The embrace of documentaries by popular culture is one of the most welcome trends of the past 25 years, even if Michael Moore isn't the guy you would have picked to lead the parade. Nobody uses the grammar school slur "educational films" anymore or regards nonfiction as the medicine of movies — unpleasant but good for you. This has everything to do with the fundamental shift — fueled by ubiquitous, cheap, small camcorders — from documentaries as dry depositories of facts and context to dripping chunks of subjective experience. It's daunting, frankly, to contemplate just how many thousands of slivers of life are shaped into movies every... More >>>