6 more must-see documentaries on Netflix

Updated / Monday, 5 Mar 2018 18:24

By Derek O'Connor

If you've already binged your way through our first list of must-see documentaries on Netflix, then we've got another six essential slices of reality (or something resembling it) for your choice viewing delectation. 

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

Jim Carrey's immersive performance as cult comedian Andy Kaufman in the 1999 biopic Man In The Moon ranks among his finest - even better is this fascinating doc, culled from behind the scenes footage shot at the time, detailing the bizarre lengths to which he committed to his role as surrealist prankster Kaufman. Watch as a magnificently bearded (and deeply zen) Carrey reflects upon the experience and his own life journey to date. As a portrait of a man who got everything he ever dreamed of, only to realize how meaningless it all is - especially considering Carrey's real-life trials and tribulations of late - it's utterly compelling. 

Weiner 

A spectacular car crash of a human being, former New York congressman Anthony Weiner invited a camera crew to to document his efforts to mount a political comeback following a sex scandal involving his accidentally Tweeting an image of his privates, not intended for public consumption. The palpable discomfort from his long-suffering wife Huma Abedin - then the right-hand woman to budding presidential nominee Hilary Clinton - gets excruciating as we realize that vainglorious egomaniac Weiner might still have a few skeletons in his closet. Did we mention that his sexting habits may have inadvertently helped Trump get to the White House?

George Harrison: Living In The Material World

Over the last decade, Martin Scorsese has complemented a busy feature film schedule with a compelling series of feature-length documentaries exploring subjects like legendary satirist Fran Lebowitz, literary journal The New York Review and his beloved Rolling Stones - his three-hour plus portrait of 'Quiet Beatle' George Harrison, however, ranks among his finest works, fictional or otherwise. While Harrison's Beatle years are explored in an entertaining fashion - with contributions from Paul and Ringo - the real revelation lies in Scorsese's examination of George's post-Beatle life, as he embarked on a profound spiritual journey, one that would occupy the remainder of his days. Also: Ringo cries! 

Peter And The Farm

While a film documenting the daily routines of a foul-mouthed, anti social and possibly suicidal Vermont farmer as he details the wreckage of his personal life might not sound like the makings of a cosy night in - you may prefer to go with an Adam Sandler flick - filmmaker Tony Stone's darkly humorous tale is quite unlike anything you'll see anytime soon, and exactly the kind of unlikely gem you hope to find amidst the perennial Netflix trawl. That said, if you're a vegetarian, you might want to give it a pass. Seriously. 

Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Legendary Germany filmmaker Werner Herzog has always been a maverick talent, and Netflix is the perfect home for his idiosyncratic vision. Driven by his unmistakable narration, Lo and Behold sees Herzog exploring the world of the internet, taking in everything from Artificial Intelligence to neuroscience to online trolls, the tone by turns whimsical, terrifying and amiably surreal - in one classic exchange, he asks would-be Martian explorer Elon Musk what he dreams about. His other Netflix documentary, Into The Inferno, is also well worth a punt - here's hoping they add classics like Grizzly Man and My Best Fiend to the collection someday soon. 

Five Came Back 

Film buffs will have a field day with this three-part documentary series, based on the superb book by Mark Harris, exploring the contributions made to the war effort during WWII by five key American filmmakers - John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens. A quintet of modern directors analyse the works, in a highly entertaining fashion: Paul Greengrass, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, and Lawrence Kasdan. The archive material is superb. And Meryl Streep narrates. Which never hurts.