Could your taste in documentaries lead to finding your perfect mate?

I recently read a friends post that said “I found my perfect match; we like the same documentaries”…could there be some truth in this statement?

I have been in my relationship over four decades and it’s true for us. We might argue about some TV shows to watch or what to have for dinner but when it comes to Docs, we are always on the same page.

Are we birds of a feather, flocking together?

We often learn a lot about each other based on the music, books, and movies we like. I have noticed that the best way to spark up a conversation and to get to know new friends is by asking them about the music, books, or their favorite movies, and podcasts. When they reveal their favorite documentaries, it’s probably the most telling. This gives a clear picture of the interests that are important in their life. When you hear the subjects and topics of their documentaries you will usually know if you are sticking around for more conversation or running off to your “imaginary meeting”.

Everyone seems to have favorite documentaries.

And just like the old saying, “there is someone for everyone” there are documentaries for everyone. No matter what you are interested in, you will find a podcast, or documentary for your viewing or listening pleasure (and even your guilty pleasures).

I love documentaries about Music, Art, Crime, History, Politics, Animals, the Environment, and something I like to call “twisted topics.” Twisted topics could be dark, shocking, edgy or anything my twisted mind finds appealing at the time. I am always open to watching documentaries to learn more about other things.

In August I will be featuring some of my favorite documentaries and films of special interest. Since I have so many based on a lot of topics I am going to break them up by my interests.

Since I view documentaries as an “ART” form, I have chosen “ART DOCUMENTARIES” as my first post in this series of “GREAT DOCUMENTARIES”


I want to give shout out to the amazing and talented members of the Long Beach Arts Council. I am proud to live in a city that is so supportive of the Arts and the Artists that flourish within Long Beach, California. Our art council participates in many things throughout the city. And as they should since Art surrounds us throughout all that we do.

I hope you will take the time to enjoy the trailers I have provided and to add some of these great documentaries to your own collections.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

This is the inside story of street art.

What happens when fame, money and vandalism collide? This is one of the most provocative art films ever made…a Banksy film!

How to get your copy:

Exit Through the Gift Shop is available at Get it on Blu-ray with this link and save 43% right now!

Movie Clips – Banksy “Exit Through the Gift Shop” Clips – YouTube

Trailer – Exit Through the Gift Shop Trailer – YouTube

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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

The story of one of the planet’s most significant art collectors.

Peggy was eccentric, unconventional, and quirky…(my kind of lady). Her passion became one of the greatest art collections in the world. This is a MUST see for all Art fans.

How to get your copy:

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict is available at Get it on DVD with this link and save 31% right now!

Trailer – Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict Trailer – YouTube

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Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.

Was she insane or a genius? I find her work and performances fascinating.

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous! She created performances that challenge, shock, and move us.

How to get your copy:

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present is available at Get it on DVD with this link and save 29% right now!

Trailer – Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present Trailer – YouTube

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Eames: The Architect and the Painter

The story of two creative geniuses who influenced design of all kinds.

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. This is a Peabody Award winning doc!

How to get your copy:

Eames: The Architect and the Painter is available at Get it on DVD with this link and save 29% right now!

Trailer – Eames: The Architect & The Painter Trailer – YouTube

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Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank

A transformative artist and one of the most insightful chroniclers of American life.

Legendary Swiss American photographer Robert Frank continues to fascinate generations of casual observers and aspiring photographers.

How to get your copy:

Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank is available at Get it on DVD with this link and save 20% right now!

Trailer – Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank Trailer – YouTube

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The Mystery of Picasso (1956)

In 1984, the French government declared this film a national treasure.

Pablo Picasso, the most influential artist of the 20th century, is making art, and famous French director Henri-Georges Clouzot is making a movie. This art documentary captures the moment and the mystery of creativity. For the film, the master created 20 artworks, ranging from playful black-and-white sketches to widescreen color paintings.

How to get your copy:

The Mystery of Picasso (1956) is available at Get it on DVD with this link and save 24% right now!

Trailer – The Mystery of Picasso Trailer – YouTube

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Sign Painters (2014)

We take this incredible art form for granted every day.

We see this art everywhere and often walk right by it not thinking about the artist behind the art. I recently met a sign painter and found her other works to be AMAZING…shout out to Julia!

With the advent of contemporary advertising came a new American craft: hand-painted signs. The sign painter wasn’t an artist, but a one-man ad agency adhering to the laws of type and design with the sole intention of creating a work that would endure on a wall long after a product had launched. 

How to get your copy:

Sign Painters (2014) is available at Get it on DVD with this link and save 24% right now!

Trailer – Sign Painters Trailer – YouTube

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

This fascinating artist rose to fame during the Neo-expressionism movement of the 1980s.

Enjoy this full Documentary…..With Out Walls- With Out Walls “Jean-Michel Basquiat” – YouTube

And get Basquiat’s popular feature film “Downtown 81” here: Downtown 81 on

I just picked up this Funko collectible figure of Basquiat

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Collectibles on DeepDiscount

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The Universe of Keith Haring

This popular artist’s animated imagery has become a widely recognized visual language.

For those who know me, you know that I collect every Keith Haring item I can find (and afford). I used to travel to New York just to visit his store that opened in 1986…”The Pop Shop”


A friend of Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and Jean-Michel Basquiat, KEITH HARING was the wunderkind of 1980s pop art.

How to get your copy:

The Universe of Keith Haring is available at Get it on DVD with this link and save 21% right now!

Trailer – The Universe of Keith Haring Trailer – YouTube

And here is another great Keith Haring doc:

American Masters: Keith Haring – Street Art Boy is available at Get it on DVD with this link and save 31% right now!

Trailer – American Masters: Keith Haring – Street Art Boy Trailer – YouTube

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Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide

KENNY SCHARF: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE was made over 11 years and features interviews and rare archival footage with Kenny Scharf, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Ed Ruscha, Dennis Hopper, Yoko Ono, Kaws, Marilyn Minter, and Jeffrey Deitch. The documentary shows Scharf’s New York City arrival in the early 1980s where he quickly befriended Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. This trio, amongst the fervent creative bustle of a depressed downtown scene, would soon take the art world by storm. 

This trailer moved me, I hope you like it too: KENNY SCHARF: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE – Official Trailer (2021) – YouTube

I just bought this one myself, here: Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide on

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The Art of the Steal…..(2009)  

This was one of the biggest scandals of the art world.

It’s been called the greatest theft of art since the Second World War. The Art of the Steal reveals how a private collection of paintings became the envy of the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other major institutions – and the prize in a battle between one man’s vision and the forces of commerce and politics.

Peep the trailer here: The Art of the Steal | Trailer | – YouTube

Then get the doc here: The Art of the Steal on

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Crumb (Criterion Collection)

This 1995 film is an intimate documentary portrait of underground artist Robert Crumb, whose unique drawing style and sexually and racially provocative subject matter have made him a household name in popular American art. The film delves into the details of Crumb’s incredible career, as well as his past, including his family of reclusive eccentrics, some of the most remarkable people you’ll ever see on-screen.

Watch the trailer on this unique man and doc: Crumb Trailer – YouTube

Then….own it by clicking here: Crumb (Criterion Collection) on

This shows how long I have followed Crumb and loved his work.

Take a look at the images below. Here is a 1969 business card from my first music store and headshop that I owned at age 15….I eventually changed the name from “R&S Tape Town” to the named inspired by Crumb “Mrs. Naturals Nickle Bag”. As you can see we also painted the store front as a tribute too. We sold his  “Zap Comix” and Weirdo magazine too. It was hard to keep his “Mr. Natural, Keep on Truckin’ or Fritz the Cat” posters in stock. In 1991, R. Crumb was inducted into the “Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame”

These are old photos so not up to today’s standards…but cool old photos

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The Cool School (2008)

Narrated by Jeff bridges, the film examines the rise of the Los Angeles art scene which developed as a counterculture rebelling against the Abstract Expressionist art movement championed in New York. 

This is a MUST SEE for all Art fans and Los Angeles Art Historians.

Please enjoy the full-length feature of this important film…..My LA friends to my blog will love it!

THE COOL SCHOOL Los Angeles – YouTube

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Gerhard Richter Painting

“Gerhard Richter Painting” is a thrilling document of legendary German artist Richter’s creative process. This mesmerizing footage, of a highly charged process of creation and destruction, turns this  film makers portrait of an artist into a work of art itself.

Gerhard Richter Painting Subtitled on

Gerhard Richter on

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Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA explores the wonders of the world from sacred grounds to industrial sites, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience.

Samsara Official Trailer #2 (2012) International Movie HD – YouTube

Check out this Incredible footage from the movie “Samsara” – YouTube

You will want more so I highly recommend getting this doc on  Blu-Ray Samsara on

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Check back soon for Part II of my Documentary features…..Part II features some of my favorite “Music Documentaries”

If you want to see a full listing of ALL the documentaries and special interest films that are on sale this month….here is your link to an amazing selection of the best docs ever! Documentary and Special Interest Sale on DeepDiscount