Joss Whedon, 'Comic-Con,' and a Fantastic Five More Documentaries

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Joss Whedon, 'Comic-Con,' and a Fantastic Five More Documentaries

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Joss Whedon and Chris Hemsworth on the set of Marvel's "The Avengers" - 2012

Hey Joss Whedon fans, he's got a new movie. No, not "The Cabin in the Woods," the first horror film in a decade I might actually see. And no, not "The Avengers," which can't open soon enough.

Whedon, documentarian extraordinaire Morgan Spurlock , Kevin Smith, and a bunch of other people created a documentary faster than a speeding bullet, more lush than Odin's beard, and better than ice cream (no wait, that one's Sarah McLachlan): "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope."

And when you're done with this new film, Shazam! I've included a Fantastic Five more documentaries for your viewing pleasure. Why not? Joss Whedon's doing Shakespeare with "Much Ado About Nothing." I'm in a good mood.

"Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope," Obviously.

An engaging documentary filled with humor, artistic dreams, and the human side of a cultural phenomenon, "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" can't help but whet a fan's appetite for Whedon's long-awaited "The Avengers." The film follows the real people who create the masses at an event like Comic-Con.

From artists hoping to break into comic books to a remarkably talented costume designer to love among the endless panel discussions, this documentary embraces and never pokes fun. Oh, and Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon are hilarious, but that's probably a given.


This film follows the true story of a woman who, from her perspective, lost the love of her life to his family and the Mormon church and went to London to win him back. The other version of the story is that she kidnapped him and held him in chains for days. Take your pick.

With the extensive media coverage of the case at the time and interviews with Joyce Bernann McKinney, filmmaker Errol Morris puts together a can't-tear-your-eyes-away tale that truly lives up to the title "Tabloid."

"Exit Through the Gift Shop"

If you haven't yet seen "Exit Through the Gift Shop," the film purportedly made by elusive street artist Banksy and nominated for an Oscar, you really need to put down your can of spray paint, stop stenciling, and take a little time to delve into the strange realm of public artists. Sure, there are allegations that the documentary -- which is a bit like a film inside a film -- is, itself, an artistic hoax, but in a way that is the beauty of the movie; that is what makes it art.

"The Parking Lot Movie"

A good documentary gets into the corners of lives, looks in places we don't always look, and shows us the humanity there. How often have you driven into an attended parking lot, on your way to somewhere, simply in need of ditching your car to get where you're going? And how often do you think about the guy sitting in the little box taking the money?


"Between the Folds"

Who'd think that a documentary about origami could be so fascinating? And yet, watching art emerge from paper is mesmerizing, as are the subjects of this film who create this seemingly impossible connection between what appears to be an ephemeral art and hard mathematics. In fact, the principles of origami have extensive practical applications, as you'll find from "Between the Folds." Watch it. Trust me.

"Being Elmo"

You'd think that seeing the human behind the irrepressible little red Muppet Elmo would somehow break his magical spell, but all meeting puppeteer Kevin Clash does is add awe to the mix. It is astounding that Clash discovered his unusual gift at a young age, and the story of how he got from Baltimore to Sesame Street is a testament to the reality that talent without persistence is meaningless.

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