Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- West of Memphis
|10.23.15||DVR|| A doc about the Fundamentalist church of Latterday Saints AKA the crazy polygamist extreme Mormons as portrayed on the HBO show Big Love. I was surprised to see just how closely Big Love mirrored what was going on with this cult. Not the Bill Paxton character but Harry Dean Stanton and his whole family/compound. I knew they must be basing it on some fact but damn...|
So... I can't help but compare this to Going Clear, the scientology doc. In terms of pure filmmaking, Going Clear is much better. This move feels cobbled together from one or two key interviews and a bunch of footage taken out the passenger window of a moving car. Still, the story itself is pretty incredible and I never felt like I was getting a limited view of what they were talking about. Playing the tape where the prophet guy creepytalks to his teen bride while pushing into her was arresting.
And again, I'm left with thoughts similar to my Going Clear experience. What's to stop these people from having a mass suicide or attack or something? Pretty chilling stuff.