(2005, Dir. Werner Herzog)
Herzog, like no other modern director, understands the struggle of man versus nature, and offers this haunting take on the very struggle. The fact that much of the documentary footage is shot by its subject — Timothy Treadwell, a man killed by bears he dedicated his life to protect — gives the film a voyeuristic, grisly (pun intended) feel. Treadwell’s personal motives for living with bears and subsequently putting himself in harm’s path are called to task, and while we are exploring Treadwell and Herzog’s view of the natural world, the viewer’s own is put into question. Odd yet memorable.