Favorite documentaries?

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  1. xchen

    xchen Senior member

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    I thought it was more of a comedy.

    It seems like that's obvious but the director had every intention of it being taken seriously, I think. [​IMG] His newest film, Rescue Dawn with Christian Bale is based off one of his earlier documentaries and it is very good.
     
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    Dig is good, about the divergent fortunes of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Dandy Warhols.
     
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    African American Lives is on PBS these days and after seeing just a little last night, I highly recommend it. It is fascinating.

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    Most important documentaries for me are Nuit et Brouillard (Night & Fog) and Shoah.

    More recently, I liked what Moore did with Bowling for Columbine. I know the guy is controversial but he sometimes does a good job at focusing a large amount of people's attention on an issue and clearly helps promote discussion.
     
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    Triumph of the Will


    Ah, I still need to see that all the way through. I liked the documentary on Riefenstahl herself, "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl"
     
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    Hahhaha!!!


    Seriously, I like the docs put out by Richard Dawkins, those are my current favorites.

    But my all time favorite documentary is Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy based on Yergin's book of the same title that aired on PBS a few (more than a few now) years back.
     
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    Not my favorite, but recently I watched The Bridge. I still think taking your life is one of the most selfish, pathetic things one could ever do, but it's still chilling watching all the different people jump to their deaths.
     
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  10. Connemara

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    I put a lot of these into my Netflix queue and am eager for some more. Any good stuff on the Revolutionary War? How is Burns' Thomas Jefferson?
     
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    I quite enjoyed the History Channel's 13-part "The Revolution." Worth the hours.
     
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    I may check that out Doc. I usually find History Channel stuff to be sloppy and a bit sensational, but this looks promising.
     
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    Find it on Netflix watch it now. Some of the stories will blow your mind. It also jump started me into watching old Miami Vice eps.
     
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    Find it on Netflix watch it now. Some of the stories will blow your mind. It also jump started me into watching old Miami Vice eps.
    +1 That documentary is awesome. The stuff the drug dealers got away with was insane. For example the guy said when he moved out of his Grandfathers house had over $1,000,000 saved up, he said he used to take a helicopter to sporting events, he was friends with politicians. The list just goes on and on. It is definitely worth watching.
     
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    That documentary is awesome. The stuff the drug dealers got away with was insane. For example the guy said when he moved out of his Grandfathers house had over $1,000,000 saved up, he said he used to take a helicopter to sporting events, he was friends with politicians. The list just goes on and on. It is definitely worth watching.


    I liked the story the hitman told about putting a bunch of TNT under some guys house and blew the whole thing up. I enjoyed it because I thought if I ever saw that in a Hollywood movie, I would write it off as being too cheesy and over the top, but low and behold, it happened in real life.

    The hitman seems like a real cool guy who I would enjoy hanging out with, despite killing 100's of people in cold blood.

    The airport bayonet hit was also insane.

    Of course they never said anything about it, but you kind of get the idea that Jon Roberts, and Mickey(th pilot) had millions of dollars hidden away somewhere for when they got out of prison.
     

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