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Favorite documentaries?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Connemara, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. ld111134

    ld111134 Senior member

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    • Sherman's March: A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love In the South During an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation - which is not about the Civil War but concens native North Carolinian Ross McElwee's journey though the South in search of love.
    • The Thin Blue Line - Erroll Morris' greatest achievement.
    • Salesman - the Maysles' brothers classic portrait of Bible salesmen, even better than the more renowned Grey Gardens
    • Jazz on a Summer's Day - my favorite documentary concerning music (Chuck Berry backed by Louis Armstong's band - showing how much old time jazzers understood the connection to Chuck's music) and Anita O'Day (who was jacked up on smack for her performance)
    • I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - Documenting Wilco's trevails recording Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and Tweedy's firing of the late Jay Bennett.
    • Night and Fog - Alain Resnais' definitive documentation of the Holocaust.
     
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    Trader from 1987 about PTJ II has high entertainment value. I thought that Gordon Gekko was a complete over the top character in the movie Wall Street. I was wrong.
     
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    I remember watching all of The Ten Thousand Day War one summer when I was in high school. Very good documentary on the Vietnam War.

    Also Eyes on the Prize, about the civil rights movement.
     
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    how to draw a bunny

    the cola wars

    joy division [the corbijin doc]

    food inc

    I used to watch a lot more when i had cable and IFC and the Sundance channel.
     
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    Grizzly Man
    American Movie
     
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    The Adventure of English (the presenter also has a very nice wardrobe and he changes almost every scene)
    British Style Genius
    Everything with David Attenborough

    I highly recommend www.mvgroup.org for torrents.
     
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    Louis Theroux's BBC documentaries
    For American audiences, start with the "Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends" (UK: complete title)

    1. Televangelists (15 January 1998) - Himself - Presenter
    2. UFOs (22 January 1998) - Himself - Presenter
    3. Porn (29 January 1998) - Himself - Presenter
    4. Survivalists (5 February 1998) - Himself - Presenter
    5. Informercials (12 May 1999) - Himself - Presenter
    6. Swingers (26 May 1999) - Himself - Presenter
    7. Black Nationalism (2 June 1999) - Himself - Presenter, Writer (written by)
    8. Demolition Derby (9 June 1999) - Himself - Presenter
    9. Off-Off Broadway (15 June 1999) - Himself - Presenter
    10. Wrestling (6 July 1999) - Himself - Presenter
    11. Self-Fulfillment (25 September 2000) - Himself - Presenter
    12. India: Enlightenment (2 October 2000) - Himself - Presenter
    13. Boer Separatists (9 October 2000) - Himself - Presenter
    14. Body-Building (16 October 2000) - Himself - Presenter
    15. Looking for Love (23 October 2000) - Himself - Presenter
    16. Rap (30 October 2000) - Himself - Presenter

    Really funny and insightful at the same time. Some episodes are also available on YouTube. Search "Louis Theroux". His earlier TV Nation series are not as good. His later "When Louis Met..." series are worth a watch if you are familiar with British celebrities.


    A few recent documentaries are worth a watch.

    1) Man on Wire (2008) - about Philippe Petit, a tightrope walker's daring exploits and how this dramatically changes him and his relationships. Excellent.

    2) Running the Sahara (2008) - about 3 different men running across the Sahara desert through 6 countries. Narrated by Matt Damon and supported by National Geography. Pretty good.

    3) Religulous (2008) - Narrated by Bill Maher. Pretty sharp and funny. Avoid if you are religious.
     
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    Man on Wire
    Hoop Dreams
    Word Wars
     
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    Louis Theroux's BBC documentaries For American audiences, start with the "Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends" (UK: complete title)
    Entertaining and really great . "Under the Knife" is a another great Louis Theroux special. DIG! - The Brian Jonestown Massacre vs The Dandy Warhols. Fascinating doc.
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    Man on Wire was good.
    Helvetica was unexpectedly enjoyable.
    Objectified, the next Hustwit doc after Helvetica is on the dl list.
    The Shooting Party.
     
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    Everything with David Attenborough

    Good one. He's amazing in how he goes right up to the animals.
     
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    Titicut Follies by Frederick Wiseman
    Extreme Private Eros by Hara Kazuo
    Tierisch Liebe by Ulrich Seidl
    Darwins Nightmare by Hubert Sauper
    Terrors Advocate by Barbet Schroeder
    The Adam Curtis Channel 4 documentaries.. too many to mention in one post.

    Be prepared to feel bad.
     
  15. Pezzaturra

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    I am looking for good documentaries on philosophy or general existential matters. I remember reading in one thread about really well made doc. movie about topics of life (meaning of existence and etc.) , but I cannot find that post anymore.
    Anyway, your suggestions are welcome:
    Any documentaries about mathematics and science are also very welcomed.

    I highly recommend doc. movie: "N is a number" about "homeless" mathematical genius Paul Erdos.
     
  16. Dedalus

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    I am looking for good documentaries on philosophy or general existential matters. I remember reading in one thread about really well made doc. movie about topics of life (meaning of existence and etc.) , but I cannot find that post anymore.
    Anyway, your suggestions are welcome:
    Any documentaries about mathematics and science are also very welcomed.

    I highly recommend doc. movie: "N is a number" about "homeless" mathematical genius Paul Erdos.


    http://www.youtube.com/user/flame0430

    You might like that.
     
  17. backslider

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    the cruise
    rivers and tides
    sherman's march
    american movie
    crumb
    we jam econo: the story of the minutemen
     
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    Not sure if it's been mentioned already in this thread, but the 26-part British TV series The World at War is superb, and perhaps the definitive documentary series about WWII.

    An epic thirty-two hours long, with narration by Sir Laurence Olivier, it cost around £1m to make in 1973 (equivalent to around £11m today), and took four years to complete.
     
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    I'm going to try and see Sweetgrass & Garbage Dreams....
     

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