What (New) Documentaries Should People Watch?

I haven’t watched one in a while, and though I lean towards the political type, or those documentaries which depict the worst kinds of social injustice, I’m willing to take a spin outside my wheel house this time.

So I thought I’d put a call out for great documentaries I and everyone else around these parts should watch.

Suggestions?

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42 thoughts on “What (New) Documentaries Should People Watch?

  1. This is not new but it’s my favorite documentary of all time (technically it’s almost like a video journal). It’s called “Alone in the Wilderness”. If you like the outdoors even a little this will absolutely blow you away.

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    • From Herzog: I really enjoyed Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which I believe is his most recent one. It’s streaming on Netflix, so it’s easy to get. If you want an older one, My Best Fiend is awesome, particularly if you’re a fan of Aguirre, the Wrath of God, and Fitzcarraldo (one of my favorite movies).

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        • I’m assuming everybody is up on Burden of Dreams, about the filming of Fitzcarraldo. Dude is wack.

          http://www.criterion.com/films/546

          “For nearly five years, acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete one of the most ambitious and difficult films of his career, Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man’s attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Documentary filmmaker Les Blank captured the unfolding of this production, made more perilous by Herzog’s determination to shoot the most daunting scenes without models or special effects, including a sequence requiring hundreds of native Indians to pull a full-size, 320-ton steamship over a small mountain. The result is an extraordinary document of the filmmaking process and a unique look into the single-minded mission of one of cinema’s most fearless directors.”

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  2. • Paradise Garden: Howard Finster’s Legacy – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2380121/

    • Fools on the Hill – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1826692/

    • Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1546381/

    • Cup of Dreams – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1848838/

    • Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2104994/

    • Inside Job – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1645089/

    • Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1545103/

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  3. Thanks for all the recommendations.

    Herzog? Never realized he was such a hit. Perhaps a Herzog viewing clubs at some point (or other Documentary viewings).

    Might actually be kinda fun to watch one and then all discuss it over the ensuing days.

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