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    Default All Things Movie/Documentary Reviews/Recommendations Thread

    We have a good ongoing thread for TV shows - we definitely need one for movies and documentaries.

    Here are a few movies that I've recently seen:

    Hangover 3 - not nearly as funny as the first, but better than the 2nd. Probably a little too much Chow for my liking, but there certainly were some funny parts, with the best scene being the one after the credits.

    42 - I was underwhelmed by this movie. I didn't feel like I learned anything new and thought they tamed down the hatred/language that Robinson had to endure. Harrison Ford was the highlight - he was fantastic.

    Silver Linings Playbook - I am a little late to this one, but I thought it was very good. Bradley Cooper was very good as was Jennifer Lawrence. I can see why it was nominated for so many awards. I would definitely recommend this movie.

    Here are a few documentaries I've recently seen:

    Searching for Sugar Man - wow, what a GREAT documentary. The story of Rodriguez and the way in which he was found is why good documentaries are often the best thing around. Simply an amazing story, very well done documentary and the music was fantastic. I'd recommend this to anyone.

    Undefeated - story following a Memphis HS football team for a season. I just watched this a few weeks ago (a year after it won the Academy Award) and had high expectations given the critical acclaim and awards it received. I was really disappointed. I don't know what was unique about this team and I actually thought some of the storyline was trite. It wasn't awful, but not that good either.

    The Retirement Gamble - PBS Documentary on the FrontLine show a few weeks back (it can be accessed on the Frontline site). Very well done - as usual Jack Bogle carries the message perfectly and the spokesperson from Prudential was brutal and embarrassing. I did think the young guy who did the research was quite oblivious and irrational in his fear.


    Hopefully this turns into a good/informative ongoing thread with some great recommendations.

    Go Gophers!!


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    Here are my favorite documentaries that I've seen recently:

    Inside Job - about the economc meltdown ( the interview with the Harvard? professor is classic)
    Waiting for Superman - about the US education system


    Iron Man 3. Very entertaining I thought.

    Also saw Mud - I enjoyed it - sort of Mark twain like. Slower moving but good story.

    Two movies I saw recently - from Hong Kong- were a couple of old John Woo movies from a number of years ago - Hard Boiled and The Killer. The action is fantastic- porbably my two favorite action movies.

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    Saw The Gatekeepers a couple of months ago. All living former heads of the Shin Bet were interviewed about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. A lot of human drama, information and surprises. It's available now "on demand". Wonder if it will ever be broadcast or on cable?

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    Kon Tiki was good. Not as good as the real thing (original doc) but still impressive.

    Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation. Another really good documentary.

    Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me. Long doc. that tells/shows you everything you ever wanted to know about Big Star.
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    A documentary film every American should watch: "The Fog of War"

    The trailer:




    You can watch the whole shebang on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkQk50qtTwo

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    Well the 30 for 30 films by ESPN are almost always great. A couple other highly recommended documentaries:

    - Back and Forth (Foo Fighters doc) is one of my favorite music documentaries. I have seen it around ten times now.
    - Senna - A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. Excellent documentary.
    - Capitalism: A Love Story - Not for everyone but very interesting either way.

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    Spirit of the Marathon II: Saw it tonight. An excellent doc that profiled several runners who participated in the 2012 Rome marathon. Very inspiring stories; excellent production values.

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    A tie-in to the music thread: It Might Get Loud is a lot of fun. Jimmy Page, The Edge, & Jack White - three generations of guitarists - get together for a chat and jam session. Interesting to hear the different approaches each takes to making music.
    Here's the trailer:


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    has anyone seen the internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson? Worth going or wait for rental?

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    I love documentaries, though I haven't been watching many lately. A few of my favorites are:

    Baraka - A non-narrative documentary with fantastic cinematography and music. Roger Ebert the Blu-Ray version "the finest video disc I have ever viewed or ever imagined." Best to watch stoned.

    The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World - About 2 guys who impersonate representatives from transnational corporations (Dow, Halliburton, etc.) to shed light upon their ridiculous practices.

    Collapse - A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a noted conspiracy theorist, shot "interrogation-style."

    The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia - About the Jesco "The Dancing Outlaw" White and his family of mountain dancers.

    GasLand - About the impacts of fracking for natural gas.

    Restrepo - The documentary companion to Sebastian Junger's book War on Afghanistan and the defense of an Army outpost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Lloyd Christmas View Post
    Baraka - A non-narrative documentary with fantastic cinematography and music. Roger Ebert the Blu-Ray version "the finest video disc I have ever viewed or ever imagined." Best to watch stoned.
    Is that about the auto mechanic off Central in Northeast?

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    Exit Through the Gift Shop - about a street artist and those who follow him. It seems like an odd premise, but is one of my favorite documentaries of all time.

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    One of my favorite docs is called "The Last Waltz" made by Martin Scorcese about the last concert by The Band (Phish before there was a Phish) in the late '70's at the famous Winter Land in San Francisco. The doc featured extensive interviews with Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson and all of the songs from the concert, many of which included guest appearances by some of the greatest musicians of that generation (Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Dr. John, et. al). I've probably seen it eight to ten times through the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Lloyd Christmas View Post
    The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia - About the Jesco "The Dancing Outlaw" White and his family of mountain dancers.
    I remember this tape making the rounds during college. I revisited it about five years ago. Great-great stuff. There is a lot more out there about Jesco if you want-google. He even appeared on a Rosanne episode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WadeHokenson View Post
    Exit Through the Gift Shop - about a street artist and those who follow him. It seems like an odd premise, but is one of my favorite documentaries of all time.
    I have this but haven't gotten around to watching it yet. Sometimes I wish I was an internationally renowned man of mystery like Banksy.

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