In search of the sugar man was a good watch although i was drunk at the time.
Favourite documentaries - what's your's?
As stated by others - World at War.
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Some great suggestions so far (except End of Thread )
Riding Giants, We Were Kings, Dogtown..awesome.
Also check out:
Stoked: The Rise & Fall of Gator
The Birth of Big Air (Matt Hoffman)
Definitely Riding Giants, Touching The Void and When We Were Kings.
Also, Hoop Dreams - about two american kids trying to make it as professional basketball players. Not a subject I've any interest in but an absolutely compelling documentary.
Supersize me was intersting.. .and the one about Dick proenneke, the chap building a log cabin in the us inthe 60s, was excelent..think it was called alone in the wilderness
Trinity and Beyond
Louis Theroux Miami Mega Jail
How could I forget Joe Kid on a Stingray? Essential viewing for all cyclists. Amazing history lesson into BMX. Even goes into mid-school BMX when I got into it, when there was no money at all - hear Dennis McCoys description of how the prizes changed when the money went. Every time I watch it and I hear Matt Hoffman talking about that period it chokes me up a bit and I have to go and ride!! "They were telling me BMX was dead - it's my life and I wasn't going to take it". He organised the Bicycle Stunt Series with no money but it became a legendary thing and morphed into the X-games. Wonderful!
Also got Spike Jones in it, who started out working in a BMX shop as a kid.
Loved Dogtown and Z-Boys... And for some reason, B-29 Frozen In Time, I love the ridiculousness of it all, even if it does end very sadly.
Anything by Kevin Macdonald (eg Touching the Void or One day in September)
Man on a Wire
Bus 174 (note this is one is almost too long but the care attention and research that went it to it make it a must see)
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Series years ago on the History Channel about the American Civil War.
Ken Burns one? Most of his series are cracking see also 'The West' and 'The Dustbowl'
Couple of my favourites are:
Burma VJ - trailer
How Vietnam was Lost - whole thing
Pretty much any Adam Curtis ones
On Any Sunday.
A recent one and about bikes... plus actually really interesting.
RYOKOU - About Aussie track racer Shane Perkins and Japanese Keirin racing.
enjoyed this the 1st time round, looks like its getting (or has been) re-released
In S.R. Bindler’s 1997 cult classic, Hands On a Hardbody, two dozen small-town Texans compete for a brand-new “Hardbody” pickup truck at a local car dealership. The event is a contest of endurance and sleep-deprivation—whoever can remain standing the longest with one hand on the truck will get to drive it home. Capturing several days of lunacy, laughter, struggle and heartbreak, Hands On a Hardbody is more than a documentary about winning a truck. It is a remarkable study of competition, camaraderie, faith and determination—the ultimate human drama.
Style Wars is a classic
Some Kind of Monster
Dogtown and Z Boys
Lots of good stuff on Storyville - really enjoyed this one.
Was a bit disappointed by Senna.
Second the Storyville suggestion, there's usually always a good one to be found on the iplayer.
Adam Curtis can not be beat for sheer vision and editorial genius.
I loved his multi-part documentary, 'The Power of Nightmares', but his 'All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace' surpasses even his own high standards.
Then, of course, there is the sublime Werner Herzog...
"One day in September " about the Hostage siege at the Munich Olympus is pretty incredible
+1 to Scratch
Buena Vista Social Club
Fire in Babylon
edit and Exit Through the Gift Shop
I'm struggling to think of a bad documentary to be fair.
Senna, TT3D, Man on wire, Bowling for columbine, all of the Werner Herzog ones I've seen...
can we class coffee and cigarettes as a documentary, just so I can mention it.
Gents ... where do you get these from? Youtube ?? Anywhere else???
These will be great for the long slow hours on the turbo/trainer road over the winter.
Talking of which, may I add to our list a couple of roadie docs
A Sunday in Hell
Stars and Watercarries
I'd say anything that has these subjects in and I'll either record or watch..
That stuff that Coxy does best
Any thing that Dr Lucy Worsleys doing
In the main BBC4 outputs and occasionally BBC2
I don't think I have a favorite but "Cry Free Town" is very good, but upsetting.
@Rosey Yes! Theres a good one about the hour record too, can't remember what that one's called but it's on youtube too.
Edit - the impossible hour.
Exit Through The Gift Shop +1
Man On Wire +1
Dark Days +1
I would like to add "The Endless Summer" to the mix.
Some excellent suggestions here.
For fans of all things pithy, Etre et Avoir is very good - it's about the relationship between a teacher and his pupils in a rural French school.
'Chorlton and the Wheelies'
In addition to the above, 'Capturing the Friedmans'. It's about a family dissolving in the midst of allegations of child abuse by the father and the accompanying media frenzy. It largely stitched together out of their own home movie footage.
I've never been wrong-footed so many times by a single film. Just as you're settling on a particular perspective, there's another revelation that catapults you across to the opposite view.
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