“Crumb” (1995) dir. Terry Zwigoff

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Probably the best documentary film I’ve ever seen and a candidate for one of the best movies ever made.  This documentary about legendary, controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb is one of the best portraits of an artist ever put on film, as well as one of the best portrayals of the relationship between an artist and artist ever.  At least that’s how I tried to sell it to a woman I dated in 1996 when I stupidly took her to see this.  I believed what I said then, as I do now.  But having said that, of course, I now realize this is probably the most boneheaded choice for a date movie of all time. Needless to say, the date was a total disaster. I could give you a lengthy, verbose description of the evening, but I think the YouTube trailer will tell you all you need to know about why this was not a good choice. Seriously, only a grad student (which I was at the time) could be this fundamentally stupid.