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Title: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on August 09, 2009, 11:08:41 PM
Upcoming or old favorites, this is the thread.

First up, The Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack White in It Might Get Loud.

Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on August 10, 2009, 11:38:39 AM
Man, why do we not already have a documentary thread?

I've actually kind of burned out, though.  I just watch the quiet little ones like Helvetica and so on.  But let's hear some recs!

And, of course, I'm always waving the flag for Orwell Rolls in his GRave:

http://www.orwellrollsinhisgrave.com/

http://www.orwellrollsinhisgrave.com/trailer.htm

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Orwell Rolls in His Grave is a 2004 documentary film written and directed by Robert Kane Pappas. It examines the current and past relationships between the media, the US government and corporations, analyzing the possible consequences of the concentration of media ownership. Making references to George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the film argues that reality has met and in some ways exceeded Orwell's expectations about a society dominated by thought control, which is made possible by the media. According to the film, the mass media no longer report news, but manage it, deciding what makes the headlines and what is conveniently ignored, thus ultimately defining the framework upon which most other issues are discussed by the society. As an example, it is claimed that since the late 1980s there's been an agenda pursued by the major media corporations regarding the deregulation of the media market, by which news reports sell all its benefits while neglecting its disastrous results.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Nubbins on August 10, 2009, 02:44:36 PM
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Post by: Nubbins on August 10, 2009, 02:49:33 PM
haaa, holy crap... they have this documentary in its entirety on Youtube.  Gotta love PBS!

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Post by: Nubbins on August 10, 2009, 02:51:07 PM
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Post by: nacho on August 10, 2009, 02:57:05 PM

This is a great doc.
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Post by: Nubbins on August 10, 2009, 03:00:30 PM
Most definitely... really touching and pretty incredible.
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Post by: Tatertots on August 10, 2009, 08:17:21 PM
Also, DJ Shadow!
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Post by: Nubbins on August 11, 2009, 12:25:47 PM
Yes!  Dark Days will always have a special spot in my heart because of DJ Shadow.  I actually sold a copy of the Sexy Beast soundtrack to Ian Astbury (The Cult) when he was looking for the Dark Days soundtrack.  I have probably told this story a million times, so apologies if you heard it before.

He befriended the guy who made Dark Days and suggested he use Shadow for the soundtrack.  So he came into our store looking to get a copy and I hadn't heard of the movie, but I mentioned that Sexy Beast was largely done by UNKLE, one of Shadows side projects, showed him the album and he wound up buying it instead.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Sirharles on October 02, 2009, 10:22:34 AM
Ken Burns just did a new one on the National Parks.  It's airing on the WETA in the DC area, and I'm recording it.  Caught bits and pieces of it last night and it looked pretty good.

http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/watch-video/#872
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Nubbins on October 02, 2009, 10:56:40 AM
I saw him on TV promoting this last weekend.  It does look really cool.  I'll have to check it out.  Have you seen the one he did on the Civil War?
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Sirharles on October 02, 2009, 11:56:14 AM
Oh yea..I actually own that one.  I loved it.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on December 15, 2009, 08:34:50 AM
Mardi Gras: Made in China.

http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Mardi_Gras_Made_in_China/70101781

From my torrent site:
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The workers receive on average 10 cents an hour, which translates to less than 1/10th of a cent per necklace, and the factory owner makes ~1.5 million USD a year.

Now we can all judge Cass who drapes his house in blood-beads each year!

Oh, and the factory workers sleep five guys to a bed.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Matt on December 15, 2009, 10:43:34 AM
All the Michael Moore documentaries I've loved. Also check out War Photographer on James Nachtwey, Why We Fight, The Yes Men, and the brilliant The Times of Harvey Milk, which is a far better documentary than the movie was.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Nubbins on December 15, 2009, 03:21:24 PM
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Post by: Tatertots on December 15, 2009, 03:37:35 PM
King of Kong was just fantastic.

I try to catch his world record attempts. His E3 runs were fucking riveting. So much fun to watch.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Nubbins on December 15, 2009, 03:43:41 PM
Yes!  I also have a feeling that Billy probably isn't as much of a dick as the movie makes him out to be, but goddamn do you hate his guts by the end of that movie.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Matt on December 15, 2009, 08:03:11 PM
Other fantastic documentaries: Taxi to the Dark Side, Religulous, The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear, Supersize Me, Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and two favorites above the rest for me: American Movie and This Film is Not Yet Rated
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Nubbins on December 16, 2009, 11:39:40 AM
I hated Supersize Me for the same reason I've grown to hate Michael Moore films.  The movie starts out and Morgan's already decided that McDonald's is evil... the rest of the movie exists just to prove his point.  His girlfriend, from the outset, is pushing her vegan chef agenda and Morgan acts overly disgusted when he eats a Big Mac as if it's vomit on a bun... there's absolutely no attempt at objectivity in any part of the movie. 

Same with Michael Moore.  Oh, the war in Iraq is evil and here, let me show you what it was like before the war with some scenes of people sipping coffee on a sidewalk in Baghdad while a kid flys a kite in the background ... see how great Iraq was before we stormed in a blew everything up?

I think it's unfortunate because I think both guys are intelligent and are taking on important topics with the films they make.  It's just too bad that their egos have to be a character in their movies because, more often than not, it spoils the whole experience for me, even when I agree with them.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Matt on December 16, 2009, 03:09:23 PM
I'd encourage to give Spurlock another chance with Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?. Michael Moore I love because I love that character, the everyman American just being like "wtf is wrong with everything?"
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2009, 03:15:08 PM
I'm torn on Where in the World.  Largely because he gave up when he was getting close.

But, then, he kind of had to give up, because it was the only sane thing to do.  So...I don't know.  It's essentially an entertaining failure.

I'd give Spurlock another chance based on select episodes of 30 Days, which was also a failure but didn't feature his wife turning to the camera and monotonously reading off Vegan recipes like some weird version of Hypnofrog.

Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Nubbins on December 16, 2009, 04:11:15 PM
I haven't watched Where in the World yet, but I have seen the preview and it seemed like a cool premise for a movie.  I'll add it to my list and check it out based on those recommendations.

I actually became a big Michael Moore fan after watching the Big One and his short-lived TV Nation show on Comedy Central.  I don't think I actually disliked him until I watched Fahrenheit 9/11 and my hatred of that movie was just in his lopsided delivery... I actually agreed with a lot of his message.  It was disappointing to me that he could have made a really great flick but instead chose to turn it into some huge assault on right wing America.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Nubbins on December 16, 2009, 04:19:32 PM
Control Room is excellent, too.


And American Movie!  How could I have forgotten that one?  Anvil: The Story of Anvil reminded me a lot of American Movie.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on December 21, 2009, 04:37:33 PM
The Reich Underground:

http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_Reich_Underground/70091640

A not very in depth (though still fascinating) exploration of the almost unending tunnels the Nazi's dug through the mountains of Germany and under most major cities.  Hundreds upon hundreds of miles worth of tunnels...some intended to house super-weapons like the V2, and the jet fighters, and the never-completed V3 and ICBM, US-target capable weapons.  Others intended to be a weird apocalyptic hideout for the Nazi elite, or just air raid shelters large enough to accommodate entire city populations.

Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 14, 2010, 03:31:41 PM
Fix

I could be the only Ministry fan here. Nubbins?

Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Nubbins on January 14, 2010, 03:46:05 PM
HELL YES!!!  I LOVE MINISTRY!

Psalm 69 is one of the greatest records I own.  It still blows doors.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Nubbins on January 14, 2010, 03:48:35 PM
Man, I can't wait to see that flick!  Ministry is absolutely insane.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 29, 2010, 04:44:05 PM
Trailer for Blood Into Wine . . . all about Maynard James Keenan's winery . . . Awesomeness . . .

http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/bloodintowine/
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Nubbins on January 30, 2010, 04:07:00 PM
Dude!  That looks fantastic!
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 30, 2010, 04:08:06 PM
I know, right?
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Matt on March 10, 2010, 11:41:19 PM
watching Capitalism: A Love Story right now. it is fucking amazing
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Post by: RottingCorpse on March 16, 2010, 10:36:38 AM
American: The Bill Hicks Story

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Post by: Tatertots on March 17, 2010, 10:06:39 PM
Won't load!

I drove past a showing of it in Austin this weekend at SXSW. I think.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 23, 2010, 09:59:33 AM
Trailer for Blood Into Wine . . . all about Maynard James Keenan's winery . . . Awesomeness . . .

http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/bloodintowine/

I saw this last night. Really amazing stuff about Maynard's journey in wine, and wine-making in general. The theme of re-channeling your artistic impulses into something completely new pervades the doc and really resonated with me.

Also, it's funny as shit.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on April 23, 2010, 10:39:03 AM
Oh, nice.  Added to my queue...
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on April 30, 2010, 04:54:13 PM
Oh god... So Food, Inc just fills me with horror and rage.

http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Food_Inc./70108783

Also watch instantly.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on April 30, 2010, 05:40:56 PM
Also, thanks movie, I'm glad to learn that everytime I get a fast food hamburger it's actually ammonia-washed meat filler.  Awesome. 

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Post by: nacho on April 30, 2010, 06:18:57 PM
In fact, I'm so freaked out, I went and looked up one of the natural farmers that the doc gives lots of face time to:

http://www.polyfacefarms.com

And he has a local drop off near my place!

Fuck...it's maybe paying a few dollars more for meat products, but after watching this...it's worth it.  I'm thinking about signing up. 
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Matt on May 01, 2010, 08:17:40 PM
http://www.alternet.org/story/146684/ lol
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on May 01, 2010, 10:30:26 PM
Right.  Time to start a mushroom farm in the bathtub.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on May 06, 2010, 10:28:17 AM
Continuing off of Food, Inc., I found this story today:

http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/weeds-are-now-resisting-monsanto-weed

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Yep, thanks to Monsanto Roundup, American agriculture is in quite a fix now. See, Monsanto sells genetically modified seed that's supposed to survive spraying with their weedkiller. Unfortunately, the weeds learned to resist it - and now their GMO seed is struggling against the pesticide-resistant weeds that evolved as a result of their own product.

Wouldn't it be nice if companies thought that far ahead before they pushed their products into the mainstream? And wouldn't it be nice if we had government agencies that didn't rubber stamp them?

    DYERSBURG, Tenn. — For 15 years, Eddie Anderson, a farmer, has been a strict adherent of no-till agriculture, an environmentally friendly technique that all but eliminates plowing to curb erosion and the harmful runoff of fertilizers and pesticides.

    On a recent afternoon here, Mr. Anderson watched as tractors crisscrossed a rolling field — plowing and mixing herbicides into the soil to kill weeds where soybeans will soon be planted.

    Just as the heavy use of antibiotics contributed to the rise of drug-resistant supergerms, American farmers’ near-ubiquitous use of the weedkiller Roundup has led to the rapid growth of tenacious new superweeds.

    To fight them, Mr. Anderson and farmers throughout the East, Midwest and South are being forced to spray fields with more toxic herbicides, pull weeds by hand and return to more labor-intensive methods like regular plowing.

    “We’re back to where we were 20 years ago,” said Mr. Anderson, who will plow about one-third of his 3,000 acres of soybean fields this spring, more than he has in years. “We’re trying to find out what works.”

    Farm experts say that such efforts could lead to higher food prices, lower crop yields, rising farm costs and more pollution of land and water.

    [...] Pigweed can grow three inches a day and reach seven feet or more, choking out crops; it is so sturdy that it can damage harvesting equipment. In an attempt to kill the pest before it becomes that big, Mr. Anderson and his neighbors are plowing their fields and mixing herbicides into the soil.

    That threatens to reverse one of the agricultural advances bolstered by the Roundup revolution: minimum-till farming. By combining Roundup and Roundup Ready crops, farmers did not have to plow under the weeds to control them. That reduced erosion, the runoff of chemicals into waterways and the use of fuel for tractors.

    If frequent plowing becomes necessary again, “that is certainly a major concern for our environment,” Ken Smith, a weed scientist at the University of Arkansas, said. In addition, some critics of genetically engineered crops say that the use of extra herbicides, including some old ones that are less environmentally tolerable than Roundup, belies the claims made by the biotechnology industry that its crops would be better for the environment.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: monkey! on May 06, 2010, 10:51:50 AM
We shall not last long when it begins.
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Post by: Matt on May 07, 2010, 10:10:59 AM
End of Poverty just showed up on Instant Watch, that's a must-see for understanding how world poverty works...
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Post by: Sirharles on May 19, 2010, 04:14:23 PM
I've heard of the documentary coming out, but I haven't been able to find it yet.  But...

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Man Swims 3,274-Mile Amazon River in 66 Days
  Next month, the film "Big River Man" will open in the UK, which follows Martin Strel as he swims all 3,274 miles of the Amazon River, ten hours a day for 66 days. Even more impressive is his hard drinking and 250-lb. stature (206 lbs. afterwards).

The 55-year-old says he stays in shape by consuming two bottles of wine daily. Back in his home country of Slovenia, he's become a hit with the women. He endured gnawing piranhas, epic floods, natives with machetes, and murderous bandits.

Strel even had an armed team of guards to keep river pirates away. He says the wine is of his own making that's "very healthy and gives me energy, without making me drunk. I would drink whisky as well, to wash my mouth out before I eat food."
 
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on May 19, 2010, 05:22:22 PM
Hey!  The guy who led off this thread:

http://www.greatsociety.org/forums/index.php/topic,2459.0.html

Cool.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Sirharles on May 19, 2010, 05:27:12 PM
Oh...ha!  Duh.
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Post by: nacho on May 19, 2010, 05:49:32 PM
No, no. Not duh.  It's news!  That's an old post.
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Post by: nacho on August 17, 2010, 08:13:14 PM
Heard of this, RC?

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Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue

Horror and sci-fi veteran Lance Henriksen (Alien, Near Dark) takes you through a fascinating look at the history of the American horror film, examining the earliest monster movies of the silent era up to the scariest modern-day masterpieces. Highlights include interviews with genre masters Roger Corman, John Carpenter and George A. Romero, plus clips from classic films like The Exorcist, Night of the Living Dead, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Hostel, Rosemary’s Baby and many more!

Downloading now!
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on August 17, 2010, 11:47:16 PM
Dropbox that shit!
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Post by: nacho on August 18, 2010, 07:47:22 AM
Will have to wait till tonight.  Need to clear out my daily entertainment to get me through work...
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Post by: RottingCorpse on March 16, 2011, 11:06:12 PM
Did I never talk about Cropsey?

Two Long Island filmmakers decide to explore their local legend and get drawn into the investigation and trail of a longstanding string of murders and disappearances involving a closed down asylum and mentally handicapped kids. Be forewarned, I'm pretty seasoned when it comes to creepy shit but this one even made me check under the bed before going to sleep.
 
Here it is via Netflix Instant Watch.
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Cropsey/70117040
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on March 18, 2011, 12:08:45 PM
Queued up!

My physical queue has 30 items and my instant watch queue has 200!
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on June 30, 2011, 05:39:05 PM
I've been hearing alot about this... Shatner's documentary "The Captains" where he informally chats (and occasionally arm wrestles) with Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, and Chris Pine.


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Post by: Cassander on June 30, 2011, 07:01:28 PM
i'd like to see him and stewart.   I'd also like to see Tom Baker interview all subsequent Doctors about foreign policy. 
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Post by: nacho on July 01, 2011, 08:09:15 PM
i'd like to see him and stewart.   I'd also like to see Tom Baker interview all subsequent Doctors about foreign policy. 

The thing is, that's exactly something Baker would do. Unlike Shatner, though, he'd only do it if someone told him to.

Though I loved the tiny window into the private lives of past Doctors when Dead Ringers prank called Sylvester McCoy doing their Tom Baker impersonation. The impersonator pretended to be drunk and wildly crazy and McCoy, falling for the prank, started talking as if the real Baker did that sort of thing on a weekly basis.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 31, 2011, 10:04:05 AM
Pearl Jam Twenty, directed by Cameron Crowe. Comes out this fall. I really want to see it.

http://vimeo.com/pearljamofficial/pearljamtwentytrailer (http://vimeo.com/pearljamofficial/pearljamtwentytrailer)
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Post by: RottingCorpse on December 08, 2011, 09:46:55 PM
This looks great.

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Post by: RottingCorpse on December 17, 2011, 11:02:57 AM
Pearl Jam Twenty, directed by Cameron Crowe. Comes out this fall. I really want to see it.

http://vimeo.com/pearljamofficial/pearljamtwentytrailer (http://vimeo.com/pearljamofficial/pearljamtwentytrailer)

You might have to be a fan, but PJ20 is excellent.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 14, 2012, 01:55:59 PM
Pressure Cooker. Watched this last night. Really Good.

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Three Philadelphia high school students negotiate the challenges of the inner city and the demands of their tough-minded culinary arts teacher, Wilma Stephenson, to become contenders in a citywide cooking competition. Charming and surprisingly hilarious, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker's inspiring, Emmy-nominated documentary showcases the heights young minds can reach, regardless of their environment, when they're expected to succeed.

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Pressure_Cooker/70100746 (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Pressure_Cooker/70100746)
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on February 14, 2012, 02:08:42 PM
Oh, good. Because I got halfway through the first season of Supernatural last night and started to tie a noose so I could hang myself tonight.

So now I can watch something else!
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on April 11, 2012, 02:41:12 PM
So, RC, for some reason I thought the picture you painted of Being Elmo was about a puppeteer's collapse. Not his journey to fame and fortune and glory.

I don't know why I got that from your description. Was I drunk?
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Post by: RottingCorpse on April 11, 2012, 02:45:05 PM
Probably, though to me it seemed to illustrate the sacrifices a single-minded artist must make.
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Post by: nacho on April 11, 2012, 02:46:58 PM
Probably, though to me it seemed to illustrate the sacrifices a single-minded artist must make.

Being a gazillionaire after fulfilling your childhood dreams at the age of 17 isn't really a sacrifice in my book.
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Post by: RottingCorpse on April 11, 2012, 02:50:29 PM
The guy seemed unable to connect with anybody, including his family, unless he was operating a puppet. Sort of sad in a way.
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Post by: nacho on April 11, 2012, 02:52:32 PM
Oh, I see. At the very end we get where his family is suffering because of his somewhat unexpected tickle me Elmo schedule. But, you know, that's life. Most normal latchkey kids don't have huge happy families and are free from want.

The guy seemed unable to connect with anybody, including his family, unless he was operating a puppet. Sort of sad in a way.

See, I didn't get that at all...till he has the kid. But then he's just super busy. He connected with his parents, and with the Henson team. And he sits there and says he hates the schedule and would rather be with his family. So...
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 11, 2012, 02:57:19 PM
It's mostly uplifting, I'll agree.
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Post by: nacho on April 11, 2012, 02:59:31 PM
I wanted dark horror and now I'm very upset.
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Post by: nacho on April 11, 2012, 03:14:00 PM
Ugh! And watching that shit totally skewed Netflix's suggestions. Now they think I'm happy. Goddamnit...

Okay. My Little Pony and Friends marathon it is...
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Post by: RottingCorpse on April 11, 2012, 03:23:10 PM
Just watch Strippers vs. Werewolves and it'll skew right back the other way.
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Post by: nacho on April 11, 2012, 03:23:57 PM
Done!
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Post by: nacho on April 11, 2012, 03:25:16 PM
Actually, I'm re-watching The Game first so I can restore the "paranoid drama" status.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on November 13, 2012, 06:37:57 PM
Well, well...


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In June of this year, Sesame Workshop received a communication from a then 23-year-old man who alleged that he had a relationship beginning when he was 16 years old with Kevin Clash,” reps for the show said in a statement.

Clash, 52, who has been Elmo’s Muppeteer since 1984, adamantly maintains the accusation is false, but the show was forced to investigate.

Says Clash, according to TMZ, "I had a relationship with [the accuser]. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not."

“We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action,” Sesame Workshop said in the statement. “We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him. We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation. We also conducted a thorough investigation and found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated.”

While the show’s probe was unable to find proof that Clash had engaged in a relationship with the accuser while he was a minor, it did find evidence that the man behind one of the most beloved children’s television characters had engaged in inappropriate behavior against company standards.

“Although this was a personal relationship unrelated to the workplace, our investigation did reveal that Kevin exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding internet usage and he was disciplined,” Sesame Workshop said.
In light of the incident, Clash will be moving away from Sesame Street for the foreseeable future.

“Kevin insists that the allegation of underage conduct is false and defamatory and he is taking actions to protect his reputation,” the Workshop noted. “We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.”

Clash has won numerous Emmy awards for his work as Elmo over the last 28 years, and gained national attention when he was featured in in the award-winning 2011 documentary “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,” which chronicles how he got to Sesame Street and turned the red puppet into an icon.

TMZ reports that Clash's accuser sought representation from Pennsylvania law firm Andreozzi and Associates, which represented one of the victims in the child s ex assault trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and continues to work with the victims in that case.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 14, 2012, 09:28:55 AM
His accuser recanted this morning.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on November 14, 2012, 11:02:29 AM
Ah...no fun.

But he admitted to having a relationship with the kid, yes?

Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 14, 2012, 11:00:29 PM
Yes, but not sexual until the kid...came of age.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on November 14, 2012, 11:13:52 PM
Let me know when yours reaches rock.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on November 20, 2012, 08:30:30 PM
Watching Craigslist Joe right now...which sort of reaffirms my belief in humanity.

A guy and a cameraman (picked up from Craigslist) go on a 31 day trick into America using Craigslist. No money, no credit cards, no contact with friends or family. Food, money, transport, and lodging must all be achieved using CL.

Of course, the type of people who respond to the ads and take out the ads that would accommodate this sort of thing (at least, as of the 30 minute mark) are the periphery down and out loser types. The same sort of broken down people you become without cash, food, or lodging, or the means to get it. These weird ass types who, nevertheless, are salt of the earthers who work hard, are generally simple and, so, loving and ever-eager for the all too alien or remote connection with humanity.

That, so far, is the theme of the film. The guy's purpose is to rediscover a sense of community in America...and, in a way, he does. But the community is this vast, troubled, underclass. Or sub class, perhaps. The not quite have nots who don't fit in.

Fascinating really. An hour to go, so I'm waiting for something scary to happen. Though I get the feeling that the nature of the documentary sort of demands that the only contact with CL people will be those of the harmlessly crazy variety.

Anyway...check it out. I'll report back shortly to let you know if I end up watching the guy's brutal murder.

e: He survives! And meets the owner of Craigslist. And cries alot.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on January 09, 2013, 08:20:08 AM
Holy shit. RC -- all of you -- need to get Searching for Sugarman in you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Searching_for_Sugar_Man

There's so much... A no-hit wonder in the 70's becomes (unbeknownst to anyone) a gigantic hit in South Africa, and is instrumental in inspiring the anti-apartheid movement. He sells a zillion albums and the money goes...nowhere. A wonderful interview with one of the record label producers turns wildly hostile and is, like, woah...what?

Rumor is he burned himself on stage, or shot himself. Suicided during a concert. So two South Africans set out to get to the bottom of the story of this guy who vanished from the musical scene after two albums and, yet, has inspired the country for two generations.

And I'll say no more lest I spoil it. Just watch it.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Disco Dust on January 14, 2013, 11:25:41 AM
Rodrigo was featured on 60 Minutes a few weeks ago as well... 8)
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2013, 06:16:30 PM
Ooh... My Amityville Horror! This looks awesome!

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For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathy Lutz's story went on to inspire a best-selling novel and the subsequent films have continued to fascinate audiences today. This documentary reveals the horror behind growing up as part of a world famous haunting and while Daniel's facts may be other's fiction, the psychological scars he carries are indisputable.

Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 15, 2013, 11:48:39 AM
Yes please.

http://observationdeck.io9.com/men-in-suits-documentary-looks-at-monster-suit-perfor-1445185476/ (http://observationdeck.io9.com/men-in-suits-documentary-looks-at-monster-suit-perfor-1445185476/)
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on June 18, 2014, 07:26:24 PM
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on July 01, 2014, 04:03:17 PM
This wasn't really on my radar...but the trailer sold it.

Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 01, 2014, 08:02:10 PM
Yeah. I'll watch that.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 29, 2014, 08:13:25 PM
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Post by: nacho on July 30, 2014, 10:35:20 AM
Have you been followingthe news articles and interviews about this? I can't remember if I've been posting them or not...but the whole damn thing is fascinating.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 30, 2014, 11:20:42 AM
I remember reading about the Alamogordo dig.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Reginald McGraw on July 30, 2014, 05:35:34 PM
A little slanted in my mind. ET is being scapegoated here as this terrible game. It wasn't great, but certainly not the worst Atari imagining. Pac man was worse. Many games were significantly worse. Based on my own research of a few years ago now, this game is held up as a symbol, but overall quality and the poison of success are more to blame for The Crash of the Atari age and eventually Nintendo's rise to fill the void.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on July 31, 2014, 08:30:08 AM
A little slanted in my mind. ET is being scapegoated here as this terrible game. It wasn't great, but certainly not the worst Atari imagining. Pac man was worse. Many games were significantly worse. Based on my own research of a few years ago now, this game is held up as a symbol, but overall quality and the poison of success are more to blame for The Crash of the Atari age and eventually Nintendo's rise to fill the void.

This. Kind of how the wave of geekdom articles have summed up the situation.

Even if E.T. was a major success, they produced so much inventory there would have still been excess to unload. The larger picture is actually more fascinating than the hunt for E.T.

(I'll go ahead and say that the link below may well be a close cousin of what we'll be reading about Apple in a few years...)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_video_game_crash_of_1983


Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Reginald McGraw on July 31, 2014, 08:58:43 AM
Great read!

"Recently released games which initially sold for USD$35 were in bins for $5." -- I loved these bins. I still regret not buying a copy of Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes that I saw in one of these bins once.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on July 31, 2014, 09:56:34 AM
Great read!

"Recently released games which initially sold for USD$35 were in bins for $5." -- I loved these bins. I still regret not buying a copy of Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes that I saw in one of these bins once.

Still $5!


http://www.amazon.com/Revenge-Beefsteak-Tomatoes-Atari-2600/dp/B001VJ9TZG
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on August 06, 2014, 10:49:30 AM
Hmmm... 



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The Dog, the film about the libertine bank robber behind Dog Day Afternoon, is an action film told in words.

“If anybody gets up, they’re dead. Anybody moves, they’re dead. Anybody makes a sound before I leave this movie, they’re fucking dead,” the voice of John Wojtowicz, “The Dog,” warns us as the leader tape counts down to the start of the documentary about his life. Right away you wonder if his bark is as bad as his bite. It doesn’t take long to figure out that they are one and the same.

Dog Day Afternoon is one of my favorite movies. Directed by a former Dead End Kid, Sidney Lumet, and starring Al Pacino in an instantly iconic role. It wasn’t iconic just because of the great acting, it was original, daring and ahead of its time. John Wojtowicz, the Dog in The Dog and Dog Day Afternoon, was original, daring and ahead of his time. Wojtowicz pretty much loved Dog Day Afternoon and when he got out of prison after completing a six-year sentence he rechristened himself Dog. He is still The Dog.

The new documentary The Dog, directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, looks at the man who robbed a Brooklyn bank on a hot sunny day to pay for his wife’s sex change. A sex change Wojtowicz didn’t even want him to have, by the way, because John wanted the man he fell in love with at first sight. Oh, did I have to mention that his wife was a man?

The documentary is a historical gem, telling the story of the rising gay rights movement in New York City with copious vintage film. It is also a suspenseful crime doc: the planning, the false starts, the fights and the pre-robbery fucking are all detailed. Very detailed. You might say graphically detailed. But every detail rings true with the honesty of the liars who lived it.


With much mroe at:

http://www.denofgeek.us/movies/the-dog/237951/the-dog-review
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Nubbins on August 28, 2014, 11:53:41 AM
Larry is a bit of a documentary fanatic, so we've watched more than our share over the past couple years. Two of the best we've seen (again, sorry if these are a repeat, but I'm too lazy to read the entire thread... MISS ME MUCH?!). Both of these were available on Netflix last time I checked.

Dear Zachary

Let the Fire Burn
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on August 28, 2014, 12:15:32 PM
Not repeats, as far as I know, and both very interesting looking...

Are people still on Netflix?
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Post by: Nubbins on August 28, 2014, 01:38:51 PM
Not repeats, as far as I know, and both very interesting looking...

Are people still on Netflix?

I guess so? I'm cheap, so I refuse to pay for cable... I use Netflix almost exclusively.

Both of these documentaries are amazing... Dear Zachary is the kind of movie that sticks with you for a couple of days afterwards. Very powerful. Actually, both of them are. Let the Fire Burn is interesting in the context of #Ferguson. History repeating.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on August 28, 2014, 03:26:06 PM
Wait! Netflix is cheap?
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Post by: Reginald McGraw on August 28, 2014, 04:10:48 PM
Wait! Netflix is cheap?

Compared to cable it is.

If I didn't like sports, I would probably pick some streaming service over cable.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Nubbins on August 29, 2014, 11:41:50 AM
Yeah, it's like $8 a month or something now. We use my Xbox to stream it. It's very convenient.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Sirharles on August 29, 2014, 12:28:56 PM
I got rid of cable, I only use Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.  The only thing I miss is the football games.  And with my photography taking up every other weekend I don't have time for those anyway.  Best decision I made was cutting the cord.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: monkey! on August 30, 2014, 11:55:27 AM
My TV sports network is €11 per month, no contract. And that includes 10 channels of Football, Rugby, NBA, Tennis, Boxing, etc. from across a dozen countries/leagues/competitions.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on August 30, 2014, 12:08:37 PM
You're ruled by socialists.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on September 04, 2014, 08:10:26 AM
Dinosaur 13! The true tale of fuckery that surrounds the greatest T-Rex find in history. I've been following Sue's story since it blew up in the newspapers when I was in high school.  Glad to see a doc about it... This is a must see.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_(dinosaur)



Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 04, 2014, 11:48:28 AM
My Roosevelt obsession continues... Plus, Ken Burns!

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Post by: nacho on October 30, 2014, 07:01:17 PM
What makes To Be Takei fascinating is how these people's lives (the whole TOS crew) have been shaped on every level by a show that only lasted three seasons.
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Post by: nacho on October 30, 2014, 07:05:05 PM
Oh, and, motherfucker...when he describes his experience in the internment camps... 
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Post by: nacho on October 31, 2014, 09:33:02 AM
God...Shatner is so damn crazy. He spends the whole Takei doc denying that he knows Takei "in the strictest sense."
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on May 02, 2015, 09:58:03 AM
Holy shit... If you all haven't watched Going Clear, the expose on Scientology, then stop what you're doing and watch it now. It's streamed everywhere. It blew my mind...and filled me with horror and rage. This is a must watch doc.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: monkey! on May 02, 2015, 11:25:03 AM
I'll get right onto that, Xenu!
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: Sirharles on May 02, 2015, 09:30:14 PM
Holy shit... If you all haven't watched Going Clear, the expose on Scientology, then stop what you're doing and watch it now. It's streamed everywhere. It blew my mind...and filled me with horror and rage. This is a must watch doc.

Watched it last night with Mrs. Sirharles.  Amazing and yes deeply horrifying.  They are the Illuminati.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on May 14, 2015, 07:39:48 PM
So... The Space Invaders. Wow. Amazing.


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Beginning with Space Invaders in 1978, arcade games began to appear everywhere. By 1982, there were 13,000 dedicated arcade locations across North America. It was the Golden Age of Arcade Games, generating $3.2 billion dollars in 1983. By 1985, revenue had fallen 97%. Atari declared bankruptcy. Arcades closed. Most of the old games were converted or destroyed. A few were packed into warehouses where they remained, largely forgotten, for at least another decade. This is the story of arcade video games, and the generation who grew up in the arcades attempting to collect and preserve their fondest memories.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on October 11, 2015, 12:12:38 PM
Ten creepy docs!


http://mentalfloss.com/article/69723/10-haunting-documentaries-are-stranger-fiction
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on September 20, 2016, 11:40:26 AM
For The Love of Spock -- Adam Nimoy's documentary about his father, his childhood, and...Spock -- is terrific and moving. Well worth it.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on October 14, 2016, 10:39:01 AM
My Scientology Movie (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Scientology_Movie) sort of fails miserably. It's nothing that Going Clear hasn't already covered.

In fact, Going Clear was more effective and daring.

Meanwhile, the Netflix doc on (alleged) murderess Amanda Knox -- narrated and starring Amanda Knox herself -- is gripping and amazing.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on December 03, 2019, 10:41:53 PM
Framing John DeLorean was not at all what I expected. A moody, fascinating study of the man's life, with lots of care and love given for his children and the people he impacted. Having been at the end of the shitstick as the child of a scandalous figure when being interviewed, I loved how they handled DeLorean's son and daughter. They gave them voice and power and respect.

This was a great watch in this era of documentary avalanche.
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 04, 2019, 11:45:36 AM
Evil Genius is the wildest true crime dive I've been on in a loooooooong time.

https://www.netflix.com/title/80158319
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on December 04, 2019, 12:51:39 PM
Evil Genius is the wildest true crime die I've been on in a loooooooong time.

https://www.netflix.com/title/80158319

Nice! And diving into Broken today...
Title: Re: Documentaries
Post by: nacho on February 06, 2020, 03:06:15 PM
Don't fuck with Cats was fascinating right up till the end. It's about how an internet community got together on FB and captured a serial killer:

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/a30308038/netflix-dont-fuck-with-cats-luka-magnotta/

But then the final episode is all about how the internet made this serial killer and, turn to the camera, people like YOU, who just watched this documentary, are MAKING SERIAL KILLERS.

Um...well, no, that's not the lesson here. The lesson here is that citizens banded together and performed a good dead and saved lives and if THEY hadn't of been on the internet or were jaded and didn't care...those lives would have been lost.

Really stupid.