Here are a few of my non-fiction films, which I listed separately from my favorite art and design documentaries.
- Life Cycles
- Portishead, Live in Roseland, NY (music)
- War Dance
- Red Without Blue
- Very Young Girls
- The Bridge
- Dhamma Brothers
- Planet B-Boy
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
- Touching the Void
- The Business of Being Born
- This Film is Not Yet Rated
- Kicking It
- Ashtanga NY
- Blue Vinyl
- On the Edge, Ciudad Juarez Murders
- The Future of Food
- Killer at Large
- Food Inc.
- Forks Over Knives
- King Corn
- State of Mind
- The Union
- The Corporation
- Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music
- Fierce Grace
- My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story
- Facing The Habit
- Maxed Out
- Zeitgeist/Zeitgeist Addendum
What did I miss? What must I see? Do share in the comments! (I haven’t had the stomach to watch The Cove or Blackfish yet, but at some point I will.)
Ok, bonus time… Let’s talk Johnny!
Who else can portray such diverse roles? Druggie, pirate, greaser, eccentric chocolatier, demon barber and insane holder of tea parties, undercover cop, slick outlaw and sexy foreigner vagabond… No one else!
Johnny Depp is so versatile and so willing to throw himself into odd roles, strangeness ensues, but to our benefit. On his relationship with director Tim Burton he explains:
He can ask me everything. If he wants me to have sex with an aardvark in one of his next movies, then I will do that.
Wow, that’s dedication. I’ve just learned that he was also appointed to star in The Matrix, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Speed, but he passed on the roles. He’s been married once, engaged four times, and has two children with his now-girlfriend Vanessa Paradis. His take on parenthood is by turns hilarious and sentimental. He says of his roll in Pirates:
I only wanted to be in a movie that my kids could see.
And he continues about children and fatherhood…
When kids hit one year old, it’s like hanging out with a miniature drunk. You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit. -Johnny Depp
I see this amazing, beautiful, pure angel-thing wake up in the morning, and nothing can touch that. She is the only reason to wake up in the morning, the only reason to take a breath. Everything else is checkers.
And now let’s enjoy the scenery!