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Can you recommend me some please?? Don't want anything like supersize me or any of that style of documentary.
Quite vague this thread really :D
I have recently watched and enjoyed My Kid Could Paint That, Catfish, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and Man on Wire.
Housemate has been ranting about it for a while.Have you seen An American movie? It's very good.
I've got An American Movie but haven't watched it yet, I'll bump it up my priority list though.
eg Carts of Darkness, about homeless guys in BC who ride shopping carts down mountain roads as an extreme sport http://www.nfb.ca/film/carts_of_darkness/
+ The Century Of The Self, The Trap & The Mayfair Set, etc. - all available @ http://adamcurtisfilms.blogspot.com/
^the latter two sites have lots more very good stuff from other people
+ site:drownedinsound.com/community/boards/social/ documentaries
+ Winged Migration is good, search for that if you like birdies
from 4 years in the future.
This is great.
It's about the USA & Canadian quadriplegic rugby teams, incredible film.
I don't really know that much about documentaries but I love Nick Broomfield as well, pretty obvious one - his Biggie & Tupac one is great, as are the ones about Aileen Wuornos.
and probably any other Herzog too. But definitely ^that.
Exit Through The Gift Shop was the most recent good documentary i've seen.
Man on Wire is good
Grizzly Man (I've not seen yet though)
a lot of people like The Cove, but i didn't because it gave me a biased impression i believe.
Great film, really heartwarming in a weird way.
one of my favourite films documentary or otherwise
The bloke is heartbreakingly mental
watched this last night. pretty good, better if you're a basketball fan, it's directed by Adam Yauch.
I've got exit through the gift shop to watch this weekend, and from what everybody tells me it should be good.
even if you're not a fan of black metal it's very absorbing viewing
American movie, best worst movie, dear Zachary
David Icke - The Lizards and the Jews
Fhe former's on Google video, the latter's on YouTube
Not spectacularly essential, but well worthy of a watch.
Still one of my favorite.
don't look it up or anything, just watch it. Seriously, seriously sad.
about the comic artist robert crumb and his eccentric/stange/mental/flawed family
really enjoyed catfish as well as king of kong. they're my recommendations, albeit duplications of the above
but if I wasn't, I'd be at this http://www.docpoint.info/en/programme
Deep Water - By the same people as Touching the Void, it follows the first solo non-stop round the World boat race. There's a field of nine but it focuses on this one guy English guy who's a bit of a chancer. Incredible story.
Fog of War - Robert Macnamara (served in ww2, US Secretary of Defence during the 60s and former head of the World Bank) tells all about shit that went down in the 20th Century.
Thin Blue Line - Investigates the killing of a cop in the US. Shows how fucked up the justice system is over there.
Dark Days - This guy finds a community living under New York and goes and meets them. Better than Bruce Parry.
I love alot of the ones already mentioned too, particularly King of Kong, American Movie, and Hoop Dreams
Also, When the Levees Broke is absolutely devastating but brilliant throughout. The interviewees are superb, especially the woman who calls out Barbara Bush for saying that the 'refugees' had never had it so good. I heard that she got a part in Treme off the back of this film.
those Errol Morris ones are wonderful.
but it probably wont come over here for about 6 months :(
1989 The Summer of Rave
The Alchemists of Sound
Better Living Through Circuitry
Krautrock: The rebirth of Germany
King Of Kong
Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room
Man On Wire
Exit Through The Gift Shop
When The Levees Broke
The Power Of Nightmares
A fair few of the ESPN '30 For 30' series: The Two Escobars, Jordan Rides The Bus, June 17th 1994, The 16th Man, The Birth Of Big Air and One Night In Vegas are all worth a watch.
Men Who Swim - it's about an all-male Swedish synchronized swimming team and their efforts to become the best team in Europe (despite being rank amateurs). Really funny and actually quite moving.
Also Sleep Furiously - this artsy documentary about life in a rural Welsh village was really impressive. Apparently the first film to have a soundtrack made up entirely of Aphex Twin tunes (though it mainly just used Avril 14th a lot)
In the Realms of the unreal
Pretty horrifying but mesmerising at the same time. About clowns, paedophiles and family and stuff.
then I went to see Happy Peopre about the peopre in the Siberian Taiga which was just great thanks. then I went to see this http://docpoint.info/en/node/3345 which I didn't rearry understnad very much but it was nice to see finnish hipsters as arways.
It charts the lives of a group of randomly selected English children from all kinds of backgrounds in the early 60s, and catches up every seven years.
I learnt more about the modern history of this country from watching that programme than I did from literally any other source.
For a limited audience I guess, but it's about homosexuality and the Bible.
It's got tons of famous people like Dick Gephardt, Gene Robinson and Desmond Tutu.
One of the best I've ever watched.
Marc Isaacs who directed it also directed this beautiful little docu-film
ummm also...in terms of documentaries that play with the form a little bit more, I really love all these:
London/Robinson in Space
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2BVeAz4Vzg (whole film)
Of Time and the City
Maybe we should have a sub-thread why is it that British cinema is imo, pretty poor in comparison with other major european countries - France/Germany, even IMO places like Sweden and Denmark have us beat but then documentary-wise, there's a pretty amazing cannon stretching back to Free cinema stuff in the stuff in the 50s. idk, interesting tho.
and went to see Project Nim last night.
All were EXCELLENT to varying degrees.
It's about the Liberian civil war, and it's the most powerful thing I've seen in ages.
This is a documentary from 1984 about kids living on the streets in Seattle. Someone has kindly uploaded it to youtube. Its fucking brilliant (also very depressing, be warned). Think it got an Oscar nomination.
Seriously though, EVERYONE WATCH THIS!
Is pretty good. Was on iplayer recently, not sure if it's on dvd yet but you should be able to get a torrent of it.
As somebody mentioned above. A genius. They are aesthetically beautiful, comprised of National Film Boards of Canada style clips, and fantastic use of music (at times).
Beyond the appearance he weaves together developments in politics, psychology, economics and philosophy during the 20th century that give you startlung new ways of looking at the mess we are in. He integrates individual thinkersor scientists with the effect of their findings on social or political thought and finally, on us. My words can't do him justice.
All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace
The Power of Nightmares
The Century Of The Self
Beyond Curtis, I'm a bit of a docu-freak. In Britain you are well-advised to watch Storyville. Some are boring, but when they get it right it's so beautiful and powerful, like art. The two I vividly remember was one on Detroit and the decay of that city, the other on British expats trying to integrate with their new homeland Sweden through setting up a synchronised swimming club.
When I get home from work I will post more examples
On the piratebay or tvchaos
i would also recommend:
how to survive a plague
Gruff Rhys - American Interior. Some Welshman thought there was a tribe of Welsh speaking Indians because some other Welshman went there years before. Sounds crazy, but Gruff retraces his steps and it is a really interesting look at Welshness, languages dying and this bloke's life.
Lemmy. It is about Lemmy's life.
Desperate Man Blues. This is about some batshit bloke who collects pre-war 78 RPM records. He is well into it, digs around people's basements for some rare finds. He has original Robert Johnson records, that kind of thing.
I forget the name. It is how they cope with being anti establishment figures and a Dad. The singer from Bad Religion dyes his hair, Lars Frederiksen takes his kid to a park and he dresses like a joke version of a 70s punk with mohawk etc. Fat Mike sends his kids to private school and drops them off looking like a hungover fat 90s pop punk slob.