The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009)
When Tosha told me there is a scene of a couple getting married in the flower section of a supermarket, this docu rose to my queue of films to watch. And unlike the shotgun wedding through aisle 2, this film about an infamous Appalachian family in West Virginia didn’t disappoint.
Even though you’re shaking your head at the White’s antics, you also feel for them when they are on hard times. They are not the usual villainous wild things, because a lot of us wished we could live as care free as the Whites.
I’m not sure if the film makers wanted to maintain the hillbilly stereotype. Depicted as modern day rebels, their lives were basically simplified as running amuck of Boone County West Virginia. I’m left wondering how they functioned when intertwined with modern society. While the subject matter is original, the subject matter gave the producers a ton of entertaining content that probably could have been intertwined better. The Whites lived up to the hype surrounding their name.
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It’s a fact that most things are cuter when a kid does it. Singing. Spiting up. Poking a camera at your face with 60 flashes in 10 seconds. At least that’s what Entourage star Adrian Grenier thought. His next thought was to befriend an adolescent version of one of Hollywood’s biggest real life villains: paparazzi.
In Teenage Paparazzo, Grenier presents the life of Austin Visschedyk, a 14-year old from North Hollywood who is a veteran in the paparazzi business. Grenier films his new friend in many of Austin’s escapades, while trying to figure out why paparazzi are even anything of note in the industry.
The celebrity appearances kept the documentary entertaining and funny. The content was predictable and not engaging. This is not due to Grenier’s lack of effort, as difficult parts of filming the documentary gets documented as well. But the Austin’s adventures and dynamic role highlight the film.