Top 5 Goodweird Documentaries

We believe in embracing all that’s different and unique in the world. It inspires us to try new things, to innovate, to be a little weird. It’s a state of mind we like to call Goodweird – but as to what Goodweird IS, exactly…

Well, that’s a little hard to explain. So we thought we would show you instead! 

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997)

What do an elderly topiary gardener, a retired lion tamer, a man fascinated by mole rats, and a cutting-edge robotics designer have in common?

You wouldn’t think all that much, but legendary documentary filmmaker Erroll Morris manages to interrelate and connect these diverse characters to come up with an entertaining, dazzling and even profound film.

The King of Kong (2007)

In the early 1980s, legendary gamer Billy Mitchell set a Donkey Kong record that stood for almost 25 years.

This documentary follows the assault on the record by Steve Wiebe, an earnest teacher from Washington who took up the game while unemployed.

How could it possibly be enthralling cinema watching grown men play arcade games?

Don’t take our word for it – see for yourself why this is one of the best docos of all time.

Finders Keepers (2015)

This documentary follows the story of amputee John Wood as he finds himself in a stranger-than-fiction battle to reclaim his mummified leg from Southern entrepreneur Shannon Whisnant, who found it in a grill he bought at an auction and believes it to therefore be his rightful property.

As the plot gets weirder and weirder, you’ll ask yourself how a documentary about two men fighting over a severed leg can be funny, poignant, and insightful at the same time… But it is. Now that’s #Goodweird!

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

At 14, Toronto school friends Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever.

Their band, Anvil, went on to become the "demigods of Canadian metal," releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's ‘Metal on Metal.’ It sold millions of records, but Anvil's career didn't flourish afterwards. Instead, they went straight to obscurity.

This documentary follows the band as they attempt one last shot at the big time with their thirteenth album ‘This Is Thirteen’.

Whether you like their music or not, you’ll love their story.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

This documentary follows the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station.

Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar.

At the heart of this story is Jiro's relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father's shadow.

Yes, it’s a movie about sushi, but it’s about so much more than that. And yes, it’s definitely different and a bit weird, but just like all the documentaries on this list, it is undoubtedly #Goodweird.

By Jack Lo Russo