– should probably be mandatory viewing. Attenborough highlights the folly of man’s disregard for the natural world and offers solutions to make amends.
– batshit crazy biopic cum true-crime documentary about the deadly rivalries between private zoo owners in the USA. Definitely unique and worth watching for the extraordinarily eccentric characters and the eye opening lives they lead. The chronology is chaotic though and the whole series too drawn out. It also feels a little manipulative, as these shows so often do, withholding key information or revealing it in drips to frame audience opinion and maximise shock factor.
– Joaquin Phoenix narrates this sadistic abattoir of a documentary, which throws nauseatingly graphic, savage butchery at you while his Eeyore tones describe it. Too repulsive to actually watch most of the time, I didn’t finish it, and I still feel traumatised. Though no less shocking, in most instances the footage used lacks a source or date, which undermines its integrity somewhat.
– documentary is well produced but could be summed up in one paragraph. In fact, the title basically does the job. Not worth the time investment.
– documentary about climber Alex Honnold scaling El Capitan in Yosemite without ropes is nail-biting, edge of the seat, stress-saturated brilliance. The vistas, the personalities, his philosophy and, of course, the feat itself are all profoundly affecting, and together make for an introspective and inspiring piece of cinema.
– documentary raising the alarm on data manipulation and election rigging is certainly timely (if anything, belated – Twitter just banned political advertising). It deserves viewing, particularly by big data skeptics and critics of Carole Cadwalladr, but in its efforts to be mainstream and accessible, it barely scratches the surface of these major issues, with a narrow focus on a small cast of characters.
– unremarkable documentary about a remarkable man.
– the best documentary I’ve ever seen and a fascinating expose of Russian doping. Whether it’s a subject that interests you or not, the political ramifications and behind the scenes machinations by Putin’s government are a stunning reminder that conspiracies do exist.
– Interesting but forgettable documentary making the argument for Bitcoin. Mostly subjective content.
– pretty bog standard documentary, carried by the majesty of the genius at its core rather than any cinematic flair
– basic but accessible documentary about climate change
– quite an enjoyable documentary about the hacktavist organisation Anonymous, from their beginnings as internet trolls on 4chan and other message boards to the headline grabbing hacking collective
– fascinating and troubling Netflix documentary about the state of race relations in America and how it’s exacerbated by the justice and penal system.
– interesting documentary, not exactly original in the lines it covers, but very worthwhile. Good to hear such experts speak on the subject of privacy, surveillance and copyright.
– gripping documentary but thin on detail. Could have done with a season to thoroughly explore the case and the people.
– amazing, insightful and inspiring documentary about Ross Ulbricht and the Silk Road, and more broadly, the war on drugs
– weird, but strangely gripping documentary about street artist Mr Brainwash, considered by some to be an elaborate prank by Banksy
– horribly graphic documentary exposing, again, the savagery of the war on drugs, from the perspective of the vigilante groups battling the cartels.
– interesting, if not exactly gripping, documentary
– Gripping court room true crime documentary. Builds steam to around episode 8, but the final few are superfluous.
– Eye opening, astonishing documentary coursing a series of interviews with hero of our time, Edward Snowden. Essential viewing.
– Extraordinary and curious documentary of a reverend and his quest to offer a home to the homeless. Oddly compelling.
– disappointingly generic death row documentary, with often seemingly irrelevant and invasive questioning from Herzog. There are vastly superior documentaries. Not ideal Christmas day viewing!
– Exceedingly impactful, unique and compelling documentary about the genocide in Indonesia, in which killers reenact their war crimes. Horrifying and unsettling, but somehow very human (perhaps for this precise reason).
– Interesting and detailed documentary about the chess legend
– Illuminating albeit not especially compelling documentary delving in to the secretive heart of the MPAA and their proscriptive rating system.
– Moderately wearisome attempt at a thriller. Cage and Cusack carry it. The script is too revealing to be satisfying, devoid of the intrigue and suspense that’s vital for an effective thriller and without a twist or a solid finishing blow it’s simply too forgettable. The most emotive scenes of the whole film are the factual closing titles.
– Boring documentary about the lives of porn stars after they finish porn: spoiler – most of them are real estate agents…
– almost documentary-like conspiracy thriller using a considerable amount of original footage surrounding JFK assassination
– boring, almost documentary style approach to the damage of a global epidemic virus, no Outbreak