nobody loves a genius child

I’ve been on a documentary kick as of late.

Tonight I watched Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.

Loved it. I implore you to watch it if he’s an artist who interests you, or even if he’s not. It’s a great picture that captures a particular moment in time; which you’ll want to watch again, and just talk about with others.

Or at least that’s how I felt.

The best docu you’ve seen as of late?

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11 responses to “nobody loves a genius child

  1. I saw the movie about him years ago, but the documentary is probably better.

    The most recent documentary I’ve seen was Big River Man, which was pretty good.

  2. This documentary is much, much better.

    I haven’t seen Big River Man, shall have to add it to the list!

  3. That is a film that I have been itching to see – I love Basquiat’s work. Hopefully there’s a fair amount of Warhol in the film too? I try and watch as many documentaries as possible. My favorite from last year was “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” There are lots of great documentaries streaming on Netflix.

  4. I’m kind of drawing a blank on documentaries right now, but this is what comes to mind as far as all-time favorites:
    -Black Picket Fence
    -Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
    -Gimme Shelter
    -Made in America: The Bloods and the Crips
    -Hoop Dreams
    -Paradise Lost
    -Shut Up and Sing

  5. You’d really enjoy this picture, Will. There was some Warhol in it, yes. More towards the end, but that was the thing I found most fascinating about the picture, finding out the story besides the Warhol ties. There is so much more to his story.

    Exit Through the Gift Shop was fabulous! One of my favourites. I need to buy that one, thanks for the reminder!

    Haven’t seen some of those on your list; I will add them to mine though. Always looking for a good docu. Canadian Netflix blows goats, but lots are up for download. :)

  6. I would love to see this. I saw the film about him that came out a few years ago and was intrigued.

    I haven’t seen a lot of docs lately (or any other films, for that matter), but ones that I would happily rewatch include Young@Heart, Bomb It, and that one about LARPers whose name escapes me at the moment.

  7. Just watched another great doc yesterday, “Casino Jack,” not to be confused with the Kevin Spacey film of the same name on the same subject.

  8. Barb: I will make you a DVD for when you visit next week if you like. I think you’d enjoy this one.

    I don’t think I’ve seen those either. Add them to the list. Thanks!

    Will: Haven’t seen that either – thanks for all the suggestions, I’ve got some queued to watch this weekend now!

  9. Awesome! Happy to pass along some great films that really inspired me. Sorry to hear that about Canadian Netflix.

  10. Will: Perhaps Canadian Netflix will get better with time, but I have up my free trail because it didn’t seem worth it.

    John: Haven’t heard of that. Shall look into it, thanks!

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