This Is Spinal Tap (1984)


Spinal Tap, one of England’s loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. (IMDb)
Perfectly crafted comedic mockumentary fare: Smartly added to the expected deadpan ridiculousness (dying drummers; “This goes to 11”) is an ultra-serious filmmaker (Reiner’s straight-face in the sit-down band interview is perfect) and an ample amount of expertly acted mundane-day-in-the-life scenes that cements the film’s realistic atmosphere and just makes the band’s outlandish stage antics, delightfully dumb Brit-accented dialogue, and past-their-prime misfortune all the more hilarious.
8/10 (Great)


A Mighty Wind (2003)

Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter. (IMDb)
The classic doc-style direction is nailed here, and within this setting a brilliant script and deliciously natural turns all around create characters and situations so authentic-feeling you forget you’re watching a fictional film. The humour is consequently organic and mellow, spiked with just the right amount of deadpan outrageous-ness to solidify the film as a comedy while still maintaining it’s doc-facade. Good music and even a touching moment add further value to this great mockumentary.
7.5/10 (Really Good)