Archive for March, 2008
I know it’s straying from the usual material, but since I am a baseball fan first and foremost, I am going to devote this week to my 2008 MLB preview.
I ran some numbers and projected the 2008 season and while I was originally going to break it into 2 posts, I decided to break it down by divisions. So, every day this week I’ll do one division and it will culminate with my playoff and awards predictions.
Posted in Film, tagged Andrew Jarecki, arnold friedman, capturing the friedmans, david friedman, documentary, dvd, dvd review, elaine friedman, Film, jesse friedman, Movie, Movie Review, Movies on March 27, 2008| 1 Comment »
All entertainment, whether it’s a movie, TV show, book or whatever, is escapism — a way to catch a break from a mundane, everyday existence. Everything from terrific shows like The Sopranos or movies like The Usual Suspects to steaming crap-piles like Chill Factor or Grey’s Anatomy fits the bill. The best of entertainment to me is that which leaves you thinking about the world in a different way after you see it or read it — this can be done with something as fantastical as The Matrix or as real-world as The Wire.
With documentaries, however, you enter a different level — because they are documenting something real about our world, a great documentary can be more powerful than any other type of film. The characters and their stories are real and this gives it a meaning that no other genre, even something fact-based like Band of Brothers, can touch. They truly are showing you a part of the world which you may not have any exposure to, and the best ones educate as well as entertain. I’m not talking about the pseudo reality-TV documentaries that the Michael Moores of the world put out, as much as I enjoy them, but actual documentaries — ones that tell a story, not create a story.
So this week I’ll be reviewing four of the better documentaries of the last few years, a diverse group of subject matter and styles. No new content today but starting tomorrow there will be a new article every day this week. The schedule is as follows:
I’ll do this every few months or so — a disproportionate amount of the movies I want to see and haven’t yet are documentaries and this will give me the motivation to start banging through my Netflix queue.