The Year of the Documentary
Some of these I've seen, some I haven't. Thanks to streaming services and social media, documentaries have become mainstream in a way beyond being by a certain filmmaker or topic. Here are some this year's most discussed docs
- •O.J.: Made in AmericaI'll never shut up about this incredible 5-part movie. It's an incredible look at the parallel between racial tension in Los Angeles and OJ's career. It all culminates in the trial of the century and why a slam dunk guilty verdict went south before the trial even started. It follows him up to his arrest. You really don'g want it to end. It's on Hulu now!
- •Author: The JT LeRoy StoryHaven't seen this yet, but I became obsessed with this story and I can't wait to see this! If you know nothing of JT LeRoy, stop reading and google it. It's gotten high praise as one of the best films of the year.
- •TickledA morbidly fascinating tragicomedy about a niche set of videos known as competitive tickling that is basically SFW porn and its surprisingly seedy underbelly. The less you know going in the better. The word riveting was made for this.
- •Zero DaysIf you don't know what stuxnet is, you should. It's fucking scary and digital warfare is already happening in some ways. The capability of this stuff and the governments retaliation to whistleblowing is terrifying. Alex Gibney, the guy behind Going Clear, has made quite the follow up!
- •Lo and BeholdWerner Herzog explores technology and how the internet is great and awful at the same time. That's obviously not a revelation, but the global level he looks at it is what's so good about it.
- •WeinerYou couldn't script something this good, what's most fascinating about this is the fact that halfway through the doc, they are still letting the filmmakers do their job, most subjects wouldn't allow themselves to be seen in this light and it transcends to a dark comedy that has to be seen to be believed.
- •GleasonHaven't seen this, but this doc about an NFL player dealing with ALS has gotten extremely well-reviewed and is also considered a major tearjerker that is a hard, but rewarding watch.
- •Kate Plays ChristineThis just came out, but we're getting this and a narrative film about Christine Chubbuck and I can't fucking wait to see it. For the uninitiated, Chubbuck was a newscaster that killed herself during a live broadcast. In this doc, an actress prepares for the role and it's been getting high praise for being a meta-doc that blurs fact, fiction, and actor's approach to a role.
- •The Hunting GroundIt's on Netflix, and it is extremely eye-opening and has definitely been talked about quite a bit. Some people say it's amazing, some people say that it's exaggerating, but it is 100% worth 2 hours of your life.Suggested by @lexie_elyse