This documentary broke my heart. It’s about the displacement of animals during the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. It’s also about the rescue and adoption of stray pets, and inevitably custody battles between the new owners and evacuated owners from New Orleans. It has heart wrenching footage...
Movie Genre: Documentary
I thought this documentary was interesting and entertaining. It’s an interview with Joyce McKinney regarding her involvement in a sex scandal from the late 1970’s. Her personality is infectious and the story is mysterious. After watching it I’m still unsure what actually happened, but I enjoyed...
This is the most interesting TV series about art since Bob Ross. Unlike Bob Ross, it’s not an instructional how-to show. Art 21 is a series of studio visits and exhibitions of key contemporary artists. The aim and (to me) what it accomplishes is that it makes contemporary art more accessible to...
This to me is an unsung hero of animal documentaries. Before this documentary I never knew the phenomena of the Monarch migration existed, and now it’s a life goal of mine to see the migration! In short, the migration happens only in every fourth generation of Monarchs and 100 million...
Marwencol is captivating. It’s a true-story of the life and artwork of Mark Hogancamp. After a violent crime against him, Mark Hogancamp uses art as motor-skill therapy and delves far into the craft and imaginary world he creates. The story keeps unfolding new depths of both the work and...
This documentary fascinated me. Although I didn’t think it was particularly well researched, or narrated, I really did enjoy the interviews with a diverse group of married people on the subject of marriage. Her interview with Stephanie Coontz I found to be very informative; she has a compelling...
This documentary covers a lot of information about the legendary jazz musician Billie Holiday and even better has a lot of live footage and audio recordings. The live footage is very moving and a gem for Billie Holiday fans and jazz history enthusiasts. There’s also a bonus to the...
Did you ever wonder why Disney had such a "hot streak" with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aladdin and then the magic seemed to fade? Waking Sleeping Beauty is the behind the scenes story of Disney Animation during this time. Told...
This film tells the incredible story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage to Antarctica. When their ship, the Endurance, becomes locked in the ice, Shackleton and his crew begin their desperate attempt to survive the harsh, unforgiving landscape of Antarctica and find some way to escape...
This is hands down the most gorgeous, interesting, and engaging science documentary I've seen in quite some time. Created using footage from a variety of satellites, Earth From Space shows the larger cycles that drive climate and local ecosystems. Did you know that the Amazon rainforest wouldn't...
As sweet as it is interesting, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is about how love becomes art. Performance artist and musician Genesis P-Orridge (of the bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV) and his love and muse Lady Jay decided that instead of having children they will create a...
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is an ode to passion and eccentricity. The film follows formerly homeless musician Mark Bittner and chronicles how his life changed once he became the informal ward of a flock of wild parrots. Bittner's devotion to the animals and his intimate...
This won the Oscar for documentary but I'm guessing most haven't heard of it and I want everyone to watch it. Love the intrigue, the music and the man.
If you love small farms, if you care about our food system, if you believe in business fairness, you need to watch this. It's really unbelievable.
"Every year in America we throw away 96 billion pounds of food - 263 million pounds a day." This short film tries to pack in a ton of information and entertainment to demonstrate this fact and its impact. There's a little dumpster diving, too.
F is for FATHERHOOD in this funny and revealing documentary. Skater Tony Hawk and punk rock musicians from Everclear, Devo, Black Flag, The Adolescents, NOFX, Rancid, Pennywise, Red Hot Chili Peppers,...
This fascinating documentary traces the hopeful rise and ultimate demise of the Priutt-Igoe Apartments, an ambitious experiment in modernist public housing in post-WWII St. Louis. Razed less than 30 years after they were built, Priutt-Igoe became an infamous worst case scenario of...
The trials of Mark and Mike (burn-outs and aspiring film makers in Wisconsin) and their horror film Coven is the subject of this hilarious and touching documentary. Will Uncle Bill remember his one line? Will the birds stop chirping while they try to film death and destruction? Will they even...
A documentary about eight kids who are on the quest to become the national spelling bee champion. Who would've thought that a movie about spelling could be entertaining, funny, sad and full of suspense? Check it out, you'll be surprised.
A beautiful celebration of a reinvigorated art and craft movement in America.
OK, ignore the creepy animation bits. The rest is a pure joy to watch. Dirt! It's fascinating!
You will be sick and you will be heartened. Daniel Ellsberg is an amazing human.
After seeing concert footage, new interviews with surviving members Mike Watt and George Hurley, and hearing amazing stories from people like John Doe (X), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and even Mike Watt's mom, I dare you not to love this band. A must-see for any fan of punk/hardcore.
A surprisingly uplifting look at the experience and aftermath of Katrina for one couple.
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