Detroit's usually portrayed as a crime-ridden city blighted by urban decay and corruption. That's true. But it's not the whole story, not by a long shot. Detroit Lives shows the Motor City as it is: a diamond amidst the rough.


Grin and bear the occasional conspicuous shot of boots from the movie's sponsors, but this 32 minute flick is about as fair and accurate a vibe about the city as you can get. Sure, there are bad parts and they make for great ruin porn, but you get used to those, you look past them and go deeper.

Scratch the surface and it's far more interesting, engaging, artistic and creative that you could ever imagine. It's like the wild west for people who want to do things without the man breathing down their necks. If you've got the time to watch the three-part documentary plus bonus, you should, it'll give you a better feel for what's really going on in Detroit. And hey, if that's not your thing, it's also got Johnny Knoxville stomping around in French boots. [PalladiumBoots]