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Favorite Documentaries

some of my recent favorites have been

Stornchaser - The Butterfly and the Tornado

Tesla - Master of Lightning

White Light/Black Rain - The Destruction of Hiroshima (some scenes not for kids)

War Photographer
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Bettie Page Reveals All (2012)
The Civil War (1990)
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)
Elgar (1962)
Frazetta: Painting with Fire (2003)
In the Realms of the Unreal (2004)
Rewind This! (2013)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Civil War
Shoah
Errol Morris docs
And million others I can't think of right now.
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Hearts of Darkness - A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Side by Side

Gasland

Trinity and Beyond

The Fog of War - Eleven lessons from the life of Robert McNamara
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It would take me way too long to make this list, since I watch beau coup documentaries. I think I may have started a similar thread some time back, but maybe I'm hallucinating that. BTW, there's a good documentary about people who hallucinate having created forum threads.

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It would take me way too long to make this list, since I watch beau coup documentaries. I think I may have started a similar thread some time back, but maybe I'm hallucinating that. BTW, there's a good documentary about people who hallucinate having created forum threads.

Just throw out your favorite five or so. These threads coming up now and again are good for finding something new to watch.
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Some that I can remember at the top of my head.

"Inside Job" - financial crash
"Jiro Dreams of Sushi" - About a sushi chef and his restaurant
"Somm" - 4 guys going for the Master Sommelier exam.
"Keep on Keepin' On" - Jazz legend Clark Terry and his mentorship of and 23-year old pianist.
"Searching for Sugar Man" - about Rodriguez
"National Geographic: The worlds biggest bomb" - a good compliment to Trinity and Beyond.

21:st century Karate Kid......Logon, Logoff, Logon, Logoff..
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Civil War
Shoah
Errol Morris docs
And million others I can't think of right now.
Cave of forgotten dreams was excellent!
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Cave of forgotten dreams was excellent!
For those who are unfamiliar with it:

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OK, here are some:

1. All of the 'Classic Albums' DVDs, most of which are available on Netflix. They are about the making of particularly important or influential albums. Some that I've seen are Dark Side of the Moon, 2112/Moving Pictures, Graceland, the Black album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, The Band, Who Are You, Transformer, Joshua Tree, Face Value, Bat Out of Hell, Plastic Ono Band, Rio, Night at the Opera, Aja, and others.

2. Becoming Human - about the roots of human evolution. It's a PBS thing I think.

3. Big Star- Nothing Can Hurt Me - about the great band Big Star, who were hugely influential after the fact but were just born at the wrong time so they never achieved broad fame.

4. The Day The Earth Stood Still / Connections (original and 2 and 3 series.) - A series that explores the way discoveries and connections between people and ideas percolate down through history in crazy ways. These are old and the fashion is kind of scary, but they are all still quite relevant and informative.

5. Decade Under the Influence - about the upsurge of independent cinema in the 70s

6. Here is What Is - Part documentary, part musical exploration, part psychedelic trip, by Daniel Lanois (a very wide traveled musician and producer who was worked on some incredible albums.) There is some stunning musical performances in this one.

7. Howard Goodall's docs on music (Organ Works, Big Bangs, How Music is Made) - All very informative and entertaining

8. Moog Documentary - About the life and work of Robert Moog, the inventor of the synthesizer

9. Tom Dowd : The Language of Music - About the legendary engineer/producer of Atlantic Records who worked on boatloads of uber-classic albums.

10. 20 Feet from Stardom - About the lives of backup singers. I love this one

11. Muscle Shoals - About the small but legendary studio where a crazy number of classic albums were made

12. When we Left Earth - A three disc set on the space program from the start up through the Skylab era

13. Side By Side - a doc by Keaneu Reeves about the current transition from film to digital technology and how it's affected things.

14. Herb and Dorothy - About two very average people who became the greatest collectors of modern art of pretty much all time, on regular salaries.

15. Running Down a Dream - A pretty comprehensive documentary about Tom Petty

16. Helvetica - A pretty fascinating doc about the ubiquitous Helvetica font face, and a lot of general information about the development of typography.

17. Amazing Journey - A fairly comprehensive doc about the history of The Who

18. Senna - A documentary about the life of legendary F1 driver Ayrtan Senna.

19. The Medici - A four part documentary on the famous Medici family of Florence, who were gigantically influential in many ways.

20. Joni Mitchell - Heart and Mind - A really good documentary about the life and music of Joni Mitchell.

21. Hype! - A great documentary about the grunge movement in Seattle. Very entertaining with lots of good performances

22. Dig! - A really entertaining documentary about two sort of interlinked bands, the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

23. Sound City - A really good doc about the demise of the dumpy but legendary studio.

24. Indie Game : The Movie - A documentary about independent game developers. I thought it was wonderful, but perhaps because it struck very close to home for me, as a software developer.

25. Foo Fighters : Back and Forth - A summing up of the career of the Foo Fighters from the end of Nirvana up through their peak success period.

There are many more I've seen but would have to really work to remember, and many more on Youtube that I'd have to go find in order to get the titles and links to. But a couple Youtube ones I have right off the top of my head:

1. Great Pianists of the 20th Century - a broad overview of top pianist and a lot of information about them and what influenced them and what influence they had on others and so forth.

2. Howard Goodall's "How Music is Made" docs listed above are not on DVD but they are on Youtube. They are BBC so it's not a problem for them to be there, they were paid for by public money to begin with.
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Some recent favorites:

An Honest Liar (2014)
The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.

Listen to Me Marlon (2015)
A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014)
A documentary that weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

Side by Side (2012)
The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

...going back a bit and not easy to find:

The Monster That Ate Hollywood (PBS/Frontline 1983)
How the opening weekend box office race changed the movies.

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The Films of Ray and Charles Eames was pretty good stuff.
Uranium:Twisting the Dragon's Tail I saw just the other night and liked quite a bit
Samsara and Baraka altho not documentaries in the usual sense are nonetheless...
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I like lots of documentaries, here are a few:

The man who built america 1,2,3,4 History
Prophets of science fiction 1,2,3,4,5 SciHD
Most of our universe is missing Horizon
Sun Tzu the art of war History
Enron the smartest guys in the room
American Experience Silicon Valley PBS
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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.
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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.
Loved this one.
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So many, too many to list but a few that stand out in recent memory are:


Maidentrip

Rabbit Hash: Center of the Universe

Mile, Mile and a Half

A Certain Kind of Death

Collapse


Maidentrip is about a young girl sailing around the world by herself. As a recent father it was pretty powerful and amazing to see what such a young kid was accomplishing.

Rabbit Hash is about a town that elected a dog for mayor. Quite a few characters in that town.

Mile, Mile and a Half is just about walking the John Muir trail. Gorgeous location.

A Certain Kind of Death is a cold hard brutal tale of what happens when you die alone and the state gets your remains.

Collapse is some peak oil shenanigans but at the heart is a super powerful message that is lost on too many people.
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This is a cool thread.

There are a lot of great docs listed here I have seen, and some I haven't.
Thanx for the recommendations.
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Some more I think are pretty worthy watches, of the music variety
20 Feet From Stardom
Sound City
The Last Waltz
Stop Making Sense
Muscle Shoals
This is Spinal Tap
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Cocaine Cowboys is a good one if you like a crime saga. It explains so much about Florida.
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Cocaine Cowboys is a good one if you like a crime saga. It explains so much about Florida.
Absolutely....fascinating story.
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The first is the actual documentary , with the real people and the second is a movie version of the documentary.
Both are incredibly fascinating , the "movie" version has an amazing job by Drew Barrymore.
All I can say is that it's like watching a train wreck in slow motion

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I like that one: Note by Note




...It may not be a hot contemporary subject, it's not yet another WWII/holocaust "reminder", but it's a fascinating documentary about this one-of-a-kind, hand-made instrument, unique brand, and the men behind it.

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OK, yeh, Note by Note is one I should have put in my first list. Not sure why I missed it. I've watched it numerous times and it is very good.

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If you like sports documentaries ESPN's 30 for 30 series has some good ones.

HBO Sports produced a documentary a few years ago about Magic Johnson and Larry Bird which I loved.

http://www.hbo.com/sports/magic-and-...ship-of-rivals

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Another music oriented one I just saw today that was very interesting Seymour: An Introduction
A very interesting one about an obscure but prolific photographer Finding Vivian Maier
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Planet Earth

Love Sigourney's narration
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Uranium:Twisting the Dragon's Tail I saw just the other night and liked quite a bit
I will have to watch this one, if only to to understand why they refer to it as "Twisting the Dragon's Tail" instead of "Tickling the Dragon's Tail."

As for my favorites:
  • Planet Earth - David Attenborough narration
  • The Men Who Built America
  • Trek Nation
  • Modern Marvels - Each episode can be viewed as a mini-documentary
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Another music oriented one I just saw today that was very interesting Seymour: An Introduction
A very interesting one about an obscure but prolific photographer Finding Vivian Maier
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
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