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« on: October 31, 2010, 11:24:53 AM »
I've been watching a lot of documentaries this year, and figured it would be a good topic for discussion. In the theater this year, I've seen Cropsey, Best Worst Movie and the Joan Rivers Documentary. From next flix over the past month I've seen Not Quite Hollywood, Capturing the Friedmans, Divine Trash, ClarkWORLD and Dear Zachary.

My favorite of the bunch has been Dear Zachary, which is one of the most heart wrenching documentaries I've ever seen. The idea of it was the guy making it was doing so for his friend that was murdered by his ex-lover. He made it since she had a baby from the guy. There is a lot more to it though. The woman fled from America to her home in Canada and after she was arrested, one of the judges let her out on bail. There is a custody battle between the man's parents and the woman that end horribly. It's really a must see.

I also loved Not Quite Hollywood, which is about the Oz-ploitation films of the 70's and 80's. It's certainly worth a watch. Capturing the Friedmans was a really twisted documentary, and all I can say is that if you saw Tod Solondz' film Happiness, this would be the documentary about Dillan Baker's character.

Divine Trash was about John Waters, and it's great. ClarkWORLD was about Bob Clark, director of Porky's, Black Christmas and A Christmas Story.

Of the ones I saw in the theater, Cropsey was fantastic. It was about a man that was arrested in the 80's for killing children on Staten Island who had downs syndrome.

Best Worst Movie was about Troll 2 and it had interviews with pretty much everyone who was in the cast and the director. It was very good, but the guy who played the father in Troll 2 comes off as a complete dick by the end of it.

I really loved the Joan Rivers documentary. It shows a different side of her as it follows her around in life and on her comedy tour. They showed footage of her from when she was younger, and she was very, very funny. After seeing this, I've gained a new respect for her.
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010, 01:12:39 PM »
I just watched Heart of Darkness - A Filmaker's Apocolypse earlier today. Great documentary about a film where everything went wrong but it ended up being a great film.


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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010, 01:17:55 PM »
I just watched Heart of Darkness - A Filmaker's Apocolypse earlier today. Great documentary about a film where everything went wrong but it ended up being a great film.

Sounds interesting. Just added it to my Netflix.
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2010, 01:53:27 PM »
Netflix instant is a fucking goldmine for documentaries.  Just last night I watched two: American Grindhouse (about the rise of Grindhouse cinema) and Nightmares in Red, White and Blue (about American horror films, but it has this political bent that turned me off).

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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2010, 02:01:21 PM »
American Nightmare is a great one about horror films in 60's and 70's. Going to Pieces is another good one about the rise and fall of the slasher film. I forgot about Never Dream Again, the one about Nightmare on Elm Street. One of the best documentaries about a movie series I've ever seen.
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2010, 03:25:49 PM »
Marjoe is a classic. Guy was a child preacher and years later shows a doc crew all his cons. The  British 7( 14, 21, etc) Up series is really good though I haven't seen them all.

Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S McNamara is in my queue.

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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2010, 03:52:46 PM »
Yea, Fog of War is really good.

I see a ton of documentaries. The Tillman Story is probably my favourite of 2010, just an infuriating story. Last Train Home was really good, too!

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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2010, 08:17:42 PM »
I know 99% of the people on here are 18-35 males but "Paris Is Burning" is my favourite documentary and actually one of my favourite movies, full-stop. It's about the late 80s gay, black, drag scene in New York.

I also love that British 7-up (14-up, 21-up etc etc etc) series, which I'm pretty sure is on Netflix.

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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2010, 08:45:34 PM »
While I am a big fan of Documentaries for their artistic value, I also despise them sometimes. Especially those based on history and politics. In this day and age, most people watch a 2 hour Documentary and instantly consider themselves experts on the subject being treated instead of going out and further investigating. This disgusts me greatly.

That said, I really enjoy the uber biased FMI: Complot en Latinoamérica series. It takes a look at the Washington concensus and the effects it had on Latin America. Funny how things change. Nowadays it is Europe that has out of control bankrupting debt whereas this area has fast growth and relative spending control.

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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2010, 11:16:56 PM »
In this day and age, most people watch a 2 hour Documentary and instantly consider themselves experts on the subject being treated instead of going out and further investigating.
That's kinda true.  Sometimes I don't want to watch a documentary for the same reason I rarely watch television news: when you have to squeeze the facts into the limited timeframe of a live-action program, there's an almost inevitable loss of depth and breadth in the material covered.  Nine times out of ten, I'd rather just read a book on the same subject.  You get much more sheer data from a book than almost any movie.  The exceptions are the docs which are so incredibly well-made that I can enjoy them as a movie: like Paradise Lost or Grizzly Man or other films on that level.  It's hard to imagine those stories working nearly as well without that footage. 

When does Cropsey come out on DVD?  Been wanting to see that one. 

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« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2010, 02:16:56 AM »
When does Cropsey come out on DVD?  Been wanting to see that one. 

I bought it directly from the movies website. I don't know when it's going to be released through stores or amazon.com. I was just to their site and it doesn't seem to be available anymore there. They are on facebook, so you might be able to contact them and let them know you are interested in seeing it.
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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2010, 05:36:02 AM »
Netflix instant is a fucking goldmine for documentaries.  Just last night I watched two: American Grindhouse (about the rise of Grindhouse cinema) and Nightmares in Red, White and Blue (about American horror films, but it has this political bent that turned me off).

This.  I have a ton in my instant streaming queue that I've been meaning to watch like Man on Wire, King Corn and a few others.

I haven't watched any in a while but on the streaming a couple months back I was on a mini-kick where I watched Super High Me, Who the &*%# is Jackson Pollock? and of course, the legendary film Impaler, about the vampire that ran for office (and was also a pro wrestler with several other problems).

A couple years back I got huge into documentaries and have a few I bought sitting on my shelf unwatched, including some big ones like Fog of War and An Inconvenient Truth.
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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2010, 10:47:51 AM »
Man on Wire is amazing, it plays like a cat-and-mouse thriller.  And then there's King of Kong, which I love more and more everytime I see it.

The Thin Blue Line freaking freed a man from Death Row (granted he'd been commuted to life, but still).

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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2010, 11:19:45 AM »
When does Cropsey come out on DVD?  Been wanting to see that one. 

I surprisingly noticed this is on Netflix now, even better, its streaming.

I ended up seeing it at a midnight showing up in the Twin Cities last month and it really freaked me out. I forgot to post about it because I was literally trying to forget about it for days afterwards. Really creepy and real shit there.

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« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2010, 11:24:42 AM »
When does Cropsey come out on DVD?  Been wanting to see that one. 

I surprisingly noticed this is on Netflix now, even better, its streaming.

I ended up seeing it at a midnight showing up in the Twin Cities last month and it really freaked me out. I forgot to post about it because I was literally trying to forget about it for days afterwards. Really creepy and real shit there.

It really hit me hard since I used to work at a home for people with developmental disabilities, and one of the men that lived at the house I worked at came from Willowbrook. The scenes where they showed the Geraldo footage hit me really hard. As scummy as he was, I'll give it Geraldo for getting people to realize what was going on over there.

The thing I loved about the documentary is the filmmakers didn't tell the viewer how they felt. They gave the facts that they had and allowed the viewer to make up their own mind about Andre Rand. They spoke to people on both sides, his friends and parents of the victims. I was surprised that there were a few people that knew the victims that didn't know if he did it or not. Tells you a lot about the case.
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« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2010, 11:33:06 AM »
I've also been pretty heavy in the documentaries this year.

The big one to note is Winnebago Man. This is so much more than just a funny piece on that guy from the Youtube videos.......but even that alone makes it fun. But it goes so much further into different emotional levels than I expected. I think I did a long winded post already here somewhere and I think even created its own thread because I thought it was THAT good. Everyone really needs to see it.....if there is one documentary worth checking out this year, I'd say this one is it.

Other random ones I can think of off the top of my head:

Bananas! - Piece on how harmful chemicals put on Dole bananas have fucked up a bunch of migrant workers. Its follows a trial and history of this bullshit.

Big River - Kind of an offshoot of Food, Inc.....talking about cornfields in Iowa and how the chemicals used to treat the corn is affecting the Mississippi River all the way down south through it.

Hugh Hefner biopic - A bit boring and lame at times, but still worth a view

Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue - I liked how thorough this one got with how horror developed in its early years, but once it passed the 70s, it was far from really solid. Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film is so much better overall.

Waiting for Superman - great documentary on the current state of the education system. As a teacher myself, I probably appreciated the honesty and exposure of the system more than most.

When I (try to) compile my entire movie list by the end of the year, I'm sure I will think of more I've seen, but those are the main ones.

And then there was Exit Through the Gift Shop, which was, I'd say 90 percent documentary and 10 percent mockumentary. That's another one that I think everyone needs to see, really.

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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2010, 04:18:03 PM »
Exit to the Gift Shop ruled.

I didn't care for Man on Wire. There were too many filmes scenes, and 9/11 was too big of an elephant in the room to not mention

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« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2010, 03:34:20 AM »
Cropsey is on hulu.com

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« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2010, 10:30:23 AM »
Client 9: The Rise And Fall Of Eliot Spitzer
Enemies Of The People
Exit Through The Gift Shop
Gasland
Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould
Inside Job
The Lottery
Precious Life
Quest For Honor
Restrepo
This Way Of Life
The Tillman Story
Waiting for ‘Superman’
Waste Land
William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe

--are the 15 finalists for Best Documentary.

I've seen 9 of these movies.

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« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2010, 11:13:37 AM »
I'm actually upset that Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work didn't get nominated.
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« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2010, 11:16:43 AM »
It wasn't even one of the finalists! I haven't heard of Prescious Life, Quest for Honor or This Way of Life.

Also, is Exit Through the Gift Shop really a documentary? I thought the whole movie was one elaborate prank. Either way, it was awesome.

I do want to see Wasteland, and intend on seeing Inside Job on Tuesday

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« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2010, 12:29:45 PM »
I actually just saw Waste Land over last weekend and that might be my favorite of the year right up there with Winnebago Man.

Basic premise: Artist/photographer develops an idea to travel to Brazil and photograph garbage collectors in their element, and then use the actual trash in a really unique way after that. I'm not giving justice to the premise as it's as about as touching and powerful of a documentary than I have ever really seen before.

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« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2010, 12:32:11 PM »
Also, is Exit Through the Gift Shop really a documentary? I thought the whole movie was one elaborate prank. Either way, it was awesome.

I think it still was a docu, but post-production turned it into a documentary that the lead guy didn't know (or care?) that he was basically being made fun of the entire time. That would be something to see Banksy accept an Oscar.

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« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2010, 12:35:01 PM »
I want to see Waste Land, I know it's playing at the Cinema Village. Hopefully it will be there next time I go to the city.

After I saw Exit, I read a bunch of reviews and articles trying to find out what was real and wasn't, and it just made me confused. Wasn't Banky showing the stupidity of the art world by turning this guy into a star just by clever marketing, while conning the guy as well? Who knows.

Wait. A Film Unfinished didn't make the shortlist? How? It's a great doc, and the Academy loves the Holocaust

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« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2010, 11:09:17 AM »
Just kind of reviving this since I got to see Best Worst Movie finally not too long ago. Hell of a companion to the flick, I will say that much. I watched Troll 2 and that back to back (hadnt seen Troll 2 in well over fifteen years actually) and had completely forgot just how awful this film was. Abysmally absurd to say the least. But that's a good thing. It was so cool to find out (going into the docu blind) that it was done by the kid from the film, kind of as a way to do a big reunion thing of sorts that just got totally out of control.

I'd say it was a shame that this didn't end up getting an Oscar finalist spot as it was extremely fun and entertaining but I think its academy blasphemy for any docus on Hollywood, movie stars, general personalities in the entertainment field, or other documentaries like the sort to even ever make a cut typically. I think the academy finds that off grounds for criteria or something.

Gonna try to hit an Inside Job and the Elliot Spitzer documentary double feature this weekend or next........any word from anyone how those are? I'm guessing incredibly informative (factual or not is up to debate?), but not sure what else.

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« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2010, 12:42:58 PM »
Just kind of reviving this since I got to see Best Worst Movie finally not too long ago. Hell of a companion to the flick, I will say that much. I watched Troll 2 and that back to back (hadnt seen Troll 2 in well over fifteen years actually) and had completely forgot just how awful this film was. Abysmally absurd to say the least. But that's a good thing. It was so cool to find out (going into the docu blind) that it was done by the kid from the film, kind of as a way to do a big reunion thing of sorts that just got totally out of control.

I'd say it was a shame that this didn't end up getting an Oscar finalist spot as it was extremely fun and entertaining but I think its academy blasphemy for any docus on Hollywood, movie stars, general personalities in the entertainment field, or other documentaries like the sort to even ever make a cut typically. I think the academy finds that off grounds for criteria or something.

Gonna try to hit an Inside Job and the Elliot Spitzer documentary double feature this weekend or next........any word from anyone how those are? I'm guessing incredibly informative (factual or not is up to debate?), but not sure what else.

I thought this was really well made. I loved that the director thought he was making a classic, and still thinks of it as one. The only thing I didn't like was how by the end George Hardy came off as a bit of an ass. He goes to the different conventions, these are the same people that have kept the movie alive, and he makes fun of them. Also, the scene where he and the son, who is the director of the documentary, visit the mother was very creepy, and I felt bad for her. And they go on and make fun of her as well. I'm not surprised it didn't get a nomination, not like the Academy was going to give this movie any publicity.

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« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2010, 03:09:55 PM »
Inside Job was excellent, very well done. I have some quibbles with it, but it's pretty fair, and really does a good job of explaining how everything happened.

The Spitzer doc is good, though it's def a little too pro-Spitzer. Also, I don't know how accessible the movie will be to people unlike me, who don't follow NYS politics on a daily basis. At least they acknowledge that he sucked as governor.

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« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2010, 06:00:47 PM »
Watched Exit Through the Giftshop on Netflix streaming tonight and it was awesome, as everyone has been saying.  Really enjoyed it.

Looked for something short and have We Are Wizards on, which is a documentary about people in Harry Potter themed bands.  Yep.  So far its even more awkward than I expected.
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« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2010, 07:53:21 PM »
Exit to the Gift Shop ruled.

I didn't care for Man on Wire. There were too many filmes scenes, and 9/11 was too big of an elephant in the room to not mention

I can see your argument for the first part, but totally diagree about 9/11. Why did that have to be in there at all?  It was about the moment and trying to walk on a wire.


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« Reply #29 on: December 30, 2010, 10:06:33 PM »
I don't know, it was just weird watching a documentary about the Twin Towers and knowing bothering to bring up that they are no longer there.

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« Reply #30 on: December 30, 2010, 10:43:29 PM »
I thought Man on a Wire was a nice tribute to the Towers. I'm pretty sure everybody knows that they aren't there any more.
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Who is Harry Nilsson( And Why is Everybody Talking About Him), QuietLoud QuietLoud: A Film About the Pixies and I Need that Record are amongst the better ones.

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« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2011, 02:15:44 PM »
Did anybody else watch Current TV's 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die? It finished up this week with Part 5, but it looks like they're going to be airing all 5 parts several more times over the next few weeks, at least. Here's the complete list, spoiler-tagged in case anyone cares. I've only seen 6 of these movies.  :-\

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50. Spellbound (2002)
49. Truth or Dare (1991)
48. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
47. One Day in September (1999)
46. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1998)
45. The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)
44. Burma VJ (2008)
43. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
42. Catfish (2010)
41. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
40. When We Were Kings (1996)
39. Biggie & Tupac (2002)
38. March of the Penguins (2005)
37. Inside Job (2010)
36. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)
35. Paragraph 175 (2000)
34. Brother’s Keeper (1992)
33. Tongues Untied (1989)
32. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)
31. Jesus Camp (2006)
30. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
29. Man on Wire (2008)
28. Gasland (2010)
27. Tarnation (2003)
26. Murderball (2005)
25. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
24. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
23. The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)
22. Shut Up & Sing (2006)
21. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
20. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
19. Touching the Void (2003)
18. Food, Inc. (2008)
17. Street Fight (2005)
16. Bus 174 (2002)
15. Crumb (1994)
14. Dark Days (2000)
13. The Fog of War (2003)
12. Bowling for Columbine (2002)
11. Paris Is Burning (1991)
10. Grizzly Man (2005)
9. Trouble the Water (2008)
8. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
7. The Celluloid Closet (1995)
6. The War Room (1993)
5. Supersize Me (2004)
4. Waltz With Bashir (2008)
3. Roger & Me (1989)
2. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
1. Hoop Dreams (1994)

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« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2011, 02:52:51 PM »
Dear Zachary really should be on that list.
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« Reply #33 on: September 02, 2011, 03:05:07 PM »
Dear Zachary really should be on that list.

I was watching that list on demand and thought the same thing. Perfect number 1 choice though.

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« Reply #34 on: September 02, 2011, 03:11:47 PM »
I just saw a documentary earlier this week apparently done by some of the Jackass guys on this uber redneck (potentially very inbred as well) family from West Virginia called the Whites, the entire name escapes me but its something to the effect of the Weird and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia or something.

Anyway its probably an older one but this certainly takes the cake of dysfunctional and over the top that it gets for me in documentary form in a hell of a long time.

Also finally caught the new Morgan Sperlock documentary on branding and advertising, etc........way out there but fun stuff that I enjoyed immensely in a whole different kind of way than the hillbilly orgy of the other one.

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« Reply #35 on: September 03, 2011, 01:13:47 AM »
A while back I caught about 40 minutes of Not Quite Hollywood on TV - I missed much of the beginning, then fell asleep before the end. Unfortunately, this was apparently the last time The Movie Network was ever airing it as I've never seen it listed again. I've mentioned that before and Canadian Destroyer said the full thing was quite good.

Well, it was put on Netflix Canada last week and I finally got to see the whole thing. It was indeed a very interesting look at the world of Australian cinema, specifically the "genre" (exploitation horror) films. I'm not really a big horror fan (I like it, but I'm not in love with it) but there were several movies showcased I'd love to see.

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« Reply #36 on: September 04, 2011, 04:23:25 AM »
I just saw a documentary earlier this week apparently done by some of the Jackass guys on this uber redneck (potentially very inbred as well) family from West Virginia called the Whites, the entire name escapes me but its something to the effect of the Weird and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia or something.

Anyway its probably an older one but this certainly takes the cake of dysfunctional and over the top that it gets for me in documentary form in a hell of a long time.

Also finally caught the new Morgan Sperlock documentary on branding and advertising, etc........way out there but fun stuff that I enjoyed immensely in a whole different kind of way than the hillbilly orgy of the other one.

If you can track down the original doc Dancing Outlaw about Jesco White it is well worth a watch. Clips of it are on youtube.

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« Reply #37 on: September 04, 2011, 07:24:00 AM »
The Wild & Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia is a revelation.  Probably one of the most purely entertaining movies I've ever seen. 

Crumb is the best documentary, but worth mentioning are the works of Kirby Dick, in particular Sick: The Life & Death Of Bob Flanagen, Supermasochist. 

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« Reply #38 on: November 23, 2011, 09:14:37 AM »
Out Rage made in 2009 looking at closeted congressional members.  Very fascinating documentary not only in regards to the current aspect of outing but in terms of looking at some of the history of congressional members who stayed/hid in the closet.  Not too surprising, many of the subjects are/were Republicans who took hardline stances against LGBT but were themselves "gay" (bisexuality of course isn't mentioned 'cause that's just wacky).

Worth watching for the subject matter alone.

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« Reply #39 on: November 24, 2011, 01:11:34 PM »
For music documentaries this year.....any favorites?

The PJ20 film is an excellent piece of work, retrospective on Pearl Jam's career.

Saw a very interesting piece on Kings of Leon a few months ago on Showtime also. Well worth going out of your way to see.

Probably my favorite was the recent piece on U2, specifically the production of Achtung Baby.....its been playing on rotation on Showtime lately.

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« Reply #40 on: November 25, 2011, 01:07:01 AM »
The Devil and Daniel Johnston

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« Reply #41 on: January 28, 2012, 03:12:34 PM »
Been watching some docs on Netflix lately.  Cocaine Cowboys was a pretty good one about the drug boom in Miami in the 80s.  I tried watching Cocaine Cowboys II but only lasted until a graphic labelled the main character (I assume) a "real Nigga" (which was about 3 minutes in).

Right now I'm watching When We Were Kings, which I have never actually seen before.

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« Reply #42 on: January 28, 2012, 03:20:48 PM »
When We Were Kings is fantastic. I just re-watched it like, last week, though I had seen it years ago.
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« Reply #43 on: January 28, 2012, 04:00:17 PM »
Watched Religulous today.  Didn't learn anything new but entertaining enough.
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« Reply #44 on: January 28, 2012, 08:43:13 PM »
Does Paradise Lost 3 live up to the first two?  Well, the first one, anyway.  Kinda felt like the second one was mostly just rehashing old news, except for the stuff about the one victim's creepy stepfather. 

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« Reply #45 on: January 29, 2012, 02:13:26 PM »
It's good.  I think it's more compelling and better composed than part 2, which was a little too focused on the effect of the first documentary for my tastes.  The first 1/3 or so of this one is a well-done recap of the first two parts.  What's most interesting is revisiting some of the major players some 15 years later and seeing how their views of the case either changed or stayed adamantly fixed. 

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« Reply #46 on: January 29, 2012, 02:37:23 PM »
The Devil and Daniel Johnston

Watch this and DiG! back to back really late at night with a large group of people and then have a group discussion about who is more insane: Anton Newcombe or Daniel Johnston. Makes for a real good time.

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« Reply #47 on: April 05, 2012, 09:37:03 AM »
I watched Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone this morning. I thought it was a lot more compelling than the fair to middling reviews I've read made it sound. It certainly made me more eager to check out their discography than I was after I watched the somewhat thematically similar Anvil and A Tribe They Call Quest documentaries. That being said it was just a little bit too erratic for me to truly consider it one of the all time great rock documentary. Especially in the first hour or so. Was it a look at a modestly successful, aging band trying to stay relevant against the odds? A thesis about Fishbone's place in African-American culture over the past thirty years? A Behind The Music-esque story about the rise and fall (and fall) of the band? All of these approaches are great but all of them at once is a bit too much.

And I have no idea why there were a bunch of Fat Albert lite animated segments in the first half hour or so of the movie but man, were they not necessary. Same with Laurence Fishburne's sporadic narration. Like I said in the Limited Release Films thread, I think someone just thought it'd be funny to say "Fishburne narrates the Fishbone documentary". Maybe the filmmakers were just trying to make the whole thing as eclectic as the band it was profiling but I don't know if I can give them that much credit. Still, one of the better rock docs I've seen in the past few years.

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« Reply #48 on: April 10, 2012, 02:54:22 PM »
Just watched Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel. Great movie, Corman seems like a genuinely nice guy. Plus, Jack Nicholson- I've never seen him this genuine in an interview, and I didn't realize how many Corman movies he was in!

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« Reply #49 on: September 25, 2012, 07:59:41 AM »
Hoop Dreams director has a documentary about concussions now!

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The film includes extensive interviews with Primeau and Nowinski, whose own history of concussions led him to write "Head Games" and found the Sports Legacy Institute. It also features interviews with concussion expert Dr. Robert Cantu and parents struggling to decide whether to pull their children out of the sport they love following a head injury.