2022 Documentaries

I’ve now watched all of the movies shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

My preferentially-ranked ballot:

  1. Moonage Daydream 
  2. Children of the Mist 
  3. Last Flight Home 
  4. Descendant 
  5. Navalny 
  6. Bad Axe
  7. Retrograde 
  8. The Janes 
  9. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed 
  10. Fire of Love 
  11. Hidden Letters 
  12. All That Breathes 
  13. The Territory
  14. A House Made of Splinters 
  15. Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song

A few months ago, DOC NYC published its own list of 2022’s best; compare how they stack up in my eyes:

  1. Moonage Daydream 
  2. Beba 
  3. Louis Armstrong’s Black and Blues
  4. Last Flight Home 
  5. “Sr.”
  6. Descendant 
  7. Navalny 
  8. The Return of Tanya Tucker – Featuring Brandi Carlile
  9. Retrograde 
  10. The Janes 
  11. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed 
  12. Fire of Love 
  13. Mija
  14. All That Breathes 
  15. The Territory

And here are some of my favorites released in theaters nowhere to be found above, in random order: Three Minutes: A Lengthening, Wildcat, The Super 8 Years, Framing Agnes, I Didn’t See You There, Stutz, My Imaginary Country, Sidney, The Story of Film: A New Generation, Is That Black Enough for You?!?

And Jackass Forever.

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