I’ve been watching a few documentaries lately (I really enjoyed Super size me recently, and I mean to catch Inside job soon) which reminded me of this one I saw quite a while ago, back in 2003. If you have never seen it, I highly recommend spending some time to do so. Even if the subject matter seems a little dry, it is extremely well done, funny (in a sometimes scary way) and informative, putting some of the more recent corporate disasters into perspective.
One of the most iconic concert movies in a landmark performance by one of the greatest bands of all time. What more is there to say? When Pink Floyd got the permission to film a small set right in the middle of the ruins of the abandoned city of Pompeii, it was truly a match made in Heaven. The haunting music (my favourite track: “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”) is a perfect fit to the eerily deserted roman ruins. Watch, listen, and take a trip back in time, to 1971, to 79 AD, and beyond.
It started as a music documentary by Wim Wenders, and it ended up being something much more than that. The perfect antidote to a day when you are feeling a little blue, this movie is an ode to the important things in life: friends, family, freedom, music, and smoking cigars…
There are not many causes I am passionate about, but Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) is one of them. This movie tells the story of a few of those people, those crazy and brave and dedicated enough to give up the comfort of their First World life and go to war-torn countries (often while the conflict is still raging) and provide essential medical care when everyone else has left. This is not pretty, and it may not be your usual Sunday night movie, but we went to see it last week and can’t recommend it enough. Try and catch it before it disappears from the screens!
A touching and extraordinarily engaging story about the French lunatic who decided it would be fun to try and walk on a wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center. Told like a bank heist, with the preparation phase, the infiltration, the sneaking past security guards in the night while waiting for the perfect time, it feels much more than your usual documentary, and leaves you smiling like a kid at the audacity and passion of those people.