Monday, September 19, 2011
Music and Movie Mondays: Five documentaries
The Fog of War
An Errol Morris Oscar-winning stunner, this film is really just an interview of Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War. Riveting.
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
The filmmakers spent two years with Metallica and chronicled, among other thing, the band's therapy sessions and hiring of a new bassist. I'm not a Metallica gal but the voyeuristic joy of the movie is undeniable.
My Kid Could Paint That
An intriguing look at art, media culture, and making a documentary about people you've come to like.
Lake of Fire
I went back and forth on including this one. It's...intense. And certainly not a movie I'd want to watch a second time. In fact, there were parts I couldn't (and didn't) watch in the first viewing. That being said, it's an incredible piece of filmmaking. It's also fascinating to watch something on a controversial topic where, at the end of the it, you don't know where the filmmaker stands.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
A fascinating inside look into one of the biggest corporate scandals in American history. This film did a great job of explaining what happened and why it was such a big deal.