Wednesday, February 01, 2006
American Movie: The Making of Northwestern (1999) is one of the best documentaries I have seen in some time...while the film making and editing are quite good, it is the real-life characters that make this film amazing. While Mark Borchadt, whose story the film chronicles, is quite bizarre and probably missing a chromosome, he perfectly defines all that is great in the human spirit: a never ending passion to succeed and go on, no matter what.
You just have to see this one to understand. Your first inclination will be to write off Mark as an insane dweeb, perhaps a little off his rocker. But anyone who doesn't respect Mark's drive and determination needs to reassess their life.
Too bad more people don't push forward through life this dramatically!