Documentary Review Part 4

One of the goals for my Day Zero Challenge was to watch 10 documentaries. Here are my reviews of two that I’ve watched recently.

7. The Pixar Story

“Pixar’s turbulent beginnings from its days under the wing of George Lucas, to its independence, and subsequent purchase by Disney, this film covers all the studio’s crafts and major players, including Steve Jobs, who funded it in its early years.”

{My Rating: 5 of 5}

This documentary was fantastic.  The mister and I both love Pixar films and it was great to get a behind the scenes look at it from before it had the widespread success it does today.  They had a rough road to get where they are, even with all the talent and potential they clearly had since they are now industry leaders.  It was a good reminder that everyone has to start somewhere, and if you work hard, you can achieve your dreams.  It was also fun to see how many times classics like Toy Story changed throughout the production.  The Pixar Story documentary gets a 5 out of 5 stars from me; I definitely recommend that you watch it!

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8. Cropsey

“Directors Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio explore an urban legend that always disturbed them while growing up in Staten Island, N.Y. — a rash of child abductions that struck the area in the 1970s and 80s — in their gripping documentary. The legend became real when a handyman and drifter named Andre Rand abducted numerous young kids, setting off myriad motive theories, frightening residents in the community and tripping up the legal system.”

{My rating: 3 of 5}

The mister and I decided to watch this one night, and literally the second he hit play, a HUGE crack of thunder struck out of nowhere.  That was admittedly kind of scary, but we kept watching it.  The movie was pretty creepy because it turned from an urban legend movie to a crime documentary.  The fact that it was a true story with news footage and everything made it more scary to me since it wasn’t some made up monster movie.

This movie gets a 3 out of 5 from me because I didn’t care for the spin they put on it.  They tried to prove the validity of an urban legend by tying it to a hardened criminal who committed many acts of violence and murder on innocent children.  I was more heartbroken for the families than scared of “Cropsey,” and I think that’s how it should have been.

{FYI, both of these are on Netflix instant streaming right now, so cheap entertainment if you have it!}

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