Three documentaries even people who hate documentaries will like:
1. Crumb (1994)
Crumb follows cartoonist Robert Crumb at the height of his career and explores his family life and sources of inspiration. What makes this documentary so great is how raw and eye opening it is, especially to a modern viewer who may be overwhelmed by the phoniness of today’s media. The film’s lack of fear to show the reality of the lives of artists and average middle class Americans during the latter half of the 20th century, lives which are all but inspirational, is refreshing in a time when sincerity in media can be hard to find.
2. American Movie (1999)
Aspiring filmmaker Mark Borchardt struggles to finish the production of his debut movie, a low budget horror, in working class Wisconsin. If you did not know this was a documentary you would most likely believe it to be satire. It seems to be in the same vein as Napoleon Dynamite or The Room and it’s counterpart The Disaster Artist, the only difference being that it is a documentary. The humility that Mark unknowingly experiences throughout the production of his beloved movie makes you want to break down in both laughter and tears. The feeling of the inescapability of suburbia and the reality of the life of the middle class is almost too much to bear and it makes for an unmissable and unforgettable documentary.
3. Paris is Burning (1990)
This film explores the drag and transgender communities in New York City during the 1980s, specifically the ball competitions that were held by various houses (i.e. intentional families) during their so called “golden age”. These competitions judged contestants on their walk, dance, beauty, and “realness” as well as other various criteria. This film is an integral look into a community that has a lack of coverage in media to say the least. Watching the movie makes one face the reality of the various prejudices that the LGBTQ+ and drag communities face daily. It paints a picture of what it means to truly be oneself, even if it means risking ones life.
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