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What's Your Favourite Documentary?

 
onetimeuser
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on 12/18/2012

I've been building a documentary website in my spare time for a few months, I love documentary films. 

I thought it would be cool to start a thread in which people tell me what their favourite documentary is, as a way of helping each other discover great things to watch.....

.... but mostly to become aware of stuff which I really should think about trying to feature (so for semi-selfish reasons, I guess).

I can personally recommend:

 

Garbage Warrior - about a bloke who builds incredible eco-friendly houses out of recycled materials.

Earthlings - Actually this is a horrible documentary, but an important one. Only watch on the understanding that you stand a 37% chance of becoming a vegetarian after watching.

Black Tar Heroin: Dark End of the Street - Another one which is very hard to watch, but a great bit of cinematography.

Restrepo - The most 'real' documentary about Afghanistan that one could watch. Interesting that the filmmaker died not long after filming.


Any great documentaries that you can make me and others aware of? 

Jerrico_Usher
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on 12/18/2012

The documentary mini series called "The Men Who Built America"

and The pirates of Silicone valley... 


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onetimeuser
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on 12/18/2012

 

Jerrico_Usher: 12/18/2012 - 03:22 AM

The documentary mini series called "The Men Who Built America"

and The pirates of Silicone valley... 

Thanks Jerrico, I've heard of that second one.... must give it a watch. 

lobobrandon
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on 12/18/2012

I liked the pirates of silicon valley too. I'm not a person who usually watches documentaries though. Just a few if many people recommend them.


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HollieT
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on 12/18/2012

The ones which immediately spring to mind for me are "From Beirut to Bosnia" there's three parts and  they're quite old by Robert Fisk. They've only ever aired once on the Discovery Channel- there was much resistance to them. They are however, on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A1SZ2OSWnI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6tykXSdp4c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ_AOep4nI8

 

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chefkeem
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on 12/18/2012

Hehe...lately, I've been carrying around the same idea, Ryan: write one or more articles on my favorite documentaries. Here are 4 interesting discoveries:

  • Helvetica - Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.
  • Smash His Camera - The story of infamous New York City paparazzo Ron Galella, legendary for his restraining order from Jackie O and losing five teeth at the hands of Marlon Brando, all in the service of generating some of the most iconic and memorable celebrity photographs of the 1970s.
  • Deep WaterThe remarkable, true story of the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race and the psychological toll it took on its competitors.
  • North FaceBased on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif - the Eiger - two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent.

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BrendaReeves
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on 12/18/2012

I'm a documentary junkie. My all time favorite is Affluenza. It's one that I enjoy watching over and over again.


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Jerrico_Usher
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on 12/18/2012

I'm a documentary junkie too- E! True Hollywood story, the Biography channel (nuff said), and just about every Sundance film festival award winner :) (dopamine was interesting for example). I find you learn a great deal in documentaries about life and people... oh one I just saw on Hulu called "Craigslist Joe" was Excellent  it's about a guy who proved you could survive completely from the generosity of people found on  craigslist- including rides, food, place to sleep, etc... they have a whole section of them... can't get enough!


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Kangaroo_Jase
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on 12/19/2012

Ryan,

Thanks for posting this up here on the forums. In the past I have felt like Im the only docu watcher in the world sometimes!!!!

Here is a list of the ones I have watched and have become firm favourites.

  • Touching The Void - I weep after watching this every time.
  • Bowling For Columbine - love him or hate him, Micheal Moore's doco is now much more relevant now than ever.
  • Super Size Me - May put you off eating take out - ever again!
  • Cocaine Cowboys - How hard it is for America in it's war against drugs since the 1970's - and still an ongoing battle.
  • Murderball - You will never look at sports the same way again!
  • Stop Making Sense - A Doco about the music group - Talking Heads
  • Project Grizzley - A doco about a man and a super suit to protect against grizzly bears (and possible other applications)

 

onetimeuser
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on 12/19/2012

 

lobobrandon: 12/18/2012 - 04:07 AM

I liked the pirates of silicon valley too. I'm not a person who usually watches documentaries though. Just a few if many people recommend them.

Now that it has two recommendations I will expedite that up to the top of my 'must watch' list! I see that there is both a documentary and movie of the same name. 

onetimeuser
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on 12/19/2012

 

HollieT: 12/18/2012 - 08:08 AM

The ones which immediately spring to mind for me are "From Beirut to Bosnia" there's three parts and  they're quite old by Robert Fisk. They've only ever aired once on the Discovery Channel- there was much resistance to them. They are however, on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A1SZ2OSWnI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6tykXSdp4c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ_AOep4nI8

 

Thanks will check those out! 

onetimeuser
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chefkeem: 12/18/2012 - 09:59 AM

Hehe...lately, I've been carrying around the same idea, Ryan: write one or more articles on my favorite documentaries. Here are 4 interesting discoveries:

  • Helvetica - Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.
  • Smash His Camera - The story of infamous New York City paparazzo Ron Galella, legendary for his restraining order from Jackie O and losing five teeth at the hands of Marlon Brando, all in the service of generating some of the most iconic and memorable celebrity photographs of the 1970s.
  • Deep Water - The remarkable, true story of the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race and the psychological toll it took on its competitors.
  • North Face - Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif - the Eiger - two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent.

LOL at "one or more", I'm aiming for 5000..... 4873 to go *sigh*.

I will probably be creating wizzles like 'the 10 best documentaries about whatever' on wizzley and squidoo at some stage for the occasional crafty backlink (although not written solely for the backlink of course, they will be high quality and comprehensive!). 

That film 'Smash His Camera' sounds particular interesting to me.... will check that out cheers Chef!

 

onetimeuser
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on 12/19/2012

 

BrendaReeves: 12/18/2012 - 10:19 AM

I'm a documentary junkie. My all time favorite is Affluenza. It's one that I enjoy watching over and over again.

Just found this on YouTube and watched the first five minutes (got to cook the tea), I thought it was a spoof at first, will check that out..... I think I know many people who suffer from 'Affluenza'. 

onetimeuser
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Kangaroo_Jase: 12/19/2012 - 04:59 AM

Ryan,

Thanks for posting this up here on the forums. In the past I have felt like Im the only docu watcher in the world sometimes!!!!

Here is a list of the ones I have watched and have become firm favourites.

  • Touching The Void - I weep after watching this every time.
  • Bowling For Columbine - love him or hate him, Micheal Moore's doco is now much more relevant now than ever.
  • Super Size Me - May put you off eating take out - ever again!
  • Cocaine Cowboys - How hard it is for America in it's war against drugs since the 1970's - and still an ongoing battle.
  • Murderball - You will never look at sports the same way again!
  • Stop Making Sense - A Doco about the music group - Talking Heads
  • Project Grizzley - A doco about a man and a super suit to protect against grizzly bears (and possible other applications)

 

Of those I have seen three, Super Size Me, Cocaine Cowboys and Project Grizzley, both very good documentaries.

The latter I actually watched in a Chicago hotel room because it was pissing down with rain.... Cocaine Cowboys is already available to watch on my site..... good doc. 

I don't hate Michael Moore, have enjoyed some of his stuff but haven't seen Bowling for Columbine (yet).

And no, you are certainly not the only person who enjoys documentaries, haven't been able to get enough of them for years..... then I stumbled across an amazing domain on a dropped domain tool and just had to develop it: bestdocumentary.org

I'm not going to make a habit of linking to that in here, but sounds like you love documentaries enough to bookmark it and watch it as it (very slowly) grows ;)

It's just a wordpress based site, I'm no web developer! 

onetimeuser
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on 12/19/2012

Here's a couple more:

Hoop Dreams - Follows two african american college kids as they attempt to make a career in basketball. An interesting fact is that it was initially supposed to be a 30 minute TV feature, but the film makers ended up sticking around for four years Surprised

Vietnam: An American Holocaust - A great documentary about one of the most pointless wars in American history. 

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Hoo, boy....NICE site, Ryan!   Smile


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onetimeuser
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on 12/19/2012

Jase, obviously I mean: "Of those I have seen three, Super Size Me, Cocaine Cowboys and Project Grizzley, both all very good documentaries".

 

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chefkeem: 12/19/2012 - 02:51 PM

Hoo, boy....NICE site, Ryan!   Smile

Cheers Chef, appreciated.... takes me an absolute age to figure out how to do stuff so it is nothing special... work in progress! 

Finding documentaries and filling up the categories is the fun bit Laughing

(Ps. thanks for the facebook like!)

Paul
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on 12/19/2012

Here's where I go to suit my documentary needs.

onetimeuser
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Paul: 12/19/2012 - 04:09 PM

Here's where I go to suit my documentary needs.

And what's your favourite documentary? 

Those Reddit types don't take too kindly to people sharing their own stuff do they? I'll give it a go nonetheless of course. 

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