Movie Genre: Documentary

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Debbie
4

Biographies are interesting because you discover facts you never knew about a person or place.  When we think of Molly Brown, we always think of the Titanic or Unsinkable Molly Brown, and her personal conflicts with J.J. Brown. Molly Brown was born Margaret Tobin in Hannibal, Missouri in...

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Steven Johnson
ShellyB
4

Based on his book by the same title, Steven Johnson's How We Got To Now is a fascinating look at how seemingly simple concepts such as clean water, marking time, and keeping things cold have led to huge leaps forward in technological/industrial/scientific advances, connecting past...

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Porscha
4

This is a sort of “day in the life of" documentary about French postmodern philosopher Jacques Derrida made in 2002. Slowly paced, it follows Derrida around doing mundane things like buttering toast and talking with his wife and cat...  It is interesting to see a great thinker of our time...

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Porscha
3

When I first saw the title “Guest of Cindy Sherman” I had a completely different idea of what to expect.  I pictured it being a performance piece by Cindy Sherman... Turns out it’s a documentary about the host of GalleryBeat, a 1990’s public access TV show about contemporary art, and his...

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ShellyB
4

In October I posted a book review for The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less.  This documentary was just as eye-opening for me, presenting...

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Porscha
5

I am Divine is a wonderful documentary about the incredible and outrageous performer Divine, “the most beautiful woman in the world, almost.”  It’s a bittersweet biography of Harris Glen Milstead’s lifelong transformation into the legendary character Divine and an affectionate...

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Porscha
4

This documentary is the Discovery Channel’s coverage of the 2008 Iditarod race in Alaska. The Iditarod is a dog sled race over 1,000 miles of wilderness that starts in the southern part of Alaska in Anchorage and ends near the Arctic Circle in Nome. It follows seven out of ninety-six racers and...

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ShellyB
5

This is a wonderfully done visual adaptation of the very popular book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.  I especially liked the extensive commentary from the authors, explaining in their own words and voices how these projects came about and what they hoped to learn from them!

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Tara
5

As a consumer of Burt's Bees products for years, I was intrigued by the documentary, and it far exceeded my expectations. Burt is a little curmudgeonly and doesn't have much interest in his fame. I'm pretty sure he loved his dog more than he ever loved another human being. Most importantly, be...

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Hana
5

Jodorowsky is a wacky dude, best exemplified by this look into his massive project that never was. As a Dune, Star Wars, Giger, and sci-fi fan this film gave me an excellent view into what could have been a spectacular, surreal interpretation of Frank Herbert's novel. This ill-...

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Hana
5

Love him, hate him, or never heard of him, this documentary does an excellent job of blending poetry readings, interviews with fans, narration, and clips of the man himself. Those that watched and had not read Bukowski were driven to do so just from the fascinating portrait of the...

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Rachel F
4

This amazing documentary explores the use of satellites and their myriad uses.  Satellites are mapping the floor of the ocean, collecting data about glacier melt and identifying weather patterns.  Many of them are nearing their end of life -- will the U.S. be renting space from...

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Porscha
4

I really enjoyed this documentary. The imagery is stunning and it covers a lot of in-depth information on both whales and dolphins. I found it very interesting because it features more than the popular species and more than their typical behaviors. The second time I watched it I realized there...

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Porscha
5

This is an informative and moving documentary. It accomplishes mixing the rich history of the Faubourg Tremé with contemporary momentous footage. Created and narrated by a resident of Tremé, the documentary outlines the neighborhood from its origin through the birth of civil rights and jazz and...

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Porscha
4

This documentary confronts the important issue of keeping and breeding wild and predatory animals in captivity. It’s specifically about Orca Whales and the human fatalities resulting in their captivity in businesses like SeaWorld. Although it wasn’t as informative or well-argued as I hoped,...

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Porscha
4

I really enjoyed watching and re-watching this series of interviews from Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers. He has an elegant and dazzling way of gathering myths from around the world and explaining their meanings and similarities.  The interviews were conducted the last two summers before...

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Porscha
4

This documentary broke my heart. It’s about the displacement of animals during the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. It’s also about the rescue and adoption of stray pets and inevitable custody battles between the new owners and evacuated owners from New Orleans. It has heart wrenching footage...

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Porscha
5

This is the most interesting TV series about art since Bob Ross. Unlike Bob Ross, it’s not an instructional how-to show. Art 21 is a series of studio visits and exhibitions of key contemporary artists. The aim and (to me) what it accomplishes is that it makes contemporary art more accessible to...

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Porscha
5

This to me is an unsung hero of animal documentaries. Before this documentary I never knew the phenomena of the Monarch migration existed, and now it’s a life goal of mine to see the migration! In short, the migration happens only in every fourth generation of Monarchs and 100 million...

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Porscha
5

Marwencol is captivating. It’s a true-story of the life and artwork of Mark Hogancamp. After a violent crime against him, Mark Hogancamp uses art as motor-skill therapy and delves far into the craft and imaginary world he creates.  The story keeps unfolding new depths of both the work and...

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Porscha
3

This documentary fascinated me. Although I didn’t think it was particularly well researched, or narrated, I really did enjoy the interviews with a diverse group of married people on the subject of marriage. Her interview with Stephanie Coontz I found to be very informative; she has a compelling...

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Porscha
5

This documentary covers a lot of information about the legendary jazz musician Billie Holiday and even better has a lot of live footage and audio recordings.  The live footage is very moving and a gem for Billie Holiday fans and jazz history enthusiasts. There’s also a bonus to the...

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Tara
5

Did you ever wonder why Disney had such a "hot streak" with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aladdin and then the magic seemed to fade? Waking Sleeping Beauty is the behind the scenes story of Disney Animation during this time. Told...

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ShellyB
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This film tells the incredible story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage to Antarctica.  When their ship, the Endurance, becomes locked in the ice, Shackleton and his crew begin their desperate attempt to survive the harsh, unforgiving landscape of Antarctica and find some way to escape...

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This is hands down the most gorgeous, interesting, and engaging science documentary I've seen in quite some time. Created using footage from a variety of satellites, Earth From Space shows the larger cycles that drive climate and local ecosystems. Did you know that the Amazon rainforest wouldn't...