What are some of your favorite documentaries?

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One of the questions that Tim Ferriss likes to ask on his podcast is

"What are some of your favorite documentaries? "

So, let me ask you if you would recommend a couple of your favorite documentaries?



One of my favorites, The Journey of Man.

The Bushmen of southern Africa are believed to be direct descendents of the first evolved Homo sapiens over 100,000 years ago. Geneticist Spencer Wells' research reveals that the genetic markers found in their DNA are unlike any others found outside of Africa.

JOURNEY OF MAN tells the remarkable story of the human journey out of Africa and into the rest of the world, tracing history through evidence uncovered in the Y-chromosome of mans DNA. Traversing six continents, the film takes viewers on a fascinating journey into the hidden world of their ancestry and offers a modern look at our ancestors lives.

Spoiler Alert: So, how did the human animal get to the Americas? They walked.

This is just excellent.

[Update:]

A favor please.

If you recommend a documentary, please add a brief description. A list of docs is not as enticing as what it is and why you like it.


Thanks,


Joe Mobley
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    These are my favorite Documentaries
    Cosmos
    Afghan Star
    The Square
    Blackfish
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    Off the top of my head:

    Koyaanisqatsi
    Trail of Tears
    Indian Warriors: The Untold Story of the Civil War
    Code of Honor: Comanche Code Talkers of WW2
    Man on Wire
    In the Shadow of the Moon
    The Invisible War
    Inside Job
    The War Game
    Paradise Lost
    The Times of Harvey Milk
    When We Were Kings
    Hearts and Minds
    The Thin Blue Line
    Food, Inc. (WARNING: THIS MOVIE WILL MAKE YOU LOSE SERIOUS WEIGHT!)


    Also probably 80% of TedTalks and some other more famous ones,
    but I attempted to pick some of the great ones that will appeal to a wide audience,
    but aren't talked about as much anymore?

    Documentaries often tend to lean toward propaganda, which is unfortunate.
    While I believe we must most certainly study the mistakes of our past so that we can
    avoid them, and become more aware of our current horrible actions so that we can stop
    them, in truth my favorite are the ones that ponder human potential and accomplishment.
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      Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post

      Watched this one tonight. I went on a Vegan diet last year for a couple weeks to give moral support to my ex gf while she went on a Lupus recovery diet which was vegan. After watching this documentary I just may go back on that diet for good. Very interesting and important documentary!
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      I find the downside with many documentaries is that they take an hour to impart ten minutes' worth of useful info. But the continuous advances in photography and filming techniques have made for some stunning wildlife docs and of those, anything with David Attenborough's input is usually worth a look.


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        Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

        I find the downside with many documentaries is that they take an hour to impart ten minutes' worth of useful info. But the continuous advances in photography and filming techniques have made for some stunning wildlife docs and of those, anything with David Attenborough's input is usually worth a look.

        David Attenborough - First Life | S01E01 | 720p - YouTube

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        I like just about every documentary about nature and wildlife. The info is interesting, but the photography/videography is often visually spectacular.


        There's a couple of series that run from time to time here that are great...I think one is called Wild Russia and another is North America (narrated by Tom Selleck).
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          A favor please.

          If you recommend a documentary, please add a brief description. A list of docs is not as enticing as what it is and why you like it.


          Thanks,

          Joe Mobley
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    • Profile picture of the author perryny
      My No. 1 favorite, hands-down is:

      The King of Kong - a Fistful of Quarters

      Summary: A middle-school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul vie for the Guinness World Record on the arcade classic, Donkey Kong.

      Metacritic: 83 (User Score 8.8)

      In my opinion, you couldn't script a better plot, characters, or ending.

      My second favorite:

      His Way

      Summary: Jerry Weintraub, the producer behind such films as Diner, The Karate Kid, and Ocean's Eleven, is profiled in this documentary supplemented with home videos and stories from various celebrities who have worked with him.

      Available on HBO Go.

      Jerry Weintraub was a remarkable man, with many fantastically entertaining stories to tell. I can listen to him tell them over and over again.
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        Originally Posted by perryny View Post

        My No. 1 favorite, hands-down is:

        The King of Kong - a Fistful of Quarters

        Summary: A middle-school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul vie for the Guinness World Record on the arcade classic, Donkey Kong.
        Watched that on youtube last night, thanks for the recommendation. Kind of reminded me of the Prost and Senna rivalry in many ways.
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        Originally Posted by perryny View Post

        My No. 1 favorite, hands-down is:

        The King of Kong - a Fistful of Quarters

        Summary: A middle-school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul vie for the Guinness World Record on the arcade classic, Donkey Kong.

        Metacritic: 83 (User Score 8.8)

        In my opinion, you couldn't script a better plot, characters, or ending.

        My second favorite:

        His Way

        Summary: Jerry Weintraub, the producer behind such films as Diner, The Karate Kid, and Ocean's Eleven, is profiled in this documentary supplemented with home videos and stories from various celebrities who have worked with him.

        Available on HBO Go.

        Jerry Weintraub was a remarkable man, with many fantastically entertaining stories to tell. I can listen to him tell them over and over again.
        One of my favorites too! Recent article on Billy Mitchell (love to hate the guy): Court: King of Kong
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    I like any nature documentation. The ones that show the rainforest for 90 minutes.
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      This one (clip) is inspiring, about selling and Vacuum Cleaners, "And This, And This, And This, And This, And This" is a quote often used by Warren Buffet"

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        Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

        This one (clip) is inspiring, about selling and Vacuum Cleaners, "And This, And This, And This, And This, And This" is a quote often used by Warren Buffet"

        Claude Whitacre Speaking On Advertising For Small Business Owners - YouTube


        May all your vacuum cleaners never pull start.








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        • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
          For you music fans this is one I recommend about the great music that came from a small city in Alabama, Muscle Shoals.


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            Originally Posted by TimPhelan View Post

            For you music fans this is one I recommend about the great music that came from a small city in Alabama, Muscle Shoals.


            Muscle Shoals - Official Trailer - YouTube

            I watched this on PBS about two days ago.
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          • Profile picture of the author Midnight Oil
            Originally Posted by TimPhelan View Post

            For you music fans this is one I recommend about the great music that came from a small city in Alabama, Muscle Shoals.


            Muscle Shoals - Official Trailer - YouTube
            Tim, excellent recommendation. I got to watch it last night and really enjoyed it. Thanks!
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            • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
              Originally Posted by Midnight Oil View Post

              Tim, excellent recommendation. I got to watch it last night and really enjoyed it. Thanks!
              Glad you liked it! Some great stories in it and that one studio band could really play some great funky music!

              Here's one I watched last night. World War 2 from space. Takes you all the way through the war from a unique perspective. I learned a few things too.


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              • Profile picture of the author Midnight Oil
                Originally Posted by TimPhelan View Post

                Glad you liked it! Some great stories in it and that one studio band could really play some great funky music!
                Yeah, they were amazing, but even more amazing was how they would just gel with the artists. So much of that music seemed like it just wrote itself.

                I actually met Clarence Carter many years ago. There's a restaurant chain in the Atlanta area that he would frequent (probably still does). He was a guest many times in at least two of the locations I was in. Quiet guy and always very nice. Always smiling.

                Originally Posted by TimPhelan View Post

                Here's one I watched last night. World War 2 from space. Takes you all the way through the war from a unique perspective. I learned a few things too.
                I caught the tail end of that a few weeks back, I think on THC. Hope to see the entire thing sometime this week. THC and AHC have been all over the Hitler stuff for the past several weeks, which has been really interesting.

                Glad Joe kicked off this thread. I'm a docu-junkie, and there's a few more here I'm looking forward to seeing.
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    The most favorite documentary of mine is Discoveries: America Music, Pacific Northwest Travel Video It not only depicted the true beauty of America but it also explained the historical events very beautifully.
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    I see this service advertised on my FB account pretty often. They stream documentaries and educational programming, if anyone's interested:


    https://app.curiositystream.com/
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    A feature-length documentary that originally sought to follow the band and their fans throughout the world, to demonstrate how music ties us together when we can't find any other common bond. However, during the filming process in 2012, the story abruptly took a dramatic turn, bringing the band into a Kafkaesque nightmare, when lead singer Randy Blythe was arrested on charges of manslaughter, blamed for the death of one of their young fans in the Czech Republic. What followed was a heart-wrenching courtroom drama that left fans, friends, and curious onlookers around the world on the edge of their seats. --Rotten Tomatoes
    Non-aficionados with no prior knowledge of the events depicted will be held in great suspense as the saga unfolds. But even if you already know how the case was resolved, As the Palaces Burn emerges as a gripping tale of a band whose existence was threatened by the very image they worked so hard to project.
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    As the Palaces Burn’ is truly unique. The film’s honesty fuels the viewing experience, documenting the abandonment of its own original concept without bailing on the fans. No matter how much you’ve read about Randy Blythe’s Czech trial, ‘As the Palaces Burn’ offers a view never before experienced as Blythe extends his hand for a walk with him in Hell. -Loudwire
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    The business of giving birth
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    "Exit through the gift shop."

    Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) - IMDb

    The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work.
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    I love Border Security. Not sure if counted as documentary.
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    James Burke did a series of science documentaries for the BBC called Connections in the late 70's I love that series

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    Some of my favorite documentaries are:

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    - A documentary about body modifications such as body piercing, tattoos, implants, etc.

    Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told
    - A 2013 documentary about Adolf Hitler's childhood.

    Night and Fog
    - The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization.

    Supersize Me
    - An American documentary film examining the influence/effects of the fast food industry. This'll make you rethink on ordering Mc Donald's french fries.

    Deep Web
    - A feature documentary that explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralized encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law. This documentary is cool and creepy at the same time.
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