Bound by Flesh (2012)
From IMDB: This remarkable documentary tells the amazing story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who rose to superstardom at the beginning of the 20th century as sideshow attractions, performing alongside the likes of Bob Hope and Charlie Chaplin. Ruthlessly exploited by their managers, the sisters ultimately sued for their freedom-which they won at a terrible cost. Bound By Flesh puts a touchingly human face on two outsiders who went from the lowest rungs of society to the big time and back again.
My thoughts: This was good, although the subject matter was fairly sad. There seemed to be a lack of footage, so the astute viewer will notice the same sources again and again. It didn’t hurt the film though. The modern interviews – historians, industry professionals, and some acquaintances – are both entertaining and informative.
Video Games: The Movie (2014)
From IMDB: Video Games: The Movie, a feature length documentary, aims to educate & entertain audiences about how video games are made, marketed, and consumed by looking back at gaming history and culture through the eyes of game developers, publishers, and consumers. The film is not just another film about the games industry, but attempts something much more ambitious; the question of what it means to be a ‘gamer’, a game maker, and where games are headed. Storytelling and the art of the video game medium are also explored in this first of it’s kind film about the video game industry & the global culture it has created.
My thoughts: This was fun, although very repetitive and superficial. The online reviews are pretty horrendous, but I think it was enjoyable for a lazy evening.
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)
From IMDB: Darwin meets Hitchcock in this feature-length documentary. The Galapagos Affair is a gripping tale of idealistic dreams gone awry, set in the brutal yet alluring landscape of the Galapagos Islands. Featuring voice-over performances by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgard and Josh Radnor, this film skillfully interweaves an unsolved 1930s murder mystery with stories of present day Galapagos pioneers (a handful of Europeans, Americans and Ecuadoreans who settled idiosyncratically on the Islands between the 1930s and 1960s). As such, it is a parable about the search for paradise — about what happens when a handful of individualists settle on the same small island seeking their own distinct and sometimes clashing notions of Eden.
My thoughts: Loved it! The story was interesting and overall, the documentary was very effective. Highly recommended if you are interested in these kinds of stories.