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Top 25 Documentaries of the Decade

29 Dec

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January 5th, 2009–

Happy New Year all! Cinematropolis is striving to catch up in the wake of the holidays. For my part, they were pretty great but jumping back on the blogging horse is proving to be a tricky task. I’ve got all those pesky ‘best of’ lists to whittle through, and then a big stack of new stuff to hurdle before launching into some site changes for the new year. Either way, I’ve tackled another list to the ground.

This past decade was an interesting one for the documentary film. More financially successful than ever before, documentaries (and the directors behind them) had at long last an audience hungry for their work and a culture ready to adapt and assimilate what it was they were selling. Whether it be the works of Michael Moore, lovable penguins, or a lone doofus consuming as much McDonald’s as he could shove in his pie hole, the genre was connecting with the general public in a way it never had previously. When Al Gore used it as a venue to preach the dangers of global warming, there was a new fire and purpose injected into the medium. Continue reading

Xiphos’ Top 12 Modern American War Films

7 Oct

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Octoer 07, 2009–

Hello all. I’m here house-bound with the flu and definitely not enjoying it. So, to add a bright bit to the otherwise dreary routine of sneeze, shudder, ache…I’ve got a pretty cool list of war films from internet bud and constant reader Xiphos, who happens to be currently serving as a U.S. Marine. Xi and I have had some entertaining back-and-forths regarding the merits of war films and the Hollywood portrayal of the military. If you even mention a certain Hanks/Spielberg flick you can expect to see the sparks fly.

So, after hearing Xi wax poetic on everything those films get wrong, I invited him back here to give us a peek at movies he thinks get it right. And what a list he’s got. There are a few on here I haven’t seen in years and a few more still that I haven’t seen at all. I think it’s a great list and if you were looking to brush up your war film knowledge, it’s a pretty good place to start. I might have included Patton on there, but then, it isn’t my list. Take it away Xi!