The Five Best Controversial Documentaries of Recent Years

Filed under: — Brandon James on December 11th, 2014 12:12:45 am



Film is an incredibly powerful medium. It informs public opinion, and helps us to preserve pieces of our history. Some of the most influential writings on the potential social utility of non-fiction filmmaking were produced by Scottish born Canadian filmmaker John Grierson, who thought of film as a means of empowering the powerless, and calling attention to social ills. Grierson’s influence is still resonant, as evidenced by this collection of films that seek to enrich public discourses through their films.


Here are the top five thought-provoking documentaries from recent years.

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Mommy, Isaiah called me a faggot.

Filed under: — suzero on January 21st, 2007 09:01:32 pm

TR KnightOne of my favourite series at the moment is Grey’s Anatomy and one of my favourite characters was George O’ Malley (T.R. Knight), the rather goofy, erm-ing and err-ing intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. But after seeing the actor’s interview on Ellen, regarding an incident in which his colleague actor Isaiah Washintgton (who plays Dr. Burke) apparently called him a faggot, I am more than a little disappointed in T.R. How big a deal can you make of this?

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Fat Actress

Filed under: — suzero on August 12th, 2004 11:08:11 pm

If you ask someone what they think of Kirstie Alley, many people (especially women) will respond with something like, “Isn’t she the one that got really fat?” before remembering her roles in Cheers , Look Who’s Talking or even Star Trek II – Wrath of Khan in 1982.

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The name is Bana… Eric Bana… Or not?

Filed under: — Arjan Welles on August 3rd, 2004 04:08:50 pm

It was clear for a few months, Pierce Brosnan wasn’t getting along very well with the producers of the James Bond legacy. Last week it has been made official Brosnan will not return for a fifth Bond film. Even before Brosnan officially resigned there have been gossips about a successor and about every actor imaginable has been on the lists of contenders: Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom… The latter has recently signed up for a film about the younger years of James Bond. What was clear is that the new Bond had to be much younger than 51-year-old Pierce. Sunday it seemed to be clear: Eric Bana (Hulk, Troy) was the man and he was ready to begin shooting as the new Bond in September. But on Monday, Bana denies he was even in talks with the Broccoli family and he states he certainly has not signed up for the part. The question remains: who is your favorite Bond-contender? Mine will be SpongeBob SquarePants. Oh darn, he’s not British, but same goes for Australian actor Bana…

Amsterdam is film location for Ocean's Twelve

Filed under: — pip on May 6th, 2004 09:05:43 pm

george-clooney.jpgOcean’s Twelve, the sequel to Ocean’s Eleven, started filming in Amsterdam on Wednesday 5 May. So far George Clooney and Brad Pitt have been spotted around town and Matt Damon is also reportedly here. Expected to fly in soon is Catherine Zeta-Jones (bleugh!), Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia…

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