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Just saw Finding Vivian Maier, fascinating is all I can say, she seemed to be a contradiction in so many respects.... I was hoping to figure her out by the end but nope! lol
Wonder what it would have been like had she been "discovered" for her talent earlier? Might have made quite the interesting celebrity, at least more interesting than most of 'em....
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Wonder what it would have been like had she been "discovered" for her talent earlier? Might have made quite the interesting celebrity, at least more interesting than most of 'em....
Interesting for sure, I sort of get the feeling it would have been a case of the critics/press fawning over her and her on the other side saying, you people know nothing, shut up and leave me out of this you idiots, hahaha. I get the feeling that her past issues and secrets that seemed to saddle her would have never been overcome and would have continued to color her outlook and ability to "fit or blend" in
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Pretty much anything by Morgan Spurlock.

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Oh, another one just came to mind "The Human Animal", which is an exploration of human society from the point of view of someone who studies animal behavior. It's a little old now but I don' think anything in it would have become outdated really. Of course they probably won't show the original intro in any US version, because they was nekked people in it.

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Tim's Vermeer (2013) - documentary by Ray Teller (of Penn & Teller), about Tim Jenison, the creator of the Video Toaster, who is fascinated with the painting technique of the great Dutch Master artist Johannes Vermeer, and decides to recreate one of his paintings, despite having no artistic training.
This was pretty amazing, the lengths to which he went to recreate the exact conditions were just ridiculous, you have to be both smart and rich to be able to do that.

Netflix 'Chef's Table' is very well done and will make you hungry

I love BBC Horizon, such a diverse range of subjects. I have a couple of youtube channels I'm subscribed to and there are lots of cool documentaries to watch.

Also I'll recommend TED Talks.
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Love Documentaries.

Nanook of the North (1922) was probably one of the first documentaries made. Director Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuit living in the Arctic Circle.

Best Boy (1979) Portrait of a family in transition: a mother, a father, and their son, their "best boy." Pearl and Max Wohl live in Queens with Philly, their cheerful, engaging, and mentally-disabled son. For 50 years Pearl and Max have provided a loving home for Philly, but they're aging, Max is ailing, and they must figure out what's to happen to Philly when they can no longer care for him. Are there options besides an institution? Philly's cousin is Ira Wohl, whose camera follows the family as Philly takes steps into the wider world. This is a remarkably emotional and touching story.

Crumb (1994) Director Terry Zwigoff's first feature explores the life and times of underground cartoon artist Robert Crumb and his hugely dysfunctional family. The documentary is graphic and somewhat dark but the filmmaker and the subject are in perfect sync and are thoroughly enjoying pushing the boundaries while creating their art.

Hearts and Minds (1974) Peter Davies film was a powerhouse when released and still carries quite a punch. Through film clips, news footage and extensive interviews with soldiers and families from both sides of the war Davies delivers The Vietnam Movie. While much of the footage is disturbing it shouldn't be any other way.

Joan Robinson: One woman's story (1980) Caught this on pbs the one time it was shown. Watching this woman suffer and die on camera was heartbreaking and unforgettable. Still hard to believe a television network actually had the courage to broadcast it.

The Up series. Michael Apted created 7 up to follow a group of children from the age of seven, and to continue to follow there growth and changes every seven years from seven up in 1964 all the way to the eighth film 56 up. Truly the work of a lifetime.

Also, practically anything from the big three below...

Frederick Wiseman has been making documentaries about social issues and institutions since 1967. Several of my favorites are Titicut Follies (1967), High School (1968), Welfare (1975), Domestic Violence (2001) and At Berkeley (2013).

Les Blank creates earthy documentaries about food, music and culture (the things he loves). Kind of ironic that Hollywood is endlessly lost for new subjects but Les can keep us fascinated watching a film about garlic. Among my favorites by Les are Garlic is as good as Ten Mothers (1980), Spend it All (1972), In Heaven there is no beer (1984), and Burden of Dreams (1982).

Errol Morris came into filmmaking with the encouragement of Werner Herzog. Several favorites of his are Vernon Florida (1981), The thin blue line (1988) and Tabloid (2010).

And a final five to round things off...

The Weavers: Wasn't that a time
Grey Gardens
Grizzly Man
Country Boys
Africa Blood and Guts (or any mondo feature)
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All of my absolute favorites were already mentioned, so I'll add two somewhat recent documentaries that I very much enjoyed.

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster
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Here's a rather obscure one I saw a (great) number of years ago-- Trobriand Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism. It's an Australian film on the Trobriand Islanders' unique take on the game of Cricket. It's funny and fascinating, even if you're not a Cricket fan.
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An excellent documentary series that i have watched recently is wonders of the solar system by Brian Cox.

docur.co/documentary/wonders-of-the-solar-system-order-out-of-chaos-7zi
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These are great! I highly suggest digging up John Lurie's music as well.
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These are great! I highly suggest digging up John Lurie's music as well.
I have been meaning to check this out for ever...FINALLY put it in my queue tonite.


BTW, thanx to everyone who has posted recommendations...many are now in my queue.
I watch tons of docs and always have, but I haven't seem 'em all.
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Just watched Meru today and thought it was a very good, revealing documentary.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015...r-renan-ozturk
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Though they aren't documentaries per se, all of the "Joy of Painting" episodes are officially on Youtube now. They are a great watch. Even if you can't paint and have no plans to ever do so, they are still a great watch. The guy is a genius and just watching him and listening to him is very relaxing and informative. He can create a forest with a few taps of a brush pretty much.
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There is always the disturbing HBO documentary - Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015).

If you don't have HBO it can be purchased or rented at any of the major streamers like Amazon, VUDU or iTunes.

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There is always the disturbing HBO documentary - Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015).
Watched it and found it fascinating.
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Great doc.


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Just sine off of the top of my head:


All of the good food docs, like "Food, Inc.". They not only give you a good perspective on what you put into your body, they also show how horrible of a company Monsanto really is. Everyone should at least educate themselves on that.


Who killed the electric car?


The smartest guys in the room - if you're not enraged by this you have no soul.


Senna - great doc on the former F1 world champion. I'm 100% hetero but I would have married that guy.


Vito - great doc about an AIDS activist


Senna and Vito both ultimately explore death from two different angles. I saw them both within 2 weeks of each other after my mother was diagnosed with liver cancer. It was therapeutic.
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Senna - great doc on the former F1 world champion. I'm 100% hetero but I would have married that guy.
In case you are unaware, we do have an F1 Thread.
It's pretty active...check it out:
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For All Mankind

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Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

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Not sure how I missed this one in my original post, but yeh, great documentary that covers their whole career.

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Oh, and another one I just remembered: The Mars Underground. It's about the possibilities for visiting and colonizing mars. If you look at the gear in The Martian, it seems to have been drawn from the plan laid out by the team that this documentary is mostly about, or at least heavily influenced by it.
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I am almost regretting reading this thread.

Documentaries that I have enjoyed watching even though I would not claim that these are outstanding films:
1) Sound City
2) Artifact

Some that I have seen that have resonated with me long after watching them:
1) Inequality for All
2) Blackfish
3) The Cove - I could not get a full nights sleep for several days after seeing this. Disturbingly haunting, and will make you question humanity for our capability for such brutality.

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1) Baghdad ER
2) Restrepo
Both the above deal with the recent US wars in the middle east. Both provide a glimpse into the high cost of war in terms of how it changes those young men who willingly go into battle.
3) Planet Earth - this entire series is reference video quality on blu-ray.
4) Life - another BBC Earth series that provides stunning visuals.

Packing a lot of sound into a small room.
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I am almost regretting reading this thread.

Documentaries that I have enjoyed watching even though I would not claim that these are outstanding films:
1) Sound City
2) Artifact

Some that I have seen that have resonated with me long after watching them:
1) Inequality for All
2) Blackfish
3) The Cove - I could not get a full nights sleep for several days after seeing this. Disturbingly haunting, and will make you question humanity for our capability for such brutality.

I really liked Sound City. I watched it on VH1, which I found a little odd as they and their parent MTV share in some of the blame for the present state of popular music. There are a lot of really interesting "behind the music" type shows on VH1, you just have to stay up late sometimes.
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3) The Cove - I could not get a full nights sleep for several days after seeing this. Disturbingly haunting, and will make you question humanity for our capability for such brutality.
YOUR humanity isn't in question...it's a group in a particular part of the world.
It's naïve to think all humans share the same soul.
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This thread reminded me that I need to see Tim's Vermeer.

I'm glad that nobody mentioned From the Earth to the Moon. Oh, how I hate that. They managed to take a fascinating subject and somehow make it boring. Somebody needs to take the raw materials and make a completely new edit.
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Watching now on Netflix for all the Karate Kid fans The Real Miyagi

ps the interviews with his family in Japanese don't automatically show English subtitles, turn 'em on manually!

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Crazy Love (2007)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790706/

I liked Grey Gardens (1975) quite a bit. However, among the fascinating human nature docs, 2007's Crazy Love grabbed me and has haunted me more over the years.
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