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Old 09-25-2017, 12:06 PM   #2001
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American Anarchist

This is about William Powell, author of The Anarchist Cookbook. You would think this would be a slam dunk subject for a great documentary, but the filmmaker managed to **** it up imo.

Powell seems like a very thoughtful and compassionate person who has some good insights into how and why young males can get full of rage and do commit senseless violence. Unfortunately, the interiewer missed most of this and wanted to keep asking him dumb leading questions to try to get him to admit guilt for things he's clearly not guilty of. Powell deserved quite a lot of credit just for participating in this.
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Old 09-28-2017, 10:16 PM   #2002
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espn 30 for 30 ones are amazing, between my favorites is 4 days in october (red sox comeback agasint yankees)

I don't even watch sports on TV and I found 30 for 30 amazing. There are so many good ones I can't pick a favourite.
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Old 10-02-2017, 07:06 PM   #2003
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Grunching the thread/some of my favourite documentaries that I can recall:

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (mentioned recently ITT very very good 99% positive rotten tomatoes rating)/Searching for Sugarman among my all time favourites
I really liked Tim's Vermeer (and some guy I recommended it to at the library loved it fwiw, look for the trailer and see if its for you)
Red Army (about Russian hockey, good even if you don't love sports documentaries maybe)

Pretty much a documentary and in my top 100 movies: King of Kong: a fistful of quarters.

There's another one, Canadian, about a guy and his pawn shop I really enjoyed...not sure the name of it though.

Edit: It's called broke, trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ3--NB1QTc

Really interesting/compelling human story there. Most documentaries are about humans I guess, RDRR.

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Old 10-04-2017, 02:11 PM   #2004
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Grunching the thread/some of my favourite documentaries that I can recall:

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (mentioned recently ITT very very good 99% positive rotten tomatoes rating)/Searching for Sugarman among my all time favourites
I really liked Tim's Vermeer (and some guy I recommended it to at the library loved it fwiw, look for the trailer and see if its for you)
Red Army (about Russian hockey, good even if you don't love sports documentaries maybe)
I loved those first three you mentioned a lot. Will watch Red Army soon.
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:44 AM   #2005
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Long Shot was a fun little doc. Nothing earth shattering, but def worth a watch. Don't google, just watch it. It's only 40 mins long.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:10 AM   #2006
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Has anyone seen Unacknowledged? What a trip that was. Very engrossing and worth a watch imo.
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Old 10-06-2017, 03:47 PM   #2007
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One cycling documentary I really enjoyed was "A Sunday In Hell".

From WIKI:
"Danish documentary film directed by Jørgen Leth. The film is a chronology of the 1976 Paris–Roubaix bicycle race from the perspective of participants, organizers and spectators.

Paris–Roubaix is the most famous and usually the most dramatic of the spring classics. Much of the latter portion is over narrow, cobbled tracks that choke with dust on dry days and become slick and muddy in rain. For the riders it's a challenge to keep going without puncturing or crashing."

The total distance was 168.1 MI/270.5KM and was won in a time of 6HR 37'41''. I've never been much of fan of road races but big single stage races through a mixture of terrain is kind of fascinating.



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Old 10-06-2017, 07:05 PM   #2008
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30 for 30 Documentaries that stood out to me.
Broke, The U Parts 1+2, June 17th 1994, Catching Hell, Fantastic Lies

Watched Icarus, I liked it,
I think too many people just assumed it was only Russia doing this, there are a lot of stories in the UK about doping that the British Cycling team are also heavily involved, hopefully the full truth comes out and these frauds are exposed.

Watched Cleveland Strangler, I thought it was poor, I hate how straight away it became a race issue, A black man murdered a load of black prostitutes / drug addicts and the presenter ties it to racism on the behalf of the police department. There are lots of unsolved cases that are a result of horrible policing not just racism.

About to watch Long Shot + Unacknowledged
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:53 PM   #2009
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New Louis Theroux three-part series, Dark States, has just started. Involves him visiting three American cities dealing with heroin addiction, sex trafficking, and murder.

Not had a chance to watch it yet, but, as you can probably guess, it sounds pretty grim.
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:40 PM   #2010
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New Louis Theroux three-part series, Dark States, has just started. Involves him visiting three American cities dealing with heroin addiction, sex trafficking, and murder.

Not had a chance to watch it yet, but, as you can probably guess, it sounds pretty grim.
The first one was the same story involving a lot of the exact same people as the Netflix doc Heroin(e), which I happened to watch a few days before by coincidence.

I'm a huge Louis fan but found this very boring by his standards - likely at least in part because I'd already watched Heroin(e) and it therefore felt like I wasn't seeing anything new which is a big part of what a good doc is about - but still I hope the next two in the series are better.

It's also not dissimilar to the previous doc he did about Crystal Meth in Fresno, but less shocking/intriguing.
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:15 AM   #2011
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Has anyone seen Unacknowledged? What a trip that was. Very engrossing and worth a watch imo.
One of the best shot and packaged documentaries I have seen in a long long time, I may have to give it a rewatch. Thoroughly entertaining.
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:21 AM   #2012
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Time: The Kalief Browder Story. Just so disgusting. Don't Google, just watch and be horrified.
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Old 10-16-2017, 02:37 PM   #2013
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Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary

Documentary about the friendship between two 60's icons. Both were dismissed Harvard professors with a penchant for LSD use. Leary became a psychedelic guru, and counter cultural legend, while Dass went East and became a world-renowned spiritual teacher.

I've been fascinated, and at times in my life, heavily inspired, by both men, so the documentary wasn't exactly groundbreaking. However it was still cool to see old footage of them, and see them interact with each other.

Definitely worth a watch if you're interested in them. Definitely one to miss if you're not into all that mamsy-pamsy hippy crap.
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:11 AM   #2014
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Time: The Kalief Browder Story. Just so disgusting. Don't Google, just watch and be horrified.
Getting it now, I tell all my friends that I recommend a documentary to not to google it and just watch it, I like the surprise element.

I watched Sour Grapes, Upon your review Rich, I loved it,

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Old 10-17-2017, 12:06 PM   #2015
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I watched Sour Grapes, Upon your review Rich, I loved it,

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Glad you enjoyed it. Hahaha that poor SOB. Can't blame him, really.

Imagine if Rudy had applied himself to something legitimate? Smart dude.
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Old 10-20-2017, 03:34 PM   #2016
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Getting it now, I tell all my friends that I recommend a documentary to not to google it and just watch it, I like the surprise element.

I watched Sour Grapes, Upon your review Rich, I loved it,

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