As I sit and type these words, in the background is news footage of burning cop cars and protesters awash in a sea of teargas -- welcome to the G20/G8 Summit in Toronto, Canada ... my home town. Nobody knew quite what to expect in the weeks leading up to the global economic summit; would the mild Canadian temperament prevail, or were we in for one hell of a weekend? Judging from what I've seen so far, it looks like the latter ... and today is only the beginning.
So here's the thing: this isn't the time or the place to get into a deep discussion about global politics. I'm smart enough to know that the last place you should look for political advice is in Hollywood. This is a movie site and I'm going to work with what I know (and trust me there is no shortage of top notch political coverage to choose from): watching movies. But I'm not burying my head in the sand, because I happen to believe that movies do have the power to change things sometimes, and the same people who wouldn't be caught dead at a rally will line up to go to the movies on a Saturday night and watch a Michael Moore flick.
No other genre has the ability to rile up the folks like documentary. and its greatest power is its ability to expose people to subjects and ideas that they would normally never even think about. In the best case scenario they walk out of the theater and do something about it. And in the worst case? At least they walk out a little less ignorant than they once were. Of course, I'm not here to advocate hurling bricks and setting fires, I'm just saying that sometimes I can understand the urge, so I channeled that feeling into something a little more positive and made a list of the five movies that fire up sense of righteous indignation.