Other movies and TV shows like these?
November 15, 2011 6:39 AM   Subscribe

If I like Connections, Ways of Seeing, Cosmos, Godfrey Reggio's films, and David Attenborough's Life series, what other TV shows or movies will I like?
posted by beshtya to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
Discovery Channel's "Planet Earth" was pretty good.
posted by halfbuckaroo at 6:44 AM on November 15, 2011

You will like Baraka and Workingman's Death.
posted by nathancaswell at 6:46 AM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Human Planet, too. And you might like Life After People.
posted by box at 6:47 AM on November 15, 2011

I've been making my way through Human Planet the past couple weeks and am really enjoying it.
posted by snowysoul at 6:48 AM on November 15, 2011

The Ascent of Man.
posted by caek at 6:51 AM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

I suspect you'll like Michael Palin's travelogue series.
posted by eriko at 6:57 AM on November 15, 2011 [3 favorites]

Desmond Morris, "The Human Animal" (Google Video links at the end of the wiki page). He is delightful.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:59 AM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

You might enjoy Robert Hughes' Shock of the New
posted by Thorzdad at 7:53 AM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

You might not dig his political views, but Nigel Ferguson's Civilization is quite a bit like Connections.
posted by Ideefixe at 8:52 AM on November 15, 2011

I've been watching How the Universe Works. It's not really very technical, but I've been picking up some stuff that's more current than I was aware of. And, hey, Mike Rowe.

Everything else Attenborough has done.

Guns, Germs, and Steel is a famous one.

Seconding Michael Palin, and adding the historical documentaries Terry Jones has been doing. The overarching theme is that we're not really so different (or smarter) from how people have always been as we tend to think.

Secrets of Drawing was great. Lots about human perception of reality as it's shaped by art and representation.
posted by cmoj at 9:31 AM on November 15, 2011

You might like QI.
posted by Eumachia L F at 10:09 AM on November 15, 2011

If you enjoyed Life you certainly need to see Winged Migration.
posted by kindall at 11:21 AM on November 15, 2011

You might want to have a look at Spirit of Baraka which keeps an eye on films like that.
posted by Gentlemanhog at 1:06 PM on November 15, 2011

Our Daily Bread. Possibly The Botany of Desire, though it feels a bit long for the premise. And in a totally different direction but probably still fruitful, the Up Series.
posted by ifjuly at 4:33 AM on November 16, 2011

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