Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - I thought Idris Elba did a nice job in the title role. I was a bit skeptical going in because he is a tall man, and I have always thought of Mandela as rather diminutive. The actress who played Winnie also did a very good job. My biggest complaint about the film was that I wanted to learn something new about Mandela and his journey, but it glossed over huge chunks of the story and left out information that could have been useful. For example, I know that the ANC is the African National Congress but many audience members may not. They started talking about the ANC with no definition or explanation of what is was, how it formed, what it represented, etc. Occasionally the film would tell the viewer what the year was, but it would also jump over chunks of years and not tell the viewer. At one point they implied that Winnie was associating with less-than-reputable people while Mandela was in jail. I wanted to know more about whether these people were affiliated with a more radical group and what the implications of that were. I was left thinking that I what I really need is a good documentary about Mandela that will tell me more and fill in the blanks that this film left me with.
The Summit - This was a fascinating documentary about the most deadly 48 hours in mountaineering history, during which 11 people died in the attempt to summit K2. It started out by saying that even the survivors couldn't really say for certain what went wrong, which sounds crazy, but then it does a really excellent job rolling out the story so that the viewer understands how it ended up this way. It was one of those stories where you know (for the most part) what is going to happen, but as you learn more about the people you still find yourself not wanting it to happen. This one is available on Netflix streaming.