…This Is My Documentary Day Recap…

Philippe Petit

Clark Kent says: Random thought: My old boss used to ask me why I’d write funny. One time he pulled me to the side and asked me why I’d do quote-ellipses-sentence-end-quote when I wrote my blogs. He’d ask laughing, “Why do you do that?” I’d reply with, “It looks good…” Haha… My documentary day recap below…

Man On Wire [2008]:

James Marsh’s documentary film chronicling Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center started me off for the day. [Random fact]: The title was taken from the police report that led to Petit’s release. From the photography taken to the risks involved in even setting up the life-altering event, this flick was set up like ‘The Italian Job’.

Check out the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/v/EIawNRm9NWM&hl=en&fs=1&

Jesus Camp [2006]:

My homegirl Alyson Mance would talk about this from time to time and I watched this doc without really watching it, so checking out ‘Jesus Camp’ was an eye-opener. Talk about brainwashing the youth. Directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing show how these parents and preachers literally fuckin’ scare the kids into loving the Lord. It was like David Koresh meets the kids from Barney making them some sort of religious Children of the Corn. Creepy documentary, but I wish they’d follow up and find out where those kids are at now.

“Warlocks are enemies of God,” really?! Peep what they think about Harry Potter below:

http://www.youtube.com/v/uOIYsGVyg8M&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1

9/11: In Plane Sight [2006]:

Remember Mel Gibson’s ‘Conspiracy Theory’? This documentary was so much like that that you’d expect a Julia Roberts cameo. The flick does ask a few valid questions surrounding the worst terrorist attack in the U.S. and exposing facts like our own government plotting attacks to incite war with Cuba gives a little bit of validity to the M.O. of the 9/11 attacks. But crazies dictating info to other crazies fill this film with some inconsistencies that make it full of crackpot theories with some photoshopped evidence, rather than dig their heels and ask the questions directly to those involved a la Michael Moore style.

You can watch the whole thing here, but check out this quick clip before you decide to go head first into it:

http://www.youtube.com/v/paWiZ2Y8fRg&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1

Check out the rest of Clark Kent’s Documentary Day recaps at Don’t Lose Your Day Job

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