AUGUST 2016 DOCUMENTARY REVIEW
All except Salesman (rented on Amazon) available on Netflix.
- •Welcome to Leith (2015), 8/10Imagine one of the top 10 white supremacists moves into your neighborhood and tries to bring all his lil' buddies along with him. This is what happened in a town called Leith with a population of about 24 people. Not only scary because of the situation, but also frightening that people like that actually exist. The ending was abrupt, it would have been nice to hear more from the town. One excellent moment: when the guy goes on a talk show to prove his Aryan heritage. The results are amazing.
- •The Fear of 13 (2015), 9/10A man tells his story of his long incarnation (and brief escape!) with great detail. He learned to love books while waiting on death row, and when new DNA testing becomes available, he recounts the long and disheartening process of clearing his name. The reenactments get a little old but his storytelling abilities are a real talent.
- •Salesman (1968), 6/10This was one of the first documentaries to be made using the observation method, rather than set up or staged events, thanks to the new ability to use synced sound and video on the go. The Maysles brothers follow around 4 door-to-door Bible salesmen on their home visits and during their wind downs at the end of the day. It's quite boring by today's standards, but a good one to see if you're interested in documentary history.
- •Touching the Void (2003), 7/10If you don't know this story then I would recommend you watch this movie. It's quite an unbelievable tale about two men who reach the peak of an unclimbed mountain...and then one of them breaks a leg during the descent. The only reason this didn't get a higher ranking is because some of the acting was just lame but the rest is incredible. (Also, I'm guessing this is the story Jack refers to in 30 Rock when he talks about going "into the crevasse.")