My ranking is based on the grades I gave the movies immediately after viewing them. In case of ties, I ordered them by my considered judgment today.
The envelope please. The winner of the Wheel Award for Excellence in Documentaries goes to...
- Winter on Fire: Documentary of Ukraine revolution. Can't praise these people enough for their courage & determination. Stunning. A+
Congratulations to the runners-up.
- Amy: Documentary of Amy Winehouse. I knew the druggie tabloid fodder, not the genius jazz artist. My loss. Time to rectify that. A-
- What Happened, Miss Simone?: Moving portrait of a singer who not only reflected her times, but shaped them. Tragic personal life. A-
- The Look of Silence: Picking at 50 yr old scab of an Indonesian massacre of a million people. Tragic. Inhuman. Inexplicable. Personal. B-
- Cartel Land: Citizen armies on both sides of border fight drug cartels. Doesn't anyone wear a white hat? Ignores demand. Bleak. B-