Two new films offer up two more variations on the word “documentary” to make even the most pun-loving souls groan aloud. Is this sort of categorizing terminology fun, or does it harm the integrity of nonfiction cinema, much like we saw happen to ska music?
Any surprises? Any major snubs?
From the comedy-magic duo Penn and Teller comes the hottest documentary of the fall festival circuit. It’s a look at their friend Tim Jenison’s obsessive attempt to test out a theory he has about the work of 17th century painter Johannes Vermeer, and Daniel calls it “charming” and “compelling.”
In our first listener’s choice episode, we discuss Tony Silver’s 1983 classic ‘Style Wars.’ Is it a great documentary, or just a really neat document of a former time in New York City? We try to answer that question, discussing the film alongside ‘Paris Is Burning’ and Banksy’s recent Gotham residency. Plus: three highlighted picks for this year’s DOC NYC festival.