Friday, August 19, 2011

50 Documentaries to See Before You Die: The Challenge

Current TV has ranked 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die. I'm sure that's not hyperbole at all - that you have to see all 50 before you die. Or, the moment you have seen the fiftieth, you shall die. In either case, I found myself casually watching the first two installments (Docs 50 - 31) before a night of epic insomnia, and thought, "Hey, I've seen a bunch of these already! Way to reinforce my taste in movies, Current TV!" However, this also made me think about trying to see all 50 again. Even if I've already seen them, or if the DVD has been gathering dust on my shelf since 2006, I should try to pull them out and watch them. Maybe comment on them in Blog Posts. Maybe on Fridays, when I'm trying to think of something to do for the weekend.

So, here is the challenge: Watch all 50 Documentaries by August 31, 2012. That's one per week, with a couple weeks off for vacation and what not. They don't have to be in order, but I do have to track down all 50:

50. Spellbound                                                                    Reviewed 8/19
49. Madonna: Truth or Dare                                               Reviewed 10/7
48. The Kid Stays in the Picture                                         Reviewed 11/4
47. One Day in September,                                                 Reviewed 9/2
46. Little Dieter Needs To Fly                                            Reviewed 12/16
45. Decline of Western Civilization: The Metal Years
44. Burma VJ
43. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts      Reviewed 10/14
42. Catfish,                                                                         Reviewed 8/26
41. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters                    Reviewed 12/9
40. When We Were Kings
39. Biggie and Tupac                                                         Reviewed 10/28
38. March of the Penguins                                                 Reviewed 12/9
37. Inside Job                                                                     Reviewed 10/21
36. Taxi to the Dark Side
35. Paragraph 175
34. Brother's Keeper
33. Tongues United
32. Dogtown and Z-Boys
31. Jesus Camp
30. Farenheit 9/11
29. Man on Wire
28. Gasland
27. Tarnation
26. Murderball
25. Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room                   Reviewed 12/16
24. Paradise Lost
23. The Eyes of Tammy Faye
22. Shut Up and Sing
21. Exit Through the Gift Shop
20. Capturing the Friedmans
19. Touching the Void
18. Food, Inc.
17. Street Fight
16. Bus 174
15. Crumb
14. Dark Days
13. The Fog of War
12. Bowling for Columbine
11. Paris is Burning
10. Grizzly Man
9. Trouble the Water
8. An Inconvenient Truth
7. The Celluloid Closet
6. The War Room
5. Super Size Me
4. Waltz With Bashir
3. Roger and Me
2. The Thin Blue Line
1. Hoop Dreams                                                             Reviewed 9/9

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