Conrad Hall said it best ” You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward”. This quote alone sums up the reason as to why you should watch more documentaries in your spare time. One part entertaining and one part educational, documentaries offer you factual information allowing you to develop a well-rounded base of knowledge, by basically sitting on your ass and watching TV. If that alone does not make you want to watch more documentaries Big Bad Wolf has come up with 8 reasons in the form of documentaries to get you hooked. In no particular order, take a look
Dear Zachary: A letter to a son about his Father (2008)
In short, a filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friends life once he hears his friend’s ex-girlfriend is giving birth to their son. It is a touching look into the life of Andrew Bagby and his family. Really interestingly edited, Dear Zachary does not hold back from the violent and traumatic truth. Do not go into this documentary without a box of tissues by your side.
I believe in 50 years time we are going to look back at how we are treating animals now and gasp with utter shock and horror. Blackfish follows the controversial captivity of killer whales by telling the story of Tilikum, a killer whale who killed three different people during his captivity. An insightful, heart wrenching look into those fun days we have all spent at our local aquariums.
Paradise Lost Trilogy (1996-2005)
The Paradise Lost trilogy is not for the faint hearted. It is the early nineties and ‘Satanic Panic‘ is rife, especially in a small Arkansa town found in the heart of the bible belt. Three young boys are found murdered. Three young men are accused, arrested and found guilty. Sadly it is not as simple as that. This is an absolute must see.
Following the life and times of cartoonist extraordinaire and obvious ‘nutbag’- Robert Crumb, Crumb gives the audience a deeply personal and darkly comedic look into Crumbs subconscious and his traumatised family. Just go into this documentary with an open-mind.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
A seemingly normal, upper-middle class Jewish family becomes the talk of the town when the patriarch, Arnold Friedman and his youngest son are accused of horrific sex crimes against young boys in the neighbourhood. This is not your average crime documentary as both the accused and the family are eager to talk and share their thoughts through found footage and interviews.
Paris is Burning ( 1990)
If you are absolutely fabulous and only hang out with fellow Ab fabs this documentary is for you. Paris is Burning gives you an inside look into the lives of drag Queens in New York during the late 80’s. The people, the clothes, the talk just expect an hour or so of utter fabulosity.
Bowling for Columbine ( 2002)
As an absolute and utter fangirl of Michael Moore I could not make this list without one of his documentaries. Bowling for Columbine is possibly Moore’s most brilliant film. More appropriate now than ever before, Moore explores America’s fondness for gun violence. This film is certainly here to disturb the comfortable.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck ( 2015)
No documentary list is ever complete without a documentary of the life and times of a musician. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck tells the rise and fall of the founding father of grunge. Through never seen before footage, you do not even have to be a huge Cobain fan to enjoy this impeccably made documentary