This week on End Credits, we tackle our first documentary review. Now one could argue that we go to the movies to escape real-life issues, but documentaries do very well going into the issues we don’t see on the news, and deeper into the issues that we do see. To wit, this week we review the sequel to An Inconvenient Truth to learn whether or not we’ve solved climate change, and how much we owe its resolution to Al Gore. Before that though, the crew will review some of their favourite docs of all time (or right now).
This Thursday, September 28, at 10 am, Adam A. Donaldson with Tim Phillips and Peter Salmon will discuss:
1) Hot Docs. In honour of this week’s review, we recount some our favourite documentaries. As a filmmaking genre, the documentary offers a wide range of stories and styles, and the fact that they’re telling real-life tales only heightens the appeal. So each of our panelists this week choose three of their favourite docs, and they cover an very diverse slate of films. There’s the first film from a left-wing provocateur, an expose of a religion, a series about famous filmmakers during wartime, a classic spotlight on policing fails, mega-length odes to slasher film franchises, and an elegy for a reality TV star. Prepare to make notes…
REVIEW: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Al Gore is back, and this time: it’s personal! Well, one can make the argument that it’s always been personal, as Gore has been personally attacked for daring to sound the alarm on climate change again and again. Gore returns in this rare documentary sequel to talk about the tremendous strides that have been made in the battle to save the planet, but a shadow looms over the affair, a shadow in the shape of a bloviating New York real estate developer and reality TV star. Gore’s positivity has suffered from the political setbacks, but can he and his cadre of supporters overcome the critics to tackle that pesky inconvenient truth?
End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Thursday at 10 am.