Being Elmo

I remember this being a documentary focussing on the against-the-odds story of Kevin Clash, following his dream to become a puppeteer and working with Jim Henson – and creating/inhabiting the internationally famous Elmo character. Whilst I’m mildly obsessed with the Muppets and with Jim Henson, Elmo really gives me the …

The Amber Light

A wonderful whisky documentary led by writer and legend Dave Broom, exploring whisky’s history and relevance against the backdrop of Scotland. It’s hard not to be so massively biased when confronted with so many of one’s friends in a documentary, but I thought it did a wonderful job of avoiding …

Lemmy

Follow-the-mark documentary piece (original title before Netflix got to it: “Lemmy: 49% Motherfucker, 51% Son Of A Bitch”) about Lemmy Kilmister, rock legend of Motorhead.  I don’t know that I came out of it with *much* of an improved understanding of the man, but more a deeper insight into the …

Fahrenheit 11/9

I can’t seem to stop watching things that confirm how screwed up the world is.  Although Michael Moore’s known for laying it on nice & thick.  This outing sees him looking at the US of A and analysing what happened in the 2016 Presidential election – why & how Trump …

The Great Hack

This documentary centering on Carole Cadwalladr’s journalistic investigations of Cambridge Analytica was quite compelling in its detail diving into how social media data was used to manipulate voters & allowed the company to perfect its near-weaponised data science operations.  Thoroughly depressing, really, given that it opens up massive questions about …

Andre the Giant

Fascinating documentary into the life of possibly the most comic-book figure of the 80s: pro wrestler and actor Andre Roussimoff, “The Giant”. Getting a look behind the curtain at the lives of wrestlers is always fairly abnormal topic matter, but this was magnified (in many respects) in the case of …

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