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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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