Documentaries I've Seen


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Grizzly Man 2005,  R)
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In the Realms of the Unreal - The Mystery of Henry Darger 2005,  Unrated)
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The Celluloid Closet 1996,  R)
The Celluloid Closet
A great documentary! Incredibly interesting look at homosexuality in film from silent pictures up to 1995, when this was made. I'd like to see this documentary updated to include the past 10 years, it would be interesting to see if/how perceptions have changed.
It's really funny to realize how prudish Hollywood is compared to the rest of the world.
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Bowling for Columbine 2002,  R)
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The Times of Harvey Milk 1984,  PG)
The Times of Harvey Milk
An excellent documentary. Very detailed look at Harvey Milk the man and the politician. I felt his life was celebrated, as it should be, without setting him up to be a saint or martyr, which really could have easily been the case.
A really interesting look into an especially significant period in the gay rights movement, politics in general as well as the justice system in San Francisco.
Dan White, the man who shot Harvey isn't painted him as a villan nor are his actions excused and the result is an incredibly fascinating look at a mentally disturbed man, who on the surface couldn't have appeared more average.
I was very impressed with the array of news footage and home videos the filmmakers uncovered.
This film really made me wonder why the gay rights movement isn't part of the history curriculum, just incredibly shortsighted to exclude it.
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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls 2003,  Unrated)
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Spellbound 2002,  G)
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My Architect: A Son's Journey 2004,  Unrated)
My Architect: A Son's Journey
A son's quest to know his father, architect Louis I. Khan, as a man and as an artist. His father was often absent as Nathaniel and his mom were the other family.
The result is a great documentary as Nathaniel Khan is able to become impartial enough to give us fascinating glimpses into how others saw his father, not always flattering, but most often told with great passion.
A great blend of personal history as well as an overview of Kahn's distinguished career, as Nathaniel travels around the world visitng the buildings his father built.
9
Blue Planet: Seas of Life - Part I 2001,  Unrated)
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Blue Planet, The: Seas of Life - Part II 2001,  Unrated)
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Blue Planet, The: Seas of Life - Part 3 2002,  Unrated)
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Why We Fight 2006,  PG-13)
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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters 2007,  PG-13)
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Searching for Debra Winger 2002,  R)
Searching for Debra Winger
I really loved this documentary. Rosanna asks her peers if it is possible to balance work and a personal life and why aren't there better roles for women 30+.
She interviews a great group of actresses including; Salma Hayek, Vanessa Redgrave, Meg Ryan, Jane Fonda, her sister Patricia Arquette and many more.
Their responses were very intelligent and interesting. Part of the reason I rate this documentary so highly is because you could take almost anything that is said and apply it to any North American woman.
Rosanna Arquette is very natural when she turns the camera on herself. She doesn't oversell herself, so you don't get the sense this project is a product of self-aggrandization, which is very important. It isn't even an attempt to stroke the egos of her fellow actresses (though it is obvious she admires them.)
There are some really honest moments, which I didn't expect.
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Roger & Me 1989,  R)
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Capturing the Friedmans 2003,  R)
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Touching the Void 2004,  R)
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Regency House Party 2004,  Unrated)
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Fahrenheit 9/11 2004,  R)
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Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing 2006,  R)
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Cinemania 2002,  Unrated)
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Lost in La Mancha 2003,  R)
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Go Further 2004,  Unrated)
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Who Killed the Electric Car? 2006,  PG)
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Wordplay 2006,  PG)
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Souvenir of Canada 2005,  Unrated)
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Fuck (F*ck) 2005,  Unrated)
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The Aristocrats 2005,  Unrated)
The Aristocrats
A documentary about a very dirty joke told by various comedians, each with their own take, all ending with the same punchline: "The Aristorcrats."
An interesting look at the world of comedy, how comedians push the boundaries on what is acceptable and a discussion on what is considered taboo.
It all began several years ago as an inside joke between the cast of Saturday Night Live (Chevy Chase, etc.) and was passed around the comedy circuit.
Many entertainers were featured including; Bob Saget of "Full House" fame, who happily shows us a different side of his himself, Paul Reiser. Whoopie Goildberg, Robin Williams and Gilbert Godfrey.
I often preferred the women's versions of the joke (as I didn't find them completely digusting.)
The joke definetly pushed the boundaries of my own comfort level but I still found the concept of the documentary very interesting.
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Comedian 2002,  R)
30
Love at the Starlite Motel 2009,  Unrated)
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Precious Life 2011,  Unrated)
32
To Be and to Have (Etre et Avoir) 2003,  Unrated)
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Exit Through The Gift Shop 2010,  R)
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Stories We Tell 2013,  PG-13)

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    exnavykds1 posted 3 years ago

    I love this list!! (Plus, a friend of mine [the Eagle] told me that if I didn't rate all your lists a '10' he would beat me up. :-O)