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Genre Spotlight (Secret Santa): Super High Me

Most discussion of documentaries, like that of a historical/period biopic, seems centered more around the subject matter than the movies themselves. A lot of documentary filmmakers have gotten away with building entire careers on this fact – one in particular (whose name I won’t mention) has managed to create and popularize his own subgenre of shrill, “ambush”-style comedy-documentary, which has dominated the industry for over two decades now, based on the fact that people only discuss him in terms of the ideas he sets forth, not on the quality of movie he actually makes (and don’t even get me started on what I think of him as a human being). Me, I enjoy a good documentary as much as the next guy, but much prefer the interview-only or fly on the wall types to the ones with lots of voiceovers, Powerpoints, and “wacky” infographics, all of which I find a bit obvious, reductive and…well, cheesy.

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The Tillman Story

The Tillman Story is a documentary that tells the story of Patrick “Pat” Tillman, a young man with a promising future in the NFL as a star player for the Arizona Cardinals football team. After playing four years in the NFL and in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001, Tillman enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private and was ultimately killed by friendly fire while on a patrol in the mountains of Afghanistan. The movie shows us Tillman’s life story, the tragic chain of events that led to his death and the cover up of his death by the United States Army and government. The documentary is tragic, shocking and ultimately inspiring. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Capitalism: A Love Story

Time for another Michael Moore documentary. Time for more public domain filmstrips, more depressing stories of the working class, and more beating of the dead horse known as Flint, Michigan. In the past this formula has worked, and worked well enough to garner Moore fame at the forefront of documentarians (at least of the commercial documentarians). However, with Capitalism: A Love Story, even hitting all of his major arcs, the foolproof equation doesn’t add up. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Good Hair

Chris Rock’s Good Hair is a documentary that looks at what “good hair” means to African-Americans in our part of the world. It’s an incredibly funny and thought provoking movie. The movie brings up a lot of discussion on what hair means to different people. Although it never judges anyone directly it does poke fun at a few people and companies that take hair and themselves too seriously. Always funny. Never judging. Read the rest of this entry

Good Hair

Chris Rock’s Good Hair is a documentary that looks at what “good hair” means to African-Americans in our part of the world. It’s an incredibly funny and thought provoking movie. The movie brings up a lot of discussion on what hair means to different people. Although it never judges anyone directly it does poke fun at a few people and companies that take hair and themselves too seriously.  Always funny.  Never judging. Read the rest of this entry

Capitalism: A Love Story

Time for another Michael Moore documentary. Time for more public domain filmstrips, more depressing stories of the working class, and more beating of the dead horse known as Flint, Michigan. In the past this formula has worked, and worked well enough to garner Moore fame at the forefront of documentarians (at least of the commercial documentarians). However, with Capitalism: A Love Story, even hitting all of his major arcs, the foolproof equation doesn’t add up. Read the rest of this entry

Tyson (Lil Devil)

Tyson is a character study, psychiatric profile and career retrospective of Mike Tyson. The movie is a documentary directed by James Toback in which we hear Tyson describe his career and life. We also get to see Tyson’s life flash before his eyes through classic footage of Tyson from the start of his career to its end. (No MMA or WWE, though.) It’s at times surreal watching Tyson narrate his own downfall. I think the best way I could describe the film is: It’s a feel bad kind of movie. There’s no happy ending to this story. Except, this time everyone knows it.

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