The documentaries did justice to this downer of a decade. Many of the ’00s best Sundance docs filled the gaps left by mainstream journalism; all of them told important stories with sophistication and intelligence. Our top 10 include “Grizzly Man” and “Zoo.”
Madman, maverick, adventurer, auteur: There’s no one in cinema quite like Werner Herzog. While “Grizzly Bear” finds the German filmmaker doing what he does best—shining a light on the extremes of human obsession—that’s just one of Herzog’s many explorations into the darker side of human nature. In fact, here are 10 movies that illustrate why Herzog is a moviemaking genius.
German director (amongst other things) Werner Herzog can almost always be relied on to say or do things that are just as entertaining as his films (CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, GRIZZLY MAN). His most recent foray into delighting people on the internet comes in the form of this rant against chickens (via HuffPo):
Ah, lovely, fragile February. While the groundhogs can’t seem to
Because it’s on a Monday this year, which means you’ve been dressing up in costume every night since Friday, this might just be the longest Halloween weekend ever. It’s not over yet, but if you’re partied out, or just out of fake blood, stay in and cozy up to the Halloween episode of my “My So Called Life.” Angela falls for the Jordan Catalano of the 50s, who’s ghost still haunts the school gym, and (spoiler) her parents get so turned on by their costumes (he’s a pirate, she’s Rapunzel) that they decide to stay in and role play instead of going to the neighbor’s party.
Once the clock strikes November, though, we ditch all things Halloween with EVERLASTING MOMENTS (2008), by Swedish director Jan Troell, who worked with Nordic heavy-hitters like Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman, who he directed in some of her finest films, including THE EMIGRANTS (1971) and THE NEW LAND (1972). Then we venture south to France with Claude Chabrol’s A GIRL CUT IN TWO (2007). Chabrol, who died just last year, is credited with starting the nouvelle vague. He was a critic at the famed Cahiers du Cinema in the 50s and directed…
They’re big! They’re ugly! And they might give you warts! They’re cane toads… in 3D! Mark Lewis’ CANE TOADS: THE CONQUEST, which premieres at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, isn’t your typical nature documentary. This follow-up to 1988′s CANE TOADS: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY portrays the “horror” of an invasive species with a heavy dose of comedy, but still provides a provocative illustration of the ecological damage a non-native “invader” can wreak. Imported to Australia in the 1930s to deal with pests decimating the Queensland sugar crop, cane toads represent “Australia’s most notorious environmental blunder”: they didn’t eat the Greyback Cane Beetles, but did multiply like crazy…