Saturday, December 4, 2010

Naked States

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Naked States - 4 out of 5

HBO's first of two documentaries following photographer Spencer Tunick as he travels the country, taking nude photos of individuals from state to state. The doc is well made as it showcases this country's discomfort with the naked human body (oh yeah, by the way, there is a lot of nudity in this doc, that might be a selling point to some who care little for content). I, for one, find Spencer's work to be quite beautiful and would gladly hang any of his work in my home...except, being that he's a famous artist, I could never afford one of his pics.

All in all, Naked States isn't a flashy documentary or one with a point to make--although there is some social commentary going on, there isn't an agenda like many other documentaries. Instead, it's a return to the old way of documentary filmmaking--point the camera, talk to the people involved and watch as the madness unfold before you. Spencer's journey--even the journey of the people who agree to model--is interesting to watch as you see the struggle to create the pics and to overcome the shame that religion and the popular media has taught us about viewing our bodies, especially when sans clothing. If you're a fan of documentaries, check this one out.

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