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« Reply #450 on: December 15, 2017, 02:03:45 PM »

Documentary Now! on Netflix. Bill Hader and Fred Armisen goofing on classic docs. The Thin Blue Line and Grey Gardens parodies are particularly good.

Sandy Passage (Grey Gardens)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csk8xsRSZbw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csk8xsRSZbw</a>


The Eye Doesn't Lie (Thin Blue Line)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwj7hV9h5VQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwj7hV9h5VQ</a>
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« Reply #451 on: December 16, 2017, 02:04:58 PM »

From it's Youtube page:

"'Living History: The John Feathers Map Collection' is used with permission from Alec Ernest and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Learn more at http://omele.to/2BTBBn0 and http://omele.to/2yfwX0E.

In 2012, Glen Creason -- a map librarian at the Los Angeles Central Library -- got a phone call from a real estate agent. The agent told him a house scheduled for demolition in Mt. Washington was filled with maps.

Glen was skeptical, thinking it would be nothing but boxes of National Geographics. But Glen soon discovered the old house was stuffed with a treasure trove of priceless antique maps, much beloved to John Feathers, the occupant of the house and a passionate collector of maps. John's private collection effectively doubled the Library's collection, which started in 1873.

This short documentary, directed by Alec Ernest and created for the Los Angeles Review of Books, takes a quotidian subject and mines it for emotional resonance with great skill and sensitivity. Maps become more than just analytical, intellectual tools -- they record what people want to see, how people live and chronicle the passage of time.

With a beautiful musical score and fast-paced editing, 'Living History' communicates Glen's passion and excitement for maps, showing how everyday objects can become imbued with memory, emotion and our dreams for the future."


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsqIXdIaJe4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsqIXdIaJe4</a>
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« Reply #452 on: December 21, 2017, 03:23:45 PM »

Not a documentary, but this is still a very good watch. If you are interested, this YouTube channel likes to compare Hollywood's version of history, to what was more likely to have happened.

Quality channel.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvvNRx0riOE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvvNRx0riOE</a>
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« Reply #453 on: December 21, 2017, 03:35:10 PM »

Keeping this thread on topic of documentaries:

Just watched Forks over Knives, a documentary on the benefits of a plant based diet.  A ton of it made sense.  Of course, I had to look to the  counters and found a site that attacks both this, and the opposite, the all meat low carb diets.....

Although each side makes a compelling argument, I'm tending to stick with the debunking site - basically, extremism is not necessary, and health benefits can be achieved by eating a combination of all these types of foods.
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« Reply #454 on: December 24, 2017, 08:42:09 AM »

Hooker, a 1983 HBO look at the sex trade in three parts. First, a high end pair of girls in the dominatrix trade. Second, a legal brothel. Lastly, a look at old fashioned street level work. A bit tame for the 2000's, but some interesting bits here and there, good watch for fans of old school HBO stuff -

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPZIpUuiOyI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPZIpUuiOyI</a>.
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« Reply #455 on: January 03, 2018, 03:09:00 AM »

Not sure if it's available in all regions, but here is a great documentary on the 1918 Flu epidemic, and its effect on society -

www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/influenza/#part01 .
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« Reply #456 on: January 18, 2018, 05:43:23 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbZuDD3PvB4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbZuDD3PvB4</a>.

Angelli - A brief biographical sketch of Gianni Agnelli, the majority owner of Fiat in Italy. An interesting view of a man that handled things with style and aplomb.
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« Reply #457 on: February 05, 2018, 04:38:19 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIkbjUZ9ig4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIkbjUZ9ig4</a>.

Oxyana, a disheartening look at the pain pill trade in West Virginia.
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« Reply #458 on: February 09, 2018, 09:29:18 AM »

"Jiro Dreams of Sushi". A documentary on the greatest sushi chef in Japan. Sounds dull, but it is an amazing watch. Plus, the sushi looks pretty tasty too.
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« Reply #459 on: February 13, 2018, 04:22:08 AM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGbrYa8O-ag" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGbrYa8O-ag</a>.

The Panama Canal - A surprisingly interesting look at a project that was quite the feat of engineering and endurance.
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« Reply #460 on: March 09, 2018, 02:22:46 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEoGom5H4V8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEoGom5H4V8</a>
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« Reply #461 on: April 11, 2018, 02:16:57 PM »

Not sure how long it will stay up, but here's HBO's big Andre, The Giant documentary -

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RObV6XA0h1k" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RObV6XA0h1k</a>.
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« Reply #462 on: April 12, 2018, 07:56:42 PM »

Also this looks like it might be hilarious, but I can't find a full copy. Blast 'em, an early 1990's look at the paparazzi scene, including an odd, yet funny Madonna impersonater that double as a photog -

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBVjQV2-a_Y" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBVjQV2-a_Y</a>.

This came out right before digital, and you're right: something stopped a dig version from appearing.  At last check, closest thing I've seen is a DVD on Amazon, that's said to be crap quality.

The part with the guy talking about meeting Madonna is too funny.  I wonder if she put a crimp on this.

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« Reply #463 on: April 12, 2018, 08:24:22 PM »

I listened to a show on the radio not long ago, and it reminded me of the Japanese documentary (posted in this thread) of the people sleeping in Cyber Cafes.  I believe Lost in Mamboo is the name.

Turns out many individuals living like that, there, are actually running from debt collectors.  Often it's due to gambling, and they do love to gamble it up.  Drugs are almost unheard of outside of the mob world.

But the debt collectors are said to use tools such as megaphones, lol, to stalk a subject at his/her home, making a sun-up 'til sun-down effort to "coax" the person into paying.  If someone doesn't have the money, that person can "disappear" into a scene such as the cafes.  They're not broke, obviously, since they're charged a few bucks per day to flop in their little cubicle.  It's all anonymous (the Japanese respect the need for that) and it's cash on the barrelhead.  Five years of living under the radar, and they can come back in the clear.

The broke Japanese are often older ones, sometimes very old, and were sadly left behind due to a business failure (whether by self, or someone else).  Almost 100% male, as women are better seen-to in that society.
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« Reply #464 on: April 14, 2018, 11:43:25 PM »

King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters (2007) - This is one that (probably) everyone would love who's into this thread.  It's got its share of controversy attached to it, of course, namely as brought up -- after the fact -- by the main "enemy" in the document.

On the surface, it's about the otherwise-obscured champions of 1980s videogame playing.  The world's best in that field.  The shit they've allowed to define themselves, is what.  That's what it's about.

Beneath the nonsense, though, it's about human nature.  A good one, alright.  Really good.

On Youtube, look it up when you want to blow an hour or two.  No need to watch a compromised version: the real McCoy can be found, right now, on YT.  For free, just as the producers in this case would have it.

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In the early 1980s, legendary Billy Mitchell set a Donkey Kong record that stood for almost 25 years. This documentary follows the assault on the record by Steve Wiebe, an earnest teacher from Washington who took up the game while unemployed. The top scores are monitored by a cadre of players and fans associated with Walter Day, an Iowan who runs Funspot, an annual tournament. Wiebe breaks Mitchell's record in public at Funspot, and Mitchell promptly mails a controversial video tape of himself setting a new record. So Wiebe travels to Florida hoping Mitchell will face him for the 2007 Guinness World Records. Will the mind-game-playing Mitchell engage; who will end up holding the record?
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« Reply #465 on: April 24, 2018, 06:22:44 PM »

King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters (2007) - This is one that (probably) everyone would love who's into this thread.  It's got its share of controversy attached to it, of course, namely as brought up -- after the fact -- by the main "enemy" in the document.

On the surface, it's about the otherwise-obscured champions of 1980s videogame playing.  The world's best in that field.  The shit they've allowed to define themselves, is what.  That's what it's about.

Beneath the nonsense, though, it's about human nature.  A good one, alright.  Really good.

On Youtube, look it up when you want to blow an hour or two.  No need to watch a compromised version: the real McCoy can be found, right now, on YT.  For free, just as the producers in this case would have it.

From IMDB:
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In the early 1980s, legendary Billy Mitchell set a Donkey Kong record that stood for almost 25 years. This documentary follows the assault on the record by Steve Wiebe, an earnest teacher from Washington who took up the game while unemployed. The top scores are monitored by a cadre of players and fans associated with Walter Day, an Iowan who runs Funspot, an annual tournament. Wiebe breaks Mitchell's record in public at Funspot, and Mitchell promptly mails a controversial video tape of himself setting a new record. So Wiebe travels to Florida hoping Mitchell will face him for the 2007 Guinness World Records. Will the mind-game-playing Mitchell engage; who will end up holding the record?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zhMlFOyZvQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zhMlFOyZvQ</a>
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