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"Making and Unmaking" Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


Generally, it's quite difficult for me to critique a documentary. How do you say the truth was good or bad? It's a real tug-of-war for this reviewer. But, I'm going to dig into this one because I feel it deserves some recognition.

Making and Unmaking tells the story of the trials and tribulations director Shaun Rose faced on the road to making his award-winning film Upstate Story. Shaun reveals funny moments, emotional moments, and behind-the-scenes moments that were both life-threatening and also threatening to the film itself.

The film is presented in a straightforward fashion, which is exactly how the information needed to be presented. Shaun's direction and recollection of the events has a lasting effect, one that makes you feel for him and root for him, hoping all will end well. After everything he endured and survived, you can't help but share the emotional toll he must have felt.

It's remarkable, in fact, how much heart is poured into Shaun's work. Not just this film but Upstate Story as well. Despite what he went through, the care, devotion, time, and effort that he dedicates is authentically masterful, or masterfully authentic. Either way, it works.

In conclusion, I highly recommend anyone who is interested in the filmmaking process, especially what it takes to start out, to watch Making and Unmaking and also Upstate Story. No one starts out making big-budget blockbusters. Tarantino had Reservoir Dogs. Scorsese had Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. Shaun Rose has Upstate Story. I give the documentary Making and Unmaking a 4 out of 4.

© 2020 Nathan Jasper

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