More and more I find myself bored with traditional talking-head style documentaries, and even, though not nearly as much, investigative journalism style docs. With the latter, I tend to lean toward those that manage to slide under their subjects’ radars and get footage no one else has, or even can. Here I’m thinking of, say, Crime + Punishment, or Monrovia, Indiana.
But primarily I’m interested with docs that break boundaries and redefine the form, from Bisbee ’17 to Hale County This Morning, This Evening, and even to White Tide. I say all of this because Touch Me Not, the second best movie covered in my “films by women” spotlight for the month, is exactly that kind of doc, carefully treading the line between fiction and reality. It’s dense. It probably bears more than one viewing. I’m also probably not giving it as much credit, or as much digital ink, as it deserves. Such is life.
The best best film in the list is Mikey and Nicky, but I don’t really need to say more than that.
You can read the full piece over at Paste Magazine.