im a bit of a documentary junkie, King of Kong i thought was real good, so was Bigger, Stronger Faster. i also really liked Beyond the Mat, I Have Tourettes is kinda a guilty pleasure of mine too, i mean i feel for these kids... but its kinda funny too.... im so going to hell....
just about any documentary on WWII is awesome to me, theres a series called Ken Burns The War, that is just awesome.
I've seen A Headbanger's Journey and liked it overall, but I found the depiction of black metal to be really, really biased. I guess the guy who made it ultimately needed some sort of controversy to make people talk about his documentary and black metal was an easy target.
Anyway, the most... impressive (for the lack of a better word) documentary I've seen was Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph des Willens". It's a Nazi propaganda film from the early 30's that is shown in history class at school.
Girl 27 - Author-screenwriter David Stenn investigates a notorious Hollywood scandal more than 65 years after it occurred, a **** case involving Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio execs and an underage dancer who refused to stay silent. Hired along with 120 other young girls to entertain MGM salesmen at a stag party in 1937, Patricia Douglas was violently raped and brought a landmark lawsuit against her attackers -- then mysteriously disappeared.
The Thin Blue Line - Filmmaker Errol Morris's gripping investigation into the murder of a Dallas police officer was responsible for freeing the man who was originally -- and erroneously -- charged with and convicted of the crime. Through archival footage, interviews and reenactments, Morris skillfully makes a case for the innocence of a man who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Widely acclaimed, this breakthrough documentary won numerous awards.
The Iceman:Confessions of a Mafia Hitman - After years of silence, "The Iceman" speaks. In two interviews a decade apart, Richard Kuklinski, a notorious top enforcer for the Gambino crime family, tells his unusual and gruesome story. Raised on -- and immune to -- violence, he kept his unorthodox job and tactics a secret from his adoring family. In 1986, after a long investigation, Kuklinski was betrayed by "the only man I didn't kill" and is serving multiple life sentences.
The Last Word
This chilling documentary relates the painful story of Johnny Frank Garrett, who was convicted of murder and executed by the state of Texas. Arrested as a teenager, the mentally challenged Garrett always maintained his innocence. Although law enforcement officials declared that Garrett was guilty of the **** and murder of an elderly nun in 1981, theories abound that the over-eager district attorney and incompetent pathologist bungled the case.
Just saw this today...stick with it gets scary at the end.
A Nun is raped and murdered in her bed, the crime goes unsolved, a religious 80's district attorney comes in proclaims a impoverished mentally retarded underage boy did it. It starts off as a horrible over the top film it changes at the end this needs to be made into a horror film.
Nanking - Co-directors Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman helm this Sundance selection chronicling the story of "the **** of Nanking," a World War II-era tragedy in which more than 200,000 Chinese citizens were murdered and tens of thousands were raped at the hands of Japanese soldiers. Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway and Stephen Dorff portray some of the Westerners who rose to the occasion with quiet acts of heroism.
One Day in September - In 1972, eight Palestinian terrorists interrupted the Munich Olympics by taking 11 Israeli athletes hostage. Michael Douglas narrates this Oscar-winning documentary about the siege and subsequent failed rescue attempt. The film features historical footage as well as new interviews with surviving terrorist Jamal Al-Gashey and various officials detailing how the German police botched the rescue operation, leading to the death of all 11 hostages.
The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl - By directing propaganda films such as Triumph of the Will for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party, Leni Riefenstahl became one of the most controversial filmmakers of all time. This engrossing documentary explores her legacy and association with Hitler. Riefenstahl, who at various points in her life was also a dancer, actress and photographer, defends herself and her actions, making no apology for her glorification of the loathsome German leader.
Jupiter's Wife - This compelling documentary tells the true story of Maggie, a beguiling, forty-something homeless woman. Maggie, who lives in New York's Central Park, claims to be the daughter of actor Robert Ryan and believes she's married to the Roman god Jupiter. Her story is both a complex enigma and a riveting tale.
Grey Gardens - Documentary pioneers the Maysles brothers (Gimme Shelter) capture poignant moments in the lives of Jackie O's quirky relatives -- Edith Bouvier Beale, aka Big Edie, and her middle-aged daughter, Little Edie -- at their decaying estate,Grey Gardens. The ladies shut out their bleak present by recalling richer times and lost loves, and while Little Edie confides that she'd like to leave, the camera captures an enduring co-dependency.
Best Boy - Documentarian Ira Wohl hit gold (literally, having reaped a 1980 Oscar win for Best Documentary Feature) with this beloved film about Wohl's mentally retarded cousin, "Philly," who's lived his entire life with his parents. Elderly and sick, Philly's parents worry about their son's future and begin to teach him lessons in self-reliance so that he'll be able to navigate through life after they're gone
All of the Above
Cat Dancers After inheriting a black leopard from actor William Holden, acclaimed adagio dancers Ron and Joy Holiday began working big cats into their routine. The story of the famously known Cat Dancers turns tragic after a younger trainer joins the team. Masterfully composed from archival footage of the duo's four-decade career, this documentary juxtaposes the allure and glamour of the Las Vegas show scene with the raw brutality of the ferocious felines.
Koko - story of a gorilla who learns sign language.
Exit Through the Gift Shop - A group of artists who work on the underground to make and celebrate street art.
The Atomic Cafe - a humorous and horrifying look at the cold war
It's a documentary but a comedy at the same time, where Bill Maher goes around the world talking to people who believe in different religions, asking questions about their religion.
He's an atheist, and through the whole movie basically makes fun of everyone he talks to (not directly, it's done in a subtle way where the people watching see it and find it funny, but the people he's talking to are so dense they don't get it half the time).
"You lack the requisite spine and testicular fortitude to study under me"
A totally enlightening and frankly scary experience. It doesn't tell you what to believe, in regards to world economics and politics, only gives you the facts. Its crazy what you find out about Energy, and the fact that the whole monetary system is flawed and no country in the world is free of debt...theres too much for me to describe.