Category: Documentary

“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…

“Spaceship Earth”

7.1

Cult? Scientists? Hippies? All three?

The storied tale of the strange architectural marvel in the middle of the Arizona desert and the people who inhabited it as human subjects in a grand experiment are on full display here. Jumpsuits and all. From their beginnings in shipbuilding, to traveling the world to use their talents amassing a small fortune and trying to save the planet, the team’s individual journeys all led them to the same bio-dome. Fascinating to see not only the ecological but also psychological effects of the experiment. Did not expect the Steve Bannon cameo at the end, no matter how on-brand it was in the nature of his involvement.

Similar in excitement level and educational value to the EPCOT attraction.

“Hustlers”

6.7

Female version of “The Big Short?” Perhaps a hybrid between “Magic Mike” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” J-Lo steals the show, as predicted. Film itself I felt could have been about 20 minutes shorter. Felt like it wandered a bit in the transition from second to third act. Overall, a solid addition to the cinematic stripper-verse, and not as bad as “Showgirls.”