I'm having good luck with documentaries this year.

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  1. Matt Pelham

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    Normally I don't watch too many documentaries, but with all the formulamatic Hollywood crap that is coming out I find myself frequenly looking for alternatives at the rental store, and more and more often I'm taking home documentaries. So far this year I've seen:

    (Porn Star)Legend of the Ron Jeremy
    Bowling for Columbine
    Home Movie
    A Decade under the Influence
    Lost in La Mancha
    The Kid Stays in the Picture

    and probably a few more I can't think of right now. Any other retal reccomendations?
     
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    A few off the top of my head:

    Dogtown And Z-Boys (about 1970's pioneering skateboarders - excellent in both content and style)
    Standing In The Shadows Of Motown (about the musicians behind all those great Motown hits)
    American Movie
    Visions Of Light (about the art of cinematography)
    The Celluloid Closet (about the history of gays and lesbians in Hollywood movies)
    42 Up (tracing the lives of a number of British individuals starting from the age of 7 and revisiting them every 7 years)
    Go Tigers! (about a small town's fascination/dependancy on high school football)
    The War Room

    Not yet on DVD:

    Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (the making of Apocalypse Now)
    Hoop Dreams
    Spellbound (about the 1999 U.S. National Spelling Bee)
    Capturing The Friedmans (best movie I've seen this year)
    Winged Migration (being released 11/25/03)
    Microcosmos (being released 01/06/04)
     
  3. Lew Crippen

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    Try a few Robert Flaherty classics: Nanook and Man of Aran. Also a few by the Maysles are musts, especially Salesman.
     
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    I would highly recommend Stevie, one of the best films I've seen this year.

    Older recommendations:
    Hearts & Minds: stunning doc about U.S. involvement in Vietnam

    General Idi Amin Dada: Staring into the smiling face of a mass murderer.

    Gates Of Heaven: Errol Morris documentary about two families who own pet cemetaries. Not available on DVD but shows on Sundance channel occasionally.

    There's a bunch of good documentaries on great foreign directors (A Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenivich, Burden of Dreams, My Metier, A Proposito Bunuel, etc. but I'm not sure if you'd be interested in those.)
     
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  7. Lew Crippen

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    And to add to this year’s list, Blind Spot the one about Hitler’s secretary was pretty good.
     
  8. Dennis Nicholls

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    Night and Fog is out on a Criterion disc. This is the granddaddy of the holocaust documentaries.

    Victory at Sea is being released tomorrow by A&E. This is the granddaddy of all TV documentary series.

    Both are well worth a look.
     

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