Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)

It's been a long time since I watched a Ken Burns film that was new to me. Burns, the director of my professed favourite documentary, Brooklyn Bridge (1981), has an established style that might alienate those with less patience, but this is the first time in ages I have enjoyed a documentary narrator addressing me, gently guiding me through the narrative, and pointing out cheeky little details I might not have noticed.

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Jesus Camp (2006)

Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady present a look at a summer camp for evangelist kids looking to bring hellfire and brimstone preaching to their neighbourhoods and schoolyards. I'm not kidding.

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Born Rich (2003)

A glimpse into a pre-GFC world when most of us were just a bit grouchy about the super-wealthy, not full out enraged.

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Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

Next Sunday morning, instead of going to church, nursing your hangover, or going on a flagellistic cycle ride, watch this film. Errol Morris paints a chilling picture of a man with a total lack of self awareness, and apparently no formal qualifications for his chosen profession; designing and constructing execution equipment.

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March Of The Penguins (2005)

The cloying sound track and dopey, middle-brow, anthropomorphising narration ruined this film for me. Spectacular cinematography and fascinating subject material can be wrecked in post-production.

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American Teen (2008)

Jesus, some kids are real dicks, and the worst of the kids in this film really take the cake for sadist, selfish, narcissistic, insensitive behaviour.

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Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980)

Les Blank of Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers fame directs this short piece chronicling Werner Herzog cooking (with liberal use of whole garlic heads) and eating of his shoe at the UCLA premiere of Errol Morris's Gates of Heaven in front of a live audience. With me so far? Good...

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Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

If you are at all likely to be upset by adult content, or the idea of someone enjoying something you might find repulsive, then please don't click through. 3, 2, 1 ... click!

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