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Fascinating True Crime Documentaries or Books?

I am looking for recommendations for documentaries about true crime cases. [more inside]
posted by bearette on Aug 24, 2014 - 42 answers

Resources to better understand Einstein's Theory of Relativity

I'm seeking recommendations for documentaries or books that offer more than a layman's explanation of Einstein's Theory of Relativity, but don't require advanced studies in astrophysics to comprehend. [more inside]
posted by bkpiano on Jun 17, 2014 - 12 answers

I just watched two seasons of Toddlers and Tiaras. I need help.

I'm sick. I'm watching a lot of Netflix. Specifically, I've been watching a lot of Toddlers and Tiaras. At first I didn't know what had come over me, but I think...I just like watching kids get interviewed about their lives? Even if their lives are ridiculous? I'm in my early thirties and I'm also super into those AT&T commercials so maybe it's a biological clock thing, but I'm too exhausted to second-guess myself about it. I know John & Kate + 8 exists, but that's just as gross and exploitative as T&T, as far as I can tell. I loved the 7 Up documentaries and also enjoyed Babies. What other recommendations for reality TV/documentary film about kids, pitched to adults, do you have for me? Bonus points if it's online. Thanks!
posted by pretentious illiterate on Apr 15, 2014 - 26 answers

Inspiring documentaries about artists and creators

I stream art documentaries on Netflix while I work. (Having something playing on the 2nd monitor is acceptable at my job.) I've watched enough that the top three recommendations at the bottom of the page are almost always films I've already seen, but I want to keep this habit up another month! [more inside]
posted by itesser on Mar 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Rock Out With Your Doc Out

If you guys were my real friends, you would have told me about Heavy Metal Parking Lot before now. Back in the day, I used to hear about great documentary films through the grapevine. I guess the best example of this is the Evening with Kevin Smith series. But I never seem to hear about these any more. Heavy Metal Parking Lot looks awesome. What else am I missing? Parameter: nothing really sad. Hands on a Hard Body was kind of a bummer to me, but it's still the sort of thing I'm looking for. Anything about, say, the Holocaust, is out of this league. Thanks, MeFites!
posted by Jane Austen on Mar 6, 2014 - 108 answers

Make me interested in history

I feel like high school Canadian history class, which was mostly a list of wars, sort of killed any interest in history that I may have had. Please recommend me some European/world/ancient history documentaries that will change my mind! [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Feb 11, 2014 - 19 answers

Looking for resources on autism

My 5 year old nephew was recently officially diagnosed with autism, as a two on the three-level scale. I know next to nothing about autism and am seeking resources that will help me become more educated about the disorder. I would love recommendations on books, blogs, magazine articles, documentaries, etc. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Oct 17, 2013 - 21 answers

You've got that autumn feeling.

Autumn/fall is my favorite season and I love the feel and experience of the leaves changing color, the chill in the air, and traditional fall activities. The episode "Kiss and Tell" from Gilmore Girls, for example, centers around an autumn festival and has this sort of atmosphere. Could you give me some movies/documentaries/tv shows/episodes that also embody autumn?
posted by holmesian on Oct 7, 2013 - 14 answers

Need some new nature documentaries.

I love nature documentaries (good ones), but I'm all out and need some recommendations. More inside for what I like, and what I've seen. [more inside]
posted by smoke on Sep 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Where can I find the best documentaries from the past 30 years or so?

The Oscar nominees would be natural candidates, but as of '93, Ebert was complaining that the selection committee was completely unqualified: http://www.rogerebert.com/festivals-and-awards/oscarvoters-slight-best-documentaries . (As an aside: do his criticisms apply to the Academy Award documentary nominating committee today?) Where else should I look for credible lists of the best documentaries made recently?
posted by jtothes on Jul 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Books and movies/documentaries about founders/makers/rebels?

What are some great (and accessible) books/movies about people who are founders of companies, people who build things, people who purposefully or inadvertently change the status quo? (Examples after the break) [more inside]
posted by walka on Jun 29, 2013 - 14 answers

End of the world as we know it

This is macabre, I know. However, I really enjoy documentaries on past or future disasters: Rogue waves, wild fires, tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, pyroclastic flows, etc. I often wake up at 2am, and these past/future documentaries get me calm and able to sleep again. What are your recommendations on this subject? There are so many internet sources on this material, and I've seen a lot, but please give me your comprehensive picks!
posted by Kronur on Jun 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Remind me again, why are dinosaurs awesome?

When I was a kid, I was totally enamored of dinosaurs. I seem to have lost my affinity for them in the years since. I quit paying attention to developments in paleontology. Apparently there's been a lot that I missed, like that the dominant theory now is that modern birds are descended from a dinosaur species (I think?). And I hear velociraptors had feathers. So I need not just updates, but a good primer for adults because I've forgotten everything I used to know about them. Can anyone recommend some good modern books or documentaries on dinosaurs to rekindle the flame of dino-love?
posted by Sleeper on Jun 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Documentaries similar to BBC's "Toughest Place to Be a.."

Hi mefi-ers. I'm a documentary film enthusiast.. I have seen the few that are available for free on youtube, titles from the 'Human Rights Watch' festival (eg 'Rafea Solar Mama), a couple of Iranian ones (eg 'Buddha Collapsed out of Shame), 'Seeking Asian Female', etc. I also love marine animal/ecosystem-related documentaries [more inside]
posted by ethelwulf on Apr 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Spanish language documentaries

I am looking for Spanish language documentaries (with English subtitles) that I can watch online, through Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, etc. What are your favorites?
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Documentaries and other films about writers, libraries and books wanted!

I'm especially interested in films about writers of color and writers from the global south. Any kind of film is fine - need not be a documentary. But a progressive/radical/critical outlook is appreciated! Particularly looking for films that will appeal to an intelligent but not super-theorized audience - ie, that documentary about Derrida is not what we're looking for, and even the recent one about Zizek is an edge case. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jan 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Planet Earth-esque documentaries focusing on cities, etc.?

I love Planet Earth, Life, and other documentaries that David Attenborough is associated with -- as much for the educational value as for the beautiful cinematography and show-not-tell approach. They're works of art in and of themselves. Are there any documentaries in a similar vein that focus on cities, architecture, landmarks, and other human creations? For example, it would be incredible to explore Tokyo through the same lens!
posted by archagon on Jan 3, 2013 - 14 answers

New kinds of stories on the Internet?

I've been enjoying the Emmy-winning High Rise online documentary project and things like the Hackney Hear geo-locative app - looking for recommendations of other cool experiments in the realm of storytelling. Film, online, audio - whatever! Just NEW and DIFFERENT. Level Two request: recommendations of websites or blogs that discuss or review these sorts of projects - I just want to keep up with this sort of thing! Thanks all!
posted by mooza on Oct 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Can you recommend documentaries that explain world conflicts?

I just finished watching The First World War and now I want more! Can you recommend your favourite documentaries on History, particularly conflicts/war? I prefer a geopolitical focus (as in maps of the territories, graphic representations of strategies, what countries unied, what empires were divided in to what, etc.) [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 23, 2012 - 6 answers

What are some thoughtful documentaries/long-form articles about baseball umpires?

What are some thoughtful documentaries/long-form articles about baseball umpires? I'm wondering if there's a thoughtful, well-done documentary (I'm hoping for something of the caliber of HBO's now-defunct Costas Now) or a long-form article (again, in the caliber of New Yorker or Vanity Fair) that's accessible to folks who aren't exclusively diehard baseball fans. [more inside]
posted by lamprey on Jul 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Which History Documentaries are Accurate?

Please recommend good documentaries and TV programs about history that are accurate. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 17, 2012 - 19 answers

The world is just awesome.

I want to mainline wonder! Recommend me nonfiction books or films (science, nature, history, culture, the human mind) that will make me fall in love with the world we live in. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Apr 15, 2012 - 35 answers

Documentaries/videos about cities, viewable free online?

Know of any interesting documentaries (or other sorts of videos) about cities freely available to watch online? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Mar 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Best Documentaries- Big History.

I want to learn about major historical events through documentaries (not miniseries). What are your favorites? (I know, broad).
posted by sandmanwv on Mar 5, 2012 - 22 answers

I want to laugh while I get smarter

I've watched almost all of Terry Jones's history documentaries--what next? What I like about them and what I'm looking for is mainly the humor (enthusiastic but lighthearted, not taking itself too seriously) and the element of looking at things from a different angle. Many of Jones's docs look at the lives of "regular people" in periods of history where most people are familiar with the rich and famous, and others look at civilizations that are overlooked. Sort of the way Mythbusters approaches science, and I'm also a large fan of QI. Recommendations? (I'm looking especially but not exclusively for history.)
posted by sarahkeebs on Feb 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Documentaries, books, I want it all!

Please give me some suggestions for documentaries and books I might like. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 22, 2012 - 23 answers

Inspire me in a foreign language.

Please recommend me some recent non-English language movies/documentaries that are uplifting/inspiring/funny/have happy endings. [more inside]
posted by misozaki on Jan 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Documentaries on inspiring music education

What are the most inspiring, exciting documentaries on music education? [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Jan 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Are there any documentaries about comic book fans?

Are there any documentaries about comic book fans as opposed to comic book creators? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Monster on Nov 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Single Subject Documentaries

Over the past two nights I watched two great documentaries each focused on a single person: Bill Cunningham: New York and The Cruise. I would like to see more documentaries in this mode! Your suggestions, please.
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 9, 2011 - 31 answers

Documentaries and radio transcripts for improving British English?

I've been thinking about improving my (received) pronunciation by reading out loud in English. Need help finding materials online. [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg on Oct 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Mass Production Music!

There's a piece of music always played in documentaries and other film clips usually to satirize the "age of mass production." It's a very peppy '50s bit, often with a guy talking in a stylized '50s radio announcer voice over it, accompanied by sped-up clips of factories rolling, women working, and the like. What is this music and how do I find it?
posted by mthomps00 on Sep 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Unfortunately, 7 Up comes out, well...every 7 years or so

I really enjoy great documentaries that span years and focus on individual development. For example, I found David Sutherland's Country Boys or The Farmer's Wife fascinating. I also really enjoyed 7 Up. Please share other docs like this with me. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley on Jun 26, 2011 - 20 answers

RUSSIA

Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 1, 2011 - 27 answers

What documentaries for a 2-year-old, like Babies?

Documentaries/movies like Babies for 2-year-old? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Feb 26, 2011 - 7 answers

America on film

I teach ESL to new refugees and they have expressed a desire to see movies that tell them about or show America. They want to know about the different landscapes, accents, lifestyles, etc. I'm looking for suggestions for simple, visually descriptive films that feature a wide variety of geographical locations and Americans. Can you think of any? [more inside]
posted by swingbraid on Feb 24, 2011 - 26 answers

Çatal Höyük to The Anger in Egypt

Can you suggest great, chronological, world history documentary series? [more inside]
posted by Sustainable Chiles on Feb 5, 2011 - 14 answers

Positive movies about body image, body acceptance and beauty?

National Eating Disorders Week is coming up, and we're looking to hold a film screening at my college. What are some good (positive!) movies/documentaries that deal with body image, body acceptance and beauty ideals? [more inside]
posted by camcol on Jan 8, 2011 - 16 answers

Website with top 50 documentaries of all time?

About a year or two ago, I saw this great website that provided a list of the top 50 influential documentaries ever made. (Including a video streaming of each documentary with a short written analysis of why it was so influential) Can you please help me find that site again? [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Nov 2, 2010 - 5 answers

I want to learn more about unnatural disasters.

What are some great environmental documentary films and/or series? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Sep 25, 2010 - 16 answers

Who makes documentary films like Frederick Wiseman?

Who are the artistic heirs to documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman? Which contemporary individuals/groups are making similar films, filming similar things, or documenting life in the U.S. (with or without film) in similar ways? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Sep 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Advertising/Marketing/PR/Consumerism

Looking for some good documentaries on advertising, marketing, public relations & consumerism to help teach an undergraduate class! We have a list of possible documentaries already (we will show selected excerpts - not the entire thing) but were wondering if we were missing anything out and what the Hive Mind might suggest! Good "teaching moment" video clip suggestions based on Mad Men and other fictional advertising/marketing/PR/consumerism-themed films and TV shows are also welcome. Or perhaps there are even good relevant scenes from documentaries which are primarily about some other topic. Thanks for any help... it's much appreciated! Full list that we already have compiled inside... [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Aug 20, 2010 - 18 answers

TV shows that I can learn something from?

What are some great, informative TV series? Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Ken Burns's Jazz, Matthew Colling's This Is Modern Art, Robert Winston's The Human Body--what else is in this vein? I'd much rather a recommendation of a series, as opposed to a single one-off documentary. What should I watch that is captivating and teaches me something?
posted by surenoproblem on Jul 26, 2010 - 72 answers

Short online documentaries?

Looking for free, short online film, or preferably documentaries I can watch during my lunch break (i.e. no more than 30 minutes in length). [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Jul 14, 2010 - 15 answers

Online documentaries?

Do you know any sites with a wide variety of social documentaries that aren't overly partisan? [more inside]
posted by shinybaum on Jun 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Average Life Of A [__]

Looking for more "average life" documentaries. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Jun 29, 2010 - 31 answers

Online documentaries, non-US-only, no politics?

In bed, need some good documentaries that're available on-line. Not that interested in politics or nature. Must be viewable in Canada. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Jun 29, 2010 - 16 answers

What else to watch?

Louis Theroux's documentaries - both the sillier earlier ones and the recent more solemn ones - are perhaps my very favourite things to watch. What other documentaries / shows might I enjoy?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jun 8, 2010 - 15 answers

Best movies about modern art?

What are the best movies or documentaries about modern art??
posted by mortaddams on Apr 25, 2010 - 27 answers

Help me move on from YouTube

Where can I watch quality video online without needing to register, share files or download special software or media players? [more inside]
posted by Weng on Apr 23, 2010 - 12 answers

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