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.
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.
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
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