Street Fight (2005)

Street Fight (2005) — Flat out one of the best political documentaries I have ever seen. Street Fight is about the 2002 mayoral election between 16-year-incumbant Newark, New Jersey mayor Sharpe James and challenger Cory Booker. The film focuses on Booker. According to director Marshall Curry, this is because he wanted to cover both sides … Continue reading

Nursery University (2008)

Nursery University (2008) — I already didn’t want kids, but this movie strengthened that resolve for me. At the very least if I were ever to procreate, I would do it far far away from Manhattan. This documentary is about the ultra-competitive private preschool system in Manhattan. There has been a major baby boom in … Continue reading

Freakonomics (2010)

Freakonomics (2010) — Economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner publishes their books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics to “explore the hidden side of everything.” Now with the aid of five documentarians they have urns that into a movie, finding connections where they aren’t readily apparent. The movie also sets to dunking theories that have … Continue reading

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008) — This is another documentary from Alex Gibney (Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer). While that other film was good about showing both sides of the story, the interviews in Gonzo all pretty much reach the same conclusion: Dr. Hunter S. … Continue reading

Transcendent Man (2009)

Transcendent Man (2009) — As a film, Transcendent Man has the production values of maybe an episode of NOVA or something you would see on the Science Channel. The ideas dealt with in the movie are mind-blowing. Inventor ad futurist Ray Kurzweil has accurately predicted things like the rise of the internet and the exact … Continue reading

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) — Okay, I’ll start with an attempt to evaluate this as a film. It’s clear director Alex Gibney has a perspective on the events discussed and that comes through clearly while presenting both sides of the argument in a fashion that allows the viewer to … Continue reading

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) — The stereotype goes that Germans are very weird people. While I’ve met enough perfectly ordinary (and sometimes banal) Germans to know this characterization is not always fair, the stereotype is backed up by film-maker Werner Herzog. Just the way he talks has this strange intensity that compels you to … Continue reading

I Am (2010)

I Am (2010) — Tom Shadyac, the director of Patch Adams, directed a documentary about interconnectivity. I feel it went about as well as you might infer from that first sentence. Firstly, Shadyac should not narrate a movie. I get that he wants to frame this as a realization he had following a life-changing experience, … Continue reading

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) — So if you know nothing about street art (like me), this movie is still cool.  It is a documentary about a man named Thierry Guetta who starts to document the rise of street art in the 2000s and eventually decides to become an artist himself.  The results are… … Continue reading

This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006) — So I was watching TV at myparents’ house and there was something on one of the news channels that mentioned that some lobbying group was pushing for smoking in movies to be a cause for an R rating. This caused me to grumble something about the “fucking … Continue reading