Documentaries to recommend?

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Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Post by Exafchick » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:28 am

Petrocelli wrote:
Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:40 pm
I also highly recommend the Ken Burns documentary on Jazz. I never really understood jazz music until I saw that. It can be streamed on Netflix.
I watched the Ken Burns series on Baseball (mostly because ex liked baseball) but it was very enjoyable, entertaining and informative. His set on the Civil War is also done well.

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Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Post by sasquatch12 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:20 pm

Som- several people study for the master sommelier exam, very fascinating how hard this is.

Chef’s Table- generally covers chefs at 1 to 3 Michelin star restaurants. Really interesting to see people so passionate about what they do.

For Grace- about the opening of a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Chicago

Cave of forgotten dreams- cave in France featuring the oldest known human cave drawings

Jiro Dreams of Sushi- I recommend this as well.

Apex - all about hyper cars very interesting

Grand Designs- a bbc show about people having custom homes built for them in the UK and all the trials they go through. The best home show I have ever seen.

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Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Post by aspirit » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:40 pm

"The Big Secret" by Alex Voss & Susi Downs is listed as a free documentary on amazon prime.
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Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Post by InvisibleAerobar » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:35 pm

Ric Burns (yes, brother of Ken) made a documentary of NYC.

calling it documentary really doesn't do it justice, more like a paean to the city. Extensive commentary by Robert A Caro (he of LBJ biography fame) was a real treat, as he also wrote the definitive non-fiction on NYC from 1900 to 1975

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Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Post by ThankYouJack » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:54 pm

Betting On Zero
(Netflix) - follows Bill Ackman who shorts Herbalife - a Boglehead must watch :)

Expedition Happiness (Netflix)

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Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Post by Hulahoop60 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:40 pm

I really enjoy watching documentaries and recently watched on Netflix:

Wild, Wild Country - fascinating story about the controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho), his one-time personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela, and their community of followers in the Rajneeshpuram community located in Wasco County, Oregon

The Galapagos affair - about a series of unsolved disappearances on the Galapagos island of Floreana in the 1930s among the largely European expatriate residents at the time

The Staircase - documenting the trial of Michael Peterson, accused of murdering his wife, Kathleen Peterson.

Bombshell - The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr.

The Witness
- investigates the killing of Kitty" Genovese, in the New York City borough of Queens, on March 13, 1964.

The Rachel Divide - Rachel Dolezal, her family and her critics reckon with the aftermath of a national debate sparked by questions about her racial identity.

Making a Murderer - explores the story of Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, who served 18 years in prison for the wrongful conviction

Some of my favorites, I believe they were on HBO:

Living with Lincoln
- follows a family's quest to save and document an archive of Lincoln photos

Dear Zachary, a letter to a son about his father - a documentary that incorporate loving remembrances into a film that would serve as a cinematic scrapbook for a son who never knew his father. As events unfold, the film becomes a true-crime documentary.

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Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Post by ytm » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:42 pm

hiddensee wrote:
Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:28 am
Ken Burns' The Civil War, however, is possibly the best documenatry ever made.
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Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Post by Alf 101 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:31 am

I was a little surprised to find no mention of "Meru", currently streaming on Netflix. This may be the finest climbing documentary every made -- beautiful to watch, and giving insight into what it takes to succeed at that level of alpinism.

If this genre sounds interesting, I'd also recommend the pseudo-documentary "Touching the Void". This was a rather famous climbing book, and a story I never thought they could tell as a movie. They did, however. The less you know going in, the better. This came out 10+ years ago, and isn't currently streaming.

I would also give a vote to the PBS American Experience documentaries. A handful are available streaming on Netflix, though I've seen most of these on my local public broadcasting station. I discovered these about a year ago, watching their excellent three part series on American in World War I. These are well researched, and shed light on some stories in U.S. history that I had otherwise glossed over or missed.

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Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Post by XtremeSki2001 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:54 am

scooterdog wrote:
Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:32 am
dbh25 wrote:Jiro Dreams of Sushi
I came here to recommend this.

As fans of food in general, it was unexpectedly about more than that.
I didn't know this was a thing - def added to my watch list
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