Remember: James Cameron does what James Cameron does not for James Cameron; he does it because he’s James Cameron.
Remember the story of the soldier and his father that tried to warn the military about troops killing civilians? Probably not right. Like the Pinkville massacre in Vietnam its not the story Washington wanted the news focused on. Now there is a documentary diving into the aftermath from the soldier’s side. For those who have seen The Invisible War the lack of military response to modern war crimes shouldn’t be a shocker. They don’t even want to look into sexual assault against their own soldiers.
The final line of this article echoes pretty much my same feelings regarding the modern day blockbuster. Not all fall for simple gimmicks that simply work; some do attempt bigger ideas. But the vast majority are designed to be liked by the populous and easy to digest. Even for 1970 something like this could’ve been revolutionary to the genre. Happily its influence does appear to have reached other works for decades on, but think of what we missed.
Another great VICE doc. This one about West African truckers.
I think the genius of all Errol Morris films is that he’s never catering too much to his subjects. He allows them to tell us and somewhat tell themselves of what they’ve done, had done to them and perhaps gives us all a better understanding of that person. Seriously if you’ve never seen one of his docs, you’re really missing out on not just great work, but some of the most important and honest films you can see.