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FAVORITE DOCUMENTARIES 
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Cocaine Cowboys

Comic Book Confidential

Endless Summer

Hands on a Hard Body (anybody seen this? It was filmed right down the road in East Texas -- makes me realize what a bunch of backwoods freaks we are)

Hoop Dreams

Man on Wire

Murderball

Pumping Iron

Supersize Me

This is Spinal Tap (I know, I know...)



I'm always looking for a good documentary. Give me some ideas...

Peace.


Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:11 pm
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The Fog of War is one of the few documentaries I've seen that I can watch over and over and over, highly recommend it to anyone interested in American history and politics.


Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:26 pm
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If you haven't seen King of Kong, that seems totally up your alley.

You should also check out Life and Times of Harvey Milk, which is actually a much more compelling version of Milk's story.

Harlan County, USA is fantastic.

The Thin Blue Line, an early Errol Morris flick, is fantastic for a number of reasons, not least of which is IT ACTUALLY GOT AN INNOCENT MAN OFF OF DEATH ROW. Mind-blowing.

The two Paradise Lost movies, by Joe Berlinger and his chums, are staggering and compelling and haunting. Watch them back-to-back for an overwhelming movie-going experience.


Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:29 pm
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Thanks for the replies. Those all sound very promising.

Anyone seen Apted's UP series? I haven't yet, but was debating whether or not to buy a copy. Is it worth it?


Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:14 pm
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Anything by Errol Morris is worth looking into.

Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man is fascinating. His recent Encounters at the End of the World is also worth seeing. I believe he has done a few more docs, but I haven't seen them.

Attenborough's Planet Earth series is a must see. I'm not even a big nature enthusiast, but there are some gorgeous images caught on camera here. Just as fascinating are the extras showing how they got some of their footage. I need to take a look at the rest of his docs.

Bigger, Stronger, Faster sounds like it may be up your alley, but I haven't seen it.


Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:04 pm
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Homer

I love documentaries.
These are the ones I have seen and rated 8 or 9 out of 10. I recommend them all :-)

I hope this helps
Rob

Deep Water
Fog Of War, The
Grizzly Man
In The Shadow Of The Moon
Inconvenient Truth, An
Man On Wire
Murderball
No Direction Home : Bob Dylan
Stanley Kubrick : A Life In Pictures
Up Series - 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42 and 49 Up
Atomic Cafe, The
Baraka
Blue Water, White Death
Born Into Brothels
Bowling For Columbine
Boys Of Baraka, The
Burden Of Dreams
Capturing The Friedmans
Crazy Love
Deliver Us From Evil
Dogtown And Z Boys
Encounters At The End Of The World
Enron : The Smartest Guys In The Room
Everest
Fahrenheit 9/11
Fast, Cheap and Out Of Control
Fifty One Birch Street
Flow : For Love Of Water
Hearts Of Darkness
Jesus Camp
Joe Strummer : The Future Is Unwritten
King Of Kong : A Fistful Of Quarters
Paper Clips
Riding Giants
Rize
Roman Polanski : Wanted And Desired
So Goes The Nation
Thin Blue Line, The
Trials Of Darryl Hunt, The
Unreasonable Man, An
Wal-Mart The High Cost Of Low Price
War Photographer
When We Were Kings
Wild Parrots Of Telegraph Hill, The
Wordplay


Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:01 pm
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The Beatles Anthology


Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:51 am
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Man With the Movie Camera's my favorite. Others I enjoy are Bowling For Columbine, Grizzly Man, An Inconvenient Truth, King Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Man on Wire, Nanook of the North, This is Spinal Tap, and Touching the Void. I haven't seen a lot of documentaries. I'm probably going to watch The Times of Harvey Milk and Hoop Dreams in the next month or so. I'd like to see The Fog of War, too, based on how many people like it on this board. I probably won't watch it this month, though. Same with the Up series. HomerJ: don't buy the series until all the people involved in the project have died and Apted can't make any more. ><


Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:58 am
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Bigger Faster Stronger
Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room
Gates Of Heaven
Jesus Camp (easily the scariest movie I've ever seen)
Man On Wire
Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster
Taxi To The Dark Side
White Light/Black Rain


Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:01 am
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I know it's more of a docu-drama but Touching the Void was amazing. Deep Water, the story of Donald Crowhurst's ill fated attempt to be the first solo non-stop circumnavigator of the earth in a sail boat was also incredibly engaging.


Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:02 am
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Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
Thin Blue Line
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred Leuchter Jr.

A Certain Kind of Death
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
Helvetica
American Movie
American Pimp
F for Fake
[not viewed but heard was good]
Dark Days
My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski
Brother's Keeper
Who the @#$% is Jackson Pollock?

42nd Street Forever Vol. 1 Not a documentary...but shows you what was played in grind houses. All trailers...but might be worth a look on a rainy Sunday
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
Life in the Undergrowth
Capturing the Friedmans
Dirty Pictures <--- more a docudrama like Touching the Void but a great film, one of the best I have ever seen. Deals with a curator accused of being a pornographer after bringing a Robert Maplethorpe show to the museum he works in. James Woods plays the curator but the film is inter-cut with actual interviews from those who either knew Maplethorpe or were subjects of his work. Can be hard to find though...

I myself don't like anything by Michael Moore. A documentary should present facts, not be craftily edited to push an agenda or give a view of things out of context. JMO...


Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:29 am
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Hoop Dreams


Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:39 am
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I enjoyed "Trekkies" and "March of the Penguins", although "Supersize Me" was entertaining as well.


Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:11 am
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HomerJ wrote:
Thanks for the replies. Those all sound very promising.

Anyone seen Apted's UP series? I haven't yet, but was debating whether or not to buy a copy. Is it worth it?


I've just started working my way through it. I've only seen the first one so far, but it was very charming.

If you have NetFlix, it's easy to see the whole series right away. 7 Up and 7 Plus Seven come on one disc, 21 Up on another, and then 28 and 35 Up are both on Instant View. Then you're just missing the last two after that!

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I'm stunned nobody has mentioned Crumb, yet! That is by far my favorite.

A few more i've enjoyed that haven't been mentioned...

Blindsight - About a group of blind Tibetan children who scale Mount Everest. At times it gets sidetracked with unnecessary tangents, but it's hugely entertaining. It came out on DVD a few weeks ago.

Confessions of a Superhero - I love this one so much, and wish more people would see it! It's about people who make their living by dressing up as superheroes and taking pictures with tourists. It follows Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and The Hulk. (Available on NetFlix Instant View).

Darkon - About LARP'ing. Not as good as "Monster Camp", but it's sweet.

Frontrunners - About the student politics of a highly competitive high school. Todd Solondz fans will recognize Hannah Freiman, who is a student in the film. (Available on NetFlix Instant View).

Monster Camp - Superior LARP'ing documentary.

My Kid Could Paint That - Really love this one. It's about a virtuoso painter that's four-years-old. It asks big questions later on when it's assumed that the father has been helping, or even painting the pieces by himself. (Available on NetFlix Instant View).

Protagonist - It's very much like Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control. Follows four different eccentrics, and compares their lives to Euripidean dramatic structure. (Available on NetFlix Instant View).

Spellbound - Such an intense movie. It's about a spelling bee. (Available on NetFlix Instant View).

Thin - Follows a group of anorexics at a hospital. Very touching.

Young@Heart - One of my favorites. It's about a choir of old people who sings modern rock songs, like Sonic Youth, The Ramones, and Radiohead. I cried several times throughout, it's incredibly touching.


Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:58 pm
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anything by errol morris is worth watching.

all my faves have already been mentioned - fog of war, capturing the friedmans, paradist lost, hoop dreams, grizzly man,
enron, deliver us from evil, spellbound, daughter from danang, touching the void, the documentary about movie ratings (i forget the title) etc.

i didn't like born into brothels, crazy love, and jesus camp too much. but they're still interesting.


Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:09 pm
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sheryl wrote:
the documentary about movie ratings (i forget the title)


This Movie is Not Yet Rated...and that movie was good but I think it would've been better if it actually focused on either the horrors of the MPAA ratings or exposing the MPAA members.


Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:17 pm
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Night And Fog (shame on all of you for not mentioning it), Gates Of Heaven (NOT Heaven's Gate), Crumb (again, you should all be ashamed) and Zooey Deschanel's birth tapes (lent to me from a particular film critic who has asked to remain anonymous...).


Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:44 pm
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HomerJ wrote:
Thanks for the replies. Those all sound very promising.

Anyone seen Apted's UP series? I haven't yet, but was debating whether or not to buy a copy. Is it worth it?


The UP series is IMHO one of the most important films that have been made. Essentially, you will meet a group of people at age 7 and revisit them every seven years. The last film had them at 56.

Michael Apted has literally made this a life long work and it's a fascinating sociological study of class, race, gender and life itself. I discovered them about 10/12 years ago and each time a new one is released I try and watch the entire series.

I cannot recommend too strongly that you start at the beginning on this one.

I heard once that the same thing is being done over here. I've never seen anything about it.

You could join Netflix for several months for the price of this set I think :-)

Rob


Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:45 pm
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There's something being done by Richard Linklater that is comparable, although nowhere near the scale as the Up Series as he is only doing a 12-year project.

It's called "Boyhood", and the boy will age 12 years throughout the movie. The parents are Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette.


Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:58 pm
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Loafer wrote:
There's something being done by Richard Linklater that is comparable, although nowhere near the scale as the Up Series as he is only doing a 12-year project.

It's called "Boyhood", and the boy will age 12 years throughout the movie. The parents are Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette.


Hi Loafer

One of the things that is so great about the Up series is the different socio economic backgrounds of the children and the impact upon their lives.

Somehow, a single child who is the son of two movie stars, whilst interesting, is hardly representative of anything.

Very curious
Rob


Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:59 pm
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