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Comment posted by tonycoogs, at 16:17 25 Jun 2013
16:17 25 Jun 2013
I have to say, despite having no interest in the video game high score scene, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is an incredible documentary in that it's less about Donkey Kong and more about the rivalry between Billy Mitchel and Steve Wiebe and how the game allowed Wiebe to see some fulfilment and recognition in his life and how the underdog is constantly being pushed back by the champions to keep the status quo the same. A story that anyone can relate to, even if you've never heard of Donkey Kong before.
Comment posted by U15509016, at 16:50 25 Jun 2013
16:50 25 Jun 2013
For me, it's Man On Wire.
I couldn't imagine anything more boring than tightrope walking. I still can't. Yet the protagonist has such passion for this totally inane activity that I was swept away with his story. The strange roles of the sidemen, the friendships, relationships and the strains they all bear are brilliantly portrayed.
Comment posted by Oxy, at 18:22 25 Jun 2013
18:22 25 Jun 2013
Went into the cinema knowing about the film, investment banking or the causes of the global economic downturn.
Left the cinema feeling angry, very angry
Comment posted by pozzo2010, at 17:58 25 Jun 2013
17:58 25 Jun 2013
Easily 'Anvil: The Story of Anvil'. I am no great fan of the band's brand of rock music, but the film is utterly blissful from start to finish. It is undoubtedly hilarious - the shot showing a volume control being turned up to 11 may be the most arch single moment in modern cinema. But the film is also deeply affecting as it tracks the fortunes of a hugely likeable group of men who simply refuse to give up on their dreams. He would be stony hearted indeed who didn't punch the air at the final scene, in which, after nothing but disappointments, and fearing the worst, the band emerge onto a stage at a Japanese rock festival to find themselves facing a packed, devoted audience. The film is the very model of a documentary that is about so much more than its given subject matter.
Comment posted by U14864839, at 11:15 26 Jun 2013
11:15 26 Jun 2013
Most of the political documentaries by Alex Gibney but especially 'Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room'. Why the hell should I be interested in a load of accountants investing stuff in whatever? Well, because it's also a story about the inmates taking over the asylum, the nerds of high finance trying to prove something to the jocks of the rest of the world but above all because it's about the seemingly never-ending ability of those at the top to want to screw everybody else whatever the cost! He is a director who manages to make really complicated subject matter not only understandable but entertaining aswell. Oh, yeah - and I learned something.
Comment posted by Colin, at 18:16 25 Jun 2013
18:16 25 Jun 2013
One of the most entertaining documentaries I've seen in recent years is Anvil! The Story of Anvil. For the record I can't stand the thrashy speed metal style of music the band plays. But the affection the band members have for each other and the optimism they somehow manage to maintain despite years of crushing disappointment and failure is infectious. The music is terrible, the song titles are laughable and the individuals portrayed are grotesque and lovable in equal measure. Other documentaries claim to offer us the real life Spinal Tap. But this one really does - and it's all the more hilarious for being a true story.
Comment posted by U15117991, at 17:06 25 Jun 2013
17:06 25 Jun 2013
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarter, great documentary about something I couldn't care less about. I've watched it a couple of times and I just love the "underdog-taking-on-the-big-guys feeling" of it and it is just filled with warmth. Great documentary about competitions in life, not video games.
Comment posted by Beware the Moon, at 16:07 27 Jun 2013
Beware the Moon
16:07 27 Jun 2013
As (very) amateur photographer, watching the Imagine doc the other night on Vivian Maier, was in turns awe inspiring, and a sad reminder of the way creatives are exploited, not only in death, but in life, she died poor, losing all her work at a storage facility, which was then bought up by people looking to either make money, show her amazing work to the world, or both, that she died an unknown is in direct contrast to the Instagramming like hungry shooters of today, who crave recognition, Vivian Maier, was an artist, who had to shoot every day, but she did it for herself, it was her passion.
She has now become for me, the ultimate street photographer, to take photos of people on the street, you need balls, and a will of steel, that she was a woman doing this, and documenting not only street life, but monumental events in American history at the same time, is even more inspiring.
Do yourself a favour, check it out on iplayer, then check out her amazing body of work.
I'm off to load a roll of B&W and get out shooting!
Comment posted by U15479216, at 10:26 27 Jun 2013
10:26 27 Jun 2013
King of Kong had me cying at a guy who was cheated out of the top score at Donkey Kong. If that's not getting me exganged in something I have no interest in then I don't know what is!
Comment posted by U14173112, at 11:59 26 Jun 2013
11:59 26 Jun 2013
When we we're kings for me.
I have no interest in boxing, I think it is a barbaric sport but found this engrossing from start to finish. Especially the whole political back story of Ali having to fight in Zaire because of his refusal to go to Vietnam, Mumbutu's horrific US based suppression of his people - jailing 100 of the top criminals so the camera's would present his dictatorship in a more positive light and also the rivalry between Foreman and Ali.
Great music too!
Comment posted by elvis80, at 11:58 26 Jun 2013
11:58 26 Jun 2013
The Cove - I'm really not an animal lover, but this was a brilliantly edited and exciting documentary. What's more, it moved me enough to take action. Can't ask more than that.
Comment posted by robert paulson, at 23:28 25 Jun 2013
23:28 25 Jun 2013
My girlfriend loves cats, and art.
So one day we returned home from the our local generic film rental outlet with a documentary called The Cats of Mirikitani. Its a film about a lady who buys a painting of a cat from a elderly Japanese man who's living rough on the streets of New York. As the story unfolds as we learn the history of a man who as a child was imprisoned -along with all other Japanese citizens living in the USA at outbreak of WWII- in a Californian internment camp. The film pieces together events of a story which has been witness to the aftermath of Hiroshima, estrangement from his family, work as a personal chef for Jackson Pollock, to being on the streets at the time of the World Trade Centre attacks. Its a warm and uplifting story about a friendship between two people who don't have much - but share what they do have - as the grapple with events both past and present. I'm still not that not excited by art or cats but this is a fascinating and unexpectedly brilliant documentary.
Comment posted by PaulL, at 17:39 25 Jun 2013
17:39 25 Jun 2013
I have to second tonycoogs comment. He beat me to it. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is one of the finest documentaries ever made. More than anything it demonstrates Sayre's Law and the underdog's struggle. Competitive Donkey Kong Jr. is merely a backdrop to a wonderful exploration of the human condition.
Comment posted by Rancor_Bait, at 17:19 25 Jun 2013
17:19 25 Jun 2013
Anvil: The Story of Anvil
I was amazed how the life story of a band I've never even heard of could become the most captivating odyssey of hopes, dreams and aspirations.
Comment posted by U15337668, at 17:09 25 Jun 2013
17:09 25 Jun 2013
I second Beyond The Matt. When I was a kid I loved wrestling so I love that documentary because it shows all my childhood favourite wrestlers at their peak. But its also brilliant because it shows the self destructive side of wrestling. Years of wear and tear of trying to entertain an audience has left Terry Funk a near cripple. And Jake The Snake a crack head. Also the part to do with Mick Foley and The Rock is excellent. Even if you have no interest in wrestling at all. It is a superb documentary
Also Anvil is a brilliant one because I have zero interest in Thrash Metal but its a excellent view on a band trying their hardest to keep relevant and live their dream.
Also Grizzly Man is excellent but what do we expect anything less from Werner Herzog.
Comment posted by U15773005, at 17:05 25 Jun 2013
17:05 25 Jun 2013
In my life Sharkwater is the documentary which has inspired me the most. Before I watched this I knew very little about the shark finning industry, but this film has led to become an activist against shark finning.
Your Father's Murderer: A Letter to Zachary is another brilliant documentary.
Comment posted by U15354826, at 16:36 25 Jun 2013
16:36 25 Jun 2013
"Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel". There's nothing more inspiring than an underdog who refuses to compromise and eventually wins out. It's so satisfying watching the film tracing Corman's path from script reader to prolific trash movie maker to Oscar winner and mentor of some of Hollywood's greatest directors.
Comment posted by Warnerchild, at 16:01 25 Jun 2013
16:01 25 Jun 2013
surfwise - is a great documentary quite hard to find tho - it's sold as surfing but it's about family - had me in tears at the end
i hear 'bones brigade' is good too for skateboarding - i agree senna was amazing
Comment posted by AJ, at 19:31 15 Jul 2013
19:31 15 Jul 2013
In the Shadow of the Moon
Both documentaries show great personalities sharing exceptionnel experiences despite my lack of knowledge or interest in either topics. Would highly recommend either of them.
Comment posted by D_A_I_S_Y, at 23:23 2 Jul 2013
23:23 2 Jul 2013
My favourite film documentary is the one about Scott Walker - '30 century man'. I'm not a fan of Scott Walker or anything, but it was very interesting to watch - bizarre! But I also loved the BBC one about the naked rambler. Not sure how long that was or if it counts as a 'film'. I found it very emotional!
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