Top 10 Offbeat Documentaries, Part 2
#10 - MAN ON WIRE [2008]
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"To me it's so simple that life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise in rebellion, to refuse to taper yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge and then you are going to live your life on a tight rope."

Official Website: www.manonwire.com

#09 - DEEP WATER [2006]
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"Don Crowhurst sailed over the horizon and . . . into oblivion."

Deep Water Trailer

#08 - ALONE IN THE WILDERNESS [2004]
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"Dick Proenneke retired at age 50 in 1967 and decided to build his own cabin on the shore of Twin Lakes . . ."

Official Website: www.aloneinthewilderness.com

#07 - KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS [2007]
KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS [2007] Image

"I wanted to be a hero. I wanted to be the center of attention. I wanted the glory, I wanted the fame. I wanted the pretty girls to come up and say, 'Hi, I see that you're good at Centipede.'"

King of Kong Trailer

#06 - GREY GARDENS [1975]
GREY GARDENS [1975] Image

"It's very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present. You know what I mean? It's awfully difficult."

Official Fan Site: www.greygardens.com

#05 - HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER'S APOCALYPSE [1991]
HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER'S APOCALYPSE [1991] Image

"My greatest fear is to make a really shitty, embarrassing, pompous film on an important subject, and I am doing it. And I confront it. I acknowledge, I will tell you right straight from . . . the most sincere depths of my heart, the film will not be good."

Hearts of Darkness Scene

#04 - I LIKE KILLING FLIES
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"With more than 900 items on the menu, all conjured up from scratch in a Rube Goldberg kitchen the size of a walk-in closet, Kenny Shopsin, a self-taught chef in his tiny family-owned New York City restaurant, spends his day feeding his neighbors. And, when there is a lull in the cooking, Kenny steps out from behind his Frankenstein stove and holds court, serving up morsels of wisdom and wit on life, death, sex, politics and even food."

I Like Killing Flies Scene

#03 - DARKON [2006]
DARKON [2006] Image

"Everybody wants to be a hero, and in everyday life, most of the time you don't get to be the hero."

Darkon Trailer

#02 - THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON [2005]
THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON [2005] Image

"Are you entertained by deep despair? Have you on the edge of your chair? Wondering what loves sorrow got you there?"

The Devil & Daniel Johnston Trailer

#01 - THE WILD AND WONDERFUL WHITES OF WEST VIRGINIA [2009]
THE WILD AND WONDERFUL WHITES OF WEST VIRGINIA [2009] Image

"Coming into this world is nothing, going out is nothing . . . but at least the world knows who the fuck we are." —Mamie White

Official Website: www.wildandwonderfulwhites.com

TOP 10 OFFBEAT DOCUMENTARIES, PART 1

User Comments - Add a Comment
Super Hans - 2012-09-21 17:52:37

TV Junkie is very good as well.

punkauteur - 2015-09-21 09:18:57

The BBC documentary Dangerous Knowledge should have made the list.