Due to a series of circumstances that are best left unexplained for now, a handful of pieces I wrote for a nameless publication did not get published. My friends at Bad Subjects are going to run the articles, and have started with this review of a few documentary films, written pre-Fahrenheit. Here's the opening paragraph:
The Best Documentary Oscars the last two years have gone to films (Bowling for Columbine and The Fog of War) which are at the least critical of mainstream political thinking and at most, explicitly leftist in those critiques. In the current context of a news media too willing to serve as stenographers for the powerful, should it matter that filmmakers like Michael Moore are accused of a cavalier attitude towards "facts?" What should we demand from our documentary filmmakers?