Grizzly Man (2005)

Werner Herzog directs a film using footage captured by self proclaimed grizzly bear activist Timothy Treadwell, and Amie Huguenard, as they camp in the heart of a bear colony in remote Alaska. If I wanted to write a shorter synopsis, it would go as follows: an idiot and his girlfriend are killed and eaten by a bear.

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Best Worst Movie (2010)

Michael Stephenson, star of Troll 2 (1990), the reputed "worst movie of all time", directs a film examining the cult that has grown up since its release 17 years ago. The cast and crew reunite, some chagrined, some annoyed, a few oblivious to the ironic pleasure that hipster doofuses in college towns across the globe have been mining out of Troll 2.

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Paper Clips (2004)

Lead by the inspirational principal Linda Hooper and teacher Sandra Roberts, a class of middle school kids in Whitwell, Tennessee begins collecting one paper clip of each of the six million victims of the Holocaust; the paper clip being a signifier of Norwegian resistance to Nazi occupation. This enterprise grows to unexpected proportions, involving witnesses, benefactors, and patrons from across the world. Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab's film is simply constructed and tells a straightforward but incredibly valuable story.

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Hell And Back Again (2011)

Director Danfung Dennis follows Marine Sgt Nathan Harris as he begins recovery from a combat injury sustained in Afghanistan, during the final week of his third tour of duty.

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Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

By honest to goodness popular demand, I watched Indie Game: The Movie tonight.* I'm a casual gamer who occasionally becomes obsessive, a continual tinkerer with technology, and a minor attention junkie, so I related to the subjects of the film on a bunch of levels. The style of game featured is very appealing to me, and just yesterday I recommended Braid to my pal Mak, who bought his first PS3 this weekend.

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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

As befits a film about the creator of Elmo, this is a cockle warmer. Kevin Clash grew up in a diverse neighbourhood in Baltimore County, Maryland, expressing early interest in puppetry. With the support of his parents and mentors within the local community, Clash rose to the attention of those within Jim Henson's circle of influence. Clash has worked prodigiously to hone his craft as an extremely talented actor and puppeteer, and consequently he is the heir to Henson's legacy on Sesame Street as a producer, director and performer.

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Helvetica (2007)

Despite not being a fan of the font, I have been curious about this film for a number of years, so I was delighted to see it pop up in the suggestion queue. And especially so because it was suggested by Rus Wooton, someone I regard highly in the fields of design and typography.

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The Shock Doctrine (2009)

Mat Whitecross and Michael Winterbottom direct an account of Naomi Klein's theory of disaster capitalism; essentially how the devotes of the Chicago School of Economics are able to enact their policies of radical social, political, and economic change when nations go through severe shock, be it due to war, terror (or the perception of terror), or natural disaster. Klein uses a metaphor of electro-convulsive shock therapy applied on a geo-poltical scale.

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