Here’s my list for . . . I have a habit of repeating my headline in the first graf. Hard to break.
Anyway, my list leaves room for “The Social Network” and “True Grit” ’cause I’m figuring to like those.
8. JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK
I interviewed Joan Rivers once, just before “Celebrity Apprentice” aired. She was signing books at a small store in New Milford, CT.
She signed for hours and took time to chat with everyone.
Then, at the end — and this was a Saturday night — she answered any and all questions myself and a weekly reporter could throw at her.
She was the damn nicest celebrity I’ve ever met.
According to this authorized documentary, she’s also riddled with low self-esteem and lives gleefully (almost) beyond her means. The doc, now making the rounds on pay cable, offers a different take on celebrity — I guess the grass isn’t always greener.
7. BEST WORST MOVIE
Trailer above. A must-see for anyone who attends horror cons. A doc about how “Troll 2” became a cult fave. The insane Italian director must be seen to be believed. Truly a doc made with love.
Creepy, often unsettling comedy — but not from the unnaturally close bond between Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill, who play mother and son here. It’s the awkwardness between Hill and the great John C. Reilly that sells the flick. Reilly plays Tomei’s new boyfriend.
5. I’M STILL HERE
Joaquin Phoenix is hilarious in a mockumentary that almost “ruined” his career, I guess.
4. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE
Very funny dark comedy about a mad scientist who creates a . . . yup. Top horror journalists, who don’t get that it’s a comedy, revolted against its success.
3. BLOOD INTO WINE
I could give a rat’s ass about wine or the lead singer of the band Tool — yet this documentary made me care about both. And it’s funny! You won’t want it to end. Trailer:
2. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Street artists are such weirdos! I almost spent $25 on one of those Andre the Giant/They Live posters after watching this. Almost.
Documentary about soldiers fighting, killing, hanging and dying in Afghanistan — in a war we’re ignoring, by the way. The doc isn’t political — and the filmmakers DO NOT insert themselves into the story. It just is what it is.