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Thursday, August 14, 2003

Time to take the movies back, and possibly rent a few more. I was reading a few days ago how, thanks to many factors, like the success of Bowling for Columbine and the popularity of reality TV, the documentary is experiencing an increse in popularity. I was thinking about this as I saw a few documentaries I considered renting:

Lost in LaMancha - This originally started as a DVD featurette for Terry Gilliam's film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, but as it became clear on the first day of shooting, the film was a doomed production. So, it wound up being a documentary about the destruction of the film. Flash floods destroyed the sets, practicing NATO jets kept flying overhead, the star broke his back, and through it all, Gilliam tried to keep everyone calm.

Comedian - This one follows the daily grind of stand-up comics. Of course, the main story thrust is Jerry Seinfeld, as he gets back into the grind, trying out new material and all that good stuff. It's apparently very good and very funny.

Next issue...Our fascinating 12-hour documentary on the history of paper clips.

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