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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Documentaries of Distinction - Part 2B - Jacob's Picks

Posted by Jacob D. via Alana T.

Jacob D. watches so many films that it's difficult to keep track.  When I asked for suggestions for documentaries, he rattled off a dozen.  Listed below are the last six.

Marwencol (2010) After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

You're Gonna Miss Me (2005) Documentary about rock pioneer Roky Erickson, detailing his rise as a psychedelic hero, his lengthy institutionalization, his descent into poverty and filth, and his brother's struggle with their religious mother to improve Roky's care.

September Issue (2009) A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.

Pumping Iron (1975)  Amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this part-scripted, part-documentary film. Five-time champion Arnold Schwarzenegger defends his Mr. Olympia title against Serge Nubret and the shy young deaf Lou Ferrigno.

Pulling John (2009) As the prodigal arm wrestler, Brzenk excelled in a way that seemed humanly impossible. Hungry for the best arm wrestling competition, Brzenk traveled the world beating every opponent.

King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)  Diehard video game fans compete to break World Records on classic arcade games.

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