Bananas!* released. The film is essentially a documentary about a documentary, with the director of both movies becoming the central character in his own story.
On the first official day of Hot Docs 2012 following last night's gala, Canadian content dominates our reviews with looks at El Huaso, The Final Member, Legend of a Warrior, Crimes Without Honour, Who Cares?, and Fists of Pride. We also take a look at Big Boys Gone Bananas!*, My Thai Bride, Her Master's Voice, Planet of Snail, Colombianos, Ping Pong, and Laura
In the weeks leading up to the release of Expendables 2, Will Sloan takes a look at the career of the one and only, Sylvester Stallone, from the beginning, to the bitter middle, to his resurgence. First up, the early works: Woody Allen's Bananas and The Party at Kitty and Stud's.