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Mine would be capturing the friedmans.
Either Man on Wire or Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room
No Direction Home
It's a great entry-level introduction to that world, and because I didn't know the outcome at the time, utterly riveting.
Just as funny.
Still not got round to it so may go along
I haven't seen it in a couple of years so I may also go. That festival looks great all round, If I can drag myself out of the house that early on a Sunday I'd go to The Thin Blue Line too.
But if you want you can, here
- Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
- King of Kong
For Herzog's amazing narration alone.
Man on Wire, Night and Fog and Undefeated are all up there.
Sack all those- forgot about this one:
'Streetwise'- an Oscar nominated documentary from 1984 about homeless kids in Seattle. Kind of like a real life 'My Own Private Idaho' at points. Music from Tom Waits. It's on YouTube here if you want to watch it (there might be a better version about):
Still letting that one sink in though. Really original idea and made me think A LOT.
and have just ordered it. The premise is incredible, glad to hear it lives up to it.
Honourable mentions for
King Of Kong
Cinematographically exquisite. Funny and touching and bizarre in places. I watch it again and again.
KRS-One's proper fat.
This is where I can trace my ancestors (post-dinosaur) back to so it is cool to see footage of potential family members
still entertaining. and the minoutaur thing
still great though.
Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room is great.
I have no proper suggestion at present. first things that came to mind were these. I will have forgotten loads of great ones though
King of Kong
or the decline of western civilization part 2: the metal years (never have seen part 1)
def worth a watch
Man on a wire too.
As was the cove
Hey: anyone seen The Act of Killing?
was ever-so-slightly underwhelmed because i'd heard so much about it. But it is fascinating all the same
Loved the features at the time to remix the visuals, switch between cameras, etc. Felt liek you were in charge of the lighting desk.
My favourite Werner Herzog documentary of the ones I've seen. It's him in Antarctica meeting people that live and work there. He's got an incredible knack of drawing stuff out of people, and you get an interesting array of characters living in such a remote place. There are also some amazing sound recordings of seals underwater.
Why penguin, why?! :(
peopel spends thousands on fancy synths to get cool oscillating filters, all they need is a leopard seal.
man on wire
king of kong
the beatles anthology
no direction home (bob dylan)
Sports documentaries are the best
I don't really consider concert movies to be documentaries but if so then Stop Making Sense & Shut up and play the hits are there too
Black Power Mixtape
Everyone needs to see that - absolutely phenomenal stuff
Runnin' down a dream (tom petty) - 5 hours of amazingness.
Love shines (ron sexsmith) - sad and thoughtful.
I am trying to break your heart (wilco) - great story, funny ending
Don't look back (Dylan) - for the dylan/donovan sing off alone
The devil and Daniel Johnston - Flawed genius
The Century of the Self
We Were Here
Murder on a Sunday Morning
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Bowling for Columbine
Man on Wire
Miesten Vuoro (Steam of Life)
Capturing the Friedmans
The House I Live In
Encounters at the End of the World
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
I liked that a lot.
It's all up on youtube.
even though they are pretty flawed (particularly the 2nd one) that case just hooked me in.