Editor Snippets: Documentaries


Head Games (***½)

American football is a staple in American culture.  The Super Bowl is always one of the most watched events of the calendar year and the players are revered and admired by children and adults alike.  In Steve James’ Head Games, a documentary about former football player and wrestler Chris Nowinski’s quest to uncover the ignored truth about the dangerous consequences of sports-related head injuries, is one of the best and informative films of the year.  

Not only does James bridge this notion of protecting our youth from athletic Russian roulette, but he supports the arguments with Nowinski’s compelling testimony and athletes from different corners of sports that have not survived to tell their stories.

Head Games is utterly fascinating and opens your eyes to an issue that never seemed like it was one.  One of the most surprising films of 2012 to shed light on something so close to home.

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (***)

American healthcare has been a travesty to be a part of for years.  I think many Americans have known that but what the creators and director of Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare managed to is simplify the process and explain why its such a travesty in a country where we pride ourselves in innovation and freedom.

If you are well versed in the problems in the healthcare system, you may not learn anything new from the facts presented.  There are also no concrete figures presented that supports the argument being presented which should have been easy given the age of the internet.

The film packs an emotional punch to make up for its missteps in pace and blanket statements which should bode well for any average viewer seeing these issues for the first time.  A timely documentary for 2012.

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Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He’s also an active member of New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.