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I would also add American Movie (don't think it was mentioned yet).
Very entertaining, and funny in a depressing "wow I can't believe there are people out there like this" kind of way.
Directed by Chris Smith. With Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt. Documentary about an aspiring filmmakers attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.
All of us who posted before you are complete losers for not listing The Rivalry! What were we thinking! Strong work.
Has anybody posted go tigers
Sarah sorry about the Herpes.
No mention of Go Tigers. I am fan and was glad I had a friend from Massilon take me to a game with some of my area Bay Area friends who were in awe.
The Rivalry didn't fit the criteria in the opening post as it's HBO and no shit it's going to make the list on this board. Still good, but that's obvious.
I liked Cocaine Cowboys. They made a sequel which was pretty bad.
I just saw Exit Through The Gift Shop. Liked it but thought it was good but not great. Maybe I'm not cool enough to like art that much.
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Wow lots of great recommendations! Here's a more laid back and low budget choice:
"Blood into Wine"
This film is a must for anyone with an appreciation for fine wine AND a bonus if you're young enough to remember the band Tool. It follows the former Tool frontman Maynard Keenan in establishing a vineyard from scratch. There is great insight into all the technical aspects of making wine from growing the grapes to the final bottling, but it is Keenen's incredible passion and enthusiasm for creating a living piece of art that makes the film so inspiring.
So, BennyBuckeye, which ones did you watch?
A few Ive seen recently:
Jiro Dreams of Sushi. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1772925/
Manufactued Landscapes: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0832903/
TUPAC:RESURRECTION- do it
out of which ones? Almost all I mentioned, I've seen.
"When we were Kings" - story of 1974 Ali v. Foreman fight in Zaire
"Woodstock - 3 Days of Peace and Music" - no matter what you think of that era, the music is great
No I mean which ones are you going to watch that people recommended that you haven't seen?
Capturing The Friedmans and American Movie are pretty high on the list I'd say.
Finding these things are half the pain in the ass because I'd rather stream then buy anything and documentaries really don't get that type of distribution that often.
I liked Who Killed The Electric Car. There is a sequel now as they've made a big comeback. In 2008, I turned down a sweet job at Tesla Motors shortly after learning of the company after seeing that movie. My friend works there now and it's cool because we occasionally get to drive the Roadster around town. It's the ultimate toy a boy could want imo. A fast car that makes no noise and explodes when you hit the pedal.
I rewatched Hoop Dreams this past weekend. Hadn't seen it in years maybe even a full decade.
Required viewing imo.
Siskel and Ebert both campaigned for it to be nominated for best picture.
I came away thinking that I'm not sure why it doesn't get considered as the best sports movie of all time. Someone tweeted me back by saying it's 3 hours and it's not a happy movie.
All that said, it really has a lot of twist and turns and authentic characters that a fictional flick might not ever possess.
Seth Davis a couple years back wrote about his lament that Hoop Dreams had faded from the cinema limelight.
Totally agree. Just compelling drama through out with a lot of social and economic significance.
Given how long Steve James was embedded with the characters in this movie and how it really begat a lot of sports documentaries, docudramas, and reality tv in some ways, I really encourage anyone to check it out. Great flick.
Holy shit. Senna is revelation. Just a marvelous film.
I went through all of the posts to see if anyone mentioned it and seems like it slipped through the cracks. I'll maybe post a bit more tomorrow, but I'll just say this:
If you watch this movie, I think there is a pretty high chance that it will be in your top 5 films you see in all of 2012. It would just seem near impossible for 5 other films to best this. Just amazing. I had the advantage of not really knowing anything about the story as I was young and didn't have cable/read much.
The footage is amazing. It's like a HBO Hard Knocks crew documented every moment of the key parts of this movie which takes place mostly in the early 90's.
Check out the trailer and then do yourself a favor and watch this. I think it's on Netflix and Vudu.
Any good mob, cartel, or gang documentaries out there?
Should really check-out "Gasland"
Sitting on Netflix queue and just haven't pulled he trigger on it yet.
I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.
- Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)
A mesmerizing film I saw earlier this year is Terror Island, a documentary about the day of terror in Norway in Oslo and Utoya. Film has subtitles (obviously) but it is a fascinating, albeit very disturbing, account from the survivors about what took place that fateful day.
I emailed someone at ESPN to see if Senna would be on ESPN anytime soon and she was looking into it but didn't know.
I would say that Senna would be top 5 in the 30 for 30's for most people and maybe even better then all of them. Has quite the pedigree award wise and I said on twitter that I think it's the best racing movie of all time.
The story is A+ but I think what really makes this film awesome is the footage. I don't know how/why there is so much behind the scenes footage in addition to the race footage, but it's just compelling visual/audio.
I'm not forced to look at someone in a chair reminiscing about the events in question but rather I'm given very compelling footage that give it the feel almost of an action movie and not a documentary.
There were scenes and shots that I was totally in awe that they had in there, as if Peter Berg or Ridley Scott somehow planned how a live scene would be documented.
That's really the difference as the footage packs a very powerful punch for a documentary. It's on Vudu and Netflix and you should all check it out.
I've confirmed Senna will headline a new batch of ESPN Films aka 30 for 30's. It will debut on ESPN2 on July 29th. Other films will be announced this month.
You can watch knuckle on netflix now... Amazing film about 5 families in Ireland who settle their fueds with high wage bare knuckle boxing
Cocaine Cowboys. Coolest doc on cartels and American dealers I've ever seen.
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Morgan Spurlock, about product placement in movies. I was reluctant to watch because I thought it would be boring but, Spurlock hit it out of the park
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