Good Documentaries

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Thu, May 6, 2021 10:01 PM

It was brought up in the other thread that we could use a documentary specific thread. I agree.

Post any good documentaries you watch in this thread.


Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
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Thu, May 6, 2021 10:06 PM

Capturing the Friedmans. 10/10. About a family where the father is found to be in possession of child porn. But then him and his son are found guilty of child rape. Very intriguing about the way the whole case went down and how the family reacted. 

gut Senior Member
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Thu, May 6, 2021 11:12 PM

I forget which cable channel, but there was an hour long special on Andre the Giant that was pretty good.  I was never a big fan of wrestling, but some interesting insights into a sport that's never really pulled the curtain back.

And to hear a guy like Hulk Hogan talk about how powerful Andre was....

Also, Andre was probably the greatest drinker in the history of the world.

33,369 posts 121 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 6, 2021 11:14 PM

^^^That was HBO Max I think. 

8,788 posts 21 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, May 7, 2021 7:16 AM

Anything by Ken Burns I immediately watch. He did one on Hemingway that was great. His Country Music one from a year or two ago was fantastic. 

I usually watch the big ones from PBS like American Experience and NOVA. They have some good ones every so often. 

I also watch Frontline, as they have some good in-depth look at topics of the day. Their COVID series has been good. 


On Netflix: I liked Formula One Drive to Survive. I also like the food ones like Chef's Table, Ugly Delicious, Taco Chronicles, etc.   


8,788 posts 21 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, May 7, 2021 7:23 AM
posted by gut

I forget which cable channel, but there was an hour long special on Andre the Giant that was pretty good.  I was never a big fan of wrestling, but some interesting insights into a sport that's never really pulled the curtain back.

And to hear a guy like Hulk Hogan talk about how powerful Andre was....

Also, Andre was probably the greatest drinker in the history of the world.

That was on HBO/ HBO Max a few years ago. 

They released a recent one on Tiger Woods that was really good and one of Tina Turner that was pretty good. 

queencitybuckeye Senior Member
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Fri, May 7, 2021 7:38 AM

I enjoy pulling up Winnebago Man on the DVR on occasion.

Another one I really like was Man on Wire.

jmog Senior Member
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Fri, May 7, 2021 12:20 PM
posted by ptown_trojans_1

Anything by Ken Burns I immediately watch. He did one on Hemingway that was great. His Country Music one from a year or two ago was fantastic. 

I usually watch the big ones from PBS like American Experience and NOVA. They have some good ones every so often. 

I also watch Frontline, as they have some good in-depth look at topics of the day. Their COVID series has been good. 


On Netflix: I liked Formula One Drive to Survive. I also like the food ones like Chef's Table, Ugly Delicious, Taco Chronicles, etc.   


Speaking of Ken Burns, any and all baseball fans need to watch his 9 inning (now 10 inning) "Baseball" documentary. Absolutely perfectly done about the best game on the planet.


I actually got a kick out of Netflix' "Behind the Curve", especially the parts where the flat earthers were doing "science" to prove the Earth was flat only to realize their experiments were proving the Earth was curved, then they would just say "well the results are inconclusive".


I think I laughed at the absurdity almost as much as a good comedy. 

Verbal Kint Senior Member
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Fri, May 7, 2021 12:28 PM

Just watched "Last Blockbuster", very nostalgic 

Verbal Kint Senior Member
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Fri, May 7, 2021 12:31 PM

"Hired Gun" about session musicians was very interesting

jmog Senior Member
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Fri, May 7, 2021 12:38 PM
posted by Verbal Kint

Just watched "Last Blockbuster", very nostalgic 

Being that Blockbuster Video was my first job in HS, I also watched it and liked it. 


Even though I started waiting tables at Chi-Chi's in college for more money, I still worked one shift a week at Blockbuster to get free rentals (employees could get 5 or 7, can't remember which, free rentals a week on their account).



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Fri, May 7, 2021 1:38 PM
posted by Verbal Kint

Just watched "Last Blockbuster", very nostalgic 

Yea. It took me back to the point I nostalgically ate pizza and ice cream that night, which was the family meal on Friday movie nights. 


Zunardo Senior Member
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Tue, May 11, 2021 10:07 AM
posted by jmog

Speaking of Ken Burns, any and all baseball fans need to watch his 9 inning (now 10 inning) "Baseball" documentary. Absolutely perfectly done about the best game on the planet.

I actually got a kick out of Netflix' "Behind the Curve", especially the parts where the flat earthers were doing "science" to prove the Earth was flat only to realize their experiments were proving the Earth was curved, then they would just say "well the results are inconclusive".

Never really watched the Burns' doc, but did see the section called "The Capital Of Baseball" the other night.  Very well done, very poignant.  Those last 11 years in Brooklyn were something special, along with the Gi'nts and Murderers' Row.

Re  "Behind The Curve" - that's funny.  In a similar vein, it's amazing how many links you can find that swear up and down a curve in baseball is an optical illusion due to a batter's shifting vision.  While the vision may play a part, I would invite the non-believers to watch some Youtube compilations of curves and other pitches with serious movement.  Some of those optical illusion break about a foot-and-a-half, as Dizzy Dean might say.  And the knuckleball compilations are just jaw-dropping to watch in slow motion.

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