Semi-realness, coming soon to a theater near you

The WSJ claims that there’s an increased interest in reality based movies (which can mean anything from ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’ to ‘Eight Below’) and associates this with the (now waning) reality TV bubble and the (who knows if it is waning) memoir craze.

The movies’ reality-related labels are part of a bigger movement in media toward fact-inspired works. Reality shows have ruled TV in recent seasons, a documentary film (“Fahrenheit 9/11”) took in an astounding $222.4 million in world-wide ticket sales. Memoirs, often written by virtual unknowns, are one of the hottest genres in publishing — and a source of controversy, with the brouhaha over James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces.”

This seems like a facile explanation. Do people watch ‘Elimidate’ for the same reasons they go see ‘Munich?’ Was ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ a massive success because it was a documentary or because of the huge amount of media attention?

Anyway, FishbowlLA likes its movies the same way it likes its coffee: fake.