All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
The Thin Blue Line
A softcore movie, Dr. Death, a chocolate milkshake, a nosey blonde and "The Carol Burnett Show." Solving this mystery is going to be murder.
Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas.
Not a documentary about pregnancy tests
I knew what Thin Blue Line was about and I had some idea of its real-world implications, as that seems to be the central discussion surrounding the film the majority of the time but holy shit - what an absolutely transcendent piece of documentary filmmaking.
Morris’ haunting, repetitious use of re-enactments. The way the aesthetic at one moment bleeds into sensationalism and then highlights truth in the next. The way it's constructed to slowly reveal details, letting the audience participate, constantly evaluating then re-evaluating the information we’re receiving and our perceptions of those feeding it to us. The way it masterfully builds to a joke the same way it does to its most shocking revelations. And of course, the way it exposed a corrupt system and literally saved a life. Thin Blue Line is a film truly like no other.
If there was ever a hell on earth, it's Dallas County.
Proof that films can actually change lives with verifiable results. Originally Errol Morris was doing research for a planned documentary on psychiatrist Dr. James Grigson (aka Dr. Death), but in doing so met Randall Adams, a man convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The chance meeting not only changed the subject matter of Morris' documentary, but changed lives and created the template for practically every investigative crime documentary film and television show made in the last 25 years.
The film is deeply disturbing by simply asking questions to people in power and letting them run their mouths in front of a camera. It becomes painfully evident…
Review In A Nutshell:
A fascinating crime/legal story, intelligently told through excellent editing and engaging re-enactments. It is films like this that makes me want to dip my toes into the world documentary filmmaking.
"If there was ever a hell on earth, it's Dallas County."
As of recently I have become very interested in murder cases and court proceedings, involving the question of innocence at the tragic loss of a life. I just finished the engrossing podcast Serial, that questions the guilt of Adnan Syed over the murder of Hae lee. I didn't really come out with any definite opinions on his innocence, but it was a very interesting listen, going into remarkable detail on the most minute aspects of testimonies and alibi's. And it felt all the more intense because it actually happened, and real people are suffering, it is not the same as actors being paid millions of dollars an episode to…
Sometimes the best stories come about by accident.
Errol Morris was originally interested in making a movie about a psychiatrist called Dr. Death. The psychiatrist was called that because he testified on behalf of the prosecution in cases that regularly ended with a defendant on death row. The psychiatrist's name was Dr. James Grigson. He does not appear in The Thin Blue Line. He is talked about for maybe five minutes. While investigating Grigson, Morris found a more interesting story. And a more worthy subject.
One night in 1976 Randall Dale Adams met a young man by chance. On the same night a police officer was shot during a typical traffic stop. Adams was eventually arrested and tried and put…
The case is hot. The film hotter. Reality, it would seem, is only as interesting as fiction can make it.
I found the story surrounding the documentary and it's implications much more interesting than the documentary itself. Not quite my tempo, though I loved the scoring from Phillip Glass.
A classic documentary about a crime committed and who did it, it obviously inspired 'Serial' (the podcast) in the way that they both slowly built up evidence to engage the audience. I thought this was an effective and powerful documentary which portrayed complex characters superbly and was expertly framed by Morris to only involve dialogue from those involved. This really meant you felt as if you were a part of these peoples lives and made the whole film tense and gripping.
Although some more complex themes were hinted at I didn't think overall the film explored anything in very much depth and instead stuck to the lives of the characters and their actions. This may have been to keep the…
Pioneering and immensely cinematic documentary from Errol Morris, both entertaining and thought provoking. It's astonishing how Morris leaves room for every individual opinion, for each subjective perspektive, allows it to be played out and re-evaluated through context. Just by withholding information from a later interview snippet Morris let's us be a part of this investigation, let's us judge and recompose our line of thought. A fascinating glimpse into the mechanics of things, of a system, but also of how people deal with their situations, deal with their place in life, their idea of success and truth, how both these things can - unfortunately - exists very much individually.
And Philip Glass. The film had me as soon as the music started.
An intersting film, a good documentary, but one whose groundbreaking style has by now been so used and so pervasive, in countless late night true crime programming, that its edge has been worn away. It remains a fascinating story, a chilling bit of storytelling, but I was considerable disappointed after all the praises I had heard heaped upon it.
As someone who didn't like the oddball portraiture of Errol Morris's first two features, I'm finding it difficult to recall a filmmaker who took a bigger early career leap than Morris did in going from Vernon, Florida to this. All of a sudden, he had something to say, and he did it by pioneering the documentary language that we still use today. In the process, he also developed his own mordant voice, building a story that is chilling to the core but never absent of a sort of wry lightness of human observation.
A lot has been made of The Thin Blue Line's disqualification from the Academy Awards because of its re-enactments. First off, LOL Academy Awards. But in a…
Watched on Netflix UK
Police officers are always the most boring interviewees, aren't they?
Not entirely sure whether Errol Morris' careful structuring - framing The Thin Blue Line as a story of proving innocence, for instance, and being very selective about the perspectives from which the reenactments are told - makes for effective or manipulative storytelling. It's quite gripping though, no doubt about that - although the interviewees are often very dull - and its ability to instigate real change is a constant reminder of the power this genre can have.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 194/776 (25%)