The documentaries listed below are some of the best we’ve ever come across. Some are funny, dark, heartwarming or just plain interesting. We feel that it’s really unfair that these documentaries are overshadowed by more highly- promoted documentaries by bigger studios. Here’s the list of top 5 underrated documentaries you need to watch.
1. Anvil (2008)
This is a story of two teenagers with big, rockstar dreams who end up in the 30’s with nothing to show for, but continue to be optimistic. They lead very regular and ordinary lives but keep doing what they love despite whatever everybody around them says. Then finally, they catch, what they understand as an opportunity of a lifetime – a small European tour. Their hopes and aspirations then resurface, only to be disappointed time after time during the whole trip. It is much about friendship as it is about rock and roll, this heartwarming tale will touch your soul. Very inspiring with a touch of humor.
Donkey Kong has been around for decades and it does have records that have never been broken. A simple man by the name of Steve Weibe, a man of apparently very little self-confidence decides to take up the challenge. This is after he realizes it could be the one thing he can call a real-life accomplishment. He comes close and heads out to the mecca of Donkey Kong and where the current record holder (Billy Mitchell) has parlayed his Donkey Kong record success into other successful things. This puts both Steve and Billy on a head-on collision course. Really inspiring and puts a smile on your face.
Werner Herzog’s masterpiece about a bear-advocate, Timothy Treadwell whose concern for grizzly bears goes beyond his own. At first glance, it would appear that there would be nothing interesting about this documentary, but as Timothy starts to reveal his own personal struggles, it becomes apparent he is in not in the right headspace. From being a nature documentary it turns out into a vicarious ride into a dangerous land surrounded by potential man-eating grizzlies. It is like watching a person go slowly insane, utterly fascinating.
The infamous Dr. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz was a doctor in the 1950s who quit his medical practice and decided to live very differently from everyone. He led a very strange and bizarre family life. This documentary showcases to what extent he imposed upon his family, his own brand of living the hippie, free-spirited, surfer lifestyle. As it turns out, everything turned out fine for his children, some of who have become successful in their own right. But is it really all that beautiful and inspiring? Some of his children, all grown up now, do not share the same views as the others.
A once missing 13-year old child in San Antonio, Texas suddenly turns up in Spain, 3 and a half years later. His family overwhelmed with joy, have him sent to fly back home with them. Strangely enough, he looks nothing like their missing child, albeit being 3 years older now. The awkwardness mixed with being so happy that you’ve finally found your missing child after 3 years, makes for a very creepy account of what happens after. Lies are uncovered, and suspicions start to arise as they ask themselves: ” Is this really their child? If not, why would someone try to impersonate him?”