Dude, where’s my decade? (Part One)

Enron10Whoa, check out that calendar! The decade of Freedom Fries, truthiness and Yes We Can! is coming to an ignominious end. In that spirit, I want to look back at the movies of the rapidly passing decade in a series of posts from now to the end of the year, just to clean out the old memory closet for the scary new decade ahead.

First topic: Most Disturbing Documentaries of the 2000s. In the last 20 years, the documentary has turned from a boring, 6th-grade-social-studies kind of  information dump into a wonderfully subjective artform. Here’s five docs that really haunted me in the last 10 years.

1) “The Bridge” (2006) — Why is the Golden Gate Bridge so attractive to potential suicides? This heartbreaking film wrestles with a painful reality.

2) “Capturing the Friedmans” (2003) — In the mood to peer into one upper-middle-class family’s depraved dysfunctions and really rub your nose in the mysteries of human behavior? This one’s for you.

3) “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” (2005) — A blow-by-blow account how a bunch of amoral corporate cowboys played the rest of us (particularly us Californians) for suckers. The sad thing is the whole story served as a template for the housing crash soon to follow.

4) “Deliver Us From Evil” (2006) — For those times when curiosity about the psychology of pedophile priests just gets the best of you.

5) “Fahrenheit 9/11” (2004) — Wait, how long did Bush sit there in that Florida classroom after he was told ‘The country is under attack’?


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