Wednesday, June 15, 2011


A Cup of Jo had this great list of the Top 10 documentaries. We watch a lot of documentaries in these parts so I was excited to check them out. I had seen most of the docs on her list so I started to read suggestions in the Comments section. Here are some more to check out:

  • Dear Zachary: A friend makes this movie about his best friend's son so the son will know his father (father is killed). Big twist at end.*

  • The September Issue: What leads up to Vogue's biggest issue of the year. Anna Wintour is candid (as candid as she can be.) **

  • Rize: Visual overload of kids in south central LA dancing, done by photographer David Lachapelle. By far one of my favorite documentaries.

  • Vernon, Florida: The originally intended story was completely different from the documentary Errol Morris ended up making - the back story is as interesting as the odd documentary itself. ***

  • Good Hair: Funny and non-judgemental but also posed a through-provoking question: Why is white hair considered "good" and black hair not

  • Grey Gardens:Your mind reels watching the cousins of Jackie Onassis live in squalor and trying to figure out how they got there.

  • Thin Blue Line: A movie about a man who may or may not be wrongly accused of murder.

*If you are at all in a bad mood or feeling glum, do not watch this movie! It is one of those movies you walk away from feeling sick to your stomach but its worth the watch.

** I really liked this one. Very interesting peek into the magazine and fashion industry. The Devil Wears Prada was based on Anna Wintour, Editor of Vogue.

*** We started watching this last night but fell asleep. It started off slow. I think we'll give it another chance tonight.

Let me know if you've seen any of these or would recommend any others.


  1. hey! it's erica!! you've probably seen all these but maybe not.

    have you seen young @ heart? it is one of my FAVORITES:

    what about catfish, the psuedo-fake doc (OR IS IT?):

    I can't bring myself to watch The Cove. I could barely get through Food Inc.

    Mine is pretty sad:

    Loved Man on Wire:

    Grizzly Man too is good.

  2. OH i have RIZE on my netflix list but will be adding most of the ones you mentioned, too!

  3. OK one last one, you've seen Spellbound right?

    I'll stop now.