Have you heard of the term “Bronie”? Straight men (usually college age) who have become obsessed with the new My Little Pony series Friendship is Magic. This documentary travels around the globe to chronicle the lives of this new genre of subculture. This is a must watch.
2. Drew: The Man Behind the Poster
You know Drew Struzan—you just don’t realize it. If you love Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Goonies, any of the Police Academy movies, then you’ve seen Drew’s work. This documentary is more of a fluff piece about a master painter and includes scenes of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg wax poetic about the artist’s contributions to the art of the movie poster.
3. Done the Impossible
Not a fan of Firefly? That’s okay, this documentary will fill you in on the show’s rocky history, and how its insane fans saved the show from death and helped get a feature film made. If you’re at all a fan of Joss Whedon, this doc is worth watching for the awkward interview the writer/director gives at a comic book convention.
4. With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story
This is another one of those vanilla documentaries that just kind of chronicles the life a celebrity, except this time the celebrity is Stan Lee. With Great Power takes a look at the long life of the man who is responsible for Spider-Man, X-Men, and hundreds of other comic book creations. My favorite parts of the doc are the times we see Stan with Joan, his wife of 60-plus years.
5. Trek Nation
Sure, I could have put Trekkies on this list, or The Captains, but of all the Star Trek docs out there, this one is the most inspiring. Instead of showing how weird Trekkies are, Trek Nation follows Eugene Roddenberry (son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry), who grew up hating Star Trek. Eugene goes on a journey to make sense of his father’s impact on people’s lives and reconnect with his father’s legacy.
6. Best Worst Movie
Have you seen Troll 2? If you haven’t, you should! This doc is amazing. In the mid-2000s, the movie Troll 2 became a cult classic with avid B-movie fans. Troll 2 star Michael Stephenson decides to make a documentary about the movie’s rise to cult status and reunites the film’s original cast. Troll 2 is a horrible film, but this doc is great!
7. Journey to Planet X
If you are at all a fan of American Movie, then you’re going to love this documentary. Think of this as the sci-fi brother to American Movie. Journey to Planet X follows Troy and Eric, two friends who have been making home-brewed sci-fi movies for more than a decade. After many battles over quality and production, they decide to make the movie they believe will be on the same level as Star Wars and Star Trek.