As I was writing this article, I was going to make a best of 2016 films list. However, the list wouldn't be fair as it would consist of mostly documentaries. So I figured, why not do a best of 2016 Documentaries. So, here are my favorite documentaries of 2016. They can either be on TV ("30 for 30" series) or were at a festivle in 2015, but released in 2016. I did not get to see "Elstree 1976", "The Ivory Game", "Team Foxcatcher", "Into the Inferno", "Amanda Knox", "Holy Hell", "13th", "Under the Sun", "Tickled", and "O.J.: Made in America".
1. "Weiner": Following Anthony Weiner during the election of 2013 for New York Mayor. This is tragic and timely. This made me see a more sympothetic and pathetic side of a politicain. The documentary potrays Weiner in a way that is not the evil pervet that a lot of people make him out to be. It potrays the former congress man as not only a person running for mayor, but mainly as a family man and the lenghts his now ex-wife will go to stay with him. If you are slightly intrested in the American Tragedy that is Anthony Weiner, you won't regret it.
2. "Audrie & Daisy": This Netflix original documentary is described as two teens are sexualy assaullted by boys they considered friends, humiliated online and harrased by their communities. This probably one of the most frustrating documentaries I have every seen. As this documentary shows how awful people are and how frustrating the law enforcement in Marysville, MO (Where Daisy is from) messed up badly.
3. "I am Your Father": There is a man inside the Darth Vader costume. His name is David Prowse. For six years, Prowse worked on the original "Star Wars" trilogy. This follows his life, Prowse finding out that he was replaced in Darth Vader's death in "Return of the Jedi". If you love "Star Wars", I highly recommened it.
4. "For the Love of Spock": I'll balance out the fandom here. This follows Adam Nemoy, son of Leonard Nemoy, through his career on film and stage, as well as how Spock impacted the world. If you are looking for something that is heart felt and makes you cry multiple times, check it out and live long and prosper.
5. "Fantastic Lies": This is one of the ESPN "30 for 30" documentaries that came out this year. This follows the 2006 Duke Blue Devils Lacross sexual assault scandal. This is by far one of the best of these movies I have seen. I have never been angered at both sides. This is well done documentary and that's all I will say about that.
6. "Before the Flood": Leonardo DiCaprio produced and narrated this documentary about climate change and global warming. If you are a skeptick, please watch this film. It might change your mind.
7. "De Palma": Filmmaker Brian de Palma talks about his films from "Carrie", "Scarface", "The Untouchables", and "Mission: Impossible" among the many films he has directed over the years. It's nothing special. If you love film, check it out and see for yourself a genius talk about his films.
8. "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week-The Touring Years": I am a huge fan of The Beatles and was looking forward to this movie. It follows The Beatles's tours across America in the sixites. It also covers the infamous "The Beatles are bigger than Jesus". If you are hardcore fan of The Beatles, you will love it. If you like their music, you might find this interesting.
9. "Hamilton's America": This PBS documentary follows Lin Manuel-Miranda throughout the process of writing and getting to the big hit that is "Hamilton". Check it out and see why Lin Manuel is a genius and considered to be one of the best playwrights with only two shows under his belt.
10. "Ghostheads": The fandom behind "Ghostbusters". This doesn't follow the trolls, it follows the fans that had this film save their lives.