Nov 19, 2010

Go Banksy!

Here's the short list for Oscar nominated documentaries:
I'm missing Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. Just because she is a comedian, this is not taken seriously? It was very good. The ones in bold, I saw. Some are better than others, to me none of them earthshaking.
  • Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” Alex Gibney, director
  • “Enemies of the People” Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors
  • Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy, director
  • “Gasland” Josh Fox, director
  • “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould” Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors
  • Inside Job” Charles Ferguson, director
  • “The Lottery” Madeleine Sackler, director
  • “Precious Life” Shlomi Eldar, director
  • “Quest for Honor” Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director
  • Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors
  • “This Way of Life” Thomas Burstyn, director
  • “The Tillman Story” Amir Bar-Lev, director
  • “Waiting for ‘Superman” Davis Guggenheim, director
  • Waste Land” Lucy Walker, director
  • “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe” Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors 
And here's Time Out's list of the 50 best docs of all time. This being Time Out, a grain of salt the size of Lot's wife is required. I don't think any of the Michael Moore docs are better than the Errol Morris docs, and several egregious misses are the wonderful French documentary To Be and To Have, Morris' incredible Mr. Death, which is among his best work, Touching the Void, and Anvil! The Story of Anvil! Lists never make anyone happy. Still there's a lot of good stuff for your Netflix queue.

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