Going Clear - a look in to Scientology. HBO and quite long, but very interesting and enjoyable. Interesting break down about the religion from former members and it's also fascinating to see how bizarre Tom Cruise seems to be.
Inside Job - deals with the financial crisis of 2007/08.
Everyone is different, but a good entry into the language is by forgetting about the grammar. Learn the basic pronouns then past/present form, but don't stress about genitive cases or whatnot, and If you have the confidence, just let it flow and the grammar will come later. The key is to speak and not worry about mistakes. Try learning at least 3 new words in your language a day. This does not take long at all and it might get boring repeating over and over the same lines, but you'll memorise it and most likely it's gender.
Take a wee notebook with you so if you can't find the word you were looking for, or you think of something you want to say or in a new social setting and you don't have the language - write it down so you can find out how to say it later that day.
There's lots of good material on the net. Forums, apps, and websites. Duolingo is good for keeping your basics up and there's lots of repetition and it's free too.
It'll depend on the country too. Lots of people speak English and the likes of Benelux, Scandinavia many instantly switch to English even if you are speaking a very good form of their language.