The Greatest Documentaries About Making Movies – Laser Time #348

Sometimes it’s about the journey, not the destination, man! Other times, your behind-the-scenes, making-of documentary is way better than the movie actually being made. Such is the case with today’s Laser Time topic, so buckle in cinephiles! It’s time to explore those ultra-rare occasions where the documentation is better than the subject.


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7 thoughts on “The Greatest Documentaries About Making Movies – Laser Time #348

  1. No joke, one of my favorite movie documentaries is the making of…. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It’s been a few years since i’ve seen it but it was one of those times where I got to watch the actual pre-production/production/post of a movie as opposed to the talking head “HBO First Look” crap I can’t stand. There aren’t controversial or crazy moments from what I remember compared to the stuff mentioned in the episode but no way they didn’t hit their bumps making that movie.

  2. 2 recent docs that are pretty good are Unearthed: Road to Pet Semetary and 78/52: Shower Scene, which is about hitchcock and the famous Psycho scene

  3. I’m not sure if it’s actually good, but I really enjoyed Best Worst Movie. I was obsessed with Troll 2 for about 2 months in 2011. Two moments stick out. First a fan asks why there aren’t any trolls in the movie and the creators don’t understand the question. Then the end where the dentist who played the father realizes that he could spend the rest of his life on the convention circuit, but really doesn’t want to.

    Like a lot of dumb teenagers, I thought Boondock Saints was the coolest movie ever made. Then I got to college, and a roommate showed me Overnight, and my views on the movie are forever changed. I still kind of like the movie, but Overnight presents Duffy as such an asshole that I actively hope everything he tries to do fails now (and judging from the reaction to Boondock Saints II, it works). I think it should be required viewing for people who love Boondock Saints. My dream would be having that documentary be included in Blu-Ray two pack with Boondock Saints.

  5. Not really a full film per se, but I would frequently watch and rewatch the making of Nightmare Before Christmas on the back half of the vhs it was on. Really amazing all the work that went into making the film and it’s impressive that it even got made, but it was the time when Tim Burton was the hottest name in Hollywood so his name on it (not DIRECTING) is what pushed it through.

  6. You want to talk about Peak 90s? Check out Full Tilt Boogie – a feature length documentary on the making of From Dusk Till Dawn that was theatrically released a couple years later (albeit it on the art house circuit). It’s available on a lot of special edition DVDs of From Dusk Till Dawn, and totally worth checking out. You can pretty much tell that the only reason the doc was made was because of how hot Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez were at the time (not to mention George Clooney’s first starring roll). The movie itself is pretty good, as it focuses less on the stars and more on the people behind the scenes, particularly the production assistants and the First Assistant Director, who kinda steals the show. There’s really no reason for this doc to exist (it could have easily been a twenty minute fluff piece for cable), but Miramax was in full on self indulgent mode at the time, and it ended up being a well made and engaging documentary. Strong recommend.

  7. I will go to bat here for ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ the documentary about the utterly insane version of Dune that never was. Meant to be directed by Alejandro Jodorosky, with visual design from H.R.Geiger (this project being the thing that got him into film work) and Moebius, soundtrack by Pink Floyd and with Salvador Dali cast as the Emperor being paid $100,000 per minute of screentime.

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