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Completed documentary films in calendar year 2019:

  1. Namath: Beaver Falls to Broadway (viewed on HBO).
  2. The World According to Lance (viewed on Amazon Prime).
  3. Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (viewed on Amazon Prime).
  4. Studio 54 (viewed on Netflix). Just as much fun as you might think.
  5. The Secret of Mona Lisa (viewed on Amazon Prime).
  6. BrenĂ© Brown: The Call to Courage (viewed on Netflix). This was powerful. Admittedly got a little emotional from time to time. She’s keynoted several events I have attended.
  7. Maestro (viewed on Amazon Prime). All music lovers will appreciate this, and I loved the appearance by Robert Greene.
  8. Williams (viewed on Netflix). Can’t explain why I love Formula 1 documentaries, but this was an interesting one about a most human family.
  9. After Braveheart (viewed on Amazon Prime). Any documentary narrated by Brian Cox is worth watching.
  10. Babe Ruth (viewed on HBO).
  11. The Farthest: Voyager in Space (viewed on Netflix). I was amazed at how entertaining this doc was. I didn’t know anything about what many consider one of NASA’s greatest missions.
  12. In the Shadow of the Moon (viewed on Amazon Prime). As a space geek, this was a great documentary featuring many Apollo astronauts.
  13. Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service (viewed on Netflix). If you like the Bond films and novels, this is worth your time.
  14. Grateful Dead: Anthem of the Sun and American Beauty (viewed on Amazon Prime). If you like the Dead, this is good stuff about some of their best LPs.
  15. Remastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (viewed on Netflix). I didn’t know anything about Sam Cooke’s fascinating story.
  16. The Long Green Line (viewed on Amazon Prime).
  17. The Seven Five (viewed on Netflix). This was a lot of fun to watch. Sort of like watching a cool and hip NYC good cop/bad cop film. But…it was a true story.
  18. Elizabeth I: War on Terror (viewed on Amazon Prime). This was surprisingly and deliciously evil and full of intrigue. If you like intelligence operations and spy stories, this doc is for you!
  19. American Masters: This is Bob Hope (viewed on Netflix). Thanks for the memories, Bob.
  20. Finding Traction: The Ultra Marathon Documentary (viewed on Amazon Prime). Humans are stronger than we believe.
  21. Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (viewed on Netflix). Never knew most of his history.
  22. Fastball (viewed on Amazon Prime). If you like baseball, you owe it to yourself to invest ninety minutes to watch this film. And yes, Kevin Costner narrates…
  23. Take Your Pills (viewed on Netflix). I might be the only student who NEVER took these pills…
  24. The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (viewed on Amazon Prime).
  25. Silicon Cowboys (viewed on Netflix). The story of Compaq Computers.
  26. American Experience: The Pilgrims (viewed on Amazon Prime). No, you don’t know this story. At all. It’s different than the play you performed in Second Grade.
  27. Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (viewed on HBO). If you love NYC, you need to watch this film on two of its greatest reporters.
  28. For the Love of Spock (viewed on Netflix). Fun for Trekkies. Leonard Nimoy was a cool guy.
  29. Won’t You Be My Neighbor (viewed on HBO). Needs no explanation.
  30. McEnroe Borg / Fire + Ice (viewed on HBO). Now, this is the tennis era I adore. Pretty sure that if I could choose to look like anyone, it would be Borg (late 70s).
  31. How to Win the U.S. Presidency (viewed on Netflix). Clear to me that the makers of this film never actually ran a political campaign.
  32. America’s Marine Aviators (viewed on Amazon Prime). Semper Fi!
  33. The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms (viewed on Netflix). Fascinating. Actually learned some things.
  34. Free Solo (purchased on Amazon Prime). I’ve been fascinated by climber Alex Honnold for a long, long time. Fascinating film. Deserving of its Oscar…
  35. Mafia West: Vegas Baby (viewed on Amazon Prime). This is a 90s documentary, made largely of cheesy 70s and 80s news clips. But still weird to have known a few of these players, who were later politicians that I knew from even my short time in Nevada…
  36. Hitler’s Olympics (viewed on Netflix). The politics behind these Olympics are fascinating.
  37. Produced by George Martin (viewed on Amazon Prime). Still cannot believe THIS guy produced the Beatles. Would have loved to have had a brandy, or some tea, with him…
  38. The Vietnam War: A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (viewed on Netflix). Holy hell, this is intense, and hard to watch. But every citizen of the world needs to consume this, and seek to learn its lessons. And it will impact how you view the current problems we are facing.
  39. The Kids Are Alright (viewed on Amazon Prime).
  40. FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (viewed on Netflix). Mark my words, something like this will happen again.
  41. Explosion: The War of 1812 (viewed on Amazon Prime). Always good to learn about the forgotten war.
  42. Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies, and Cyber Attacks (viewed on Netflix).
  43. Wartime Britain: A Nation’s Finest Hour (viewed on Amazon Prime).
  44. Sam Kinison: The Scream Continues (viewed on Netflix).
  45. Superguns of WWII (viewed on Amazon Prime).
  46. Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (viewed on Netflix).
  47. Spitfire (viewed on Amazon Prime).
  48. The Last Man on the Moon (viewed on Netflix).
  49. Running For Good: The Fiona Oakes Documentary (viewed on Amazon Prime).
  50. 1715: The Sun King Is Dead (viewed on Amazon Prime).
  51. Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge (viewed on YouTube). This gentleman is just cool…
  52. Senna (viewed on Netflix). Just a badass documentary. Recognized in the field.
  53. The American Meme (viewed on Netflix). These social media “influencers” ARE EXACTLY like you’d expect. And ‘splains why I am NOT a social media influencer.
  54. Quincy (viewed on Netflix).
  55. De Palma (viewed on Netflix).
  56. Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (viewed on Netflix).
  57. Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (viewed on Netflix).
  58. The Secret (viewed on Netflix).
  59. American Experience: Tesla (viewed on Netflix).

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