I have a list of five documentaries this year and three of them are very exceptional. I did miss the sequel of An Inconvenient Truth this year, so it will not be included on my list.
This is the list of Top 5 Documentaries for 2017.
#5. The Reagan Show. This uses news and White House footage to tell the story of Ronald Reagan and his years in the White House. A man who used the techniques of Hollywood as the 40th president which seems pretty relevant these days.
#4. 78/52. This is a documentary that focused on the filming of the classic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The scene was composed of 78 setups and 52 cuts, and the result was a piece of cinematic art that changed movies forever. The break down of the scene and the background around it was fascinating.
#3. Batman & Bill. This Hulu documentary tells the true story of the creation of Batman and how much the legendary Bill Finger was involved. Bob Kane for years was considered the sole creator of Batman, but there was more to the story. Many of the key components of Batman came from Bill Finger and this was the story of the process to get Bill Finger the credit he so richly deserved.
#2. Jim & Andy. In 1999, Jim Carrey made a movie called Man on the Moon, a story about the life of comedian Andy Kaufman. Jim Carrey decided to go deep into the character and actually become Andy Kaufman. He acted like Andy 24/7. However, there was a film crew following him around, filming the act. This is that documentary. There is also current day Jim Carrey talking about things he did when he was Andy. It is a compelling look at an actor and the lengths he would go.
#1. My Scientology Movie. Louis Theroux wrote and appeared in this documentary that is casting the “roles” of leading Scientologists from the Church of Scientology. The way that the Church responds to Theroux and his constant attempts to get interviews with them. The film was a frightening look at this religion and what it may do to its followers. It was also an extremely funny documentary that tried its best to poke at the religion and its leaders. This doc was one of my favorites, not only of the year, but of all time.