By Marc Glassman
Three Great Docs
A funny and startling look at Jack Rebney, the YouTube star. A Winnebago salesman in 1998, his angry outtakes while filming a commercial were posted on the Internet, making Rebney a reluctant star. Well made and quirky about a new phenom: the viral folk hero.
You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days inside Guantanamo
Luc Cote and Patricio Henriquez’s doc on Omar Khadr has already caused a sensation at Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema. Intercutting footage of then 16-year old Khadr’s interrogation by CSIS with comments from psychiatrists, human rights workers and former prisoners, this is an incendiary film that will upset those who believe in due process of law–and also from those who want to quell terrorism. The doc is clearly on Khadr’s side, establishing human rights abuses–and there will be cries of “foul” from supporters of a “by any means necessary” approach to Islamic radicals. In other words, this is a great doc–upsetting to some and revealing to others. You may not agree with it–but it’s hard not to be fascinated by Khadr’s story as told by these two Montreal documentarians.
What really happened during the economic disaster of 2008? Heads of corporations walked away with millions of dollars in what many perceive as a final cash grab while Bush’s Republicans exited to be replaced by Obama’s Democrats. Charles Ferguson, the director of the brilliant Iraq invasion film No End in Sight has done it again. He’s incisively dissected the complicated story, piece by piece, showing in detail that the de-regulated American banking system coupled with the piratical dealings of the executives in multi-conglomerates caused the eco-earthquake. This is a frightening and frighteningly well-made film.