Friday, September 21, 2012

5 Must See Documentaries

I love documentaries. They entertain and educate all at the same time. I'm most fascinated with documentaries that look at life from a different perspective or documentaries about people with over-the-top personalities. Below are a few of my favorites that I think will forever change the way you view the world.

5. Freakanomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Based on a bestselling book, the film is a collection of short clips covering a wide-variety of social topics. Topics range from baby-names to sumo wrestlers, most of which are interesting and thought provoking to say the least.

E-Dreams is a documentary about the rise and fall e-tailer It is a fascinating look at the process of starting a business. The truth is that most start-up businesses fail and what makes this documentary so good is that it looked like had a good chance of success until things suddenly made a turn for the worse. 

Proving that sometimes execution and flair are better than the actual product is quirky Japanese inventor Dr. Nakamats. He has made a successful career because of his eccentric personality and wacky inventions. 

Collapse paints a bleak view of the future in an interview with Michael Ruppert. He talks about energy shortages, peak oil, hyperinflation, water shortages, and other doomsday scenarios in terms that really don't sound as crazy as they seem at first.

This documentary paints a optimistic view of the future in an interview with inventor Ray Kurzweil. Technology in the future will allow us to live longer and live better than any generation before us. Some of the technologies sounds extremely far-fetched. Is Kurzweil crazy or ahead of his time? Check it out and decide for yourself.