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November 25, 2008


James McNally

This is really interesting. I find it easier to "review" docs precisely because synopsis seems like a more acceptable and necessary part of the review. It's rare that I feel I need to avoid "spoilers" for instance. But I can see both sides of this argument. One of the reasons I love docs so much is just that the stories themselves so often are incredible. Even pointing a camera and recording something great can make a decent film (ie. The Life of Reilly was just a filmed performance of Charles Nelson Reilly's one-man show, but right now it's the only way to see it).

I think as we're seeing the documentary form become more adventurous, it will be a learning process for critics/reviewers as well.

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