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  1. TennisLovaLova

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    Do you guys watch documentaries?
    I mean quality documentaries made for theaters, with a real deep story and subject,
    I actually found myself watching and downloading more documentaries than movies or even tv shows.
    To give you an idea: Errol Morris's thin blue line or Mr Death, The Bridge, last train to home, the paradise lost series, bus 174, the imposter, exit through the gift shop, food inc, control room, etc

    So if you guys do watch these and would like to share those you like and recommend some you're welcome to post here.
     
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  2. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Youtube has a lot of good documentaries. Esp. historical. One of my favorites: Engineering an Empire: Rome.
     
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    I am a huge huge documentary fan. Huge. Just huge.

    Off the top of my head:

    Kings of pastry

    Undefeated

    The Joan Rivers documentary.

    First Position.

    Word Wars (national scrabble championships)

    Jiro dreams if sushi.

    I am currently watching The Lottery.

    That ought to get you started.
     
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    Love documentaries... don't get to watch many lately. I will have to look out for some of them mentioned in this thread!

    My all time favorite is Mad Hot Ballroom

    .. there is a scene in that documentary where the teacher going through the process of telling some kids that they didn't make the team... pure true emotion.. moving
     
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  5. TennisLovaLova

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    Jiro dreams of sushi was very nice indeed
     
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  6. TennisLovaLova

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    Also
    The pirat**** story has been released
    Very good
     
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    Did you like Jiro dreams if sushi?

    I just watched it. That guys work ethic is incredible, and still going at his age. I was very inspired but it just goes to show how much hard work and sacrifice it takes to be the best.
     
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    I also saw Last Train Home. A simple thing but it turns into a hell. My heart goes out.

    Another I may recommend is The Cove. Very intense stuff but it turns out that in these following years, there may be a happy ending after all: Japanese consumption has declined dramatically and the industry is afloat only because of government subsidy.
     
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    Check out Ken Burns national park series.
     
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    This being talktennis, I feel it's obligatory to mention the tennis documentary Unstrung. I really enjoyed this documentary. Available on itunes, amazon, and netflix.

    Here's the trailer:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDWy7R7FruA
     
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    In The Shadow of The Moon
    When We Left Earth
    The Right Stuff (yeah yeah a movie but still...)

    Rats in the Ranks (fly on the wall movie about suburban Sydney municipal politics)
    Martin Scorcese's Blues series
    America Revealed
    Quizzers (about hardcore UK competitive quizzers)
    The World At War - Laurence Olivier's narration still freaks me out
    The Corporation
     
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    I really loved Pond Hockey, which is about the love of hockey, particularly amateur hockey played all day long outside.

    Also, on hulu is a nice documentary following the fates of several junior players leading up to Kalamazoo.
     
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    Theres a pretty good one about this dude trying to become the world record holder in Donkley Kong.

    Its like "King of Kong and a fistful of quarters" or something real similar.
     
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  16. TennisLovaLova

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    ^ saw it yesterday
    Weird how they didnt fire that judge who was obviously connected to the majors
    That conflict of interest was too much...

    Also I hoped they'd focus more on the piracy concept and motivations, not only the trial
     
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    Personal documentaries are especially compelling....see "My Architect," a film about architect Louis Kahn, made by his son.
     
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    I don't watch documentaries because I find real people and real life situations boring, and I am really not interested in anyone else but me.
     
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    'the cove' was good.

    'Senna' was a great documentary and worth watching even if you're not an F1/racing fan. It's pretty cool.

    'Closer to the Edge: TT3D' was an awesome documentary about the isle of man TT race and some of the racers behind it. Worth watching even if you've never been on a bike.

    'Faster' and 'Fastest' are good documentaries on moto GP.
     
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  20. TennisLovaLova

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    The Real Slam would be a great documentary title don't you agree?
    :D
     
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    Yeah; King of Kong sounds seriously unpromising, but it's really great...and it's on Youtube.
     
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    I enjoy documentaries, but in general, they are so heavily manipulated as to be essentially fiction.

    As an example, Searching for Sugarman, which is overall a good movie, elides the crucial fact that he was big in Australia, and had been touring there when the film makes it seem he was just living in obscurity in Detroit; changes the whole narrative, but of course makes for a much better story.
     
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    The Vice Guide series is pretty good: check out inter alia, Karachi, Liberia, North Korea
     
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    cocaine cowboys!!! Great documentary about drug wars in miami
     
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  26. TennisLovaLova

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    Yes
    And there's a movie coming soon
     
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    "Gimme Shelter" is a pretty fascinating documentary about that time in history and music.
     
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    wow just read the plot on imdb
    it sounds great tx
     
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    Yes, very much.

    I have now sworn off of supermarket sushi. :)
     
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    Hmm. It may be time for me to actually put the netflix DVD of Gimme Shelter in the DVD player and watch it. It's only been at my house for 7 months... (Saw it years ago and enjoyed it.)

    Watched the Harry Nilsson documentary last night. Decent.
     
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    Queen of versailles
    Or how a billionaire family is badly hit after the subprimes crisis
    Incredible movie
     
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    I enjoyed the screen adaptation of the bestselling book "Freakonomics". The creative use of animations made it a bit more entertaining than if it was just a straight doco.
     
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    So I finally popped in the dvd last night. Even better than I remembered.
     
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    I LOVE Documentaries.

    My all time favorite is probably "Grizzly Man" about Timothy Treadwell. It's pretty fascinating watching him move further and further from sanity. The guy was completely self destructive and probably did more harm than good but it's still touching in a way how the bears gave him fulfillment. I can't recommend this enough and I love how Herzog never seems to judge. Just puts it out there for us to make our own opinion of Treadwell.

    Growing up I was big time into skateboarding (still am) and Gator was one of the biggest names out there at the time. "Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator" really shows what rock stars these guys were when vert skating ruled and their swift decline when street skating took over. In the end Gator couldn't handle it and it is painful to watch. I have some friends from that era who are still pro skaters and one of them told me that could have been any of them. He said they were rich, all on drugs, all thought the world revolved around them and then it was taken from them.

    The Christian Hosoi and Bones Brigade documentaries are excellent as well but they lack the emotional punch to the gut that the Gator documentary has.
     
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    Bush's Brain

    Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove made George W. Bush presidential


    Interesting documentary. Karl Rove is not a guy you want
    face on the other side.
     
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  36. TennisLovaLova

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    Tx
    Downloading it now
     
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    THe are putting together a doco on the Pappas brothers from Australia, talk about self destruction. Went to school with Ben.
     
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    Not a huge fan of documentaries, but went with a bunch of college age kids to see http://buy.soundcitymovie.com/ a couple of weeks ago.

    Rocker Dave Grohl did a documentary about Sound City Studios out in California. The studios were one of the most famous analog recording studios that ever existed. Tons of famous stars recorded albums there. Besides having a perfect sounding studio, they had this monster soundboard. When the studio closed, Dave Grohl bought the soundboard and had it re-installed in his own studio. There, he recorded a new album with lots of the stars that had originally recorded at Sound City (Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, and even Sir Paul McCartney, etc.).

    If you love music, especialy classic rock, then it's a good look see. I want to buy the resulting CD...
     
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    Watched Hippie Masala

    Back in 60's/70's lot of hippies went to India..
    most went back but some stayed back..
    this documentary explores 6 hippies who chose to remain in India
     
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  40. TennisLovaLova

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    I watched it today.
    Really tipical rise and fall story.
    How can drugs, quick fame and money make you lose it and kill someone.
    Sad story...
     
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    I really liked Unstrung as a tennis documentary. Does anyone know where I could watch that again? I remember them showing it on ESPN a few times, but I'd like to be able to download it somewhere online.

    Also, one of the greatest tennis documentaries, "The Journeymen" which chronicles the life of two journeymen trying to make it on the tour in the 90s was one of my favorites.

    What other good tennis documentaries are there and where can I watch them?
     
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    Bigger, Faster, Stronger. Great documentary about steroid usage. One of the fairest and neutral documentaries I've seen out there.
     
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    How about Best Worst Movie?

    A documentary about the movie Troll 2. :D
     
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    I watched a Documentary about corn once.
     
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    About tennis documentary, anyone know where can I watch Fire & Ice by HBO about Borg and McEnroe?
     
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    The Oxycontin Express

    Amazing documentary... about prescription drug racket in south Florida

    Got to know about it because of Joe Rogan's podcast
     
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    "Senna" as previously stated is one of my favorites.

    I saw someone mention "freakanomics". It wasn't really what I was expecting going in, bordering on sociology/psychology.

    My all time favorite if you're willing to put in the hours to watch it is "New York: A Documentary Film"
     
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    Tpb Afk

    TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard

    ...documents the hectic trial of Pirate Bay administrators
     
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    Haven't seen that but I did watch Secrets of the Dead's "Doping For Gold" (about the East German government feeding steroids to its athletes) the other day. Fascinating.
     
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