Every documentary I have seen (or at least can recall seeing) ranked. This list will constantly be updated and rearranged
45365 explores the congruities of daily life in an American town. From the patrol car to the courtroom, the playground to the nursing home, the parade to the prayer service, it explores relationships and interactions - with people and their environment. The stories of a father and son, a young relationship, cops and criminals, officials and their electorate coalesce into a mosaic of faces, places, and events. 45365 is a portrait of a city and its people.
One of my all time favorites ever since I first saw it back in 2011. Just amazing stuff, right here. Like a small, beautiful child poking his head in through a doorway while watching a couple have a passionate argument about politics, but also nothing like that. Words can't describe, man. Words can't describe.
Features one of the greatest match cuts possibly ever.
I have a huge soft spot for any documentary about life in "small town America." I grew up in a small town, so small it would be impossible to make a movie about it. Let's just say that it was a forty minute drive to get milk or bread. This is an awesome example of what can happen when documentarians allow their subjects to dictate the tone and pace of the film. There isn't really any narrative tissue, it's just a capturing of a day or two in this town and it's great. It made me a little home sick.
Errol Morris, make way for the Ross brothers.
Part COPS, part Friday Night Lights, part Vernon Florida, wholly unique and utterly compelling.
This is Bill & Turner Ross' first film. It is absolutely perfect.
Some posters I like.