Top 5 Documentaries


This is a tough list, my thoughts change a lot on these topics over time, which I think is kind of the point. It was nearly impossible to break this down into 5 movies but this is the best you’ll get. Thoughts?

5. March of the Penguins – Sometimes a documentary isn’t just about a political stance, it’s about seeing pieces of the world that we wouldn’t have ever been able to see otherwise.

4. Bowling For Columbine – I really felt this movie was very important for us to see, I think after everything that happened everyone wanted to believe what was easy but it was important to see the truth to try to prevent it from happening again.

3. An Inconvenient Truth – It opened my eyes to the world around us, no matter what you think about this movie there is nothing wrong with trying to do better by the world we inhabit.

2. This Film is Not Yet Rated – Uncovering the truth behind the MPAA, enlightening.

1. Fahrenheit 9/11 – I just remember being in awe and being moved by so much about this movie. At the end of the movie I remember the whole audience giving a standing ovation, even though there was really nobody to clap for. I know some of it’s biased but the point of the movie was loud and clear and very powerful.


  1. B

    August 3, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I feel like a loser b/c I haven’t seen any of those!

    1. Robin

      August 3, 2009 at 2:03 pm

      @B, you are a loser but only to me 🙂

  2. Grant

    August 3, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Jesus Camp is available for online viewing if you have NetFlix. I liked / hated it simultaneously. It gives you a glimpse of the fundie xtian world where they force their religious beliefs down the throats of the young with a mixture of mysticism, prayer, bullying, and ignorance.

    1. Robin

      August 3, 2009 at 2:03 pm

      @Grant, I saw that and felt pretty much the same way.

  3. Diane, Fit to the Finish

    August 3, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve only seen two, the Columbine one, and March of the Penguins. They were both moving, of course in very different ways.

  4. whall

    August 4, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Inconvenient Truth made me want to vomit. I get mad when I see people who are interested in actually improving the Earth being duped by a man who uses fear and bad science to pad his wallet.

    If there’s a definition for evil, it has to be close to:
    A) create a company that sells fake products (ie, carbon credits) that don’t actually help the problem
    B) make laws that require companies to purchase your products
    C) fool most of the world into thinking what you’re doing is good. BONUS CREDIT if you can make the companies that don’t buy your fake product look evil
    D) BONUS CREDIT: get a Nobel prize while doing it

    1. Robin

      August 4, 2009 at 10:47 am

      @whall, i can always count on you to respond to these posts =)

  5. nakedjen

    August 6, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Man on Wire. Have you seen it? I highly recommend that you get it from NetFlix.

    Also, because you’re so very much the movie maven, I think you should come to Sundance. I’m very serious. You would love it. It is not all about Paris Hilton and Ashton Kutcher. If you want to come, I’ll be your hostess/guide. It’s the most fun a person who loves film can possibly have.

    It is about film, first and foremost. There’s a film being released this weekend that is my heartbreak from this year. The Cove. I’d suggest it for your list of best docs, but honestly, it’s audience isn’t as wide as it should be for that category.

    Also, Food, Inc. Have you seen that, yet? There are some holes (especially if you’re very astute in the arena of sustainability) but I still think, like Super Size Me, it’s a film everyone should see.

    1. Robin

      August 6, 2009 at 9:42 am

      Thank you for visiting and offering up some great movies, I will check them all out. I love documentaries, as you can see. There is one I really want to see called The Bridge I think and I just saw a really sad one called Boy Interrupted (HBO documentary).

      I would LOVE to go to Sundance, maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough to go. I have loved movies forever, they are a big part of my life. Hell, I was named after one 😉

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