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« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2013, 04:12:46 PM »

Two that I've seen recently have been Crumb and Bowling for Columbine, both were excellent.

I particularly like music documentaries like American Hardcore, Until The Light Takes Us, The Decline of Western Civilization, etc. 
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« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2013, 07:21:20 PM »

A couple people have mentioned Werner Herzog documentaries he is among the best, a couple others he made that I really enjoy:
Journey To The End of the World-A look at Antarctica and the people that choose to live there. 
Into the Abyss-A look at people on death row and how they got there.
Little Dieter Needs to Fly-The real life story behind the inspiration for his later film "Rescue Dawn".

I also love music documentaries and these are some of the best I've seen.
Dig (2004)-One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. Taking a close look at two bands "The Brian Jones town Massacre" and "The Dandy Warhols". Initially they are friends but as the Dandy Warhols rise to quick fame tensions begin to rise with the other band. So many amazing quotes in this one. Whether you know or like that bands is irrelevant as this is just pure entertainment.

Some Kind of Monster (2004) A look at Metallica recording St Anger one of the most notoriously bad albums of all time. With a shrink on call, conflicts about creative decisions and James kicking booze there is a lot going on here. These are some sensitive guys, but wait to you hear Dave Mustaine whine!

On the topic of movies:
The Battle over Citzen Kane-This comes with many special editions of Citzen Kane. This is an awesome documentary about Orson Welles and his feud with Hearst. This along with Ebert's commentary over the film itself greatly enriched my appreciation of this legendary movie.

The Fear of God-British critic Mark Kermode present's this excellent documentary about The Exorcist and its legacy. This is on the blu ray and dvd special editions.

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« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2013, 07:51:52 PM »


A couple people have mentioned Werner Herzog documentaries he is among the best, a couple others he made that I really enjoy:
Journey To The End of the World-A look at Antarctica and the people that choose to live there. 
Into the Abyss-A look at people on death row and how they got there.
Little Dieter Needs to Fly-The real life story behind the inspiration for his later film "Rescue Dawn".


 Thumbup Thumbup Werner Herzog.  JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE WORLD was top notch and incredibly interesting.

I've got both LITTLE DIETER and RESCUE DAWN in the Netflix queue, but have not watched them yet.
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« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2013, 08:39:30 PM »

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Some Kind of Monster (2004) A look at Metallica recording St Anger one of the most notoriously bad albums of all time. With a shrink on call, conflicts about creative decisions and James kicking booze there is a lot going on here. These are some sensitive guys, but wait to you hear Dave Mustaine whine!


I have never been able to make it all the way thru this one. I've tried to watch it twice (when it first premiered on VH1 a couple of years ago I recorded it) but both times I've fallen asleep halfway thru. I'm gonna have to pick an evening when I'm not so damned tired and watch it all the way thru!

Since my last post I also remembered another doc I enjoyed recently: "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters," about the battle to claim a World Record high score on Donkey Kong.
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« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2013, 09:16:19 PM »

Good pick on King of Kong, I wouldn't mind watching it again actually.
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Also just remembered "Overnight" which follows Boondock Saint's director's Troy Duffy rag to riches story. Going from working at a bar to directing a Hollywood film his ego ends up repelling those around him and leaving him alone and penniless.
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« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2013, 11:41:34 PM »

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« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2013, 09:56:46 AM »

Erroll Morris' THE THIN BLUE LINE, about an innocent man on death row in Texas.

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« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2013, 01:38:14 PM »

Good pick on King of Kong, I wouldn't mind watching it again actually.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIBrcU768Cg


The funny thing about "King of Kong" is that if I didn't know better, I'd almost swear it was a "mockumentary" ala Christopher Guests's "Best in Show" or "Mighty Wind." But nope, these are actual people...which is kinda scary.  TeddyR
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« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2013, 01:45:19 PM »

OFFICE SPACE was a pretty good documentary.    BounceGiggle
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« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2013, 08:46:44 AM »

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« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2013, 04:20:22 PM »

Good pick on King of Kong, I wouldn't mind watching it again actually.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIBrcU768Cg


The funny thing about "King of Kong" is that if I didn't know better, I'd almost swear it was a "mockumentary" ala Christopher Guests's "Best in Show" or "Mighty Wind." But nope, these are actual people...which is kinda scary.  TeddyR

 Thumbup Thumbup I love KING OF KONG.
My favorite random moment was when they briefly showed the Frogger champion, and he looked exactly what I expected him to look like! 

Some of my other favorites:
THE BRIDGE and DEAR ZACHARY: A FATHER'S LETTER TO HIS SON are both pretty amazing.....if you like to feel miserable.
METAL: A HEADBANGER'S JOURNEY
THE FILTH AND THE FURY
the WESTERN CIVILIZATION docs
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Some Kind of Monster (2004) A look at Metallica recording St Anger one of the most notoriously bad albums of all time. With a shrink on call, conflicts about creative decisions and James kicking booze there is a lot going on here. These are some sensitive guys, but wait to you hear Dave Mustaine whine!


I have never been able to make it all the way thru this one. I've tried to watch it twice (when it first premiered on VH1 a couple of years ago I recorded it) but both times I've fallen asleep halfway thru. I'm gonna have to pick an evening when I'm not so damned tired and watch it all the way thru!
 


I like that one, if only for Torben.   BounceGiggle
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« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2013, 02:27:37 AM »

In recent years I've found some great documentaries.

Salt - not the movie with Angelina Jolie, but a doco about the Australian landscape photographer Murray Fredericks who spent years traveling to the Lake Eyre salt flats and taking photos of the stars and surroundings.  He travels and lives alone for weeks on end and comes back with the most spectacular images.

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Samsara - the latest movie from the people who brought us Chronos, Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi, this is a nonverbal movie with some of the most stunning imagery I've seen on screen.  They traveled through 25 countries over five years to capture this.

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Legend of a Warrior - a movie by filmmaker Corey Lee, who's father is White Crane and kickboxing legend Frank Lee.  For those of you who like HK action cinema, Frank Lee was the trainer of Billy Chow, the tall mustachioed kickboxer who regularly appeared in Jackie Chan movies like Dragons Forever.  Corey hasn't trained with his father for 25 years, preferring to go into film making, so he goes back to train with his dad and hopefully reconnect with him.  It's a great biopic as well as moving story about a martial arts family.

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Taiwan Revealed - Cinema Formosa.  This Discovery Channel doco follows the development of the Taiwanese blockbuster 'Warriors of the Rainbow', which depicts a historical battle between native Taiwanese and Japanese occupying forces.  A fascinating look at the state of Taiwanese cinema and how big movies are made.

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And who can forget 'Anvil - The Story of Anvil'.  The band Anvil came into being during the 80's but never had the same success as their contemporaries like Metallica and Poison.  But decades on and they are still rocking it out in their 40's and 50's, holding down jobs so they can stay true to their metal dreams.  The film follows them as they go on a very mismanaged European tour, fraught with accidents and disappointment.  The upside is that after this was released, Anvil got a massive upswing in popularity and have gone on to tour with big bands from that era.

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« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2013, 09:38:12 PM »

- Cocaine Cowboys (2006), the story of marijuana and cocaine traffic in Miami during the 70s and 80s. Many criminals that survived that era provide testmonies.


Yep. came in to post this one. it's on youtube now, great doc...

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The funny thing about "King of Kong" is that if I didn't know better, I'd almost swear it was a "mockumentary" ala Christopher Guests's "Best in Show" or "Mighty Wind." But nope, these are actual people...which is kinda scary.  TeddyR


Strangely enough I said almost exactly this when I was talking about it with someone the other day. It fits right in with that spoof genre even though it's real.
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« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2013, 01:29:19 AM »

For movie fans, here are three of my favourites:

Not Quite Hollywood [doco on Australian genre films from the 70s and 80s such as Mad Max and the like.]

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Machete Maidens [pretty much the same as above but about the south east asian industry with folk like Roger Corman etc.]

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Both feature a heap of explosions, babes and blood and is a hell of alot of fun.


Baadassssss Cinema [Doco on Blaxploitation films.]

Couldn't find a trailer, but here's some of it here:

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« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2013, 06:15:58 AM »

For movie fans, here are three of my favourites:

Not Quite Hollywood [doco on Australian genre films from the 70s and 80s such as Mad Max and the like.]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLm1ppE_Ib0



I saw this one last year, I found it very entertaining and informative. Later I checked out some of the movies it mentions more prominently, and boy, I was not disappointed. a must see for trash / exploitation cinema.

I'll see if I can find the other two.
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