Documentaries

Earlier this week I watched Bigger, Stronger, Faster*, described by Wikipedia as, a 2008 documentary film directed by Christopher Bell about the use of anabolic steroids as performance-enhancing drugs in the United States and how this practice relates to the American Dream.”

I didn’t know much about it going in, so I had no expectations.  I played it on my laptop on Netflix while I was working on my desktop. I was hooked before the opening title sequence.  This is a really great movie that made some truly thought provoking points about steroid use.  I’ll probably watch this one again in a couple of weeks.

Yesterday I watched Man on Wire on Netflix.  Again, from Wikipedia, “The film chronicles Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center.”

This is an interesting story that I hadn’t even heard about before the release of this movie.  It’s really quite a caper they pulled off, and I’m glad they told the story. It had a little bit of the feel of an Oceans 11/12/13 type story, but it’s true.  But this movie felt long, and had too many French people crying and speaking French. I hate subtitles, and apparently crying French people.  They get in to this whole “beautiful art” thing that I think only French people could cry about.

As I’m writing this I’m watching Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me, about 30 days eating nothing by McDonald’s food. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to watch this.  I’m 30 minutes in and enjoying it.  It’s reminding me a little of the book Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. It’s been a while since I’ve read that.  I understand they also made it in to a terrible and barely related movie, but I haven’t seen it.

I have Super High Me (“a 2007 documentary about the effects of smoking marijuana non-stop for 30 days. “) and Helvetica (“documentary film about typography and graphic design, centered around the typeface of the same name.”) queued up.

I guess I’m on a documentary kick.  Suggestions?

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