Documentary recommendations Page 2

  • effinjamie 29 Aug 2011 18:04:20 996 posts
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    The trial of Henry Kissinger.

    Why We Fight.

    Taxi to the Dark side.

    Basically all the BBC Storyville stuff.
  • AcidSnake 2 Sep 2011 10:49:10 8,352 posts
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    Inside Job
    The only time I managed to understand what a security default swap was...

    Wonders of the Solar System
    Love this, makes you stand in awe...
  • figgis 2 Sep 2011 10:56:32 7,721 posts
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    Pike wrote:
    UncleLou wrote:
    Pike wrote:
    Rumble in the Jungle, about the Foreman vs Ali fight was pretty damned great.

    Do you mean the original one of 1974, or the more recent documentary "When We Were Kings"?

    If it's the latter I agree, it's absolutely fantastic. Never saw the 1974 docu, I think.

    You are correct. When We Were Kings is the one. I forgot that that was the real title of the documentary.:)

    Edited by Pike at 14:12:20 20-12-2005

    Has the original fight and the 'Thriller In Manilla' as DVD extras. One of the only times the DVD extras are worth it.
  • L0cky 2 Sep 2011 10:57:57 2,078 posts
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    OllyJ wrote:
    One of the best Docs I have ever seen is "Paradise Lost"

    It's about these kids dubbed "The West Memphis three" it's a shocking look into bible crazy America and how prejudice has landed three kids on death row and they remain there to this day on hokey evidence, unrelieable witnesses and bodged detective work.

    shocking stuff.


    There's a second doc which is also a must watch as it totally changes your perspective on the case if you were in any doubt. A third one is coming based on recent events, no doubt it will be the last one.
  • AcidSnake 2 Sep 2011 11:32:06 8,352 posts
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    I didn't think it was boring though...It would not stand up well to repeat viewings but I finally understood how the whole collapse of the markets happened...

    About the Paradise Lost one, was that where the prosecutor suddenly conjured up the magnificent line of "Wearing black isn't a bad sign, being a loner isn't a bad sign, listening to loud music isn't a bad sign...But all these things together..." or something similar, like some sort of Captain Planet logic leap...?
  • L0cky 4 Sep 2011 23:38:13 2,078 posts
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  • MetalDog 19 Jan 2012 17:36:40 24,076 posts
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    Been trawling around Stanford University's psychology lecture videos recently (poke around on Youtube if you want those) and link-hopping came across this one on stress, which is interesting/entertaining in equal measure.
    Watchee here

    @edit linkfail

    Edited by MetalDog at 17:37:01 19-01-2012
  • localnotail 21 Jan 2012 21:16:54 23,072 posts
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    King of Kong is on Netflix. Awesome.

    Edited by localnotail at 22:09:03 21-01-2012
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    King of Kong is awesome.
  • localnotail 21 Jan 2012 22:16:50 23,072 posts
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    I'd forgotten how great it is, the story and the people in it are all perfect
  • BinaryBob101 21 Jan 2012 23:05:03 27,753 posts
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    Super High Me, awesome and hilarious response to a similar documentary, but much funnier. There are no surprises here to those in the know, but it's still a very entertaining 90 minutes.

    Next up, Knuckle.
  • Deleted user 21 January 2012 23:25:57
    BinaryBob101 wrote:
    Super High Me, awesome and hilarious response to a similar documentary, but much funnier. There are no surprises here to those in the know, but it's still a very entertaining 90 minutes.

    Next up, Knuckle.
    I just cringe pooped a little.
  • spamdangled 21 Jan 2012 23:45:33 31,803 posts
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    The Corporation is awesome.

    What's with all the ancient threads being bumped recently?
  • richardiox 22 Jan 2012 00:43:33 9,006 posts
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    Watched 'The Shock Doctrine' on Netflix last week.

    Also watched Knuckle from another source. Enjoyed both for very different reasons.

    King of Kong is amazing.
  • BinaryBob101 22 Jan 2012 00:47:20 27,753 posts
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    Mowgli, what are you going on about you silly Scottish dwarf?
  • urban 22 Jan 2012 03:27:25 13,110 posts
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  • grey_matters 22 Jan 2012 04:14:32 5,345 posts
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    Anvil is worth a shot.
  • smugla 22 Jan 2012 10:50:43 2,278 posts
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    Thriller In Manila

    it paints a rather different picture of Muhammed Ali

    Cocaine Cowboys

    first class documentary its one of the best ive seen
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 22 Jan 2012 11:07:07 7,086 posts
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    If you like cinema then the epic 15-hours Story Of Film: An Odyssey was amazing. It's finished it's run on TV but is due out on DVD soon.
  • urban 22 Jan 2012 14:39:45 13,110 posts
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    Personal Favourites

    Food INC - Probably one of the best docs I've ever seen.

    Bigger Stronger Faster - Hilarious start, mainly an insight into body building and steroid use in American today.

    The Art Of The Steal - A brilliant peek at the shit state of the art world as it stands now.

    Love the Beast -Follows Eric Bana on his quest to enter The Targa Tasmania Rally in his lifelong loving beast A Ford GT Falcon Coupe. If you like cars a little bit too much this one is for you.


    Casino Jack and the United States of Money - A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.

    Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer - An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.

    Jesus Camp - Jesus Camp follows several young children as they prepare to attend a summer camp where the kids will get their daily dose of evangelical Christianity. Becky Fischer works at the camp, which is named Kids on Fire. Through interviews with Fischer, the children, and others, Jesus Camp illustrates the unswerving belief of the faithful. A housewife and homeschooling mother tells her son that creationism has all the answers. - It will get under your skin.

    Filmmakers documentarys

    Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse - A Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

    Burden Of Dreams - Another Documentary about a film product cycle. The problems Werner Herzog encounters trying to film Fitzcarraldo. Superb.

    A Decade Under the Influence A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.

    Stanley Kubrick's Boxes - Possibly the best insight into the mind of a director.

    Interesting Humans

    Salesman - Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.

    Man on Wire - A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."

    Trekkies Doesn't need a description, everyone knows trekkies are nutters.

    The Dungeon Masters - A truely unique gem in the Documentary world. The real life characters in this film are some of the most colourful and disturbing I've ever seen in any film. You'll be happy with one viewing though.

    American Movie - Another film where the subject matter ends up being the main character and their flaws. About a filmmaker who clearly will never make it.

    Metal: a Headbangers Journey - Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist who wrote his graduate thesis on the plight of Guatemalan refugees. Recenly he has decided to study the plight of a different culture, one he has been a part of since he was a 12-year old: the culture of heavy metal. Sam sets out on a global journey to find out why this music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans.

    Prodigal sons -
    Filmmaker Kimberly Reed returns home for her high school reunion, ready to reintroduce herself to the small town as a transgender woman and hoping for reconciliation with her long estranged adopted brother Marc. Things are complicated by the shocking revelation that Marc may be the grandson of Orson Wells and Rita Hayworth, forcing Kim and her family to explore questions of sexual orientation, identity, severe trauma and love.

    Marwencol - After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

    Catfish - A story about the internet. Watch it! Don't attempt to spoil it, just sit back and enjoy.

    We Live in Public - A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade.

    Spellbound - Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee. - In my opinion a hugely damaging and regressive american tradition.

    The White Diamond - Another Werner Herzog gem THE WHITE DIAMOND is a film about the daring adventure of exploring rainforest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr.Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur Falls in the heart of Guyana, hoping to fly his helium-filled invention above the tree-tops. Though Dorrington is plagued by previous tragic failure, torn between his dream and his own regard for human life.

    Touching the void - The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.


    Vanishing of The Bees - This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee.

    Encounters at the end of the world Werner Herzog takes on Antartica, needless to say this isn't your typical nature documentary.

    If god Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise - Spike Lee Created an astonishing record of the cataclysmic effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans with his epic award-winning documentary

    GasLand - Homemade documentary which was nominated for an Oscar about hydraulic Fracking for natural shale gas. They've just started Fracking here in the UK, it's a nasty dirty process.

    The Cove - Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. - If you like animals you will cry.

    Grizzly Man - Werner Herzogs pick up documentary using footage shot almost entirely by the films main character. Timothy Treadwell who died in the Alaskan wilderness doing what he felt was necessary to protect Grizzly bears from poachers.

    Lessons of Darkness Werner Herzog goes weirder with aerial and super close up views of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames. A disaster documentary which is emphasized by close to no narration or comments. Mesmerizing cinematography.

    Koyaanisqatsi - A movie with no conventional plot: merely a collection of expertly photographed scenes. Subject matter has a highly environmental theme. - Can't recommend it enough. Stunning!

    H2O - 1929


    The Oath - Tells the story of two men whose fateful encounter in 1996 set them on a course of events that led them to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Severe Clear - If you've ever seen Generation Kill. This is basically the real life self filmed version. Slammed on IMDB for some reason but has some great moments.

    Tim Hetherington who died a year after releasing it. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's year dug in with the Second Platoon in one of Afghanistan's most strategically crucial valleys reveals extraordinary insight into the surreal combination of back breaking labor, deadly firefights, and camaraderie as the soldiers painfully push back the Taliban.

    The Fog Of War - Already mentioned but it really is worth a watch.


    Helvetica - A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

    Phew! I think that's the biggest post I've ever structured on Eurogamer. Mostly links to IMDB but these are some of my favourite documentaries. I've still got more to come =/

    Edited by urban at 14:52:53 22-01-2012
  • Matt_B 22 Jan 2012 22:17:44 471 posts
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    Dark Days - about homeless living underground in New Yorks subway

    In the Shadow of the moon - The surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.
  • urban 22 Jan 2012 23:32:48 13,110 posts
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    Damn, I forgot about Dark Days, good shout.
  • Inertia 26 Jan 2012 17:29:12 696 posts
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    urban wrote:
    Damn, I forgot about Dark Days, good shout.
    You watched a lot of documentaries from 2008 :)
  • urban 29 Jan 2012 16:20:46 13,110 posts
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    Inertia wrote:
    urban wrote:
    Damn, I forgot about Dark Days, good shout.
    You watched a lot of documentaries from 2008 :)
    I watch a lot of documentaries full stop, but yeah 2008 was a busy year for Documentary watching!
  • Deleted user 29 January 2012 16:26:02
    thanks for that massive write up urban, shall def refrence your post in the future.

    I would like to add, Bobby Fishcer against the world. - About the rise and downfall of an american chess player in the coldwar, nixon era. Centres mainly on the world championship in iceland and the massive match against the worlds best, a russian. How that match caught the attention of the nation. And finishes on an interesting bit on how chess players mind sort of leads to mental health problems.

    Also one for man on wire. Would like to see the guys new film. also Koyaanisqatsi is great too.

    And lastly, A couple of nick broomfield docs, specifially the one on that woman serial killer, aileen.

    Edited by joelstinton at 16:27:23 29-01-2012
  • Deleted user 29 January 2012 16:53:17
    urban completes the thread. Awesome post.

    The Fall is an excellent documentary about the great recession.

    Edited by zm26 at 16:53:39 29-01-2012
  • urban 29 Jan 2012 19:16:59 13,110 posts
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    Can't believe I forgot this one! It made my 2011!

    All watched over by machines of loving grace

    The story of how our modern scientific idea of nature, the self-regulating ecosystem, is actually a machine fantasy. It has little to do with the real complexity of nature. It is based on cybernetic ideas that were projected on to nature in the 1950s by ambitious scientists. A static machine theory of order that sees humans, and everything else on the planet, as components - cogs - in a system.
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