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Must See Documentaries

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

  1. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    i've seen my fair share but the only one i'd ever consider to be a must-see is Home.

    I'd consider the only must see to be Salesman.
     
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    alliswell Senior member

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    It Might Get Loud.
     
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    idfnl Senior member

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    It Might Get Loud.

    Ya, that was good
     
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    Anything by Errol Morris. I think someone already mentioned The Fog of War. My favorites are The Thin Blue Line, and Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, although the latter is more of a filmed essay than a documentary. Still, both are unique and lovely documentaries.

    Anything by the Maysles', especially Grey Gardens and the previously mentioned Salesman.

    Capturing the Friedmans is really good. It's always a good conversation starter because it prompts so many conflicting conclusions
     
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    You guys want a good laugh check out Jamie Johnson's "The One Percent." His interaction with Milton Friedman is pure gold. [​IMG]
     
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    Just watched "The Fog of War" again this morning; great documentary, with some insightful "lessons learned"
     
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    idfnl Senior member

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    You guys need to see Gasland. Hydraulic Fracking is a major problem...
     
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    You guys want a good laugh check out Jamie Johnson's "The One Percent." His interaction with Milton Friedman is pure gold. [​IMG]

    Just saw that, the guy is an idiot, but at least he is trying...not sure what
     
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    Some good recent ones:

    The King of Kong
    Anvil: The Story of Anvil
    Man on Wire


    Exit Through the Gift Shop

    docu about banksy.


    Grizzly Man is awesome.

    All of the above are great. King of Kong is my favorite of the bunch. It has one of the greatest villains in the history of documentaries.

    The Joan Rivers doc was cool.

    I didn't find it to be very entertaining, but it did make me have a lot more respect for Joan and what she has accomplished throughout her career.

    that also goes for almost the entire ESPN 30 for 30 series

    Eh, I would say two thirds of the 30 for 30 are worth watching. There are probably ten or so that are pretty bad. There are five or so that are really really phenomenal and are on par with any doc I've ever seen.

    It Might Get Loud.

    I thought this was pretty good. At the very least it makes Jack White look much less like a weirdo and more like a pretty stylish regular dude.

    Anything by Errol Morris. I think someone already mentioned The Fog of War. My favorites are The Thin Blue Line, and Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, although the latter is more of a filmed essay than a documentary. Still, both are unique and lovely documentaries.

    Anything by the Maysles', especially Grey Gardens and the previously mentioned Salesman.

    Capturing the Friedmans is really good. It's always a good conversation starter because it prompts so many conflicting conclusions


    I've always meant to watch Capturing the Friedmans. I will have to see if they have it at the library.
     
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    ld111134 Senior member

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    Some of ESPN's "30 for 30" series have been excellent:
    • The Best There Never Was - about the rise and fall of Oklahoma running back Marcus Dupree;
    • Pony Excess - about the early '80s SMU football program;
    • Once Brothers - About the troubled friendship between Yugoslav hoops stars Croat Drazen Petrovic and Serb Vlade Divac
    • Guru of Go - about basketball coach Paul Westhead and his unique uptempo strategy; and
    • Muhammad and Larry - about the 1980 Ali - Holmes fight; and
    • The Band that Wouldn't Die - about the amateur Baltimore Colts (now Ravens) marching band.
    Some of these were made my noted filmmakers (e.g. Albert Maysles made "Muhammad and Larry" while Barry Levinson made "The Band That Wouldn't Die"). While not part of this series, but similar in style is another ESPN documentary, "The Fab Five" about the early '90s University of Michigan basketball teams with Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber et al.
     
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    "Restrepo" was one of the docs I've seen in years.
     
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    Winnebago man was pretty good and worth a watch.
     
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    Inside Job is the only recent documentary I would consider really "must see."

    More generally, anything by Adam Curtis (Pandora's Box in particular, but also The Century of the Self, The Power of Nightmares, and The Trap)

    The stuff by Errol Morris is good, as is Herzog's work.

    A personal favorite is The Mindscape of Alan Moore.

    Exit Through the Gift Shop was good, but isn't really about Banksy per se.
     
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    Burma VJ
    The most dangerous man in America
     
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    Jerome Senior member

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    Some stuff I have enjoyed- on the net- in recent years:

    Charles Bukowski-doku:
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    Motörhead-doku:
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    An ex-SS man (footage from the 70s):


    Very good: 'Why they voted Hitler' (in German only):
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    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I saw a review on TV this morning for Bill Cunningham. He is the NYTimes photographer. The original street blogger and Satorialist.
     
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    "Restrepo" was one of the docs I've seen in years.
    Agreed. To their credit, it's some sort of skill to make a war documentary so forgettable.
     
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    Haven't watched this yet, but looks interesting.

    AlJazeera Doc on fast food:

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    I saw a review on TV this morning for Bill Cunningham. He is the NYTimes photographer. The original street blogger and Satorialist.

    His film began playing in San Francisco on the 8th, at the Embarcadero Center cinema.

    Meetup? [​IMG]
     
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    God grew tired of us. Really eye opening. Somewhat feel good, funny, and sad all at the same time.
     

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