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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Please recommend good documentaries and TV programs about history that are accurate. [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Jul 17, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What are the best movies or documentaries about modern art??
posted by mortaddams
on Apr 25, 2010 -
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 -