Photography by : Associated Press

Text by : Kyle Vines

January 24, 2014

Relevant, compelling, beautiful… these are just a few of the words I would use to describe No No: The Dockumentary. This film tells the story of Dock Ellis, a MLB pitcher in the 70’s who is best known for throwing a no-hitter while on LSD (pretty much as ANTI as it gets). While I was expecting an entertaining story about LSD and crazy day in the life of Dock Ellis, I immediately was presented a much deeper, more lovable story.

This documentary paints a picture of the entire life and legacy of Dock Ellis, the drug culture of the 70’s and the transitional atmosphere of MLB at the time. What is even more impressive is while the film centers around the life of a baseball player, this story is accessible for any audience.

As soon as it ended, I was left completely satisfied and wanting so much more at the same time; exactly the way I want to feel after seeing a documentary. Also it is hard to not mention the inventive story telling techniques, editing, and strikingly appropriate soundtrack (scored by none other than Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys). All in all, No No is a must-see for baseball lovers and haters alike.