The Thin Blue Line / New Movies

The Thin Blue Line / New Movies

We embark on our series reviewing documentaries with the grandfather of the modern true crime epic.

We're back with a brand new series on documentaries, starting with a review of Errol Morris' 1988 masterpiece The Thin Blue Line. We enjoy some sights of the rougher parts of Dallas County and explore the dark, twisted web of arrogance and ignorance that can lead an innocent man to death row. Not to mention an amazing score by Philip Glass and some dull yet equally fascinating re-enactments that might just be the invention of the medium in modern documentary films. It's a movie that left us pondering our feelings about the death penalty and struggling to understand how investigators could get this case so, so wrong.

After the break, we review a slate of movies we saw over our hiatus:

  • Tag, which is a decent if forgettable comedy about grown-ups playing tag...until the jokes get taken of the rails and into incredibly triggering territory (content warning: miscarraige).
  • Incredibles 2, which is not bad for a sequel 14 years in the making, if you can look past some of the tropiest filmmaking Pixar's gone after in a long time.
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which is a very laughable entry into the franchise and makes you wonder whether rebooting franchises is generally worth the trouble.
  • AND Won't You Be My Neighbor?, easily the best movie we've seen this year. Mr. Rogers is such a huge figurehead in our lives, and this movie manages to humanize and analyze his work while showing that he was no different than the man we loved watching on TV. Bring your tissues.

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Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.

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