Movie of the Day – The Bang Bang Club

I assure you that this isn’t a review for an adult film, although I am willing to bet that there is one out there with this exact title.  While I am sure that the acting is earnest in the adult film, The Bang Bang Club carries a lot of emotional weight with the adaptation of the auto-biographical book of the same name.  Some may not be familiar with the group of photographers who were entrenched in South Africa, just before the fall of the apartheid, but you might be familiar with their prize winning photographs, namely this Pulitzer Prize photo shot by Kevin Carter.  This tells the story of the photography group who shocked the world with their photos and stories.

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Movie of the Day – The Battle of Algiers

Not really the sort of film to follow up my previous Movie of the Day, but one that can’t be ignored either because of the subject matter.  I can’t begin to state that I am not fully into Geo-political conflicts, so my knowledge of the depiction of the Algerian War is a bit fractured, but make no mistake that the subject matter depicted in the film is a stark reminder of the current situation that we face during our military campaigns.  Whenever I hear about certain world conflicts in the news, my mind wanders towards this film.  It isn’t because of some knee-jerk reaction, but because the film itself is an important piece of cinema that managed to capture the spirit and impact of the beginning of a revolution.

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Documentary of the Day – The Fog of War

Looking back on some of the past posts I have done, I found myself wanting to go back in history and pick a documentary that I had previously featured as The Movie of the Day.  There was one film, that above all else, is truly a work of art.  The Fog of War is one of my top documentary films of all time.  It is a peerless film that dives into the mindset of a polarizing individual and watch him openly discuss about the decisions he has made in his life.  These are decisions that everyone faces mind you.  These are the thoughts of a man who is a military strategist, leader, and sometimes, monster.  Robert McNamara is fascinating as an individual, one who has lived his life in war and his openly discusses about his decisions that are often times viewed as being controversial to those in the historic community.  There is a deep reflection in this documentary where we  peer into the mindset of a man who has had to make some tough decisions in life, but also we come to fully understand how those choices shaped his life.

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Movie of the Day – The Fog of War

Honestly, I am not sure why I had this particular documentary on my mind today.  I didn’t discuss about politics today nor did I have some inkling of wanting to choose a documentary for today’s post.  As I was skimming across my film collection, The Fog of War just leaped out to me today.  I don’t know why I lingered on the documentary, but out of all the documentaries that I own, this is one is one of my favorites.  I usually enjoy social documentaries, as the medium can be rather subjective and one-sided in what they aim to show.  War documentaries are the biggest offender of subject matter and biased lean, sometimes though.   The Fog of War is a different kind of documentary, as it is not really a war documentary, but a biographical documentary on the life and times of Robert McNamara, former Secretary of Defense.  Now I am a fan of Errol Morris documentaries, in particular I have a fondness for “The Thin Blue Line” and “A Brief History of Time” which covered the life of Stephen Hawking.  Both are brilliantly done documentaries and Morris has this gift of presenting a riveting story and compelling evidence and facts.

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