5 Fantastic Documentaries

By: Tory  |  Published: July 10th, 2014   |  Category: Tory Shulman News


Dear equine lovers, this one is for you. This 2011 documentary tells the story of Buck Brannaman, more famously known as “The Horse Whisperer.” And yes, Robert Redord (Bob, to his closest friends) does make several appearances. Buck grew up as a child performer of rodeo rope tricks who was horrifyingly abused by his violent and angry father. But like all good documentaries the journey twists and turns and Buck grows into one of the most successful and innovative horseman in the World. Learning from his painful past, Buck teaches horse training clinics 9 months out of the year that teach extreme gentleness and sensitivity instead of the “breaking a Bronco” approach.
FUN FACT: Buck and I drink the same libation. You have to watch to find out what it is!




I’m shamefully admitting right now that I used to be the type of sushi eater who only ordered California Rolls. I know, I know. I’m a moron. After this documentary though — bring on the sashimi baby!! This film takes a look at Jiro Ono, an 85 year old sushi master who is absolutely fucking adorable. He is also absolutely fucking amazing who owns, arguably, the best sushi restaurant in the world.  He owns Sukiyabashi Jiro, the Michelin three-star restaurant at the bottom of a Tokyo subway station. The film is well-rounded and delves not only into the fascinating world of sushi-mastery and it’s incredibly delicious nuances but also into the life of a man who ardently believes that hard work and discipline can make anything possible.
FUN FACT: The Prez himself visited the restaurant a month ago! Rumor is: he didn’t finish his meal. Ooh. Faux Prez.



I know, I know. Another food doc? Guys, I really love food. I like it a lot. (say it like Jim Carey so it’s funny) This salivating documentary takes a look at three wildly different restaurants and the people who run them. My favorite story highlights the Chicago hotspot Alinea–known as the best restaurant in the United States and its young, hipster-fab chef Grant Achatz.  Grant recounts the story of when he discovered he had tongue cancer and found out that he would have to lose his tongue. For a chef, losing their tongue would be like losing their soul so rest assured the stakes are not only incredibly high in this film but they are also cooked to perfection. Hey-O!


I love this documentary. I showed it to my family and my Dad didn’t even fall asleep once! Huge. It’s hard to describe the film but it basically parallels Billy Joel’s 2008 Concert at Shea Stadium right before it was demolished with the history and importance of the stadium and Long Island. Great music. Great story lines. With fabulous surprise guests and surprisingly fun animated footage–Amazon this immediately for a good time.
FUNFACT: It’s narrated by Alec Baldwin!





I just watched this on the airplane and had NO idea it was a 3D doc! Well, it was fabulous in 2D so feel free to watch it regularly.  Made in 2010 by one of my favorite documentary filmmakers Werner Herzog, it tells the history of the Chauvet Cave in France that holds the earliest human-painted images ever discovered. We’re talking Ice Age, Wooly Mammoths and Neanderthals, people. The amazing part of this film is that no one other than scientists have ever entered the cave so the hand-drawn paintings of lions, tigers, panthers and horses look like they were drawn yesterday. Unbelievably, some of the images are drawn with extra horns or feet so as to make it look like the animal is moving when lit by torch light. That’s early cubism. Picasso n Shit. Watch it now.
FUN FACT: Keep a look out for the hand print of the dude with the crooked pinky. You can follow him throughout the cave.