Thursday, 12 May 2011

Movie Moxie Podcast 36: Fast Five, Thor, Documentaries and More


On this weeks episode of the Movie Moxie Podcast Shannon tackles the manly releases of Thor and Fast Five (and loves every minute of them!), checks in on post-Hot Docs goodness and chats about documentaries as a genre (or are they a genre?). As always, all reviews and discussions are 100% spoiler free.

Show Notes
0:00 – 1:15 - Introduction
1:15 – 8:00 – Thor Review
8:00 – 13:30 – Fast Five Review
13:30 – 17:50 – Post Hot Docs Check In
17:50 – 45:35 – Documentaries as a Genre
45:35 – 50:30 – DVD releases
50:30 – 52:20 – Upcoming Next Week
52:20 – 54:34 – Outro

  • Documentaries as a Genre Show Notes: Wikiipedia definition of Documentary: Documentary film describes a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. A "documentary film" was originally a movie shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now includes video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video or made for a television program. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.[2]
  • As of May 6, 2011 we’ve had 147 release in Toronto, out of those we had 19 documentaries making it the 3rd most popular genre behind dramas (40 releases), comedies (24 releases). Other releases by genres this year include 10 Bollywood films, 6 action films, 6 biopics, 6 historical films, 5 animated films, 5 science fiction films, 3 supernatural, and only 1 horror film.
  • Styles of Documentaries Noted: Talking Heads, Following an Event, Guides / Learning, Fly on the Wall
  • Documentaries Can Focus On: A life story, a person or peoples; follow a particular time & place of history, be Informative or create awareness, nature documentaries , tell inspiring stories of people overcoming obstacles, serve as ways of remembering the past, documentaries on the performing arts or on the process making film.
  • Recent Docs that really got people talking about docs: Bowling for Columbine, Spellbound, Catfish, Marwencal
  • Recent Films That Blur Lines or cast Suspicion on If they are documentaries: I’m Still Here and Catfish, not mentioned but fits this category is Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • List of all documentaries reviewed
  • Inspiring Story Documentaries: Sharkwater, A Small Act, 65_Redroses, She’s A Boy I Knew
  • Documentaries on Making Film: Zombie Girl, Action Boys, Best Worst Movie
  • Gaming docs: Darkon, Another Perfect World, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Second Skin
  • Seen-Only-At-Festival Favourite Docs:My Greatest Escape / Ne me liberez pas, je m'en charge, Hunting Down Memory / Jakten På Hukommelsen, This Way of Life, She’s A Boy I Knew
  • Shannon’s Faves: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters , Every Little Step, Man on Wire, Best Worst Movie
  • I didn’t chat mockumentaries, but I did mention love for This is Spinal Tap and Finishing the Game

  • Faves of others: Wordplay, Who Killed the Electric Car, Etre and Avoir, Spellbound, the Thin Blue Line, King of Kong, Encounters at the End of the World, Lost in La Mancha, Senna (2010), Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Harlan County USA and Dear Zachary. (Thank you to Allison, Sabine, Doug, Criticize This!, Colleen, Tom & Suzie for suggestions and recommends)

IMDB Top 50 Documentaries (as of
May 12, 2011)
1. Senna (2010)
2. Night and Fog (1955)
3. Presumed Guilty (2008)
4. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
5. Heima (2007)
6. The Cove (2009)
7. Puskás Hungary (2009)
8. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)
9. Earthlings (2005)
10. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)
11. Home (2009/I)
12. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)
13. Hearts and Minds (1974)
14. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
15. My Flesh and Blood (2003)
16. The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)
17. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
18. The Two Escobars (2010)
19. Concert for George (2003)
20. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
21. Lake of Fire (2006)
22. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010)
23. Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)
24. No End in Sight (2007)
25. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (2007)
26. Promises (2001)
27. Island of Flowers (1990)
28. Baraka (1992)
29. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth (2011)
30. Obyknovennyy fashizm (1965)
31. Before Flying Back to Earth (2005)
32. The Fog of War (2003)
33. Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (1972)
34. White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007)
35. The King of Kong (2007)
36. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)
37. Nirvana Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! (1994)
38. Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009)
39. The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
40. For Those Who Will Follow (1963)
41. Sicko (2007)
42. Chavez: Inside the Coup (2003)
43. Inside Job (2010)
44. My Voyage to Italy (1999)
45. Bowling for Columbine (2002)
46. The Corporation (2003)
47. Life in a Day (2011)
48. The Base of the Air Is Red (1977)
49. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
50. U2 3D (2007)

1 comment:

Suzie Ridler said...

Awesome podcast Shannon! So glad you enjoyed Thor and it was fun participating in favourite documentaries discussion. I have never seen that Fast Five genre at all and now I am curious. Always fun Shannon!

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