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Documentaries
« on: December 28, 2013, 07:26:30 PM »
Anyone have any good documentary suggestions, as in creepy, true crime, interesting, strange, thought-provoking, etc.? (Preferably ones I can find on YouTube, Netflix or somewhere else online.)

I've seen the UFO doc thread.

I'm itching for something weird to watch.

I recommend the Paradise Lost (West Memphis Three) docs, BTW, just so I'm contributing to this conversation.

There's also a really horrible one on YouTube called "Just Melvin, Just Evil" that blew my mind and made me feel like I wanted to throw up for hours after I watched it. So if you're in the mood for a twisted trip to the dark side, there you go. A sickening look at white trash, incest and warped psychology.  :-\

Re: Documentaries
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2013, 07:49:06 PM »
If you haven't watched Drive on Netflix you might like it. It's a movie though. Best to not know what it's about, and immerse. Prepare for awkward long pauses. I loved it

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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2013, 07:55:17 PM »
Netflix Instant Streaming

I can't remember his name but the man who wrote Cropsey was on C2C and it seemed pretty interesting. "Two filmmakers explore an urban legend from their own childhoods: a rash of child abductions that struck Staten Island, N.Y., in the 1970s and 80's".



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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2013, 07:57:58 PM »
Great thread! I love docs! True crime and justice docs in particular.
Some suggestions:( all of which I've watched on netflix in the past few months)
The thin blue line
Dear Zachary
False witness
After innocents
Capturing the Friedmens
Deliver us from Evil

These should get you started.
Dear zach is heart wrenching. It will leave you shaking your head about the justice system.  Most on the list will as well, but dear zach is very troubling indeed.

Edit: these are definitely in the same vein of  Paradise lost. (One of my favortie true crime docs)


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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2013, 07:58:15 PM »
If you haven't watched Drive on Netflix you might like it. It's a movie though. Best to not know what it's about, and immerse. Prepare for awkward long pauses. I loved it


Drive is my favorite movie of all time. Watching it was like a religious experience.

It's not a documentary though.  :o

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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2013, 08:01:04 PM »
Lars Von Trier's Antichrist is another movie worth seeing

Drive & Antichrist are the most memorable movies I've seen in awhile.

I haven't watched any documentaries in quite some time. 

I was finding and watching a bunch of full length feature movies on youtube awhile ago. Kinda cool when you find one movie and the suggestion lead you to more. I watched In the Heat of the Night. Some great acting right there.

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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2013, 08:04:05 PM »

Drive is my favorite movie of all time. Watching it was like a religious experience.

It's not a documentary though.  :o

I had no idea what I was getting in to when I watched it. I can't wait to see it again. Whenever I recommend it to people I try to get them to just watch and not read about it. A lot of people can't stand the long pauses.

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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2013, 08:07:08 PM »
I had no idea what I was getting in to when I watched it. I can't wait to see it again. Whenever I recommend it to people I try to get them to just watch and not read about it. A lot of people can't stand the long pauses.


Yeah, Drive changed my life. "A.D." now means for me "After Drive." Fuck yeah.

Did you see the same director's other one, where they were in Thailand? I wasn't as impressed with it.

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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2013, 08:09:11 PM »
Lars Von Trier's Antichrist is another movie worth seeing

Drive & Antichrist are the most memorable movies I've seen in awhile.

I haven't watched any documentaries in quite some time. 

I was finding and watching a bunch of full length feature movies on youtube awhile ago. Kinda cool when you find one movie and the suggestion lead you to more. I watched In the Heat of the Night. Some great acting right there.


Antichrist was amazing, too. That movie also changed my life and was like a religious experience. Damn, Sambo.

I'm trying to think of any other movies that were religious experiences. Besides About Schmidt, of course.

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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2013, 08:25:27 PM »
I've been bingeing on Heaven's Gate cult documentaries lately. Thus far, I've yet to see one that does justice to the absolute insanity and sadness of the whole deal. But there's a ton on Youtube.

I sat through the entire "Exit Statements", too. And I fell asleep listening to the Marshall Applewhite lectures. I wish this was just another Tertiary Imam joke post but, sadly, its not. :(

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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2013, 08:27:16 PM »

Antichrist was amazing, too. That movie also changed my life and was like a religious experience. Damn, Sambo.

I'm trying to think of any other movies that were religious experiences. Besides About Schmidt, of course.

I'm going to have to watch About Schmidt. Seriously, it's really good?

Cloud Atlas was pretty freaking awesome, and Barney's Version is one of the best Dramas I've seen.

Actually I can't speak enough to the excellence of those two movies. I watched Cloud Atlas twice in theatres, and I've been buying and giving out copies of Barney's Version from the $5 discount bin. Fuck Barney's Version is so good, and sad. Paul Giamatti is a fucking brilliant actor

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« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2013, 08:31:58 PM »
I wish this was just another Tertiary Imam joke post but, sadly, its not. :(
I'm pretty stupid so I appreciate this notification because usually... well actually, now I think you're just fucking around and so that means you were fucking around... Oh shit nevermind.

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« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2013, 08:48:11 PM »
Netflix Instant Streaming

I can't remember his name but the man who wrote Cropsey was on C2C and it seemed pretty interesting. "Two filmmakers explore an urban legend from their own childhoods: a rash of child abductions that struck Staten Island, N.Y., in the 1970s and 80's".

I watched that Cropsey doc a few months ago DAMN that was unsettling and horrible, huh? CREEPY I had totally forgotten about it.

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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2013, 08:53:26 PM »
I'm going to have to watch About Schmidt. Seriously, it's really good?

Cloud Atlas was pretty freaking awesome, and Barney's Version is one of the best Dramas I've seen.

Actually I can't speak enough to the excellence of those two movies. I watched Cloud Atlas twice in theatres, and I've been buying and giving out copies of Barney's Version from the $5 discount bin. Fuck Barney's Version is so good, and sad. Paul Giamatti is a fucking brilliant actor


Yeah, About Schmidt is good.

I saw the Debt recently, too:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0990427/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl

A little ham-fisted and obvious at times, but it was powerful. I wish I had something more intelligent to say about it but I'm still processing it.

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« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2013, 08:55:32 PM »
Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance

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« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2013, 09:49:20 PM »
I liked "Resurrect Dead" about the Toynbee Tiles/Idea.
http://www.resurrectdead.com/


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« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2013, 10:52:52 PM »
Death By China

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« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2013, 10:59:25 PM »
Death By China

Ahh, I've been meaning to check that out. I sort of know Peter Navarro, the director.

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« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2013, 11:00:55 PM »
These are excellent:




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« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2013, 11:16:13 PM »
Ahh, I've been meaning to check that out. I sort of know Peter Navarro, the director.

It is quite chilling.  Have your best scotch handy when/ if you do watch it. 

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« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2013, 12:07:11 AM »
Anyone have any good documentary suggestions, as in creepy, true crime, interesting, strange, thought-provoking, etc.? (Preferably ones I can find on YouTube, Netflix or somewhere else online.)

The Endurance (2000) about E. Shackleton's ill-fated Antarctic expedition.  Haunting and unforgettable.  (This is the documentary not the fictionalization which came out later.)

And, super-dorky, but fun and strangely compelling - The King of Kong (2007) about the battle for the highest Donkey Kong score.




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« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2013, 12:11:49 AM »
Werner Herzog's 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' was dang good.  Probably best seen in the original 3D

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« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2013, 12:36:11 AM »
Forks Over Knives

Perhaps the best documentary I have seen in 20 years

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« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2013, 12:41:11 AM »
Also, Waking Life (2001).  Ok it's not exactly a documentary, although it has some elements of such.  It's hard to categorize, very original.  It's about dreams and the nature of reality.  One of my all-time favorites.  Thought-provoking, disturbing, beautiful, strange.  If you can, get the dvd, and watch with the text "footnotes" on to get the most out of it.

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« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2013, 01:48:56 AM »
The Endurance (2000) about E. Shackleton's ill-fated Antarctic expedition.  Haunting and unforgettable.  (This is the documentary not the fictionalization which came out later.)

And, super-dorky, but fun and strangely compelling - The King of Kong (2007) about the battle for the highest Donkey Kong score.

Start out with the first, and still one of the best: Nanook of the North (1922). It does stay with you, and it's good to begin at the beginning.

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« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2013, 03:46:40 AM »
Also, Waking Life (2001).  Ok it's not exactly a documentary, although it has some elements of such.  It's hard to categorize, very original.  It's about dreams and the nature of reality.  One of my all-time favorites.  Thought-provoking, disturbing, beautiful, strange.  If you can, get the dvd, and watch with the text "footnotes" on to get the most out of it.

I've seen waking life five or six times, and depending on your age, motivations, etc. it grows with you. I found the DVD but never watched it yet. Those five or six viewings were off an avi file I had for years.  I'm interested in these footnotes now, thanks


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« Reply #26 on: December 29, 2013, 04:07:37 AM »
I've seen waking life five or six times, and depending on your age, motivations, etc. it grows with you. I found the DVD but never watched it yet. Those five or six viewings were off an avi file I had for years.  I'm interested in these footnotes now, thanks

Cool, yeah I think it's called the "text commentary" track or something like that. 

I should have recommended to others though that for a first-time viewing you probably don't want that on as it would detract from the experience.  It's more for a repeat viewing if you want to get a little more info on some of the ideas that come up.


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« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2013, 02:52:18 PM »
If you like rock music, It Might Get Loud. Jack White, Jimmy Page, and Edge are profiled. There's some really cool stuff where the three are sitting together and talking too.

I also enjoyed Revenge of the Electric Car, about the ongoing efforts to popularize electric-powered automobiles.

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« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2013, 02:57:17 PM »
Thought provoking? Look up 'Alternative Three' on you tube. When that was broadcast it had the same effect on some as war of the Worlds in the 30's did on the radio. I was about 12 and absolutely shat myself.

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« Reply #29 on: December 29, 2013, 05:45:57 PM »
Werner Herzog's 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' was dang good.  Probably best seen in the original 3D

I enjoy Werner Herzog's  documentary films, but I couldn't finish that one for some reason. I lost interest after 45min. The 3D version was probably spectacular.

Some notable docs from Herzog:


Grizzly man:
About a man (Tim Treadwell) and his girlfriend who were attaked and killed by a Grizzly bear in alaska durring  his 10th or 11th summer of documenting the grizzly's behavior. He made the mistake of humanizing the wild bears and living amongst them too late in the season. It a good doc, but it is amazing he survived for as long as he did.

 Encounters at the End of the World:
Story about researchers in a lone outpost in Antarctica.

On death row:  (4 part mini series)

Into the Abyss:
Two men convicted of a triple homicide.