The first film for today was Not Quite Hollywood, by Mark Hartley. A documentary about the Australian "genre" film from the early 70's until the early 90's, the film intersperses film clips with current day interviews from the stars, directors, and producers. Critics and fans are also represented with comments by Australian film critics and contemporary directors.
A great romp through the "Ozploitation" flicks, the film never really takes itself too seriously (unlike some of the critics), and as such, is very entertaining to watch. It is fascinating to hear behind the scenes stories from such a wide variety of actors and filmmakers, as well as current filmmakers talking about the films and their effect on their own work.
The second film was The Dungeon Masters, by Keven McAlester. Another documentary, this one deals with three people from different parts of the USA who all have one thing in common: they all play Dungeons & Dragons.
The film follows the three subjects for approximately 18 months and is notable for the fact that it never makes fun of its subjects. To be sure, there is no small amount of tragedy among the three, but they are the ones who bring up their problems and the filmmaker is truly just an observer. Very satisfying.
Tomorrow: Ahes of Time Redux