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Old 01-31-08, 10:53 PM
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Recommend me a documentary....

For whatever reason, i've never given much thought to documentaries but last night I watched "King of Kong" and loved it! Anyone have any suggestions for similar, slice of life type films like this? Not really looking for depressing Rwanda type documentaries either. Thanks!
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Hated...the GG Allin documentary. Enjoy!
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You hated it, but recommend it to me?
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Thanks chris, those both sound good.
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"Hated" is the film's name. It's pretty graphic. I'd recommend Crumb and Hoop Dreams.

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Originally Posted by cupcake jesus
"Hated" is the film's name. It's pretty graphic. I'd recommend Crumb and Hoop Dreams.

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D'oh! I would edit out my stupidity from above....but oh well.
And Crumb sounds good, thanks.

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Well here a few that you may like to see:
Hoop Dreams - The Criterion Collection (1994)
One Day in September (1999)
Kurosawa (2001)
Rites of Autumn - The Story of College Football (2001)
Jim Brown: All American (2002)
The Fog of War (2003)
March of the Penguins (2005)

Those are my pick and for what it's worth The Fog Of War is must watch and own DvD.
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yeah, Hated is great

crumb
slasher
paradise lost
mr. death



one of my fave films is the Salesman- criterion dvd
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Hoop Dreams, definitely.

Spellbound (2002)
Music From the Inside Out

The nature documentary Planet Earth if you haven't seen it yet. Especially in HD.

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Thanks for all the suggestions. Spellbound and Hoop Dreams in particular both sound like what I was looking for.
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Beyond The Mat is great. The Backyard is good too. You don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy either of them.

I hear Air Guitar Nation is really good.
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Hands on a Hard Body

Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the truck wins. An absurd marketing gimmick at first glance, the contest proves to be much more...
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American Movie.
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Ugh, when that chick starts gushing about the cow being slaughtered is the most beautiful sight she's ever witnessed I had to turn away. Fucking awful.

As for the OP question, I recommend Planet Earth.
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Crumb is one of my favorites.

Speaking of, I need to get this.
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I found the mondo caine documentaries riveting
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"I Want Something Creepy Yet Thought-Provoking" Doc:
Capturing the Friedman's

"I Wonder Why We Fight" Doc:
Why We Fight

"What Lengths Would I Go To Survive" Doc:
Into the Void (equally decent book also)

"I'm Never Eating Fast Food Again - Well..Not as Much" Doc:
Supersize Me

"This Just Doesn't Seem Right" Doc:
Jesus Camp
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Originally Posted by CaseyB
Hated...the GG Allin documentary. Enjoy!
Ah, good 'ol GG Allin. I will never forget the night my flatmate and her boyfriend came home after seeing him in San Francisco. They were literally covered in shit, blood, spit and whatnot. Good times...
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I liked all of these and found them similar in style to the KoK

Spellbound -- Spelling Bee
Wordplay -- Crossword Puzzle Contest
Word Wars -- Scrabble Contest
Murderball -- Wheelchair Rugby

I also really enjoyed Dig! which is a doc on 2 bands, the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. (neither of which I know very well or care particularly about)

And I agree with Grizzly Man and Into the Void (kind of a recreation doc, like something off of Discovery) recommendations.

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Old 02-01-08, 07:36 AM
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There's been a lot of good recommendations already, but here's a few more slice-of-life docs to consider:

The Up documentaries, of which there are 7 to date (7 Up, 14 Up, 21 Up, 28 Up, 35 Up, 42 Up, and 49 Up) by Michael Apted.

Following Sean (2006)

Stevie (2002)

51 Birch Street (2005)

More obscure stuff:
Dancing Outlaw (1991) -- Available only from the director through Amazon

Portrait of Jason (1967) - not available in R1 but damn good!
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I haven't seen it myself, but I hear that Metallica's "Some Kind of Monster" is pretty entertaining.
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I'll second Murderball, Word Wars and Jesus Camp, and add The Bridge, Discovery Atlas - Italy, The Staircase and Prom Night in Kansas City.

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