We are big, big fans of IFC's Documentary Now here at Birth.Movies.Death., so we're very excited about tonight's second season premiere (or, if you're playing along with the mythology of the show, Documentary Now's 51st season premiere). We insist that you watch it.
If you're somehow unfamiliar with the series, each episode of Documentary Now parodies a different documentary. Sometimes the episodes are very specific ("Sandy Passage" roasted Albert and David Maysles' Grey Gardens), sometimes they're general parodies of a documentary style (season one's "Dronez" episode took on the hipster-journalism of Vice documentaries). They are all consistently hilarious and brilliantly produced.
As we previously reported, this season's lineup will include parodies of Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, Swimming To Cambodia, The Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense, and - perhaps most excitingly - Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein's The Kid Stays In The Picture (Hader will be playing the Robert Evans stand-in).
Here's a trailer showcasing this season's lineup, just in case you missed it:
And here's a brand-new clip from tonight's episode, "The Bunker", which offers a very timely takedown of D. A. Pennebaker’s The War Room:
Documentary Now's 51st season hits IFC tonight. Check your local listings, and please feel free to encourage others to watch the show in the comments below.