Genre Grandeur – Dear Zachary: A Letter to Son About His Father (2008) – Encore Review 3 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Documentary Films, here’s a review of ??? (1995) by ??.

Thanks again to Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Samantha Ellis of Musing of a Classic Film Addict and it is Romantic Films

“This could include any movie with a romantic pairing as the central focus of the plot, be it a comedy, drama, horror, or what have you.”

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Samantha!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“I’d be happy if I had 1/10 the people care 1/2 about me as much as they did Andrew” – Clark Simpson

Number of Times Seen – 4 (11 Oct 2015, 11 Jan 2016 and 24 Jul 2017 and 30 Dec 2018)

Link to original review – Here , Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A filmmaker chronicles the life of a recently murdered friend to have as a memento to his infant son.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across 3 years ago by accident and it immediately became one of my favorite films.

It is also my favorite documentary because it is so powerful and emotional in its storytelling.

Unlike most films, this film is told from a very personal perspective and that allows for any viewer to immediately feel as if the story is personal to them to because of the way that Director/Writer Kurt Kuenne presents things.

The story itself moves rapidly through the events of this tragic story and there truly is so much information to absorb along the way, it’s amazing how Kuenne was able to keep the film’s length at around 90 minutes yet still give an overwhelming feeling of it all.

At the same time, he also makes us yearn for so much more from this story.

Having seen this film 4 times now, I feel that the rewatches have only enhanced the story for me since even though the initial shock of the story the first time is gone, it’s still shocking to see how many things transpired that caused things to play out the way they do and that in and of itself is still mind boggling to watch unfold again.

Kuenne does an amazing job keeping the story focused even when midway through filming, he needed to shift the story’s purpose based on events happening along the way.

I give him so much credit that he was able to hold things together when this story could easily have gotten derailed along the way numerous times by the shift of events.

This is a film that I can’t wait to watch again because it is such an inspiring story both on and off the screen and allows the viewer to get so involved in everything that happens.

If you’ve never seen this film, grab your box and tissues and find a copy to watch.

Bottom Line – Probably the most powerful and emotional documentary that I’ve ever seen.  It’s also one of the best movies ever made because it is done from such a personal perspective that anyone watching it automatically feels as if it’s a personal story for them too.  The story moves really rapidly through everything and there is so much to take in that it’s amazing how much Kuenne is able to get into just 90 minutes and still make us feel overwhelmed with so much pertinent information yet at the same time, yearn for even more.  The fact that I’ve seen this film before only enhances the story since there is no shock as to what happens, yet the shock is that all that transpires actually was able to happen is still so shocking to watch unfold again.  Love the way that the story is able to shift it’s purpose along the way as the story changes and that also is a lot to do with the credit of Kuenne as a filmmaker who was able to find a way to keep the story focused and not allow things to get derailed once the story shifts. Can’t wait to revisit this film again in the future because it is truly inspiring since it allows the viewer to get so involved in everything happening. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is the life of my dear friend, Dr. Andrew David Bagby, as I remember it – in music. The main theme is made up of two-note phrases, meant to echo the two syllables of his name. It is repeated three times, in three different instrumentations: As a boy, he is a playful clarinet. As a young man, he is a stylish tenor saxophone. As a Doctor, he has the regality of full brass. Between the young man and the Doctor, there is a break for a love theme which I will simply call “Heather”. Finally, the angels sing to embrace his soul. I hope this music reminds you of his spirit, his laugh, his swagger and his full heart – and keeps those things alive every time it is played. (From

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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