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sarijoul
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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (and it's sequel, whose name i can't remember

3/11/2008 5:39:52 PM

lafta
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i just watched on friday a documentary on seara leone, and it had to be the bloodiest most disgusting yet enlighting doc ive ever seen
i saw peoples hands being chopped off, a guys head explode when he got shot, etc

i feel sick

3/16/2008 3:07:00 PM

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the Passion of the Christ.

3/16/2008 3:07:52 PM

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good one

3/16/2008 3:11:19 PM

lafta
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saw fog of war, wow, that is awsome,
i wish that dude would give george bush some advice

4/28/2008 9:57:48 PM

Vulcan91
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Things I caught at Full Frame this year that were awesome:

Life. Support. Music. - http://lifesupportmusic.org/
Trumbo - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0889671/
Body of War - http://www.bodyofwar.com/ (Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro)
Encounters at the End of the World - http://encountersfilm.com/ (Werner Herzog)
At the Death House Door - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0929235/ (Peter Gilbert and Steve James (Hoop Dreams))

4/28/2008 10:26:21 PM

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any of you guys see the helvetica documentary? I'm a designer/type nerd so I really liked it, but it's one of those movies that I think most people would find really interesting. It was really well done.

http://www.helveticafilm.com/

I also just saw Dig! for the first time and thought it was pretty cool. Some annoying characters, but a good movie nonetheless

4/29/2008 12:01:09 AM

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ttt

7/15/2009 3:00:53 PM

Wolfman Tim
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Bigger Stronger Faster*

7/15/2009 4:04:25 PM

JCASHFAN
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Our Brand Is Crisis -- Underimpressed
King Corn -- nothing new if you've read anything by Michael Pollan. The film-makers were too self-interested and didn't seem to take the film itself seriously.
Deep Water -- AMAZING
Manufacturing Consent -- excellent
The Corporation -- excellent, can't find my copy
Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? -- very good
Tobacco Money Feeds My Family -- If you're actually from North Carolina, you'll really appreciate this movie.

I pre-ordered Food Inc. We'll see how it goes.

7/15/2009 4:43:08 PM

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalyse about the making of Apocalypse Now was very interesting.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102015/

7/15/2009 5:14:37 PM

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F for Fake
Hoop Dreams
One Day in September
Hype!
Little Dieter Needs to Fly
Gimme Shelter
Dark Days
1991: The Year Punk Broke

7/15/2009 5:25:05 PM

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Deep Water will rip your heart out.

7/15/2009 5:27:35 PM

thebat
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yall should provide at least some commentary on your suggestions


^in a good way or bad?

[Edited on July 15, 2009 at 5:41 PM. Reason : .]

7/15/2009 5:40:35 PM

JCASHFAN
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Good way? Bad way? Can your heart be ripped out in a good way? The movie is simply enthralling. The long and short of it is that a Brit, with no sailing experience whatsoever, attempted to make it around the world in a boat he designed.

This has disaster written all over it, and rightfully so, but the way the story is told is completely riveting and you find yourself being very sympathetic with an everyman who does some less than noble things.

7/15/2009 6:44:25 PM

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Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room
Walmart: High Cost of Low Prices

7/15/2009 8:23:25 PM

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Planet B-Boy - follows several international crews to the Battle of the Year world b-boy championships
Word Wars - like Spellbound, but about competitive Scrabble instead of spelling bees
Murderball - about quadriplegic wheelchair rugby, lots of tuff
Style Wars - classic documentary about the growth of the graffiti movement in the early 80's
Modify - about extreme body modification
Supersize Me - dude eats nothing but McDonald's for a month, hilarity ensues
The King of Kong - the story of arch-rival Donkey Kong nemeses duking it out in 8 bits
Wordplay - about the national crossword puzzle championships
Dark Days - about homeless people living in an abandoned railway tunnel in NYC
Lost Boys of Sudan - about... the Lost Boys of Sudan

[Edited on July 16, 2009 at 12:26 AM. Reason : ]

7/16/2009 12:24:26 AM

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BBC Nature Documentaries are pretty good.

Just finished watching "The secret mayan underground," "The lost world of tibet,"and "Satoyama: Japan's secret water garden."

7/16/2009 1:30:52 PM

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"Under Pressure: Making the Abyss"...not necessarily what youre looking for, but as far as "making of" docs go, this is one of the best Ive seen. There were a lot of problems on the set of this movie (technical, emotional, etc), and its somewhat surprising how it was made (actors doing most of their own stunts). Its on disc 2 of the 2-disc DVD set, so you probably wont be able to Netflix it.

7/16/2009 2:18:14 PM

Lumex
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MARCH OF THE PENGUINS

HOLY FUCK

7/16/2009 2:18:33 PM

Fhqwhgads
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Dancing Outlaw: Story of Jesco White. West Virginia mountain dancer.


<3

7/16/2009 4:27:03 PM

bdmazur
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Trainspotting

7/16/2009 7:58:05 PM

spöokyjon

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FOG

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WAR

I mean, I know I said that in this thread like 18 months ago, but for srs. WATCH THE FOG OF WAR.

7/16/2009 10:29:06 PM

JCASHFAN
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Just watched Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? tonight. I thought it was really good, but not great. It was a neat story, but it wasn't some deep revelation about the inner workings of the art world.

9/10/2009 10:36:59 PM

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Tyson was pretty good

9/10/2009 10:46:08 PM

Bweez
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Standard Operating Procedure.

Also by Errol Morris.

The Fog of War guy.

About Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse.

Basically interviews with a bunch of assholes and like two non-assholes.

Errol Morris' interview techniques are unparalleled.

He developed something called the "Interrotron." Two cameras are set up, one facing Errol Morris, and one facing the interviewee. The respective facial images are put on a teleprompter in front of the other camera. So it's like they're looking at a person, but they're really looking into a camera lens.

The result is pretty amazing and creepy.

[Edited on September 10, 2009 at 10:57 PM. Reason : /]

9/10/2009 10:51:29 PM

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Quote :
"The King of Kong - the story of arch-rival Donkey Kong nemeses duking it out in 8 bits"


great movie.

9/10/2009 10:53:00 PM

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Some notable films from Full Frame this year, definitely check them out once they get major release:

Reporter - http://mattgronke.com/?p=63
Sons of Cuba - http://mattgronke.com/?p=48
Mechanical Love - http://mattgronke.com/?p=45

9/10/2009 11:09:10 PM

Bweez
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We Fun is a pretty cool doc on atlanta music. Black Lips, King Khan, Deerhunter, Mastodon, etc.

9/10/2009 11:31:27 PM

sarahjane
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The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Pretty intense documentary about a man on death row accused of a crime he did not commit in Texas (of course).

9/11/2009 9:24:18 AM

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The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl - I had to watch it for a class in college and even though it's like 3 hours, it's worth it to me... it actually tries to paint a fair picture of her without just screaming NAZI NAZI and it also looks at her life after Nazi Germany, which is just as interesting to me

Man on Wire was probably the last one I watched, which was pretty awesome... I need to get around to watching more

[Edited on September 11, 2009 at 9:36 AM. Reason : /]

9/11/2009 9:30:36 AM

Chop
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I just watched The Garden. Its about a group of Latinos' struggle to save an urban garden in south central LA. Very powerful and moving, highly recommended.

[Edited on September 11, 2009 at 9:55 PM. Reason : .]

[Edited on September 11, 2009 at 9:55 PM. Reason : .]

9/11/2009 9:54:08 PM

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9/11/2009 11:00:44 PM

lafta
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Cocain Cowboys, simply awsome

11/13/2009 2:37:53 AM

Zel
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American Hardcore yo

11/13/2009 2:06:00 PM

ndmetcal
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http://freedocumentaries.org/index.php
for anyone interested

11/13/2009 3:17:50 PM

Kodiak
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Bright Leaves

11/13/2009 4:43:49 PM

timswar
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Anything from Terry Jones: Medieval Lives, Barbarians, Crusades. He's done a bunch of others ones too.

Stephen Fry's "The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive"

"A History of Britain" featuring Simon Schama

"A History of Scotland" featuring Neil Oliver

Yeah, I'm kinda biased towards BBC documentaries.

11/15/2009 10:15:55 PM

icyhotpatch
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thanks for the link!

11/15/2009 10:48:20 PM

Ernie
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Hoop Dreams needs to be mentioned again

11/15/2009 11:32:15 PM

screentest
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and Errol Morris

11/16/2009 2:22:02 AM

Beowulf
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basketball diaries

11/16/2009 2:36:39 AM

lafta
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born rich - good flick about being born rich

12/14/2009 11:54:10 PM

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"any of you guys see the helvetica documentary? I'm a designer/type nerd so I really liked it, but it's one of those movies that I think most people would find really interesting. It was really well done."


weird, i just had someone recommend this last night. i'd never heard of it before.

Errol Morris has another good one called 'Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.' Very interesting profile of an execution technician turned holocaust denier.

12/15/2009 1:57:08 AM

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I think of Jersey Shore as a documentary so that I can rationalize the guilty pleasure I get from watching it.

12/15/2009 2:00:16 AM

bobster
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The Cove

12/15/2009 2:52:47 AM

Bweez
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The U.

12/15/2009 4:14:44 AM

jocristian
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surprised it hasn't been mentioned, but Man on Wire was great

12/15/2009 8:33:37 AM

Mr. Joshua
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^ been meaning to see that

12/15/2009 9:33:17 AM

Bweez
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^^
Quote :
"Man on Wire was probably the last one I watched, which was pretty awesome... "

12/16/2009 12:59:45 AM

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