Criticker contains an extraordinary amount of data from movie-goers around the world. And it’s time we start showing off some of the films which the community has most enjoyed. A new semi-regular feature will focus on Top 10 lists of the top (and sometimes worst) films in our database, ordered on average tier.
Starting things off, we’re looking at the 10 most highly-ranked documentaries of the past decade, 2000 – 2009. The BBC leads the way, as we’ve included mini-series along with traditional feature-length films. From Iceland to New Orleans, and from the inner workings of the human mind to a arcade hall, here are the top documentaries of the past ten years, chosen by you.
Adam Curtis’ acclaimed BBC documentary mini-series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty.
Legstump – 4 of the most important hours of moving pictures ever created. Plus it makes me want to pee on Edward Bernays’ grave.
A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate. Amazon
An examination of the U.S. government's role and its response to Hurricane Katrina. Amazon
The Trap is a series of three films by Bafta-winning producer Adam Curtis that explains the origins of our contemporary, narrow idea of freedom… (bbc.co.uk) Amazon
In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland. This film documents their already legendary tour with intimate reflections from the band and a handful of new acoustic performances. Amazon
This film was originally aired as a BBC documentary comprised of three one-hour episodes “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Phantom Victory” and “Shadows in the Cave.” The documentaries question whether the threat of terrorism to the West is a politically driven fantasy and if al-Qaeda really is an organised network. (BBC) Amazon
Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever. Amazon
Feature-length version of the documentary TV series, “Planet Earth.” Amazon
49 UP is the seventh film in a series of landmark documentaries that began 42 years ago when UK-based Granada's World in Action team, inspired by the Jesuit maxim "Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man," interviewed a diverse group of seven-year-old children from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Michael Apted, a researcher for the original film, has returned to interview the "children" every seven years since, at ages 14, 21, 28, 35, 42 and now again at age 49. (First Run Features) Amazon
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a documentary that follows Steve Wiebe as he tries to take the world high score for the arcade game Donkey Kong from reigning champion Billy Mitchell.
What did you think of the list? Are there any great docs you’re shocked didn’t make the cut? Anything you don’t think deserved its placement? I’m skeptical of how high Sigur Rós landed — I love their music, but assume that the only people who sought Heima out were already fans… and were predisposed to give it an inflated score. Amazon