I Absolutely LOVE Watching Documentaries

Okay, alright, I'll admit it:  I may be just a bit of a dork.  And by a bit, I mean that I'm hugely and unapologetically abnormal.  Do you remember that one girl in high school who always had her nose in a book, listened to music nobody else had ever heard of, and dressed as if she couldn't decide whether it was 1969, 1880, or the middle of the Renaissance?  Yeah, I was that girl.  LOL.

My blissful weirdness extends to my taste in movies.  In my opinion, most mainstream movies range between so-so and blaaah, so it is unsurprising that most of my Netflix cue consists of Indie Films, Foreign Movies and Documentaries.  The documentaries, I must confess, take up about half of the space.

Perhaps because I possess cat-like curiosity-- in fact I earned the childhood nickname Kitty-- I have always loved learning new things.  This is especially true where natural science, mythology and ancient history are concerned.  I never tire watching documentaries on such subjects.

For example, I love the History Channel series Ancient Discoveries, which rediscovers and explores surprisingly modern old knowledge and tools.  I absolutely loved both the films about archeologist Jeanine Kimball Davis' work, namely Secrets of the Dead: Amazon Warrior Women and MysteriousMummies of China  I get equal joy out of watching History Channel, National Geographic and BBC documentaries like The Dark Ages, King Tut's Final Secrets, and Coliseum: Rome's Arena of Death, as well as many more such fascinating films.

Films about various cultures and mythologies are also favorites, and I love such documentaries as Japan: Memoirs of an Empire and The Celts.  Just as thrilling were the three Beyond the Movie films made about JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.  I am constantly searching for new films about different corners of the world, as well as ones about folk- and fairy-lore.

Of course there are also the natural science documentaries.  In this arena the Discovery Channel used to be great, though it has unfortunately gone to seed.  There are also wonderful programs like Nova and the old show Wild America, which was one of my favorites growing up.  Where films about natural science are concerned, however, it's hard to beat National Geographic.  With over a hundred years of experience, the National Geographic Foundation (NGF) has gained the respect, resources and knowledge to put together some truly awesome expeditions and put out some equally wonderful documentaries.  Films like Amazing Planet, The March of the Penguins, Volcano: Nature's Inferno and The Eye of the Leopard totally blew my mind away.

Well, now I think I need to find an online documentary to watch.  :)
WildMagic WildMagic
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3 Responses Jul 22, 2010

forgive my typing errors, English is not my first language.
I have watched 137 documentaries with imdb-profile this year. if there is some quotes i can realy learn something from, i take notes on my laptop, when i have a lot of quotes i record them on my phone. Then i can listen to it during walks, public transportation etc...
Wish i lived with someone that shared that interest.
favorites so far
" alive inside"
" Fire in the blood"
" Manufaturing concent"
"black fish"
"inequality for all"
"dirty wars"
Message me, if you want do discuss something regarding Documentaries, science history or politics. The list of watched documentaries: http://www.imdb.com/list/edit?list_id=ls070268056

Breezeann: I completely agree with your assessment of Reality Shows. A more fitting name for most of them would be "Who Wants to Their Self-Respect?" or maybe "How Low Will You Go?" LOL. I will say, however, that I find Deadliest Warrior to be entertaining. Of course, it's almost more of a military history program than a typical reality show.<br />
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jmdortega: It's always nice to meet someone with such similar tastes! I also love BBC documentaries, but I haven't watch CNN's Untold Stories before. I'll have to check that program out. By the way, what are some of your favorite Foreign and Indie films?<br />
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WIseOwl: I agree that discovering new things about our world and our universe is wonderful and exciting. I will never understand those who lack curiosity, and never wonder about different places, people, and things. I have never seen "Cloud The wild stallion of the Rockies!" Thanks so much for telling me about it! I'll have to add it to my Netflix queue.

I watch everything you do.. Isn't it great to discover the world we live in? I saw a fabulous show about a stallion. "Cloud The wild stallion of the Rockies". It was on Nature. The birth of Cloud from 1995 till adult hood.There's been 2 shows. It is wonderful. "Cloud, the legacy" is nothing less then remarkable.