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Documentary recommendation thread

  • 10-03-2020 10:24pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 55,508 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    The Documentary forum has been blended into the TV forum and lost down the pages so I though a thread to recommend documentaries might be a good idea.

    All the streaming sites are making some great documentaries right now.

    I'll start with McMillions from HBO.



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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 333 ✭✭ Martin Tyler AgueroooOO


    Watched Hilary today and found it really interesting if she had shown this side of herself before the last election I think she might be in power today and by god do we need a real politician as the leader of the world right now not a reality tv host.



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,958 Dots1982


    Capturing the Friedman’s is a classic


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,613 ✭✭✭✭ Mantis Toboggan


    Last 3 I watched on Netflix and all very good.

    Don't f*** with cats,
    abducted in plain sight,
    wild wild Country.


    IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: "In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom"

    Irish Proclamation



  • Registered Users Posts: 25,111 ✭✭✭✭ HeidiHeidi


    The Dirty Money series on Netflix is great, looking forward to getting into the second series.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,154 ✭✭✭ robert6920


    The Ascent of Man. It might be nearly 50 years old but it is a classic from what’s been called the “golden age” of (BBC) tv documentaries. I watched it in my late teens when it was first shown and am now rewatching it on DVD. Dr Jacob Bronowski wrote and presented it. As relevant now as it was then.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,574 ✭✭✭ Muppet Man


    Still reckon “Senna” was one of the very best documentaries ever. It doesn’t matter if you know nothing about his sport, it’s far more about the man. My wife watched it with me and even she was weeping at the end.


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,449 ✭✭✭✭ Basq


    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

    Must have watched this about 3 or 4 times and it doesn't get any easier to watch.

    A series of gut punches punctuate this enthralling watch.

    Though go in blind.. that's all I say. The less you know, the better!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,056 ✭✭✭ Tipsy McSwagger


    Basq wrote: »
    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

    Must have watched this about 3 or 4 times and it doesn't get any easier to watch.

    A series of gut punches punctuate this enthralling watch.

    Though go in blind.. that's all I say. The less you know, the better!

    One of the most overrated documentaries of all time. Interesting story but I just couldn’t get past how badly made/edited it is.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 333 ✭✭ Martin Tyler AgueroooOO


    Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez on Netflix was really interesting.



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,508 ✭✭✭✭ eviltwin


    There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane. I think the full doc is on Netflix

    For the Bible Tells Me So and Blackfish, both on Netflix


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,480 ✭✭✭ Hodors Appletart


    Paradise Lost Trilogy, and the other doc about the same case West of Memphis are brilliant docs, watch the 3 parter first

    About the murder of a child in america and the way the system fúcked up


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,910 ✭✭✭ Tom Mann Centuria


    Anything by Ken Burns.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,613 ✭✭✭✭ Mantis Toboggan


    Apollo 11 on Netflix is fantastic.


    IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: "In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom"

    Irish Proclamation



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 333 ✭✭ Martin Tyler AgueroooOO


    Pandemic on Netflix.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,450 ✭✭✭ maudgonner


    I'm thinking of launching a campaign to get RTÉ to dedicate one of their channels to 24-hour rolling repeats of Hands*. It's just the kind of comfort TV we need right now.




    (*Correctly washed, of course)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 333 ✭✭ Martin Tyler AgueroooOO


    maudgonner wrote: »
    I'm thinking of launching a campaign to get RTÉ to dedicate one of their channels to 24-hour rolling repeats of Hands*. It's just the kind of comfort TV we need right now.




    (*Correctly washed, of course)




    That would be reality tv would it not.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,984 ✭✭✭ Venom


    Last 3 I watched on Netflix and all very good.

    Don't f*** with cats,
    abducted in plain sight,
    wild wild Country.


    I haven't seen the first two but Wild Wild Country is an amazing and riveting watch in a how the hell could something like that happen in real life :eek:


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,014 ✭✭✭✭ Mam of 4


    Venom wrote: »
    I haven't seen the first two but Wild Wild Country is an amazing and riveting watch in a how the hell could something like that happen in real life :eek:

    It's so crazy it's nearly unbelievable isn't it? !

    Give Abducted In Plain Sight a watch , and let us know what you think :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,613 ✭✭✭✭ Mantis Toboggan


    Venom wrote: »
    I haven't seen the first two but Wild Wild Country is an amazing and riveting watch in a how the hell could something like that happen in real life :eek:

    If you think the last one is wacko watch the first two.


    IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: "In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom"

    Irish Proclamation



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,572 ✭✭✭ Andrea B.


    maudgonner wrote: »
    I'm thinking of launching a campaign to get RTÉ to dedicate one of their channels to 24-hour rolling repeats of Hands*. It's just the kind of comfort TV we need right now.




    (*Correctly washed, of course)

    Watched them on youtube. Real trip down memory lane. Excellent archive. Loved "power of the metal'. Mother and all doing manhole covers.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,984 ✭✭✭ Venom


    Mam of 4 wrote: »
    It's so crazy it's nearly unbelievable isn't it? !

    Give Abducted In Plain Sight a watch , and let us know what you think :pac:


    Added to my must see list :)

    If you think the last one is wacko watch the first two.


    I find shows/docs about cruelty to animals very hard to watch :mad::(


    As for my recommendations....


    Super Size Me - fast food
    Holy Chicken - more fast food
    Food Inc - even more food
    Icarus - Russian doping scandal
    Roger and Me - Death of the American car industry


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,415 ✭✭✭ generalgerry


    I agree with many of the above.

    From those mentioned above, particularly good
    Icarus - What a trip, starts off as one movie and ends up being another.
    Killer Inside (Aaron Hernandez) - This is the most recent one, really enjoyed it, although ep 2 went off on a bit of a tangent.
    There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane - This is a fascinating wtf happened, as the family try to prove that she was not drink driving.

    The OJ : Made In America is brilliant as well.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,096 ✭✭✭✭ anewme


    Last 3 I watched on Netflix and all very good.

    Don't f*** with cats,
    abducted in plain sight,
    wild wild Country.

    Didn't like abducted in Plain sight.

    Wild wild country was brilliant. I've watched it twice now and would watch it again. The Bagwan had me actually laughing out loud at his antics.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,096 ✭✭✭✭ anewme


    LA 92 is a very tough watch. My heart was in my mouth watching it.

    I had to turn off The Trials of Gaebriel Fernandez.

    Auschwitz, The Nazis and the Final Solution is a BBC 2 documentary series from 2005. I was engrossed in it in 2005 and watched it again on Netflix.

    The Devil Next Door is also really good.

    Blackfish very sad.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,096 ✭✭✭✭ anewme


    Venom wrote: »
    Added to my must see list :)





    I find shows/docs about cruelty to animals very hard to watch :mad::(


    As for my recommendations....


    Super Size Me - fast food
    Holy Chicken - more fast food
    Food Inc - even more food
    Icarus - Russian doping scandal
    Roger and Me - Death of the American car industry

    If you like dogs, watch dogs on Netflix.

    Two of the series are really good.

    Bravo Zeus tells the story of a Refugee who had to leave his dog in Syria. Get your hankies out.

    Ice on the water is about a 10 year old labrador in Lake Como. Beautifully shot.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,613 ✭✭✭✭ Mantis Toboggan


    Seen it already but there's a very good documentary coming to Netflix on the 30th.
    Three identical strangers, about 3 teenagers who meet by chance and discover they're identical twins, well worth a watch.


    IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: "In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom"

    Irish Proclamation



  • Registered Users Posts: 41,342 ✭✭✭✭ SEPT 23 1989


    This is an absolute masterpiece

    The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,574 ✭✭✭ Muppet Man


    12 sports documentaries listed here on RTEs website

    Some of which are already mentioned above by other folks


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,066 ✭✭✭ Mrs Gilhooley


    Amy is excellent. Really changed my opinion on Amy Winehouse.

    Short Game was or is on Netflix about child pro golfers, very entertaining


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,749 ✭✭✭ Electric Nitwit


    Someone on boards pointed me to this website but I forget who so can't credit them!

    Anyway, this has loads of good docs to stream: https://www.documentarymania.com/home.php


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