Minding The Gap

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Rated Greg’s Top 5 Documentaries

  1. Weiner
  2. Blackfish
  3. Room 237
  4. Minding The Gap
  5. Cobain: Montage of Heck

The Hulu documentary, Minding The Gap, is about three friends growing up and growing apart in the Rust Belt town of Rockford, Illinois over the course of 12 years.  While it bills itself as a “skateboarding movie” it’s far more compelling than that.  The doc was shot and directed by one of those friends, Bing Liu, as they skated around town to escape the various demons going on in their home lives.  Growing up is tough for anybody, but this group particularly went through some shit, and it has significant effects on the men they have become by the end of the film.

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I can’t really dive further into the movie, just watch the trailer and you’ll get the gist.  I will say that Bing Liu appears to be a filmmaking wunderkind.  The dynamic among the crew sort of reminded me of a real life Good Will Hunting, and Bing would be the Will in that sense.  It’s among the best cinematography you’ll see all year. Grade: A+

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