The recent string of high-quality documentaries

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Basschair, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    So, in the past month or so I've seen Mad Hot Ballroom, Rock School, March of the Penguins, and Murderball. Though some were better than others, these were all great movies, and I strongly recommend them to anyone who hasn't seen them.

    Anybody here seen any of these (or other recent ) documentaries which you care to comment on?

    Oops...forgot to mention Born into Brothels. That one was pretty raw.
  2. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    I generally enjoy nature documentaries.

    But I went and saw March of the penguins when the rest of my family wanted to go to celebrate my sister's birthday.....and wow.

    There were a few moments in it....but man, I would have been far more entertained and informed by watching almost any program on animal planet.
  3. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV

    Just about a week ago I saw an excellent docuentary on HBO.

    I can't recall the name, but it delt with kids with terret's(sp?) syndrome.

    It was short, only half an hour, but it was excellent.

    I would highly recommend watching it, especially to those who teach in public schools.

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Metallica Documentry " Some Kind of Monster " i found it to be an insightful look into the inner workings of one of the Best Rock bands of all time.
  5. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    Tourette's syndrome...I'll have to look it up. I actually do teach in a public school, and make it a point to get the info. Thanks!

  6. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    I don't disagree. I think that goes for most documentaries on nature-related subjects. The difference here was production values and the dramatic aspect of the VO (plus, Morgan Freeman has a great voice).

    As far as the subject matter, I was really blown away by what the Emporer Penguins endure to procreate.

  7. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca

    Yup, another good one!
  8. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca

    yeah, i saw it finally last night.

    and i completely agree.

    good music, though. :meh:
  9. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    I saw "The Story of the Weeping Camel" a while ago. Honestly one of the best movies I've ever seen. It's about a family of camel and sheep herders in Mongolia.

    I also saw just about a week ago, this movie called "The story of the salt people something something"... okay, I can't recall what it was called, but it was about some salt merchants in Nepal. Very interesting as well.
  10. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    I love documentaries. Punk Attitude was awesome, highly recommended. If your like that check out End of the Century, about the Ramones and is very good. Saw a great Hendrix documentary recently titled i think simply Jimi Hendrix. The Corporation is not that recent (2003) but great nonetheless. Stevie is a suprisingly good story. If you like Stevie you'll probably enjoy American Movie it's a lighter/funnier documentary about 2 ametuer filmmakers stuggling to make a horror movie.

    I wanna see Murderball...looks awesome. Heres a few I haven't seen yet, but look interesting:

    Grizzly Man

    The Fog of War

    Touching the Void
  11. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX

    Two great ones there and I own both of them.

    The Fog of War is simply an incredible piece of documentary film-making. Any fan of documentaries would do him/herself a favor by checking out just about any Errol Morris doc.

    American Movie is pure entertainment.

    Some other favorites that I've seen and/or own:

    On the Ropes

    No comprehensive documentary list is complete without:
    Hoop Dreams

    Style Wars is an incredible 80's documentary that explores the hip-hop/B-Boy style of the era. The DVD release from 2 years or so ago is an excellent release with some great updates and recent interviews.

    Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary is a really fun doc with great, lovable "characters." Filmed not all that far from where I grew up.

    Spellbound is another good, fun one exploring the life of the competitors in the National Spelling Bee. The kid who "sounds like a singing robot" reminds me of some of my students. :)

    Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills - Compelling.

    That's all that comes to me off the top of my head at the moment. WE've had documentary threads before too.

    brad cook
  12. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV

    Me and my female friend caught the last like 15-20 minutes of this last night...

    We were literally sitting there spellbound the entire time.

    I somehow didn't catch the name when I turned it on, I just saw "an extended family of mongolian camel herders." That was enough for me to turn it on.

    Then when I did...

    They were all standing around the camel....then dude took out the 2 stringed instrument and then placed it on the camel (Camel's apparently only need two strings).

    I was eagerly awaiting the camel to break out into eruption.

    Then they started singing to it? :confused: At it? :confused: With it??? :confused:

    It was really really earie.

    Then, and this was interesting since I failed to notice to the name of the documentary, the camel started crying.

    I was so confused.

    Then they had moments where the camera would just sit on the camel...while it didn't really do anything.

    During that time, I was sitting there waiting for the camel to explode for no apparent reason. That didn't happen though.

    The dress of the camel herders was most awesome. I didn't think people still wore clothing in that I must acquire some.

    And seeing that one of the kids was named "dude" by the crew was funny. (then seeing his real name on the credits, I saw why) [somtimes, there's a dude]

    I highly recommend this documentary.

    I even more highly recommend finding a way to catch it in the middle without know what is going on...that made it particularly mind-boggling