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Movies in the genre Documentary

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    8

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend’s ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

  • Tower

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.

  • Bowling for Columbine

    8

    I have watched this movie three times, the latest being on .

    The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed.

  • Icarus

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    When Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller involving dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic Gold-exposing the biggest scandal in sports history.

  • Touching the Void

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

  • Undefeated

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A documentary on an underdog football team who look to reverse their fortunes with coach Bill Courtney.

  • Indie Game: The Movie

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

  • The Corporation

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Since the late 18th century American legal decision that the business corporation organizational model is legally a person, it has become a dominant economic, political and social force around the globe. This film takes an in-depth psychological examination of the organization model through various case studies. What the study illustrates is that in the its behaviour, this type of “person” typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience. Furthermore, we see the profound threat this psychopath has for our world and our future, but also how the people with courage, intelligence and determination can do to stop it.

  • Senna

    8

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80’s, the film follows Senna’s struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime, spiritual yet, on occasion, ruthless - Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brasil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing. Yet he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time - and in Brasil as a Saint.

  • The Imposter

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

  • TT: Closer to the Edge

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    By vividly recounting the TT’s legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man’s unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to win the world’s most dangerous race. The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is the greatest motorcycle road race in the world, the ultimate challenge for rider and machine. It has always called for a commitment far beyond any other racing event, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for victory. A story about freedom of choice, the strength of human spirit and the will to win. It’s also an examination of what motivates those rare few, this elite band of brothers who risk everything to win. The vision of top commercials director Richard de Aragues, this promises to be one of the most thrilling films of 2011.

  • Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.

  • The Cove

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renown dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

  • Autism: The Musical

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Follows five autistic children as they work together to create and perform a live musical production.

  • In the Shadow of the Moon

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The surviving crew members from NASA’s Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

  • SiCKO

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories.

  • Meru

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon (1999).

  • The Fear of 13

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A convicted murderer who has spent 23 years on Death Row tells his story.

  • Collapse

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness.

  • Where to Invade Next

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” them to see what they have to offer.

  • Amy

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

  • Citizenfour

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

  • Project Nim

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    From the Oscar-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

  • Into the Abyss

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

  • Riding Giants

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A semiserious, often rollicking, multigenerational insider’s look at the origins of surfing, the colorful and subversive birth of surf culture, and the mythology and lure of the big wave.

  • Jackass 3D

    7

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    Johnny Knoxville and company return for the third installment of their TV show spin-off, where dangerous stunts and explicit public displays rule.

  • Man on Wire

    7

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City’s World Trade Center’s twin towers in 1974, what some consider, “the artistic crime of the century.”

  • Capitalism: A Love Story

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Michael Moore examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans.

  • Catfish

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

  • Religulous

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Bill Maher’s take on the current state of world religion.

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    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.

  • Food, Inc.

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business - with an emphasis on the business - has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidized) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences…

  • Super Size Me

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    An irreverent look at obesity in America and one of its sources - fast food corporations.

  • This Film Is Not Yet Rated

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Kirby Dick’s exposé about the American movie ratings board.

  • The Bridge

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular suicide destination in the world, and those drawn by its call. Steel and his crew filmed the bridge during daylight hours from two separate locations for all of 2004, recording most of the two dozen deaths in that year (and preventing several others). They also taped interviews with friends, families and witnesses, who recount in sorrowful detail stories of struggles with depression, substance abuse and mental illness. Raises questions about suicide, mental illness and civic responsibility as well as the filmmaker’s relationship to his fraught and complicated material.

  • The Last Man on the Moon

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.

  • HyperNormalisation

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is happening.

  • Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a generation to come. This film follows drummer and square-peg Bill Stevenson as he pushes himself and a rotating door of band-mates to “achieve ALL,” his relentless concept of “going for greatness, the utmost possible” despite any and all setbacks.

  • Inside Job

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown.

  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In 1994, a group of scientists discovered a cave in Southern France perfectly preserved for over 20,000 years and containing the earliest known human paintings. Knowing the cultural significance that the Chauvet Cave holds, the French government immediately cut-off all access to it, save a few archaeologists and paleontologists. But documentary filmmaker, Werner Herzog, has been given limited access, and now we get to go inside examining beautiful artwork created by our ancient ancestors around 32,000 years ago. He asks questions to various historians and scientists about what these humans would have been like and trying to build a bridge from the past to the present.

  • Why We Fight

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    He may have been the ultimate icon of 1950s conformity and postwar complacency, but Dwight D. Eisenhower was an iconoclast, visionary, and the Cassandra of the New World Order. Upon departing his presidency, Eisenhower issued a stern, cogent warning about the burgeoning "military industrial complex," foretelling with ominous clarity the state of the world in 2004 with its incestuous entanglement of political, corporate, and Defense Department interests.

  • Jackass Number Two

    6

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    Chris Pontius, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, and the whole crew return to the screen to raise the stakes higher than ever before.

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A movie with no conventional plot: merely a collection of expertly photographed scenes. Subject matter has a highly environmental theme.

  • Who Killed the Electric Car?

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

  • Taxi to the Dark Side

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.

  • Grizzly Man

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.

  • Jesus Camp

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Jesus Camp follows several young children as they prepare to attend a summer camp where the kids will get their daily dose of evangelical Christianity. Becky Fischer works at the camp, which is named Kids on Fire. Through interviews with Fischer, the children, and others, Jesus Camp illustrates the unswerving belief of the faithful. A housewife and homeschooling mother tells her son that creationism has all the answers. Footage from inside the camp shows young children weeping and wailing as they promise to stop their sinning. Child after child is driven to tears. Juxtapose these scenes with clips from a more moderate Christian radio host (who is appalled by such tactics), and Jesus Camp seems to pose a clear question: are these children being brainwashed?

  • This Is It

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

  • An Inconvenient Truth

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A documentary on Al Gore’s campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.

  • Room 237

    4

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they’ll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out.

  • The Planet

    3

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    This Scandinavian production draws on some of the observational strategies of Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi, allowing us to reflect on patterns and phenomena of human and natural existence from both intimate and sweeping viewpoints.

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