For no other reason than that election day is five days away, and these movies will lose their relevance almost immediately afterwards here's a list of 10 anti-George W. Bush/anti-Iraq War documentaries that are just about to lose their luster.
I'm hoping they had, or will have, an impact on voters, but, from from the polls I'm seeing it's not looking so good. Regardless, watch 'em while they still have some meaning:
1. FAHRENHEIT 9/11 (Dir. Michael Moore, 2004)
The leader of the pack. Newly released on DVD, this powerful if wildly uneven call for the ousting of George W. Bush from the White House sure makes a convincing case. But, yes, it's a strong case of preaching to the choir.
2. GOING UPRIVER: THE LONG WAR OF JOHN KERRY (Dir. George Butler, 2004)
This is being considered a last ditch effort to clarify how Kerry's Naval tour of duty in Vietnam and his activism to ending that war really went down, but it's a solid well-made and moving documentary that ideally should help get out the vote. Yeah, I know, dream on.
3. OUTFOXED: RUPERT MURDOCH’S WAR ON JOURNALISM (Dir. Robert Greenwald, 2004) Compelling and funny but in an unnerving way. Part of Greenwald’s series of "UN" poli-docs (either as Director or Producer), the others being:
4. UNCOVERED: THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT THE WAR IN IRAQ (Dir. Robert Greenwald, 2004)
5. UNCONSTITUTIONAL: THE WAR ON OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES (Dir. Nonny de la Peña, 2004)
6. UNPRECEDENTED: THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION (Dir. Richard Ray Perez & Joan Sekler, 2002)
7. BUSH’S BRAIN (Dir. Joseph Mealey & Michael Shoob, 2004)
8. BUSH FAMILY FORTUNES: THE BEST DEMOCRACY ONEY CAN BUY (Dir. Steve Grandison, 2004)
9. HORNS AND HALOS (Dir. Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley, 2002)
10. BREAKING THE SILENCE: TRUTH AND LIES IN THE WAR ON TERROR (Dir. Steve Connelly & John Pilger, 2003)