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I am looking to view some docus that have been made in the last few years. I've seen Tim's Vermeer and Jodorowsky's Dune which were both excellent. Looking to learn something but avoid gut-wrenching, true-life horror stories (Holocaust, famine, etc.). Thanks.
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Waking Sleeping Beauty
We Are Legion
The American Scream
Paul Williams...Still Alive
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Los Angeles Plays Itself
I Am Devine
Video Nasties: Draconian Days
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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (A little bit of "true horror" in this though)
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Old 11-18-15, 03:56 PM
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Watched MERU the other night. Pretty good stuff. If you liked Everest you'll like it.
If you didnt like Everest, watch it anyway. Some pretty good footage.
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Old 11-18-15, 04:23 PM
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I thought Man On Wire was decent
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Old 11-18-15, 04:38 PM
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Jodorowsky's Dune is one of the most incredible documentaries I've ever seen--and a lot of fun. [EDIT: I didn't originally notice that you've seen this. I still stand by my recommendation.]

If you've never seen Crumb--doo eet!

Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey is the best documentary I've seen about the martial arts legend.

Also a second vote for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

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I am looking to view some docus that have been made in the last few years. I've seen Tim's Vermeer and Jodorowsky's Dune which were both excellent. Looking to learn something but avoid gut-wrenching, true-life horror stories (Holocaust, famine, etc.). Thanks.
Docu's I've seen in theaters this year:

* - highly recommended

*The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
*Listen to Me, Marlon
The Best of Enemies (about the 1968 televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley)
The Black Panthers
Peggy Guggenheim, Art Addict
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Old 11-18-15, 08:21 PM
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I found The Search for General Tso pretty entertaining, and pretty informative on Chinese food in America on the whole.

Surprised no one has mentioned Dear Zachary yet.
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The Act of Killing is one of the greatest docs I've ever seen.


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Just watched I Touched All of Your Stuff on Netflix. Incredibly interesting.Wasn't sure what to expect, not certain what I got.
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A Band Called Death
The Search for Weng Weng
In The Turn
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Wim Wender's Oscar nominated - 'The Salt of the Earth' (watch this on a really big TV and surround sound setup)
'The Red Army'
Milius (2013) - doc film about director of John Milius is just outstanding.
Last Days of Vietnam
The Wrecking Crew
Tim's Vermeer
Jerusalem (IMAX doc) [home video releasae: Dec. 1]

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Surprised no one has mentioned Dear Zachary yet.
Though it's a top-10 doc for me, I didn't think it would fit OP's guidelines:
Looking to learn something but avoid gut-wrenching, true-life horror stories
And that one sure is a punch to the gut.

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*Listen to Me, Marlon
I've got this recorded. Might finally get to it tomorrow.
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I Am Santa Claus is a good one to watch this time of year.
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Just watched Deli Man the other day, loved it.
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Though it's a top-10 doc for me, I didn't think it would fit OP's guidelines
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Alive Inside is quite a remarkable movie about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and the integration of music to the brain to stimulate memories. Highly recommended.
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Watched MERU the other night. Pretty good stuff. If you liked Everest you'll like it.
If you didnt like Everest, watch it anyway. Some pretty good footage.
Saw both recently and actually enjoyed Meru more. They had some incredible shots.
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Yes it did. Jimmy Chin has done some incredible photography. I only wish ...
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It's not recent but, if you're fan of fantastic art & artists... and you can find it, I'd recommend the Frank Frazetta doc "Painting with Fire".

Not big on documentaries really, but I've picked up a few.
Tim's Vermeer
Jordorowsky's Dune
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
Pumping Iron
Tales of the Rat Fink
Painting With Fire

Oh crap… started looking thru my collection and found more than I thought I had.

The Sci-Fi Boys
Will Eisner - Profession: Cartoonist
Chuck Jones: Extremes & Inbetweens A Life in Animation
Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels
Countdown to Wednesday (about comic book publishing)
Comic-Con: Episode IV A Fan's Hope
Stripped (about comic strips)
Star Wait
Harlan Ellison: Dreams With Sharp teeth
Beast Wishes: The Fantastic World of Bob & Kathy Burns
The Kid Stays In The Picture
John Ford Dreaming the Quiet Man
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The Boys: Sherman Brothers Story
Frank and Ollie
Atari: Game Over
King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters
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I dug watching "An Honest Liar" myself.
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