Sunday, August 04, 2002

monchie's Top 5 Documentaries

On a board I frequent, someone started a thread about favorite documentaries, so I added my two cents. After all, many of the videos I collect are documentaries, some politically oriented, others not. For the record, here's my annotated Top 5:

1. The Panama Deception - How America was conned into supporting the killing of 2500-4000 Panamanian civilians in order to get revenge against a double-dealing former Bush Crime Family soldier named Manuel Noriega. If you want to understand just how thoroughly evil and dishonest the Bush Crime Family really is, see this documentary. Directed by Barbara Trent and winner of 1993 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

2. The Thin Blue Line - Errol Morris's memorable portrait of a case where an innocent man spent 12 years in jail and almost got executed. Thanks to this film, he was finally released.

3. The War Room - James Carville just exudes charisma in this film about the 1992 Clinton campaign. Also, look for Paul Begala's dead-on and very funny Ross Perot impersonation. Directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker.

4. Gates of Heaven - Errol Morris's pet cemetary epic. Animal lovers will cringe as they recognize themselves, and the son who tries to adapt modern business techniques to the pet cemetary biz is a hoot.

5. Straight, No Chaser - The joyful eccentricity and the sad descent into madness of one of the 20th century's greatest musicians, Thelonious Monk. Directed and Produced by Charlotte Zwerin and Executive Produced by Clint Eastwood.

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