As human beings there is only so much knowledge our brains can obtain on our own. Every good documentary comes with a vast amount of knowledge we might not know about. So when we find good documentaries its important to pass them along.
Tapped (2009) - This documentary discusses the harmful chemicals found in the bottles themselves and the startling amount of regular tap water added in by big corporations like Nestle and PepsiCo
ESPN's 30 for 30
ESPN's 30 for 30: The Announcement (2012) - Any sports fan will appreciate a "30 for 30" documentary, especially if it’s about one of the most idolized superstars of NBA history. The film recaps original footage of Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s journey from superstardom to the rock bottom of retirement in 1991 after announcing he had contracted the HIV virus.
Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives (2011) - This documentary takes you through a number of unhealthy scenarios with people who are sick with disease based on poor, processed diets. Based partially on the ideas present by T. Colin Campbell’s “China Study” book, we learn that many of the unhealthy circumstances we find ourselves in can be fixed by altering our diet into a healthy, greener routine.
Religulous (2008) - It’s good to have people who challenge the norm, especially if that person is funny, smart and happens to be Bill Maher. The comedic television host makes a mockery of organized religion by going around to different types of organized gatherings and questioning what and why they do what they do.
Life in a Day
Life in a Day (2011) - All the wonder, beauty, ugliness, tragedy, life, rebirth and death of a single day throughout the entire world is hard to grasp, or even come close to being experienced by a single person. “Life in a Day” makes a visceral attempt to change that by taking bits and pieces of the world we know and the world we’ve never met and scrambling it all into one beautiful, chaotic 94-minute masterpiece.
Man on Wire
Man on Wire (2008) - Incredible journey of french youngster Phillipe Petit walking a tight rope from the top of the world trade center buildings.
Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007) - Anyone who has qualms with organized religion, money or the media will find this both enthralling and eye opening. The film is broken into three parts: the history and challenge of organized religion from its early conception, the U.S. monetary system and its flaws and the attacks of 9/11 and the ways media censored out certain details of that tragic day
Side by Side
Side by Side (2012) - To have George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and a horde of other monumentally talented film directors all appear in the same documentary about their thoughts on the past, present and future of the film industry is every nerdy film student’s wettest dream.
Ethos (2011) - Hosted by actor, activist and weed lover Woody Harrelson, this documentary outlines a lot of the big issues we have in our country and how much worse it will get if there isn’t a shift in how we operate on a daily basis.