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Re: Documentaries
« Reply #30 on: December 29, 2013, 06:17:02 PM »
One of my favorites: "Bill Cunningham New York" (2010) if you like: photography, fashion, daring, NYC, aging with amazing grace.

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« Reply #31 on: December 29, 2013, 06:44:44 PM »

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« Reply #32 on: December 30, 2013, 09:39:38 AM »
And now for something completely different.

"Samsara"
No dialogue or narration.


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« Reply #33 on: December 30, 2013, 07:33:49 PM »
One of my favorites: "Bill Cunningham New York" (2010) if you like: photography, fashion, daring, NYC, aging with amazing grace.

That one was GREAT. Watched this last night:



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« Reply #34 on: December 30, 2013, 08:22:54 PM »
"King Corn"

http://www.kingcorn.net/

I second this one, it's pretty interesting actually.

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« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2014, 02:51:34 AM »
I liked "Resurrect Dead" about the Toynbee Tiles/Idea.
http://www.resurrectdead.com/



Whoa this is amazing, I'd never heard of the Toynbee tiles before.
Bateman: Any chance you could interview Jon Foy, the director of the documentary about the tiles themselves? Might make for a neat show if there's enough there to talk about.



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« Reply #36 on: January 04, 2014, 08:37:17 AM »
Schooled: The Price Of College Sports (HBO Doc)

The Truth Is Out There (From Langley of X-Files fame... worth a watch but not great)

Just go to Vice.com and watch any of their stuff. Very good investigative reporting put in short documentaries.




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« Reply #37 on: January 04, 2014, 11:17:38 AM »
The Imposter was insane. You know the family had to have killed their son in order for them to have gone along with the imposter. 

Witch Hunt is one of my favorite documentaries. It infuriates me that people's lives were destroyed by the "justice system" that bought into all this Satanic ritualistic daycare abuse garbage. 

The Good Life is a Danish doc. It's a window into the lives of a mother and daughter who refuse to see reality and live within their means.  http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/the_good_life

Snag Films has a large library of documentaries. http://www.snagfilms.com/channel/documentary/

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« Reply #38 on: January 04, 2014, 12:15:49 PM »
The Imposter was insane. You know the family had to have killed their son in order for them to have gone along with the imposter. 

I just watched this on Netflix last night! I agree, the guy (imposter) is insane and a sociopath. I almost didn't watch it because i couldn't stand to look at his face and listen to him while he was being interviewed, but it ended up being a pretty good doc.

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« Reply #39 on: January 04, 2014, 03:19:39 PM »
I'm in the process of dubbing my VHS tapes to my hard drive.  I ran across "The Source: The Beat Generation" which I had recorded from PBS.  The story is about Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, et. al. with video of all of them.  I made me want to take a few pills, smoke, put a roll of paper in my typewriter and start typing. However, as a recluse, I don't have any pills, smoke or roll of paper. I do, however, have a typewriter.  Hack that NSA.

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« Reply #40 on: January 04, 2014, 05:16:20 PM »
I just watched this on Netflix last night! I agree, the guy (imposter) is insane and a sociopath. I almost didn't watch it because i couldn't stand to look at his face and listen to him while he was being interviewed, but it ended up being a pretty good doc.

Just started watching it.  It's already reminding me of The Woman who Wasn't There, about a woman who claimed to be a 911 victim and to have lost her husband.  She became very active in support groups.  But her story eventually unraveled, and it turned out she was unmarried and nowhere near NYC during 911.  Interestingly, she was also from Spain.

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« Reply #41 on: January 04, 2014, 05:23:27 PM »
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.

I had to watch it in installments, as I just couldn't sit through the whole thing at once, either.  Very good film, although there's a weird metaphor at the end involving radioactive alligators. :)

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« Reply #42 on: January 04, 2014, 06:09:46 PM »
Just started watching it.  It's already reminding me of The Woman who Wasn't There, about a woman who claimed to be a 911 victim and to have lost her husband.  She became very active in support groups.  But her story eventually unraveled, and it turned out she was unmarried and nowhere near NYC during 911.  Interestingly, she was also from Spain.

I watched that one last year.  I always wonder what's going on in other people's minds. I guess some people have a need for attention that they can't get in normal life, so they create these fake lives, or maybe they're just scumbag scammers.

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« Reply #43 on: January 04, 2014, 09:18:52 PM »
Just watched "Resurrect Dead" about the Toynbee tiles. Amazing. Thanks for the suggestion Aldous!

I am now convinced that Bateman should have those guys on Dark Weekend to discuss the story.

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« Reply #44 on: January 05, 2014, 01:01:17 AM »
I had to watch it in installments, as I just couldn't sit through the whole thing at once, either.  Very good film, although there's a weird metaphor at the end involving radioactive alligators. :)

radioactive gators? I simply MUST finish it then. Just to hear WH say "alley-gate-tours"  with that accent, will be worth it! :)
I hope it's still on netflix.

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« Reply #45 on: January 07, 2014, 02:44:07 AM »
I had to watch it in installments, as I just couldn't sit through the whole thing at once, either.  Very good film, although there's a weird metaphor at the end involving radioactive alligators. :)


I think watching it in 3D makes all the difference.  The 2 things about the movie were 1) that the paintings were about twice as old! (~32,000 years) as the Lascaux cave paintings (~17,000), and 2) how the artists incorporated the contours of the walls into the artwork.

The film couldn't possibly be nearly as good without the 3D effects bringing out the painted shapes, and also a certain feeling of motion on a few of the figures.

The Lascaux paintings are in a variety of colors, while these are done mostly in charcoal, which makes the film less visually appealing.


The albino crocodiles were just a reminder it's a Werner Herzog film

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« Reply #46 on: January 07, 2014, 06:10:53 PM »
It's not new, but if you haven't watched Ken Burns program on our National Parks, it's very informative and engaging.  (It maybe is a bit long and could be trimmed, but it held my attention, especially the John Muir portions). 

I thought the Herzog documentary on the French cave was very interesting but a bit on the ponderous side.  It struck me that a lot of the images were repeated, telling me the film could have been shortened with no damage to content/tone.

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« Reply #47 on: February 08, 2014, 11:25:14 AM »


Pretty grim

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« Reply #48 on: February 08, 2014, 11:38:43 AM »
General Idi Amin Dada (1974) is something I can watch over and over for some odd reason. Maybe because it is so bizarre and yet so tragic. But at the same time funny. Too see a crazy, insane despot in actual action and his scared functionaries cater to his every bizarre whim. But at the same time you are laughing at the buffoon and his many bizarre costumes and antics- suddenly you realize that the people you literally just saw in the past frame are gone from the next frame. And were tortured and "disappeared" due to their performance or lack thereof. And that so many died at his hands and due to his policies. And that this kind of manic despotism still exists in many places around the world. Sometimes even tacitly supported by European and the American governments for a "balance of power", geo-political, or some other aims.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071544/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1a

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« Reply #49 on: March 07, 2014, 05:53:38 AM »
And, super-dorky, but fun and strangely compelling - The King of Kong (2007) about the battle for the highest Donkey Kong score.
Just saw this after area51drone posted a list of retro gaming movies. I really enjoyed it.

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« Reply #50 on: March 07, 2014, 11:05:36 AM »
If WW2 is of interest- Stalingrad
General military subject- Dirty Wars
The Pentagon Wars- movie about the Bradley armed vehicle design and the air force officer investigating it. Funny but upsetting, too.

Pink Ribbons, Inc.- cancer is big business!

Bully

I loved the Cloud Atlas- the book is even better! If you don't mind Ramtha- What the Bleep Do We Know? Is a good doc/movie on quantum physics- been around for a long time.

Dark humor- God Bless America

British TV Drama- The Sculptress- so named for her slaying method

 

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« Reply #51 on: March 07, 2014, 05:38:55 PM »
It's not new, but if you haven't watched Ken Burns program on our National Parks, it's very informative and engaging.  (It maybe is a bit long and could be trimmed, but it held my attention, especially the John Muir portions). 

I thought the Herzog documentary on the French cave was very interesting but a bit on the ponderous side.  It struck me that a lot of the images were repeated, telling me the film could have been shortened with no damage to content/tone.
All Ken Burns stuff is great! - I have been giving a watch thru on the Discovery Channels When We Left Earth series - it's great - and i've probably seen it a dozen times over, but I just love how it's put together.  ANything space gets my attention usually but real life documentary stuff on the space race - great - Speaking of "space race" if ever it can be found, there is a great NatGeo/or/History Channel 2 part miniseries called Space Race or The Space Race, but it's about an hour and a half per episode and deals with US and Russia's getting the German Scientists out of WW2 germany and using their skills for each countries nuclear arms proliferation.  Pretty good stuff.

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« Reply #52 on: March 07, 2014, 06:10:55 PM »
Just started watching it.  It's already reminding me of The Woman who Wasn't There, about a woman who claimed to be a 911 victim and to have lost her husband.  She became very active in support groups.  But her story eventually unraveled, and it turned out she was unmarried and nowhere near NYC during 911.  Interestingly, she was also from Spain.

That doc was fabulous. I ended up buying the book too. Wow, that woman was unbelievable.

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« Reply #53 on: March 07, 2014, 08:22:58 PM »
The Imposter was insane. You know the family had to have killed their son in order for them to have gone along with the imposter. 

OK, I just watched this on Netflix and it blew my mind. Wow.

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« Reply #54 on: March 07, 2014, 09:45:47 PM »
It's not new, but if you haven't watched Ken Burns program on our National Parks, it's very informative and engaging.  (It maybe is a bit long and could be trimmed, but it held my attention, especially the John Muir portions). 

I thought the Herzog documentary on the French cave was very interesting but a bit on the ponderous side.  It struck me that a lot of the images were repeated, telling me the film could have been shortened with no damage to content/tone.
Anything by Ken Burns is great. He has made some of my favorite documentaries. I've seen the Herzog one you are talking about. I cannot stand that guy.

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« Reply #55 on: March 07, 2014, 10:01:04 PM »
I've seen the Herzog one you are talking about. I cannot stand that guy.

I think hes annoying as well. I did like his documentary on the Antarctica research station though. Encounters at the End of the World.

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« Reply #56 on: March 08, 2014, 03:46:29 AM »
I found 6 episodes of a show called Forbidden History that are interesting.  Templar treasure, Fatima pt. 3, Jesus's baby, Giants, Solomon's treasure, and Alchemy are covered.

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« Reply #57 on: March 08, 2014, 10:10:08 AM »
Murph: The Protector

The true story of a ridiculously great human being. Mikie was a true American hero and he is missed.

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« Reply #58 on: March 08, 2014, 11:18:59 AM »
OK, I just watched this on Netflix and it blew my mind. Wow.

Yeah, there was some seriously nefarious stuff going on with that family.

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« Reply #59 on: March 08, 2014, 11:55:14 AM »
Re: King of Kong - Just saw this after area51drone posted a list of retro gaming movies. I really enjoyed it.

Did you watch Chasing Ghosts yet?  It gives more insight into some of the people in  KoK, I think you'd really like it too.