Well, it gets my vote. While the film biz is busy with its annual gold-plated hand job telethon, Errol Morris has quietly submitted what may be the most important film of 2008.
I just watched it for the second time and was pretty much devastated.
I’ve been watching this filmmaker since his 1978 Gates of Heaven, a pretty okay documentary about pet cemeteries and the people who take them seriously.
Morris has been making outlier docs for 30 years now and has recently taken to paying his subjects as a way to get them to participate. This is a stroke of genius.
As usual, he is 15 years ahead of his time. It must suck to be ahead of your time. It must be lonely.
Your peers think you’re crazy and the people who get you think you’re dead.
Poor Errol. I can’t wait to see what he does next.