Top 10 Documentaries in 2013 by Joe Tropea
1. The Act of Killing
Let this movie be a lesson: When Errol Morris and Werner Herzog get together to produce a documentary, you’d better watch it. A stone cold tear jerker; nothing like this film has ever been done before.
2. Let the Fire Burn
It’s tempting to say that police departments everywhere should have to watch this film, but they’d probably miss the point. An American outrage of police and city officials overreaction and denied culpability. This doc makes it easier to understand how horrible events like the Holocaust happen.
An amazing and infuriating story of love.
4. Central Park Five
Donald Trump is a big old anusface and NYC should be ashamed of itself. That’s all I’m saying.
5. An Apology to Elephants
Pretty much exactly what it sounds like and we should all be ashamed of ourselves.
6. Room 237
Did you know that The Shining, the moon landing, the Holocaust, and the systematic destruction of Native American peoples were all connected? I will watch this one repeatedly for years to come. Also features the year’s best trailer.
7. A Band Called Death
Remember the awesome 2009 doc Wheedle’s Groove? If not, seek it out and watch it after you see this excellent rock doc.
8. Bitter Buddha
Eddie Pepitone is one funny motherfucker and he deserves more than you are giving him.
9. Fall and Winter
Agitprop eyecandy. A little bit all over the map, but in a really beautiful way.
10. Tie: Taken By Storm and Meanwhile In Memphis
If you’re as sick of the 20 feet from the shadows of blah blah blah music doc formula as I am, these two films come as a relief. Taken By Storm tells the story of your favorite album art and the man behind its creation, the late Storm Thorgerson. Meanwhile In Memphis digs its heels into an amazing music scene you’ve heard of but maybe didn’t realize.