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1. 7 Days Out (2018– )
TV-PG | 48 min | Documentary
A series that documents behind the scenes of some of the largest events in the world.
Cultural / Social / Brainfood behind the scenes of some of the largest events in the world, like Westminster Dog Show, Kentucky Derby & CHANEL Haute Couture Fashion, "Eleven Madison Park" top restaurant & "League of Legends" video game competition
TV-PG | 40 min | Documentary, Short
A woman in Pakistan sentenced to death for falling in love becomes a rare survivor of the country's harsh judicial system.
3. A Tale of Two Sisters (2015– )
The relationships between female historical figures and their sisters.
The Truth About... (2015– )
59 min | Documentary
A&E doctor Javid Abdelmoneim is on a mission to find out the truth about alcohol, including why the government cut the recommended weekly limit for men by a third in January.
social / health / BBC / Brain-food
It's cutesy, humorous & interesting but unfortunately pretty shallow.
Doctor Javid Abdelmoneim on a mission to find out the truth about alcohol, including why the government cut the recommended weekly limit for men by a third in January 2018
5. Alt-Right: Age of Rage (2018)
104 min | Documentary
In the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, Daryle Lamont Jenkins, an Antifa activist, combats the rise of the alt-right movement, while Richard Spencer, an alt-right leader, fights to ... See full summary »
/ Brain-food "Not all Trump supporters are racists, but all racists are Trump supporters"
6. American Factory (2019)
TV-14 | 115 min | Documentary
End 2008, GM closes a plant in Ohio. A Chinese billionaire/Fuyao Glass buys the plant 2014 and invests in auto glass production. There are 2000 jobs there by late 2016. USA meets PRChina.
Doc: Economics / Social Cultural
RT 97% ”A fascinating tragicomedy about the incompatibility of American & Chinese industries.” Complex, stirring, timely & beautifully shaped. A snapshot of the struggle between labor & management that is both timeless & distinctly of its time. The acclaimed film takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant & hires 2000 blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class USA.
7. American History X (1998)
R | 119 min | Drama
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.
Votes: 964,873 | Gross: $6.72M
Film: White Supremacy, Crime Drama
Ed Norton (Derek V), Edward Furlong (Danny V),
Elliott Gould (Murray), Stacy Keach (Cameron Alexander)
PLOT: A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. Powerful, brutal, takes proper aim at white supremacy. RT 83% Two things hold the interest: Norton's astounding performance & a feeling for the male reality of reactionary working class environments
8. And the Band Played On (1993 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 141 min | Drama, History
The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic, and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it.
Social / cultural / Brain-food A horrific story extremely well done. Quite a cast, watch for Phil Collins, Richard Gere, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, & Alan Alda. Examines the political infighting that hampered the fight the discovery of the AIDS epidemic.
9. Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies & Cyber Attacks (2016 TV Movie)
46 min | Documentary, Crime, History
The shocking story of the Ashley Madison hacking scandal.
10. Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State (2005)
285 min | Documentary, History, War
The history of the Final Solution phase of the Nazi Holocaust, particularly with the most infamous of the death camps.
11. Behind the Curve (2018)
TV-14 | 96 min | Documentary
Meet real Flat Earthers, a small but growing contingent of people who firmly believe in a conspiracy to suppress the truth that the Earth is flat.
Doc: Science / Conspiracy / Brain-food Meet real Flat Earthers, a small but growing contingent of people who firmly believe in a conspiracy to suppress the truth that the Earth is flat. One of the most prominent Flat Earthers is Mark Sargent who, in the midst of the upcoming Solar Eclipse, proudly speaks at the first Flat Earther conference. IMDB: I was thoroughly entertained, this doc allowed the Flat Earth folks to completely explain away their theories and let you decide just how MISLED they are. Seeing flat earthers prove themselves wrong then still deny the truth was an amazing thing to watch, which was expertly explained by actual psychiatrists of why it happens. Anything without sufficient proof (FE, religion, ghosts, etc) there has to be some true mental gymnastics performed for these things to stay true to believers, and that is also expertly explained in a "loving" way. Highly recommend
12. Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses (2015)
89 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
The true story of how love, fear, culture and belief lead a loving family to tragically kill one of their own during a four day exorcism ceremony.
ABANDONED The true story of how love, fear, culture & belief lead a loving family to tragically kill one of their own during a four day exorcism ceremony.
13. Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal (2015)
R | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Votes: 5,597 | Gross: $0.89M
***FAV! Doc: Politics, Historical, Literature / Brainfood entertaining account of televised punditry during the 1968 presidential conventions. That year, a down-in-the-ratings ABC pitted National Review founder William F. Buckley, Jr. against the transgressive gay writer Gore Vidal, and the two promptly went for the jugular. The mudslinging and sustained character attacks that followed would set the tone for the next five decades of political dialogue in this country, leading right to… well, you know.
14. Betting on Zero (2016)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
Writer/director Ted Braun follows controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts a billion dollars on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history.
Doc: finance, pyramid schemes, business Me: learned quite a bit about stock exchange watching this, entertaining as well. Hedge fund titan Bill Ackman is on a crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history, while Herbalife executives claim Ackman is a market manipulator out to bankrupt them. Ted Braun directed this look at a controversial hedge fund manager who is determined to expose the health food giant. Another nail in the Herbalife coffin, made more chilling by the pyramid scheme company's ties to the Trump White House.
15. Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World (2017)
TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary
An overview of the major players in the contemporary art market and of the economic factors that motivate those individuals and institutions.
Art versus Marketing/ Brain-food
Canadian Does what a doc should; teaches you something in depth about a topic. The use of humor much appreciated, most of us see the insanity of how egos & money proliferate in the art world. Staggering prices & egos, all about bragging rights
16. Children of God: Lost and Found (2007)
TV-MA | 75 min | Documentary
A first-person account of growing up in an evangelical Christian cult.
Doc: Religion Evangelism A 1st person account of growing up in an evangelical Christian Cult
17. Christine (2016)
R | 119 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.
Votes: 11,604 | Gross: $0.30M
FILM: Biography, TV , / Brain-food Rebecca Hall* (great), Michael C. Hall * (George) RT 87% 'Rising on the strength of Rebecca Hall's gripping performance, Christine offers an empathetic look at its subject's public career and painful private life" Me: Rebecca Hall was OUTSTANDING! The ending with her best friend trying to cheer herself up by eating ice cream & singing Mary Tyler Moore's "Your going to make it after all... broke my heart. Final words "In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in 'blood and guts' and in living color, you are going to see another first—(an) attempted suicide." PLOT: The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career. A video copy of Christine's suicide is confirmed to exist today, in the hands of station owner Robert Nelson's widow Mollie, who has no plans to make it publicly available. The filmmakers never considered seeking it out.
18. City 40 (2016)
73 min | Documentary, Drama, History
Behind the walls of a forbidden city, the only thing more dangerous than its secrets is the truth.
Doc: Russia, social, cultural, war, political / Brainfood Behind the walls of a forbidden city, the only thing more dangerous than its secrets is the truth. Deep in Russia, there is an invisible city that houses thousands of men, women and children who live and work behind double barbed-wire fences monitored by armed guards. They are told that they are the creators of the nuclear shield and saviors of the world. They are told that everyone is an enemy. In this hidden world, a mother risks her life to take us inside Russia's largest nuclear city. IMDB (agree) The story was presented in a balanced way. The information is eye opening. I enjoyed the interviews, which were personal, relatable and human.
19. Conspiracy (2015– )
History presents us with an accepted view of past events but there are often dissenting voices. This new series examines the claims made by these people. Are their ideas wild conspiracy theories or are they the real story of past events?
doc series: Conspiracies Me: favorite episode S1 "The Hollywood Files" examined some common conspiracy theories surrounding Hollywood. Suspicions about the activities of the Church of Scientology & the hacking of Sony Pictures amongst topics discussed. Summary: Wild conspiracy theories or the real story of past events?
20. Dark Tourist (2018– )
TV-MA | 40 min | Documentary
From a nuclear lake to a haunted forest, New Zealand filmmaker and journalist David Farrier ('Tickled') visits unusual -- and often macabre -- tourism spots around the world.
Social / Travel / Horror/ Dark Comedy / Brainfood
Hilarious, people actually do this! Watching it, almost tempted, sounds like a blast.
A dark tourist prefers places made infamous by murder, mystery & misfortune.
75 min | Documentary, History
In 1971, the Shah of Iran, the self-proclaimed 'king of kings', celebrated 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy by throwing the greatest party in history. Money was no object - a lavish tent... See full summary »
22. Enlighten Us (2016)
93 min | Documentary
ENLIGHTEN US: THE RISE AND FALL OF JAMES ARTHUR RAY is the story of the motivational rock star's meteoric rise, fall and return to the $11 billion self-help industry after his negligent ... See full summary »
doc: Bio / Gurus / Legal System
The meteoric rise and fall of motivational speaker James Arthur Ray, who was convicted of negligent homicide after three of his clients died in a sweat lodge
23. Feminists: What Were They Thinking? (2018)
86 min | Documentary
Feminists: What Were They Thinking? takes aim at our current culture revealing all too vividly the urgent need for continued change.
Doc: Social / Cultural / Politics / Brain-food
Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin
Filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas revisits photos from a 1977 book that captured women shedding cultural restrictions
24. Follow This (2018– )
A look inside the busy newsroom at BuzzFeed.
Doc- abandoned A look inside the busy newsroom at BuzzFeed. Watch a few episodes - no depth, interesting topics barely touched on. Watched Men's Rights, Whores Day, The Future of Fakes, Sexbots then gave up on it.
25. For the Love of Spock (2016)
Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Biography
Doc: biography/ film & TV / Brain-food
Terrific! A look at Lemoy's career, family & influence on culture.
26. Fyre (2019)
TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Music
An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.
doc: Social / Cultural / Brain-food
27. Genius of the Ancient World (2015– )
Not Rated | Documentary
Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China, profiling Buddha, Socrates and Confucius, the three greatest thinkers of antiquity.
Docuseries / Social / Historical / BBC / Brain-food
While I appreciated this dumbed down compressed series, it was really pretty boring. Unforgivable considering the topic.
Bettany Hughes investigates 3 giants of ancient philosophy - Buddha, Socrates & Confucius.
28. Get Me Roger Stone (2017)
TV-14 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary exploring the life and career of notorious Republican dirty trickster and longtime Trump adviser, Roger Stone, who helped create the real estate mogul's political career.
doc: US Politics / Brain-food
known as a master in the dark arts of politics, plants the seeds that allow businessmen and moguls such as Donald Trump to enter the political arena and upend the establishment.
Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary
A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.
doc: cults / religion
Hippies One - Scientologists Zero!
Personal experience with this group has led to a lifelong fascination with cults, devour every film or book I come across on the subject. This documentary is one of the better ones out there, earned a couple of prime time Emmy's. It delves deep, it's entertaining (in a weird way) & it's definitely enlightening.
There's a lot of stories out there, I'll add mine. They 'rescued' me when I was a 15 yr old runaway. Sure it got me off the streets, unfortunately I ended right back on them flogging there Dianetics books downtown Toronto.
Which was actually pretty embarrassing, luckily I didn't run into anybody I knew:)
Next they enrolled me in expensive mandatory courses, in no time I was deep in their debt. The good news - this was a relatively short bump in my life journey. I called up some hippy friends (they weren't all peace and love you know) who came to my rescue & got me the h...ll out of there. All very exciting, hippies throwing computers around & threatening to call the police - but I digress. I'm one of the lucky ones who came through relatively unscathed, a lot of people didn't, I feel for them.
Guess it goes without saying I recommend you watch this expose!
30. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History
This is an unashamedly opinionated film. In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened. The right have triumphed and the human values of the liberals have been consigned ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,149 | Gross: $0.13M
Doc: Politics, Historical, Literature, Brain-food
Me: Watched this right after the excellent doc "Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal" While I disagree with most of his ideologies, there's no negating his one of the most intelligent, interesting personalities of our time. HIGHLY entertaining. SUMMARY: This is an unashamedly opinionated film. In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened. The right have triumphed and the human values of the liberals have been consigned to history. But how did this happen and who organized it? In this film Gore Vidal's acerbic, opinionated and informed approach rips away at the facade of the new America
31. Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015)
94 min | Documentary, Biography
Harold and Lillian eloped to Hollywood in 1947, where they became the film industry's secret weapons. Nobody talked about them, but everybody wanted them. Theirs is the greatest story never told-until now.
Doc: biography / film TV / Brain-food
32. Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)
PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary
Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.
Votes: 5,092 | Gross: $0.30M
Doc: Film / Brain-food
A Hitchcock fan forever, I really learned nothing new but thoroughly enjoyed this anyway. Filmmakers Scorsese, David Fincher, Wes Anderson & others discuss the Hitchcock legacy & the book about him by Francois Truffaut e
33. History's Greatest Hoaxes (2016– )
History's Greatest Hoaxes looks at some of the most spectacular hoaxes that show that you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time. It looks ... See full summary »
Doc series ABANDONED - poor effort - lost interest, should have been so much better.
34. Hitler: A career (1977)
Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, History
This meticulously assembled film dissects the Third Reich with an analytical blade, charting Hitler's improbable rise, his mastery of crowd psychology and his consummate skill in exploiting others' weaknesses.
Doc: war, biography, Nazi Germany, politics
Me: Admittedly fell asleep so didn't see all of it, but that's okay. I've watched many films about Hitler, gained a lot of knowledge about his youth & rise to power that was new to me from this. Terrific.
PLOT: The rise and transformation of Hitler examined in great detail. Video clips from period give unflinching view into the leader's uncanny powers of persuasion & the overall state of mind of the German people, who were desperate for a new public identity. Focuses on Hitler's early years in the public eye, detailing the long journey he made from being a mediocre artist to one of history's most hated monsters.
35. Holy Hell (2016)
Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary
An inside look at a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.
Votes: 4,153 | Gross: $0.02M
In 1985 Will Allen became a member of The Buddhafield, a LA area spiritual group. The group's official videographer, he documented their activities centered on Michel. Over time the group's dark side surfaced as total devotion turned to paranoia, until finally truths about their leader were revealed--all in front of Allen's camera. An incredible, 22-year archive of video footage
36. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)
84 min | Documentary
A documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade - and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn.
doc: social, cultural, tech, female issues about young women drawn into the sex trade and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn. Me: It's a different world now, watched this trying not to judge. The abuse porn they end up in after their 3-4 month expiry date really degrading, wouldn't do it at any price but that's my personal decision, to each there own. That & the stats on how prevalent porn is, the numbers staggering. 1 reviewer (I see his point) rated this a 1 "for trying to force a moral argument when the actual 'documented' behavior shown on screen in this 'documentary' tells a different story. This is a story about delusional women who are looking for a quick path to fame & fortune, who are willing to use their bodies to do it and who want you to feel bad for them when they don't get what they want. IMDB: uncovers a series of relatively normal, young, stupid & feckless teenagers looking for a way out of their middle-class suburban monotony. An average film which raises very important questions about female agency & male sexual desire.
37. How to Change the World (2015)
Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography
In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world's imagination. Using never before seen archive that brings their extraordinary world to life,... See full summary »
Doc: Ecology / History / Brain-food Grassroots tale of the creation of Greenpeace - makes me proud to be a Canuck
38. How to Win the US Presidency (2016)
50 min | Documentary
This whimsical look at rough-and-tumble American politics examines the roll of money, religion and even ancient Rome on Presidential campaigns.
doc: politics US This 50 min doc takes you through the recipes that have won the presidential elections since 1776, when America first won back its freedom from the clasp of England. There are some names you may be very familiar with and some you may not. Either way, it seems under examination that this formula has helped open doors. Takes you through six different methods which seem to persuade the public on making their choice as to who their president should be. It starts off with money to celebrity status, religion, looks to the portrayal of your family life and, lastly, the message the individual running has to convey. With so much information coming at you at once, fifty minutes really isn’t a long time, especially considering there’s so much more in the documentary. If nothing else, consider this a US Presidents for Dummies guide.
39. Icarus (I) (2017)
TV-MA | 120 min | Documentary, Sport, Thriller
When Bryan sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller.
Doc: / Sports / Scandals / Russia
Oscar Winner for Best Documentary Feature 2018.
One man can blow the lid off history's biggest sports doping scandal - but what is he willing to endure to expose the truth? Chronicles Russia’s extensive history with doping and Rodchenkov’s fight for his life after he blows the whistle on the country’s bad practices.
Inside (2007– )
Inside a Cult: Messiah on Trial
Star: Michael Travesser
Doc: Cults, Trials Follows cult leader self-proclaimed messiah Wayne Bent, aka Michael Travesser, after he made headlines when police entered his compound in New Mex.N Geographic goes inside to offer an in-depth look at his trial battling 2 counts of criminal sexual contact with minors.
41. JFK: The Making of a President (2017 TV Movie)
Documentary, Biography, History
Explore how John F. Kennedy's worldview was influenced by his younger years, when he endured poor health, family tragedy and a demanding father.
doc: US Politics/ Brain-food
42. Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017)
94 min | Documentary
Literary icon Joan Didion reflects on her remarkable career and personal struggles in this intimate documentary directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne.
doc: Social Political Biography Literature / brainfood Abandoned - actually feel asleep watching it - gave me nightmares. I'm sure it's terrific... Archival footage used to chronicle Joan Didion's influential career, known for her literary journalism & memoirs. In her novels & essays, Didion explores the disintegration of American morals & cultural chaos; the overriding theme of her work is individual & social fragmentation. imdb: This is a beautifully crafted piece of work. It has a gentleness and fragility about it that makes you want to whisper for the rest of the day.
43. Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star (2016)
53 min | Documentary
Leslie Caron, beloved star of Gigi and An American in Paris, reveals secrets of her work and life - a world of contradictions, ambitions, and dreams, lived by one of the most luminous ... See full summary »
Doc: Film / Brain-food
44. Listen to Me Marlon (2015)
Unrated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.
Votes: 6,436 | Gross: $0.43M
Doc: Film / Brain-food
PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary
Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.
Votes: 10,931 | Gross: $0.59M
Doc: tech, Social Cultural, hidden gem / brainfood
German director: Werner Herzog
Me: A doc that turns your brain on, particularly the last part 'the dark side' . Very well done.
And this, they were attempting to transmit LOG-IN 400 miles away, computer smart enough to complete the IN. Anyway, it crashed after typing LO.
Professor Leonard Kleinrock: So the first message ever on the internet was "LO", as in "lo and behold". We couldn't have asked for a more succinct, more powerful, more prophetic message than "LO".
SUMMARY: By celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog, a deeply thoughtful yet entertaining exploration of the relationships between humans & computers. Full of curiosity & compassion; some of the segments are amazing, some amusing, some heartbreaking. It covers artificial intelligence and robots, it tells the origins of the internet, it touches upon the darkside of the net and gaming addictions and to those who insist on living without it.
46. Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, MD (2017 TV Special)
54 min | Talk-Show
In Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, MD, Dr. Amen talks about how you can improve your memory and even rescue it if you think it's headed for trouble. This very simple idea to strengthen a ... See full summary »
Beware! blatant info-commercial disguised as a talk show. Provides just enough information to give any senior night terrors & the impetus to run out and buy his products. Tasteless
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary
How might your life be better with less?
Doc: Social / Cultural / Brain-food
48. Monty Python's Best Bits (mostly) (2014)
29 min | Documentary, Comedy