We were trying to come up with some sort of "Time-ly" pun that wouldn’t be so painful, and failed. Please leave any good ones you can come up with in the comments, so that we can berate ourselves for our lack of wit later ("STUpid! STUpid!"). Anyway, Time magazine joins the "documentary are so hot right now!" club, only a year or so behind every other publication. Though Richard Corliss does make a good point in his main article:
No film genre has a less sexy name. Documentary: a five-syllable word that smells of parchment and sounds like homework.
Of course, the New Doc is not the spinach of the film world. The New Doc is funny and sexy and moving (and actually makes money), and to prove this, Time pens mash notes to five current or upcoming films: Corliss does "Rize" ("nothing less than a call to emotional levitation") and also loves up "Murderball" ("more like a prison movie; the guys on the quad rugby Team USA have the grizzled machismo of lifers."); Richard Schickel tackles "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" ("achieves its power by showing us the faces of Enron’s leadership back when its genius was unquestioned"); Paul Provenza snickers over "The Aristocrats" ("a master class in comedy, in all its cruel, larkish, obsessive creativity"); and Corliss returns for a squib on Herzog’s "The White Diamond" ("achieves its own ecstasy").
Maybe now they can do a story on those crazy Bollywood films, and how they’re three hours long and unabashedly sentimental and have dance numbers and no kissing.