Required Viewing

We have been very influenced by movies and shows. Some of the more important ones…


Heavenly Creatures

An Inconvenient Truth

Girl, Interrupted (we really like the book, too)

Hotel Rwanda

Schindler’s List

3 Needles

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

Loose Change

The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream. Unfortunately, the only speakers in this (very important) movie are middle-aged white men. If you look closely, though, there are a handful of scenes in which you might be able to spot someone who happens to be female and/or not white, standing silently in the background.

The Green Butchers

Stealing America: Vote by Vote

Jesus Camp

Fast Food Nation

Paradise Now

Who Killed the Electric Car?

Tank Girl

American Beauty

Iron Jawed Angels


The Life of David Gale

Boys Don’t Cry

Aimee & Jaguar

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

This Film Is Not Yet Rated


Manufactured Landscapes

Salt of the Earth (Why on earth isn’t this movie shown in schools across the US? It should be.)


Six Feet Under


Serial Experiments: Lain

The Daily Show

The Colbert Report

Putting this list on your Netflix queue? Take the 80 Proof challenge.

Also! YouTube:

MC Rove


A Fat Rant


  1. 3 Needles « Our Descent Into Madness said,

    […] I’d like to draw attention to the most recent addition to our required viewing list. […]

  2. whitishrabbit said,

    Maybe add ‘V for Vendetta’ to that list. It’s a must see.

  3. Steve said,

    I’m totally digging the movie list, but what about adding some older movies?

  4. Emily said,

    Like what, Steve?

  5. Daisy said,

    Thanks Steve! As Emily implied — suggestions welcome. :)

  6. ballgame said,

  7. Daisy said,

    Thanks ballgame!

    I haven’t seen three out of those four. We’ll definitely check them out.

  8. susan tucker said,

    Bill Maher, HBO.

  9. Emily said,

    You know, I must say I’m not a fan of Bill Maher. He may be a democrat, but he doesn’t cater to many of my liberal sensibilities. He’s very sexist and homophobic, for instance. I prefer Jon Steward, Comedy Central.

  10. whitishrabbit said,

    Yeah, Jon Stewart’s awesome.

  11. Zona said,

    I’d like to recommend the film EARTHLINGS – the best film showing the truth of industrialized animal production and slaughter, and other instances of mankind’s betrayal of the creatures of our planet. Thanks.

  12. Daisy said,

    Thanks for the suggestions, Zona. Sounds like an awesome movie. We will definitely check it out.

  13. Sicko « Our Descent Into Madness said,

    […] 6th, 2007 at 12:08 pm (movies/video/clips, health/healthcare, politics) The newest addition to our required viewing list is Sicko, Michael Moore’s new movie about the sorry state of health care in the […]

  14. Lisa Oppenheimer said,

    Check out the documentary “No Way Out”, a scathing indictment of the current administration’s continuing debacle in Iraq, straight from the mouths of former and current high-ranking military personnel, among others…..prepare to be more depressed than you thought possible with this one…

    Also, the TV show, “Weeds”. Monday nights on Showtime.

  15. Iz said,

    Andy Goldsworthy’s “River and Tides” has some awesome art centered around sustainability and the environment, such as icicle sculptures that melt with the sunrise.

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