Posted by: Joe Eds | February 22, 2011

Best Documentary

I’ve seen three of the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature. All three worthy of a nomination, and each knocked me on my ass (so to speak).

Inside Job. Will be on DVD on 3/8. My favorite film of the year. Go see it. To quote Gloria Steinem, “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”

Restrepo. Currently available on Netflix, including streaming. In terms of footage, could be one of the best war films every made. The visuals are not “well-produced”, i.e. flashy. They are crappy cameras literally behind soldiers being fired upon and returning fire in one of the deadliest spots in the world. Jeff and I have spoken at length about the Afghanistan War. He and I are not soldiers, but we respect their service. Watching this film gave me a better grasp about living in fear in horrible conditions day-in and day-out for months at a time.

GasLand. Availabe on Netflix, and HBO onDemand. I watched it this weekend. I’m still sweating about it. Pennsylvania resident Josh Fox, armed with a camera, travels to different communities across the country effected by local drilling for natural gas, a process called Hydraulic Fracturing or “fracking”.  The documentary, using some jawdropping visuals such as residents able to light the water from their sink on fire, claims that massive fracking in our country over the last decade will eventually contaminate all of our rivers and water supplies. Find it, watch it.

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