Category: Documentary

“Antebellum”

Definition – existing before a war, especially : existing before the American Civil War.

Now I understand why the band shouldn’t have used it in the first place. Good lord, don’t they hire PR teams to say ”probably not the best idea.”

Back to the movie… Get ready to get uncomfortable, but in a productive way. If this film doesn’t make you uncomfortable, there is another conversation to be had. Janelle Monáe kills it as our two main characters. An absolute powerhouse performance.

The cinematography is downright breathtaking. The score is perfectly complementing the visual elements. The attention to detail, second to none. So many easter eggs to be discovered within almost every frame, driving you to a second viewing to immerse yourself in every nuanced “a-ha” moment fully. Hauntingly beautiful comes to mind.

You won’t expect or believe what you see upon first viewing. The film wasn’t at all what I expected, but it was better than I could have imagined.

“UFC Fight Island: Declassified”

7.9

Fantastic documentary! ESPN and the UFC really show off their collective talent for depth and flair in this one. We all knew things got crazy on fight island, but not THIS crazy. The macro themes of business operations playing out overlapping the incredibly personal stories of the fighters and their loved ones. Sold me on the genius and gusto of Dana White and his faithful followers in and around the UFC. Well worth all 4 parts.

“Challenger: The Final Flight”

8.1

Netflix has two markets cornered. Romantic comedies and documentaries. This mini-series came out of nowhere and blew me away. The pacing, the new footage, the storytelling. Excellence on display. You’ll learn, be moved, and leave entertained. Things start off with an emotional weight that doesn’t let up until the final credits roll. Certainly not for the faint of heart, but well worth the emotional roller coaster. So many twists and turns, a wonderfully constructed window into introducing a new generation to such important historical lessons. Another home run by the red menace.

“The Last Dance”

9.4

Damn…

Old school ESPN on full display. F-bombs and all. The rawness of competition, the camaraderie of team, and the price of greatness. One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen, and worth every minute of the 10 hour runtime. Guaranteed to emotionally move you every episode. You’ll not only learn about the team members themselves at a deeper level than ever thought possible, but also shed a tear over a United Center security guard at one point. Perfect pacing, great archival footage, and a willingness by the interviewees to truly bear themselves publicly in a way that not many are willing to. Hopefully a sign of things to come from ESPN in the future. A return to THE sports network. Until then… 6 titles in 8 years will stand the test of time as one of the all time greatest sports runs in history.

An experience these last 5 weeks that shows the beauty of sports as a communal experience that unites people. Perfect timing, on top of everything else.

“Boogie Nights”

8.2

The infamous tale of the rise and fall of Dirk Diggler. From the heights of the adult film industry to the lows of unspeakable acts in the shopping center parking lot… a tale as old as time. More legendary Hollywood stars than any Oceans film, and a rocking soundtrack, this classic film really fires on all cylinders… unlike Dirk’s Little Dirk after he develops a drug problem and goes off the rails. Lace up your roller skates, and get ready for a wild 2 hour ride…