Monday, May 16, 2011

Mmmmm...I love New Documentaries!

Did you ever notice that watching or reading something that is popular gives you something to talk about with people? I hear on a constant basis..."Did you catch the latest American Idol performance"...or "Have you read this Stephen King book?".

I love having something to be able to talk about with people. I also like to start a conversation, which is why I am a documentary junkie. I'll be honest when I say I get a lot of my movies from Netflix because my home television is my computer. But working at the library gives me a lot of great ideas on what documentaries to watch or even checkout.

Time Out New York really did an excellent job pulling together some controversial and educational material. Check out their top 50 documentaries of all time here.

Otherwise here are some new titles available from the Mukwonago Community Library! If you click on the title it will take you to a trailer about the documentary! Enjoy!

Experience the astonishing political career of one of the most influential and popular political figures of the past three decades with this in-depth look at Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. This remarkable, feature-length look at Reagan's achievements is packed with incredible archival footage including highlights and news coverage from his groundbreaking speeches and debates as well as the major world events he faced in office. I think Mr. Regan can speak for himself about an exciting documentary!

Superbowl XLV Champions: The Packers (sorry no legal trailer).

Celebrate the champions of Super Bowl XLV, the Green Bay Packers, and follow the team from their first snap to the final gun of Super Bowl XLV. See the most anticipated and watched sporting event of the year. Complete with highlights from the regular season, playoffs, and the big game itself. Contains hours of Super Bowl coverage and behind-the-scenes action. If you are going through football withdrawals, check this one out!

Provided is an engaging and inspiring look at public education in the United States. This documentary has helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change through the compelling stories of five unforgettable students such as Emily, a Silicon Valley eighth-grader who is afraid of being labeled as unfit for college, and Francisco, a Bronx first-grader whose mom will do anything to give him a shot at a better life. Included are featurettes, and commentary. This is a powerful documentary especially during our own states conversation about the importance of teachers and education. Hard to get title, so place a hold!

British physicist Stephen Hawking explores the mysteries of the universe, discussing the possibility of aliens, time travel, and how the universe began. Seriously...if you like Star might like this.

Pat Tillman chose to walk away from a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military for no other reason than he felt it was the right thing to do. Documented are the facts surrounding the way the military manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a propaganda tool. If in addition to watching this documentary read up on Wiki Leaks, and you can have some interesting conversation about censorship.

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