They say truth is stranger than fiction, and I for one agree wholeheartedly. There’s a slew of outstanding documentaries out there – many of which are available in full on YouTube – but there’s only a few modern titles which truly grip us by the heart (and, quite often, the throat). Here’s my selection of the five most emotionally engaging movies of all time, along with YouTube links to the full versions for all but one of them.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
It’s two and a half hours long, but every minute of it is a riveting – and often shocking – exploration of the infamous West Memphis Three case, one of the most complex legal cases in modern history.
The main engine of the film is the question of whether the WM3 committed the murders for which they were incarcerated, and it’s a question which still draws commentary from the public at large as well as many famous activists. In addition to exposing the details of the case in an impassioned yet fairly objective manner, the documentary is also a telling portrayal of the judicial system as well as the culture of backwater America.
It pulls no punches and some of the material can be somewhat upsetting, but it raises some massive questions which are perhaps even more poignant given that the three men were released last year following 18 years of incarceration.
Nurse Jackie, Hunter “Patch” Adams, and the list goes on. Movies are filled with stories of great medical caretakers, but with all great caretakers come terrible ones. Below you’ll find cinema’s worst medical caretakers.
Dr. Evil from the “Austin Powers” Series
Who could consider “worst medical caretakers” without thinking of Dr. Evil? He clone side-kick, Mini-me, and bald cat, Mr. Bigglesworth stand loyally at his side as he plans world domination and wreaks havoc. All in all, probably not the doctor you want conducting your annual physical exam. [click to continue…]
From the 1980’s air-raid siren singing of Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden to the deepest guttural growls of the darkest Black Metal, I listen to it all. I have been a metalhead since I was a kid, and the metal subculture has been a part of my life for many years. So, unsurprisingly, when something popular takes off on the internet that has some relation to any form of Metal, I am usually all over it.
But in recent weeks, the site MetalInjection.net decided to compile a list of the “best” movies about Metalheads. It hit the front page of Digg.com, and did very well at numerous other social news sites as well. Aside from the author’s inclusion of This Is Spinal Tap (a good quality and mandatory selection which I wholeheartedly agree with), the other five choices were pathetic lampoons of the depth and scope of the Metalhead subculture.
Do not get me wrong: I am a fan of MetalInjection.net, and have been for some time; it’s a great site… but this list? Abysmal! It should have been called “A List of Movies That Portray Metalheads as Cheesy Idiots”. Off the bat, the author declined to include documentaries, which was an inadequate decision seeing as there are so many fine documentary flicks out there about the Metal subculture. The Metal Injection listing included the predictable cheese ball comedies: Bill and Ted, Tenacious D, Beavis and Butthead, Wayne’s World, and Airheads.
In reply, I decided to come up with my own list… The REAL top 6(66) movies about Metalheads – and why you ought to see them:
This is a guest post written by Regan Payne. Mr. Payne is president of Omnipresent Productions, a fully functioning production house in Vancouver, BC
I began hearing the cries and caterwauls several years ago. It’s a familiar sound to most, a high-pitched rhythm, lined with the sardonic shades of a half-conceived argument. Otherwise known as whining. And not just any old whining, no, the whining of that much-derided, multiplex malcontent: the cineaste. Every group of friends has one, that veritable fountain of nonplus theorizing about this, that, and anything film. I should know, I am this person amongst my unfortunate group of friends – though this particular grievance is not part of my usual repertoire, that consisting of the sacrilege of film remakes (God, please not Metropolis too! Or, Metropolis 2 for that matter, I don’t want to see either one) and the long lost art of actual film editing. [click to continue…]