Wednesday, December 4 2013, 12:05 PM MST
Holiday Gift Guide: Documentaries
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
Big Star and their front man Alex Chilton were something of legend. Between 1971 and 1974 they released a trio of records that excited critics and fellow musicians, but somehow they never achieved the commercial success that so many predicted. Nothing Can Hurt Me looks at the band, their formation, disintegration and renaissance.
Photographer James Balog simply set up cameras around the world to see if climate change was real. The images he captured are gorgeous and terrifying. The clear implications of these images are just terrifying.
Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics
Behind every great superhero is an armada of supper-villains. This wonderful documentary not only highlights some of DC Comics’ greatest baddies, it also explores the necessity of their existence. A must-see film for anyone interested in comics or writing in general.
Rodney Ascher’s delicious documentary Room 237 explores various theories about the perceived hidden meanings present in Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. Some theories hold more weight than others, but even the most outlandish of the ideas offer insight into what might become one of the most over-analyzed films of all time. Even if you don’t believe a single word, you’ll be entertained.
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
The drama The Fifth Estate failed to paint a convincing (or entertaining) portrait of Julian Assange or his controversial website Wikileaks. Writer/director Alex Gibney’s acclaimed documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks does a much better job of looking at the most dangerous man in the world and his mission to drag every secret into the light.
World War II: The 3-Film Blu-Ray Collection
HISTORY presents its solid documentaries WWII in HD, WWII in HD: The Air War and the newly produced WWII from Space all in one glorious package.
-Ryan Michael Painter