Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nick Broomfield Documentaries

I started using the Love Film application on my Playstation 3 last week. The first film I watched was a documentary about the rivalry between Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G.

I had seen the film advertised at an independent cinema near me when it first came out early in the 2000's but I didn't go to see it. When I saw it on the list of films available to stream immediately, I took the opportunity.

The director/interviewer was a man named Nick Broomfield. I hadn't heard of him before but I ended up becoming a fan as he took the information he had before starting the documentary and ran with it.

The end result was what you would expect from the subject matter.

There are tons of theories surrounding the deaths of 2pac and Biggie Smalls and no clear answers. Broomfield was facing a mountain to begin with. He was never going to reach the peak but he showed the sights along the way.

Hey, those last two sentences are something that would be pulled out of a movie review copy and placed beside the article in bigger print.

But that's how I feel.

I've watched a few other Broomfield documentaries and they are fascinating films. He chooses a lot of interesting topics and the results are thought provoking. You'll never find an answer to some of his quests but there is something left there for the viewer to make their own judgement.

I guess that what has drawn me into his documentary style.

I'll probably write about some of his films some time in the future.

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