12 O’Clock Boys is one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of the year so far, but we’re not quite sure it’s that great. Luckily our friend Kristy Puchko, of Cinema Blend and PopCrush, is a bit of an expert on the film. She joined us to talk about whether director Lotfy Nathan is perhaps too disinterested in the real world situation of his characters and their city. There’s a lot of compelling footage of these star dirt bikers of Baltimore, but does the film offer much depth beyond that, specifically in its treatment of 12-year-old Pug and his family? We discuss the narrow scope of 12 O’Clock Boys and what many critics are now looking for in a documentary. Is there a middle ground between the maligned “issue film” and a movie that doesn’t actually tell you anything about anything? 12 O’Clock Boys is nothing if not great fodder for conversation.
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Kristy’s interview with director Lotfy Nathan at Film.com
Christopher’s thoughts on the film here at Nonfics
Daniel’s review at FilmSchoolRejects