When I first got into film, I somehow decided I was adamantly against documentaries as a medium. Part of it’s an attention span thing — most of the time when I watch a documentary, I get what it’s trying to say within fifteen minutes and the rest of the time it just feels like I’m being beat over the head with the same themes over and over again. I also, for a time, felt like every documentary was the same. They were either about how badly the government and corporations were screwing us and how awful certain issues are, or they were looking back at the Holocaust for the millionth time. So, for a time, I avoided all documentaries unless I had to or if they seemed really interesting.
Though, over the decade, there’s definitely been a real uptick in how many documentaries I see. To the point where I now rank my favorite 15 documentaries at the end of each year. I still, of course, have a preference for certain subject matters over others and do tend to not care about docs others might deem important and essential, but I’m definitely not as dismissive as I used to be about them. So as I rank my favorite 100 documentaries of the decade, the message I’d like to impart is this — people grow. The fact that I’m even doing this list when, a decade ago I’d have scoffed at the notion of it — you don’t have to love everything in order to appreciate everything.
So here are my favorite documentaries of the past decade: (more…)
96. “OYAHYTT,” from Sorry to Bother You
I’m pretty sure everyone is at least partially aware of this one. It was all over the advertising for this movie, which felt like it was everywhere around the time the film came out. It’s catchy as shit, this song. And yes, in case you didn’t realize it, the title is short for “Oh yeah, alright, hell yeah, that’s tight.” It’s all about the instrumentation for this one, but also… it fits the film. It just sort of encapsulates the entire film in my mind. It’s a pretty unforgettable melody that makes you want to get up and party. Hard not to put it on this list.