Recommend good indie/documentary movie?

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  1. the next reviva macrumors regular

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    I'm about to pull the trigger on a Netflix subscription, and am trying to compile a list of interesting movies. I've basically been renting anything with a Sundance or Montreal film festival tag stuck on front, and I've enjoyed most of them. To give you an idea of my tastes:

    matchstick men
    word wars
    rock school
    dig
    me and you and everyone we know
    the aristocrats.

    nothing to violent. always up for an insightful and interesting documentary. any input? thanks in advance
     
  2. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    Born into Brothels(sp)
    The Sea Inside

    There are some more but i care not to look.


    Bless
     
  3. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    Dark Days

    Marc Singer - Director
    DJ Shadow - Music

    Outstanding film!
     
  5. ibook30 macrumors 6502a

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    The Yes Men (documentary that makes you laugh/ think - don't drink milk while watching/ do Euclidean math)

    Intermission (Irish film with a brilliant first scene)

    Enjoy!
     
  6. DrEasy macrumors member

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    Anything by Hal Hartley, it's definitely in the same spirit as "Me and You and Everyone We Know". Try "Trust", "Unbelievable Truth", or "Simple Men" for example.

    Then let me know what you thought of it!
     
  7. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    have you seen Spellbound?

    and i second The Yes Men.
     
  8. iBlue macrumors Core

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    i saw that on comcast's "on demand" movies - i was really surprised by it, quite interesting.

    i saw the "Grizzly Man" just a few moments ago and it was good. be sure to DVR it though, it's long and has a lot of commercials.
     
  9. freeny macrumors 68020

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    "9/11" or "The man who knew"

    both documenteries are september 11th related and extremely powerfull and emotional.

    "9/11" (Read the reviews)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006B1HI/104-9148208-7709521?v=glance&n=130 follows two french filmakers as they document what its like to be a rookie NYC firefighter only to witness and film the humanity and horror that was september 11th.

    "The man who knew" http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/knew/
    A PBS documentry on John O'Neill, the FBI's leading expert on Al Qaeda. Warned the government of its threat only to be ignored. Eventually forced from his position and taking a new job as the head of security at the World Trade Center. The irony in this movie is sickening.
    You can actually watch this online at the link above. Its broken up into several pieces for easier streaming.
     
  10. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    It's schlocky melodrama, but I enjoyed Flight 93, which depicts the best reconstruction of the events of the plane that was hijacked on 9/11 but didn't hit its target.
     
  11. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Touching The Void.

    Not reeeally documentary though, more dramatised... but based on true-life events with narration from and talking heads of the original protagonists.

    Recommended.
     
  12. Lau Guest

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    Not a documentary, but I watched "Goodbye Lenin" the other night and really enjoyed it.
     
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    "Overnight"

    About a first time writer/director whos very first script was bought for over a million dollars and toll thats takes on a person.
     
  14. Nanda Devi macrumors regular

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    I definitely second Touching the Void. Excellent book as well.

    My favorite documentary of all time, however, is Crumb, about comic book artist R. Crumb. Incredible.

    Another good documentary, just released on DVD, is The Thin Blue Line by Erroll Morris. The film proved that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Texas... actually got the inmate off death row.

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    and that made me think of morris' The Fog of War. excellent documentary, imo.
     
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    Baraka and Chronos. Some of the best cinematography ever. Period.
     
  17. Oryan macrumors 6502a

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    I'll second The Fog of War. I really enjoyed it and the camera angle (directly in front of the subject) he used is very interesting.
     
  18. Hoef macrumors 6502a

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    - Central Station
    - Children of Heaven
    - City of God
    - The City of Lost Children
    - Clerks
    - Elling
    - Spirited Away
    - The Station Agent
    - Talk to Her
    - The Triplets of Belleville
     
  19. Lau Guest

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    This is the best film I've seen in ages. Definitely rent this.
     
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  21. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, Crumb is excellent and in a kinda similar vein... American Splendor about Harvey Pekar is also good.
     

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