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I could use a nice pick me up after Kansas defecated all over my soul. I am an avid documentary guy, but they're not exactly low hanging fruit as a viewer to know all of the good ones or even find them.
I can honestly watch a good documentary about anything and everything so I thought it would be good to get a thread here on good ones to keep an eye out for.
Let's not jump too deep into politics. Anything that really controversially editorializes a documentary should be avoided as this board is always one "Bush sucks" "Obama sucks" "gay marriage is not a big deal" "i hate the gays" thread from spiraling into an idealogical pissing match.
Also let's stray away from most HBO stuff and 30 for 30 stuff.I love most of what they do, but that stuff is pretty well distributed and not a diamond in the rough.
Here are mine.
- Page One
A year embedded with the New York Times.
- Hoop Dreams
Just insane war action from "the most deadly place on earth". Very stirring. I saw it and thought, "I can't believe this what war is like" and then thought "I can't believe these guys are embedded with THIS unit."
- Fistful of Quarters.
If I told you this movie was about the Donkey Kong video game. you wouldn't really want to watch it. That said, it has one of the most root-able protagonists of all time and an antagonist you just want to punch in the face. Wide appeal for this movie even if you don't give a shit about video games.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil
This one didn't go over well with some people. Maybe it's because I saw "This Is Spinal Tap", but it's hard not to root for people who follow their dreams to the bitter better end.
Saw it once. It was good. Don't think I need to see again but certainly a good flick.
Saw it again recently. For a movie about the spelling bee, it certainly is more than you would expect.
- Man On A Wire
Very broad appeal. Kind of blows your mind to be honest.
I work in startups. It's a crazy world that is hard to comprehend. This movie does a damn good job covering it. It's pretty riveting imo.
- The Smashing Machine
What's it like to be a MMA fighter? Kind of shitty.
- On The Ropes and Player To Be Named Later are two sports ones that I doubt anyone has seen but are solid.
- The War Room is probably the best documentary that covers any political campaign.
- One Day In September.
- Best Worst Movie and Winnebago Man were entertaining but not really riveting. Funny though which can be rare for the genre.
There are probably another 30 or so I'd recommend but this is a nice batch. Nick Broomfield and Werner Herzog movies seem to never really stream anywhere so that kind of sucks as I know I'm missing out there.
I also am a fan of Fog of War and Waiting for Superman but they certainly skew a bit in terms of messaging, but stayed relatively honest imo. American Pimp is certainly another one that sticks out but I don't know if bucknuts is the right audience fit.
Give me some suggestions. Anything way off the radar gets bonus points.
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I'm a big fan of Ken Burns documentaries Baseball and The Civil War. There was a PBS documentary by Bill Moyers like twenty years ago on the song Amazing Grace that was great. The documentary film Say Amen, Somebody on the life of Thomas Dorsey is really good.
"5 foot 8.....what do they want a basketball team?"
In The Shadows of Motown.
I am a Buckeye...proof there is a God in Heaven who loves me.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About his Father
"Fundamentals are the crutch for the talentless" - Kenny Powers
Any "How the Earth Was Made" documentaries (if you like that sort of stuff). My 10 year old and I watch them all the time, and they're very well done. Beyond that, the Galapagos series is outstanding as well.
"We've always had the best damn band in the land; now we've got the best damn team in the land."
I second the recommendation for Fog of War.
Thanks for all the other recommendations!
"Leaders & Legends? Really? How about just name the divisions, Ohio State & everyone else." -Colin Cowherd
Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
-- Dean Wormer
Boys of 2nd Street Park is a GREAT movie about a group of Jewish friends (many of whom were the children of Holocaust survivors) that grew up with each other in idyllic 1950's/1960's Coney Island, Brooklyn and went on to form one of the finest basketball teams in Lincoln High School history. Subsequent to basketball, the boys led extremely divergent lives-- some tragic. An absolute must see.
Year of the Bull is another good one. Chronicles a year in the life of a top football player at football factory, Miami Northwest High School.
The three "Paradise Lost" documentaries are great. I watched all three of them one day this winter. Definitely worth checking out.
His more recent documentary, Prohibition, was great too.
PROHIBITION is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series on PBS directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.
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I have Exit Through The Gift Shop on my DVR.
Love me some Ken Burns but kind of bundled him in the HBO/ESPN mainstream stuff.
I saw the Aristocrats and liked it but think once was good enough there.
Super High Me was good. I've seen Doug Benson perform 2-3x and my friend actually lit one up with him right before he went on stage.
I saw Year Of The Bull which was pretty good. Glad the doc channel had that.
I like inside Job but thought HBO's docudrama Too Big Too Fail was better.
King of Kong is actually called Fistful of Quarters. It is amazing. How that documentary maker knew the story he was following would be as compelling as it ended up being blows me away.
Undefeated is on my list.
I wasn't too big on Journeys With George. Has less to do with my poltical leanings and more that the film maker seemed to have very limited access on the campaign trail. In The War Room, you really see Carville and Stephanopoulos with very little filter. Also Journeys With George really just kind of fizzles out with no election ending as the recount begins and she loses access at that point.
It's funny to see Carville and his future wife working the Bush campaign flirting. Also little known fact, Stephanopolous is married to the actress who played the Schmoopy girlfriend in Seinfeld.
I want to see Letters To Zachary but it's hard to find and I think I'll cry like a little girl.
Failure is not an option. About how the space program developed and focuses on Mission Control center. I had to watch it for a class and turned around and bought it six months later. Have seen it 5+ times now and will watch it again.
"Terror in Mumbai" is fascinating. Lots of translated audio from the terrorists while they had conversations back in forth over the radio.
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