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Must See Documentaries

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by idfnl, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Hampton

    Hampton Well-Known Member

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    WIll see, no worries :)
     
  2. Master-Classter

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    BBC doc on perfume, a hobby of mine, but IMO a very well crafted doc showing the industry's range.

    3 parts I believe with 3-4 sections each.
    start here -
     
  3. Hampton

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    This is one of my best doc about fashion
     
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    ^^^ yep, one of the better ones I've seen recently. Really found it insightful to see into Tom's vision of life, fashion, etc
     
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    ^^ The Tom Ford film is really good indeed!

    Only problem was that on 1 or 2 occasions I busted up laughing because he sounded too much like Mugatu..
     
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    Dreams With Sharp Teeth is a good doc. about sci-fi/fantasy writer Harlan Ellison. I don't care at all for the genre and I've never read a word of his writing but he's an interesting and hilarious guy.
    Another good literary doc. is Hubert Selby: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow
    Unforgivable Blackness is a great documentary about Jack Johnson. (the great heavyweight fighter, not the lame surfer frat boy douchebag who writes the same song ten thousand times.)
     
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    Two part PBS Special on Richard Nixon. Despite his flaws and watergate, I find it hard not to admire his achievements as president.
     
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    Not a documentary as such but an interesting animation based upon a lecture by Sir Ken Robinson called Changing Education Paradigms.

     
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    ^^^Thanks guys, I've just filled up my Netflix queue!
     
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    I just watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi and it was excellent. Really good look at the Japanese work ethic and the beauty and simplicity of sushi.
     
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    i just watched that as well. it was good, but i could've done without so many scenes of making sushi set to classic music. we get it, it's conducting a symphony, etc
     
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    I got the feeling that a lot of the nuances they described may be a little bit exaggerated. But as a piece of art I enjoyed the film, just not sure I buy the premise.
     
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    Only seen the first couple of minutes but this looks interesting:

    The Great Happiness Place - Tale of an Osaka Love Thief

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    ^ just saw it, that was so weird to watch. Did you see that girl in the beginning ''you have a penis we don't like you'' [​IMG]
     
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    Monarchy (The complete BBC series hosted by David Starkey). Excellent!
     
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    I'm glad you found it and enjoyed it.

    I think it was the combination of music and cinematography that put it over the top. I'm in McLean as well, I saw it at Landmark E-street..great cinema!

    Keep the recommendations coming.
     
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    Oh, yes!!! This was recommended to me by the Netflix brain and I am eternally grateful. Starkey, as one of the most captivating speakers, could make anything sound interesting. The episode about William the Conqueror started with Starkey at the beaches of Normandy and reads to you the writing on the memorial to the British who fought there, and then goes on to explain how William the Conqueror's reign impacted the English so much that he is mentioned on that memorial almost a thousand years later.
     
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    Gentleman, I present to you, the incomparable Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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    (source- http://www.maritimequest.com/side_wheel/great_eastern_1858/great_eastern_page_1.htm )

    Long before TITANIC was conceived, Brunel, an engineer, designed (among other things) the largest ship of his time.
    Here he is seen striking a pose against the drag chains of his 'Great ship' the Great Eastern.
    If you have an hour to learn more, here is an excellent documentary on both Brunel and the Great Eastern.


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