Documentary : What Documentaries did you see in February 2017?

What Documentaries did you see in February 2017?

Please share with us any documentaries of any kinds from any sources (film, TV, series, internet, etc) that you saw in February 2017.

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Re: What Documentaries did you see in August 2010?

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) (TV) - Fascinating 3 parts documentary hosted by Martin Scorsese on film history from the silent era up to the 70s.

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Re: What Documentaries did you see in August 2010?

i just saw a fantastic one that hasn't gotten picked up for distribution yet and is now on the festival circuit. it's called "most valuable players" and is about a competition in eastern pennsylvania for the freddy awards. they're given to the high schools in the area with the best musical productions. it's like the real life "glee" and was just amazing. i'd recommend it highly if it makes it to your local theater.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in August 2010?

This sounds good hope it gets picked up

Re: What Documentaries did you see in August 2010?

That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) - Unlike Part 1 which tells the history of MGM musical, this one basically has no organization. Hosted by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, this one is more about MGM stars than the history. Thus, in addition to Musicals, this documentary covers also Comedies and Dramas. The documentary jumped from one stars to another, yet the transition was very smooth. Ultimately, this was a dazzling show. I think I like this one more than the first one.

That's Entertainment! III (1994) - Part 3 is more about remembrance. The show brought back some of the stars in their older age to tell about the MGM musicals in their days. Somehow there is a kind of sadness seeing them in their old age as compared to their youth in the clips. So, this was like the first one, but with older hosts. It is nice to hear their stories despite lack of energy in this one compares to the earlier two.

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Salt (2009)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454539/

Salt

Caught it on POV on PBS. Documentary about Australian photographer who treks out onto a bleak salt flat to take a series of pictures. It was good. Short. He ended up with some striking photos.

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http://www.gosee.de/news/art/salt-ii-motive-des-aussergewoehnlichen-la ke-eyre-von-frederick-murray-7359?gos_lang=en
Article with a few of the pics.

Man on Wire (2008)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1155592/

Man on Wire

Directed by James Marsh

Documentary on crazy Frenchman who walked a wire between the World Trade Center towers in the early 70's. Mesmerizing and intense. I'm bad with heights and even some of the still photos made my stomach lurch. The interview with the NYC cop who got him down is classic. Wonderful movie.

Man on Wire

That was something else, I agree. You can just feel the cop was overwhelmed by the experience. If you haven't watched the long segment about this caper in "New York: A Documentary Film - Center of the World", I highly recommend you check it out. The focus there was more on the caper in relationship to the Twin Towers instead of just mostly on Philippe Petit and his caper.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1157605/

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Directed by Sacha Gervasi

Documentary on the Candadian heavy metal band Anvil who still play after 30 years together but never reached stardom. Uncomfortable to watch at times and very touching. Fine example of the other side of the music business.

The Tenth Inning

"Baseball" The Tenth Inning: It Ain't Over Til It's Over (2010) - Back in 1994, Ken Burns made a 9 episodes documentary about the history of baseball in relation to the social history of America. It covered topics like civil right, labor and union, scandals, business. The whole documentary was centered around civil right. For Major League baseball fan, the documentary has the best collection of baseball highlight you can find anywhere, including going over completely certain important games or moments like the Bobby Thompson HR and 1975 Game 5 World Series. The narration of the documentary went up to about 1992 when the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series, the first foreign team to do that, and it emphasized that Cito Gaston became the first black manager to win a World Series. Since 1992, many notable events have happened to the Major League: 1994 Baseball strike, the Steroid scandal, The McGuire-Sosa home run chase, 3 teams that dominated that era (Braves, Yankees, and Red Sox), growing number of Latino and Japanese players, and finally Barry Bond. Ken Burns added an extra episode to cover all those topics. However, even though the subtitle is called "It Ain't Over Til It's Over", it may well be called "The Tragedy of Barry Bond". The show started out with Barry Bond and ended with Barry Bond. The documentary divided into 2 parts. Part 1 began with the Barry Bond and the Pittsburg Pirates stunned by the Brave's Francisco Cabrera NLCS two-out hit, and then lead into the strike and ended with the McGuire-Sosa HR chase. Part 2 began with Barry Bond's HR chase overshadowed by 9/11 and ended with Barry Bond breaking the all time HR record and the controversy of it. There are two criticism I have 1) They neglected to talk about the World Baseball Classic that tried to tie up baseball internationally (maybe because US never won), 2) the going over certain games was a bit overdone. Nevertheless, as a baseball fan, I felt this is as complete as it get and it was a joy. For non-baseball fans, they may appreciate this more if they have watched the first nine episodes

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The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066904/

The Sorrow and the Pity

Directed by Marcel Ophuls

Landmark film on the French reaction to occupation by Germany during WWII. Focusing on the city of Clermont-Ferrand. With interviews and archival footage.
DVD is 251 minutes but it doesn't ever drag. An incredible achievement. A powerful and important document.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in October 2010?

Crazy Love (2007) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790706/

The twisted "love story" of Burt Pugach and Linda Riss - she was scarred and blinded in an acid attack that Burt orchestrated in 1959 and now they're an old married couple, bickering constantly whilst taking cruises and going to diners. Pretty creepy, very interesting and always hilarious (mind you, the humor is pitch black)...it's the bastard child of trainwreck and sideshow, with a little scary fairy tale thrown in for good measure.

Gogol Bordello: Non-Stop (2008) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477002/

I love Eugene Hutz...and this "rockumentary" about his gypsy-punk band, Gogol Bordello, is fun to watch...like being backstage with the band. There's gold teeth, accordian music and lots of Ukranian philosophizing...what's not to like?

Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1092007/

The sometimes depressing but overall inspiring story of a heavy metal band in Syria comprised of Iraqi refugees. Their individual stories are, of course, those of war, separation and uncertainty but watching their combined commitment to making the music they love makes me think, however brief and fleeting that thought may be, that there just may be hope for this world...

Re: What Documentaries did you see in October 2010?

There are a few docs screening this weekend at the Hollywood Film Festival at the ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood.

100 Voices: A Journey Home
Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle
Streetball

Has anyone seen those? If you haven't, get your tickets via ArcLight Cinemas website for this weekend!

General Idi Amin Dada (1974)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071544/

General Idi Amin Dada

Directed by Barbet Schroeder

Criterion DVD from the library. Documentary on the Ugandan dictator Amin. Cameraman was Nestor Almendros. Subtitled a "self-portrait" because Amin held French citizens hostage until certain cuts were made in the film. A very scary man.

Wordplay (2006)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0492506/

Wordplay

Directed by Patrick Creadon

DVD from the library. Crossword documentary. Very well done. You wouldn't think the subject could be compelling but it is in spades. Jon Stewart is great.

The King of Kong: A Fistfull of Quarters (2007)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0923752/

The King of Kong

Directed by Seth Gordon

Saga of the quest for the world record in Donkey Kong. Fantastic and very funny movie. The huge egos of the elite game nerds are unbelievable. Wiebe is a standup guy with a beautiful wife and kids. Brian Kuh, one of Mitchell's minions, is a Grade-A SuperDouche. Mr. Awesome is awesome.

"Don't get chumpitized."

In the Realms of the Unreal (2004)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0390123/

In the Realms of the Unreal

Directed by Jessica Yu

The Mystery of Henry Darger. The unknown janitor who died and left behind hundreds of strange paintings and a 15,000 page fantasty novel. Very compelling and well made. Darger has become big in outsider art and his work sells in the six figure range.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Darger

Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0275309/

Directed by Stacy Peralta

History of skateboarding focusing on Dogtown section of LA. Well done and good use of period footage.

Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1994)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108323/

Theremin

Directed by Steven M. Martin

DVD from the library. Strange story of the father of electronic music. That instrument, the Theremin, went on to be used to score a number of movies. Theremin himself went on to be kidnapped by the KGB. Won the Filmmaker's Trophy at Sundance. Very interesting story.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A9on_Theremin

Re: What Documentaries did you see in November 2010?

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer Easily a 10/10.

And if I can get off my lazy butt I'll go and see Inside Job tomorrow (Saturday)....


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Re: What Documentaries did you see in November 2010?

"Broadway: The American Musical" (2004) (TV series) - Hosted by Julie Andrew, a six 1-hour parts documentary about the history of Broadway starting from late 1900s with Vauderville and with each episode covered a different era of Broadway up til 2004 when a short bit after Wicked open. The show did feature of various giants of Broadway from Florenz Ziegfeld to Cameron Mackintosh. It did present the change in the type Broadway show in according to the change of American culture. I wish they present more numbers from the stage rather than from the adapted film musical. Otherwise, another who likes musical will enjoy this presentation.

The Da Vinci Files (2005) (TV) - This is also a six parts 1-hour documentary. It feels strange calling it a documentary because mostly what it does was speculating. Each episodes took one of Da Vinci's work and presented a controversy theory. The show did a lots of repeating and the narrators and the hosts created much artificial mysterious tone with "Is it true...?", "Could it be...?", "What if...", etc. The repetitive slow piano music in the background was sleep inducing. This one is for conspiracy theorist. Even for them, they may have a need for sleep by the 30min of each episode.

Pink Floyd's The Wall - An Independent Critical Review (2005) - A two parts documentary. The 1st part goes into the back ground on putting The Wall concept into the 3 parts product: The LP, The stage show, and the movie. The 2nd is the Pink Floyd members give their opinion about The Wall

Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (1972) - Pink Floyd played a few of their early songs wrapped around by the song "Echoes" in the middle of an empty amphitheatre ruin at Pompeii. You do get scenic visual other than seeing them perform. Much of the visual were based on the theme of volcanic eruption. There was also a longer cut of this film which includes studio performance and interviews of each of the Pink Floyd members.

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Re: What Documentaries did you see in December 2010?

Catfish - I thought it was really well put together. I think it might be the best movie made about the internet so far, aside from the interesting human aspect of the story. The actual "plot" was a bit anti-climactic. But I still recommend it.

My Trip to Al-Qaeda - Journalist Lawrence Wright shares his insights into the time he spent covering Al-Qaeda. He had pretty substantial inside access to operatives and family members of Bin Laden. He turned his experience into a book and one man show. Some of the film includes his one man show. Wright is one of the journalists who was wire tapped by the Bush administration and was confronted by the FBI. He not only shares his experiences with Al-Qaeda and his experience having his life invaded by the FBI, but also his perspective on the use of torture, the pitfalls and difficulties of trying to be a professional journalist while covering some very dangerous men and what he thinks motivates Muslim terrorists.

The Power of Nightmares - It kind of parallels the rise of fundamentalist Islam and the rise of Neo-Conservatism. It was interesting, but I feel like it left a lot of things out of the story in order to stay true to its thesis.

Saint of 9/11 - It tells the story of the first man who died on 9/11 who was captured by the first photojournalist on the scene. Father Mychal Judge was a fire department chaplain. The film goes into his childhood, his struggle and eventual triumph over alcoholism, his endless good deeds, the numerous people whose lives he touched and his homosexuality. I can't say the film was completely riveting, but it's a heartwarming film about a heartwarming man.

Atheism: A Brief History of Disbelief - I had a hard time paying attention to this one to be honest. Not because of the subject matter, but because it basically consists of Jonathan Miller rambling on and on.

Kill the Messenger - About Sibel Edmonds who was hired as a translator for the FBI days after 9/11. One day she got a call from a colleague in the FBI who came over to her house and basically told Sibel she and her husband were Turkish spies and they wanted her to join them. When Sibel reported her colleague to her superiors at the FBI she was told to shut up about it and was eventually fired. When she tried to share her story with the media a gag order was put on her by Richard Ashcroft. The film basically shows how US business interests sometimes outweigh the first amendment and national security interests.

The Century of the Self - Excellent documentary about the history of advertising in the last century.

The End of the Line - Also an excellent documentary. It's about commercial fishing and how it's destroying all the world's oceans. Sounds dry, but it was really very interesting and eye opening.

I also watched an episode of Horizon (a BBC series I believe?) about the concept of infinity. It made my brain melt.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Thought I'd just tag on to my list.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father - My favorite kind of documentary is one where you have no clue what you're getting into. And the reason why you don't is because the filmmaker didn't know either. And you watch as a story gets pulled in a multitude of different directions. A story about one thing becomes a story about many universal and often complicated life questions. Two of my favorite examples of this are Capturing the Friedmans and My Kid Could Paint That. Catfish has elements of that as well, but I'm not sure it was handled as masterfully...or at least it didn't hit me in the same way those other two did. I came across Dear Zachary on a random documentary website. I never heard of it before. When I read the description for the film, to be honest, I wasn't all that interested in watching it. A man making a film about his friend who was murdered to give to his friend's son so he'd know what a great guy his dad was. That's thoughtful and kind. But why should I care? I put it off for a while. I was bored one day and decided to watch it. I sobbed for about an hour straight. It's a tragic, heart wrenching, shocking, infuriating, faith questioning, massively inspiring, life affirming story. And the filmmaker did a beautiful job telling it.

Re: Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

A man making a film about his friend who was murdered to give to his friend's son so he'd know what a great guy his dad was. That's thoughtful and kind. But why should I care?

Exactly how I felt when I was watching the beginning part of the documentary, and then the documentary gave one emotional punch after another up til that beautiful finish. Definitely heart wrenching and infuriating at the same time. Superb filmmaking.

Re: Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

I loved 'Dear Zachary...' too, though I cried and cried through much of it.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Morgana0x

Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick (1995)

A documentary about the life of William Wellman. The recent Forbidden Hollywood Vol 3 DVD set featured 6 pre-code movies directed by him. The set includes this documentary. He directed some huge movie like the 30s A Star is Born, The Ox-Bow Incident, The High and the Mighty, and the first Oscar big picture winner Wings. The documentary includes interviews from his son and various stars who had worked with him. You get to learn that William Wellman had a very interesting personality. Beware of huge spoiler if you haven't seen the movies mentioned in the documentary. Most of time, the documentary showed the very last scene of the movie.

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Re: What Documentaries did you see in December 2010?

Watched the so called documentary Exit through the Gift Shop. Still can't tell whether it's an act of fraud (a very sly and well hidden mockumentary) or the genuine article.

Well still a well polished production. Quite watchable.

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Exit through the Gift Shop

Saw this last night. Now I know what you mean about its credibility of being a documentary. Some of the capers were so outrageous. Certainly more watchable than "Life Remote Control" This was a very entertaining movie whether a hoax or not.

Re: Exit through the Gift Shop

The Pat Tillman Story is very good.

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Re: What Documentaries did you see in December 2010?

Client 9- The Rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer

Casino Jack and the united states of money

I got restless waiting for Inside Job, so busted out Enron : Smartest guys in the room.

Gasland

Gashole- another one that has had trouble with distribution. its a few years old, and the DVD has yet to be produced. (d/l via torrent).

The Tillman Story- which for my money should have garnered the oscar nom. The banksy one is fake imo.

The War you dont See by John Pilger was terriffic as well.




"If u had 3 wishes, what would they be. Would u change yourself or would u try and change me"

Re: What Documentaries did you see in December 2010?

I just watched The Tillman Story last night and I agree with you wholeheartedly. It should have gotten the nod they gave to Exit Through....

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Wide Awake (2006)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0492502/

Wide Awake

Directed by Alan Berliner

Library DVD. Portrait of filmmaker who can't sleep. Sundance entry. Watching this a little after midnight, drinking coffee, rearranging my DVD shelves for new X-mas purchases.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in December 2010?

Watched an hour long silent documentary from 1927 an hour or so after the clock struck midnight and the New Year arrived:
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)

No narration from title or text pages. Just 62 minutes travelling around the city of Berlin from early morning with the blue collar factory workers to the middle class couples on the night out.

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Re: What Documentaries did you see in December 2010?

Watched the Broadway documentary Every Little Step about the process of casting the 2006 revival rendition of the musical A Chorus Line.

Chosen to watch it on Netflix streaming as I hate to scroll through dozens of movies to pick a movie when I'm ready to eat dinner. I figured that 1. Netflix is recommending it, 2. it looks to be the best option given amongst the several dozen on the watch instantly page, 3. it would make a great book ending for the weekend since I attended the Paul Taylor Company open house this afternoon.

Until watching the documentary, I knew little about the musical and I didn't really feel compelled to seeing it based on the few songs I knew about the show that were always associated with this legendary Broadway hit.

Now I have a slight bit of interest in actually seeing the show live on at Broadway but don't make me promise quite yet.

I'm not a fan of paying so much for the tickets, let alone for a musical I'm only partially interested in seeing in the first place.

The movie? A solid doc that knows how to pull the heartstrings of the viewers. Funny and moving and one can at least learn to appreciate how difficult these auditions are on the auditionees.

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Restrepo

The 2nd film I saw from the 2010 Oscar final list. A reality show approach in showing a platoon's mission in Afghanistan. Restrepo was the name of the platoon's first casualty.

Re: Restrepo

Restrepo is a powerful apolitical work documenting the horrors of war on the average American solidier's pscyhe.

Watched Gasland, an infuriating and depressing muckraking work against the disasters and dangers of hydraulic fracturing or fracking on the American environment and its citizenry.

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Re: What Documentaries did you see in January 2011?

The Bridge (2006)..it's available to watch on YouTube.


The Bridge is a 2006 documentary film by Eric Steel that tells the stories of a handful of individuals who committed suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge in 2004. The film was inspired by an article entitled "Jumpers," written by Tad Friend which appeared in The New Yorker magazine in 2003.


Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes sin's a pleasure.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in January 2011?

Finally gotten around to the horror documentary, The Cove (2009). I was struck by one sentence in the beginning of the film claiming that if they did in fact reveal the true nature of the cove in question that the fishermen would have to cut their losses and stop the practice all together. How antithetical that statement was to how it ended up after the film received the Oscar on 2010.

Maybe I'm being a tad too cynical but it appears nothing has changed other then the issue has gained a temporary greater exposure to this crisis issue.

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GasLand (2010)

Very informative documentary served as a warning in the harm in the water supply in the drilling for natural gas. A resident in Pennsylvania was affected, so he took on the project and investigate this similar situation through the continent. The result is this documentary. The incredible part is the water from can be burst into flame.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in January 2011?

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) - It didn't live up to the hype for me, but I enjoyed it. It reminded me of My Kid Could Paint That or Who the *beep* is Jackson Pollock, just about a different genre of contemporary art. And I don't find myself caring about whether or not it's a hoax.

Cropsey (2009) - A fascinating and disturbing story I had no idea about even though I grew up in the NYC area. But I was just a child when the murders the film covers took place. I felt like the filmmakers were a little self-indulgent. They were at times more in love with their metaphors about the Cropsey boogeyman, the Willowbrook State School and the Staten Island dump than telling the story. It complicated the film when it didn't have to as it didn't really add much. Mad men exist everywhere, it's not a phenomenon exclusive to Staten Island. I suppose the intention was to create an eerie atmosphere for the film, which matched the eeriness murders. If so, it worked.

The Rape of Europa; Dear Zachary; The Cove

The Rape of Europa (2006) - This is documentary about preserving plundered or destroyed art work during a war. The war was World War II, and it was Europe that suffered. Most of the documentary is about Nazi's destruction, being lead by the art obsessed Hitler. This is a good complementary piece to "The Architecture of Doom" which profiled the artist wannabe leaders of the Nazi regime. Nazi wasn't the only culprit. United States destroyed some art too during the bombing of Italy. Interesting focus on this part of a war.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008) - A friend (Andrew Bagby) of the filmmaker (Kurt Kuenne) passed away, so he made this documentary so that the friend's son (Zachary) when he grow up will know what his father was like. He did interview of various people while telling the story of his friend and his friend's parents trying to get custody of the kid. It started out as a personal profile, but the documentary was able to put the twists at the right place the it was powerful. A heavy documentary. Kuenne was kind of overzealous in his editing though, but those short cuts does keep an audience attention.

The Cove (2009) - The documentary is about saving dolphins. There is one forbidden zone in an island of Japan that kept a secret about what they do with dolphins. A bunch of animal rights activist tried to break in to expose the secret. It was like a caper show, but at the same time we were educated about dolphins, fishing industry, and organization that protect the sea. For many who are lukewarm to animals right might say so what. Watching this documentary might change their mind.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in February 2011?

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001) - A 2 1/2 hour documentary about the work of Stanley Kubrick. What's not to like unless you don't like his movies. I love his movies and the documentary gave many perspective and interviews from many who involved working with him.

"Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America" (2009) Six 1-hour parts documentary on comedy in the media. Each part talking about one aspect of comedy (the underdogs, situational comedy, physical comedy, shockers, wise guy, and satire) and went through the history of each. I am not too crazy about the format since I started feeling overlaps. I rather it go straight chronological. Billy Crystal hosted with a few minute of brutal appearance in each episode. Thank god he didn't show up again until he was the interviewee. The saving grace was the great narration by Amy Sedaris. I like it overall though. Fun to watch the documentary went the biggies in comedy. The show could have been better.

Harlan County U.S.A. (1976) - The documentary chronicle a 70s mining strike in Kentucky through interviews and raw footage of people intermingling. There was no narrative involved except for once in a while message on the screen described the situation. This is the kind of reality show that put to shame the modern day reality show.

Nine Innings from Ground Zero (2004) (TV) - In crisis, people find comfort in religion. The new religion is sports. For 9/11, the sport was baseball. The documentary recount the therapeutic effect on New York the few month after the 9/11 attack. First, the Mets, then the Yankees and their World Series run. There were some touching stories involved. Despite baseball was a temporary fix as described by one fan, it did lift the spirit of the baseball fan up and have them move on in life. Fantastic for baseball fan, especially New York baseball fan.

1968 with Tom Brokaw (2007) (TV) - This is like one of those "In the year of..." show, but remembered by Tom Brokaw. Yeah, I understand the significance of that year, but the documentary is a bit disorganized. It jump from one place from another seemingly on the whim of Tom Brokaw, although think back that it did follow the year chronologically.

Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (2009) (V) - Entertaining and thoughtful. conspiracy theorists delight.

Killer Stress: A National Geographic Special (2008) (TV) - Study human stress by studying monkeys.

"Nova" Becoming Human (2009) - 3-part series on new theory about human evolution. It really doesn't need 3-parts, so it wind up repeating itself a lot. Interesting though, but with some bad CGI.

"Nova" Dogs Decoded (2010) - It tells us what we already know about our relationship with dogs, but it also tell us why.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in February 2011?

Just finished watching the so-so documentary, Freakonomics.

Each segment is well made and polished if not necessarily bringing forth the most convincing of arguments for their case. My favorite was Pure Corruption, Alex Gibney's study of corruption in the sumo wrestling world in Japan.

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It Came From Kuchar (2009)

(cut and pasted from the Cult Films board:)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1303745/

It Came From Kuchar

Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot

Library DVD. First time viewing. Documentary on the Kuchar Brothers, who were underground filmmakers in the 60's and still shoot ultra-low budget movies on video today. I had never heard of them and found this DVD while browsing through the documentary section in the library. The Kuchar's are twins. They are asked if they are fraternal or identical and both brothers claim not to know, so they ask a friend and the friend says "They used to be identical, they're not anymore." It's that kind of movie. Other filmmakers like John Waters and Buck Henry appear, who knew the Kuchar's and their movies on the underground scene in the 60's. Lots of great vintage clips of the crazy movies the brothers made. Anyone with any interest at all in underground film or low budget filmmaking must see this documentary. Lots of fun and very funny. You have to see this movie! Highly recommended.

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1352717/

I Knew It Was You

Directed by Richard Shepard

Short but poignant doc on actor's actor John Cazale. Very touching and well done. Lots of great interviews with people who worked with him and other actors like Sam Rockwell who enjoy his work. Found the DVD at the library. Also has a good director's commentary.

Phantom India (TV 1969)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063914/

Phantom India

Directed by Louis Malle

Found the Criterion Collection six DVD set of Louis Malle documentaries at the library. Watching Phantom India now. I'm about to start ep.3 of the seven part series. It is pretty amazing stuff. I had heard about this one and it is as good as advertised. Very excited to get this set as I like Louis Malle but had never seen any of his documentaries.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in February 2011?

Welcome to Macintosh (2008) - Despite an interesting history of Macintosh, this is one very disappointing documentary like one bad informercial. Yeah, it gave us the fascinating chronology, but much of telling them was from written words or flashing the products on the screen like a fast slide show, like the filmmakers did not even build up the "wow". I wish they put more emphasis on its struggle and the whys and finally the success, and more interviewing on the essential personnel. Ultimately, they resort to interview a bunch of collectors.

Inside Job (2010) - Narrated by Matt Damon, a heavy recounting the reason behind the world wide economic collapse since 2008. It started out telling us that even the economically innocent country like Iceland got hit hard, and then flashback years back and tell us what happened. Some of the interviews and cross-examination were powerful. You get to learn about the crummy corrupted unregulated financial system. It was not an entertaining piece but mostly an informative and educational piece, so it can be boring to some. Despite the complex explanation, it only seems to give an overview historically. It was nevertheless nicely done.

When We Were Kings (1996) - The documentary, which was filmed 20 years before it was released, followed Muhammad Ali and George Foreman into Zaire for the big bout. This was an Ali show, not only regarding the fight, but his political point of view. Watching this sadden me a bit since a heavy weight championship boxing fight was an event and people stay home to make sure to watch it. The boxing system has became a joke today. This was a highly entertaining documentary. My only complain was the interview of Norman Mailer who made Ali appeared whimpy and afraid when it was clearly not true seeing Ali's expression.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in March 2011?

Inside Job - Infuriating.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in March 2011?

Waste Land (2010) just came up on Netflix streaming. Just finished watching it right now.


IT's a documentary following the Brazilian artist, Vic Muniz, as he tries to bring exposure to the world of the horrible conditions of the garbage pickers working in the largest landfill in the world (just outside of Rio De Janeiro).

The documentary, whose filmmakers interviews a handful of pickers, culminating into a collaborative art project led by Muniz and these selected garbage pickers. Large scale photographs involving recycled material and the image of the picker's themselves are sold at auction with all of the proceeds to the pickers and to the workers at the landfill.

A must see documentary which did in fact deserve its Oscar nomination.
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Re: What Documentaries did you see in March 2011?

"Marwencol"

Please see my complete review on this Board.

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