Documentary Now?

by TsarStepan | created - 13 Feb 2018 | updated - 11 Mar 2020 | Public

The third season of the compelling IFC mockumentary series, Documentary Now! (2015) has passed by on the gossamer wings of IFC.

Which of the following mockumentary episodes from said-tv series compels you to watch(or rewatch) the actual iconic documentary it's loosely parodying?

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1. Grey Gardens (1975)

PG | 95 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

Meet a mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, reclusive cousins of Jackie O., managing to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, NY, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer | Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Votes: 12,995 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Allakariallak, Alice Nevalinga, Cunayou, Allegoo

Votes: 11,554

3. Vice (2013–2018)

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, News

Documentary series featuring startling, groundbreaking stories from around the world.

Stars: Shane Smith, Gianna Toboni, Thomas Morton, Ben Anderson

Votes: 4,205

DRONEZ: The Hunt for El Chingon (2015) loosely based on a particular journalistic aesthetic from Vice (2013).

4. The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

79 Metascore

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson

Votes: 23,829 | Gross: $1.21M

5. Hollywood (1980)

676 min | Documentary, History

The history of the American film industry in Hollywood during the Silent era.

Stars: James Mason, Viola Dana, Byron Haskin, Colleen Moore

Votes: 755

A Town, a Gangster, a Festival (2015), supposedly based on an episode of Hollywood (1980).

7. The War Room (1993)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, History

78 Metascore

A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala

Votes: 4,086 | Gross: $0.90M

The Bunker (2016), parodying the Oscar nominated The War Room (1993).

8. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 34,583 | Gross: $2.55M

9. Swimming to Cambodia (1987)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

Spalding Gray discusses his participation in the film The Killing Fields (1984) and the background story about the troubles of Cambodia.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Spalding Gray, Sam Waterston, Ira Wheeler

Votes: 2,164 | Gross: $1.09M

10. Salesman (1969)

G | 91 min | Documentary, Drama

80 Metascore

Four dogged door-to-door Bible salesmen travel from Boston to Florida on a seemingly futile quest to sell luxury editions of the Good Book to working-class Catholics.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker, Raymond Martos

Votes: 5,086

11. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 14,484 | Gross: $5.02M

12. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart, Charlie Bluhdorn

Votes: 7,239 | Gross: $1.43M

13. Wild Wild Country (2018)

TV-MA | 403 min | Documentary, Crime

When Osho, the world's most controversial guru, builds an Utopian city deep in the Oregon country, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.

Stars: Ma Anand Sheela, Osho, Philip Toelkes, Jane Stork

Votes: 27,312

"Batsh*t Valley, Parts 1 & 2", a hybrid mockumentary based on Wild Wild Country & The Source Family.

14. Original Cast Album: Company (1970)

50 min | Documentary

Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" opened on Broadway in the Spring of 1970, and tradition dictates that the cast recording is done on the first Sunday after opening night. D.A. ... See full summary »

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Barbara Barrie, Charles Braswell, Susan Browning, George Coe

Votes: 525

"Original Cast Album: Co-Op," parodying Original Cast Album: Company (1970).

15. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

74 Metascore

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Directors: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach, David Balliano

Votes: 6,059 | Gross: $0.09M

"Waiting for the Artist," parodying Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present.

16. Dear Mr. Watterson (2013)

TV-PG | 89 min | Documentary

54 Metascore

A documentary about the impact of the newspaper comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes", created by Bill Watterson.

Director: Joel Allen Schroeder | Stars: Berkeley Breathed, Jef Mallett, Stephan Pastis, Seth Green

Votes: 1,846 | Gross: $0.01M

"Searching for Mr. Larson: A Love Letter from the Far Side," loosely based on Dear Mr. Watterson.

17. Let's Get Lost (1988)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker's ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Weber | Stars: Chet Baker, Carol Baker, Vera Baker, Paul Baker

Votes: 1,964

"Long Gone," loosely based on Let's Get Lost (1988).

18. A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2004)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Sport

66 Metascore

Filmmaker Christopher Browne documents the mission of a group of middle-aged bowlers as they attempt to revitalize the sport and get the television-watching public interested in it again.

Director: Christopher Browne | Stars: Walter Ray Williams, Charles Barkley, Chris Barnes, Timothy Busfield

Votes: 370 | Gross: $0.02M

"Any Given Saturday Afternoon," parodying A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2004).



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