Talk: Documentary Reviews
- 1 Reviewer Bias
- 2 13 Hours: The secret soldiers in Benghazi
- 3 2016 Obama's America
- 4 America: Imagine the World Without her (2014)
- 5 The Climate Hustle (2016)
- 6 Deepwater Horizon (2016)
- 7 Hillary's America (2016)
- 8 Jobs (2013)
- 9 Steve Jobs (2015)
- 10 Roosevelt's: An Intimate History
- 11 Waiting for Superman (2011)
- 12 White Helmets (2016)
Movie critics often have a leftward slant that makes them droll and predictable. It also means if a movie is at all political, has anything that's politically incorrect, or can be re-imagined that way, then reviewers will likely get out of touch with the audience. Since I lean towards the audience preferences and away from marxism as movie-reviews, this spread (or the inverse of the reviewers opinions) can be a better indicator of how much I'll like a film than their actual reviews.
Examples of reviewers vs viewers:
- Death of a Nation (2018) -90% (0/90) - Right wing documentary with shallow history of DNC
- 13 Hours: The secret soldiers in Benghazi -33 (50/83) - Entertaining Action film with historical accuracy
- 2016 Obama's America -48% (25/73) - Documentary explaining Obama's circle and their motives
- America: Imagine the World Without her (2014) -76% spread (8/84) - Historical Documentary from a conservative point of view
- Atlas Shrugged Trilogy -59% (10/69) and -57% (4/61) and -41% (0/41) - While not a great adaptation of Ayn Rand, movie critics hate anything that advocates for individual liberty and responsibility, or criticizes collectivism.
- The Climate Hustle (2016) -72% spread (0/72) - Late rebuttal to Inconvenient Truth
- The Shack (2017) -64% spread (20/84) - it put Christian faith above the one true religion of Marxism
- Hillary's America (2016) -77% spread (4/81) - Never expose the dark side of the Clinton's or DNC to movie reviewers, they can't handle the truth.
- W +17% (59/42) - Fictional alternate universe George W Bush piece
- An Inconvenient Truth +15% (93/78) - Global Warming Alarmist Propaganda that got as much wrong as right
- Fahrenheit 911 +14% (83/69) - Michael Moore's editing would make Joseph Goebbels proud.
- Born on the 4th of July +14% (90/76) - Oliver Stone's caricature of all soldiers as guilt ridden murders, unless they become anti-war protestors.
- Steve Jobs (2015) +13% (96/73) - Aaron Sorkin's fictionalization drama-mentary of Steve Jobs life.
Hated by reviewers, loved by viewers. A better movie than Fahrenheit 9/11, but that's a pretty low bar. It tries to give you what the Press didn't, the backstory and motivations of President Obama, from a right wing point of view. It shouldn't be taken too literally, but good background on Obama's sphere of influences: what his friends, family, mentor and Father believed. How much you think that shaped him, or how, is likely to be based on your political views. Slow, but informative, and it's up to you to decide what that all means.
CFACT's Marc Morano did his late retort to An Inconvenient Truth, in a one night replay of what they showed at the Paris Climate Summit, for $15/ticket. It basically goes through and tries to explain all the fallacies in the pro-Climate Change alarmism, from what are the forcing factors, how do they rank, how does CO2 rank in them, the fake Climate Consensus, the global cooling scare, and all the sensational claims made -- and then debunking them.
Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party. The subhead ("the Secret History of the Democratic Party") is more apt description of the film than the heading ("Hillary's America"). It was 75% about the History of the Democrat Party, 20% about Bill and Hillary, and about 5% just filler, Apple Pie, Patriotism, and political propaganda.
Hollywood has this attitude that fiction is more interesting than real life. It is more interesting to people that don't care about the truth as much as they care about shallow entertainment and becoming more misinformed about a topic or person. I'm not their audience, and this movie wasn't made for me. Walter Isaacson's book was pretty good, but flawed. This movie omitted the former and exaggerated the latter.
Ken Burns disappoints with a progressive puff-piece, written, directed and shown by the left, for the far left. Teddy the Republican was almost all bad. FDR the Democrat was almost all good. And the complexities that made both 3 dimensional, instead of caricatures, was all whitewashed off the series. I figured the format would allow PBS to do something deep and complex, it was just long and shallow.
If you're looking for a slowly paced, poorly supported documentary that trashes the American School system with all the lack-of-balances of "An Inconvenient Truth" director can muster, then this will be the best option for the year.
The premise is the failure of the American school system, as told from a far left-of-center director, which will go for tugging at the heart-strings (and person interest stories), instead of offering facts and data to support them.