High 5 Documentaries for the Weekend!

This past week I was catching up on podcasts when I listened to Nerdist: #493 Jared Leto. I expected the podcast to be primarily about Dallas Buyers Club, and while it was a huge part of the podcast he also spoke, very eloquently I might add, about his experience making the documentary Artifact. Of course, I had to watch it...immediately. I am a bit of a DOC Nerd. I mean, I love them. I can't explain it, but they fascinate and stimulate my mind in such a way that I crave them. Artifact in particular was wonderful.

Director: Jared Leto (aka Bartholomew Cubbins) 

What starts as a project to document the process of making an album actually takes you on a much larger journey exploring the world of the music business. Essentially, musicians must sell their souls and exist in a continuance of debt to allow us to hear the music we so dearly love. EMI, Thirty Seconds to Mars record label, initially signs them to a nine year contract. When the band becomes aware of a California Law that stipulates that no contract can last for more than seven years they decided to terminate their contract with EMI. EMI was simply not going to allow that to happen, they responded with a 30 million dollar lawsuit against the trio. The film documents the "business side" of the music business as well as the amount of power these large corporations can have over the artists and creative types they hold hostage through these deals.

After you check out Artifact (available to rent on iTunes for 4.99) take a gander at these five documentaries that I really really really (can I throw one more in for good measure!?!) really love! 

1. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Director: Kurt Kuenne

This documentary takes you on a ominous journey from the very beginning. It is hard not to love Andrew Bagby upon initially being introduced to him as the central focus of this film. As friends and family members share their thoughts about Andrew and his life the love and affection you feel for him only becomes deeper. You are intensely invested in finding and convicting his murderer by the time you even realize that he is dead. It is a powerful and heart wrenching type of scrapbook for the son that he never even would know existed. As with most documentaries, they begin to take on a life of their own, and this film begins to become a true-crime sort of film ending in such a way that will leaving you breathless and emotionally exhausted in a profoundly impacting way. It is truly on of the best documentaries I have ever watched. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father is available to stream on Netflix

2. Exit Through the Gift Shop
Director: Banksy

The question of What is art? and who originates it is thoroughly examined in this film and by the end of it you may end up more confused and contemplative about it than ever before. Banksy is renowned around the world for his thought provoking street art and this film follows the same idea, but as most of the films on this list he stumbled upon this accidentally by becoming a victim of his own brilliant ideas. By the end of the film you are disgusted and left questioning why you are disgusted. It is an extremely interesting film that leaves you wanting to explore you own personal beliefs on art. Exit Through the Gift Shop is available to rent on iTunes.

3. King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Director: Seth Gordon

We all know how big of a deal gaming can be. I mean, we have invested hours upon hours in games that we love. King of Kong takes that to a whole new level. The film starts as a documentary about reaching high scores and world records and ends up showing one of the greatest tales of Donkey Kong. Weibe, the underdog, faces Billy Mitchell. Mitchell is represented best by his outstanding mullet. Business about Donkey Kong. These two face off at Funspot, the famous Arcade where extreme arcade gamers go to prove there street cred. This documentary has everything. A villain with talent, an underdog that his earnest, and barbecue sauce. Yes, yes, you read that correctly. Barbecue sauce. King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is available to rent on Amazon for 2.00.

4. The Loving Story (www.lovingfilm.com)
Director: Nancy Buirski

This heart wrenching love story seems shockingly prehistoric, but in reality this married couple were arrested and prosecuted for having an interracial marriage two years after my mother was born. It is insanely compelling and even more interesting concerning the rights of marriage equality today. Richard and Mildred Loving moved around the Virginia area in constant struggle of being near their friends and family and avoiding a Virginia law that made their love simply illegal. This documentary shows the legal battle that the Lovings went through during the Civil Rights Era leading to a world where the color of your skin is far less than the content of your character. The Loving Story is available to stream on Netflix

5. Sound City
Director: Dave Grohl 

I''m going to let the trailer speak for itself. The line "There's no book store. There's no music store. And there's no Sound City." Gets me every time. I hate to see so many magical things fall away. Sound City is available to rent on iTunes

Enjoy a good doc this weekend and as always, stay exceptionally chic and exquisitely geek. 


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1 comment:

  1. Exit Through The Gift Shop is also available to stream for free through Amazon Instant Video with a prime account!