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- My personal top-ten of documentaries which have not become popular for some reason and have less than 10,000 ratings each on IMDb, many of them only a few hundreds.
The documentaries listed are produced in the 2010's except one being produced in 2001.
The list will be kept updated. Some points making it a documentary worth seeing for me; - it may change my view on something by opening my eyes and making me think again; - it tells me story of a person and his/her achievements in a way making me think "everybody should see this" or "what a pity not everyone knows enough of his/her"; - It is well documented, narrated, written, directed, photographed and there is room enough to build your own point of view; - The sources used are diverse, interesting and reliable; - Also a mockumentary may work as a 'documentary', but it happens rarely. - The documentary is a creative piece of work in itself and what you will never forget despite how boring or interesting the idea ever was.
Unexpectable human experiment
The documentary is about a true story, a human experiment in the 1970's. Films I have seen about such experiments have been interesting so far. How about an idea of crossing the Atlantic on a small raft with unknown people? That is mind-blowing, huh? On top of that, the sailors would be chosen from different cultures and backgrounds, selected by a researcher who is also on board.
The Swedish captain is the only experienced sailor on board. She and the rest of the crew are selected by the researcher Santiago Genovés. I had never heard of him nor the actual experiment before watching The Raft.
Archive footage from the actual raft is great stuff, but it looks too good to be "true" at times. In a way that it could have been shot by a group of friends having fun on a boat. I do believe there has been hours of film footage from the journey to choose from. Both the happy and horrible moments. I do not want to spoil it, so I am not telling more about the footage.
Santiago Genovés desperately wanted to see some kind of primitive behavior on Acali, as the raft was called. Genovés is portrayed himself to have been mentally off-tuned. He tried to manipulate and provoke the crew so that he could to see more conflicts and violence.
Hearing the original crew members to open up about their well-kept secrets, feelings and memories is touching. The replica of the raft is very well made but studio athmosphere is not an ocean. The reunion on "the raft" after decades is a great idea and makes the crew recall some details.
There are still many questions after seeing The Raft and probably I need to find out myself if I want to know what happened after all. I expected something different, but it was worth seeing this film!
The Florida Project (2017)
Film for the Future
What a wonderful vision of the time of ours. How it was in the 2010's. The plot is not special and it's only one little fictitious story among others. But the set, locations, people and many details are as realistic as they can get. Unfortunately, I guess that the real "value" of the movie will be understood later, in the 2050's, the 60's, maybe even later. I believe this movie will not be forgotten for good.
The feature reminds me of Taking off (1971), which was a mind-blowing time machine experience for me, who never really experienced the 1970's. The Florida Project will be the movie for the next generation.
Let's Be Cops (2014)
Definitely worth watching!
I am not American, but I had so good time watching the movie. It was surprisingly very-very-very entertaining and made me laugh out loud several times. Which is rare.
The idea is simply extraordinary and the production is generally a success. It's fascinating as you can keep the feeling of "yeah-this-could-really-be-happening" because the comedy is just so well done. While you know it could not be happening. It's hard to explain.
Definitely not waste of time but good-quality fun.
Definitely worth watching... just don't expect too much!
Briefly, the movie is way better than I expected. Not a masterpiece, nothing special but worth watching. I have no deeper analysis. Period.
Except one 'detail' bothering me. I know it bothers very few of us, so please don't take me too seriously, just because I could not take the movie seriously. I happen to be a Finn, who has survived in frosty forests for the most of his miserable life.
The sub-zero conditions are hilariously unrealistic in the movie. There has to be a reason for this, right? There must be cold somewhere in Canada in winters. Maybe the production was late or something. I don't mean movies should always be realistic, but come on...
It is obviously very cold season, if not exceptionally cold winter. Characters get severe injuries of cold. Kind of damage not being possible without roughly -20°C (or -4°F) and strong wind. But as there is seemingly not that windy, it would be -40°C (or the same in °F) if not even under that. Without proper clothing you go NUMB in that environment. Then it knocks you out for good. Quickly. Before you become a half-frozen zombie.
Eyebrows seem to collect heavy ice layer, but breathing is hardly visible in most of the scenes. The ice layer usually builds up of moisture of your own breathe. Snowing looks like a rain. Because it is so warm it is practically raining.
The structure of snow around looks like it is wet and melting. Winterly rays of sun are too weak to have any effect on ice. The forest looks more like how it could look like in June in Finland... It must be around +5...10°C.
In Finland we call that summer. We go out and celebrate those rare moments of warmth, preferably naked. Well... just being honest, just paid attention to these facts, relevant or not :)
Answer to 'chichieze', who found 10 reasons making the movie "unrealistic"
I saw the movie just minutes ago. 5/10 points. Which is "worth seeing" on my scale. Then I saw your review, 'chichieze'. I want to review your review, because the "unbelievable things" you tell about, are not "unbelievable" at all. Let me explain, why:
"1. The Spanish captain getting hit by a truck on an empty street." - Yes. Many accidents happen on empty streets, when drivers lose their focus, especially when tired, about to fall asleep or playing with their phone or themselves.
"2. The Spanish captain pointing to the island on his last dying breath." - You could not ignore his expressions, body language and attitude since the very first moment you saw his face. He never agreed what his friend was doing, he did not feel good about that cruelty. Probably, I would have done the same on my last breath.
"3. The dad finding the Spanish captain on the exact same bus he randomly got on. - Yes, on the bus, heading to the "empty streets". I can tell, if you live in a little town or countryside where distances are long and there is no millions of people around, you may spot people surprisingly easy sometimes.
"4. The spear going off, then killing the daughter, then stabbing the dad, after it was being laid down on a table gently." - You are right, the harpoon seems to be reloaded on the table right after that. If goofs of this scale make movies unrealistic... how realistic is the real world we live in...
"5. The dad not being able to carry the wife to the boat, which is 10 more feet." - In the end? That is clearly like 300 feet (or about 100 meter), as seen from the helicopter. And if you really are fighting over your limits on adrenaline rush, it is possible to collapse 1 foot before the boat. Or just after you have got on the boat.
"6. The dad using CPR to save his son from Starvation/Dehydration." - The diagnosis of starvation and dehydration is made by your mind. It is likely to get dehydrated in such conditions, but water alone does not help much, if unconscious person does not breath or there is no pulse? Bursting water or food in the mouth of someone in that condition could be quite a catastrophic decision? Food and water work in stomach, not in the lungs. The dad is using CPR to help the brains get oxygen and the blood flowing. Then it will be time to think about a lunch.
"7. The dad escaping 4 police officers after his wrestles a gun from one as he is recovering from a stab wound." - There are 2 police officers in uniforms and one detective, who I don't see carrying a gun. The fourth guy is from MOFA. These people do not carry firearms for sure. The dad is having a police officer as a hostage pointing him with a loaded gun. That helps a lot to escape. About the stab wound... what you can tell about that. Man in trouble gets "supernatural" powers sometimes, in real situation. There is no sense of pain but a pure fighter mode on. Adrenaline rush.
"8. The villain asking for 1 million dollars to begin with." - Exactly, I would have done the same. Just after the dad made a mistake telling he is a doctor? Come on. And the _dad_ began the bargain and offered 10,000 dollars right away. Then 40,000 dollars before the villain got even chance to talk. To ask for a million dollars after that is not really unbelievable in a situation like that? The dad did not tell he is an "artist" and he did not offer 100 dollars first? He made it clear he is wiling to pay. So that is the consequence.
"9. Him negotiating with police after he is wanted for a double murder." - That did not happen in Chicago?
I have been IMDb user for 12 years and this is my first "review" ever. Right now you seem to have been here for 4 weeks. And that is fine. But your review is not only suspiciously unfair. It is being unrealistic itself.