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Old 02-12-2019, 07:38 AM   #2101
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So after throwing money at my screen and nothing happening, I managed to watch Free Solo. I've been waiting for this doc since I watched the first trailer like 5 months ago and after watching all the climbing docs I watched kinda preparing for Free Solo I became a huge Alex fan. I watched so much stuff about him/this that after actually watching it I feel like it wasn't my first time. It wasn't underwhelming because the doc delivered, but I wish I had watched it earlier when my expectations weren't so high.
Best reasons to watch it:
- one of (If not the) greatest physical and mental feats I have ever seen.
- amazing cinematography
- alex's personality makes for great TV. It's great watching his autistic behavior and how he deals with the people he cares about.
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Old 02-12-2019, 02:00 PM   #2102
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The Ted Bundy Tapes

The most fascinating thing about psychopaths is how so many people love them and refuse to believe they could do anything wrong.

I'm pretty sure the judge at the first trial was attracted to Bundy in some way.

The Barney Fifing from the small town cops was hilarious.

5/5
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:43 PM   #2103
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The Ted Bundy Tapes

The most fascinating thing about psychopaths is how so many people love them and refuse to believe they could do anything wrong.

I'm pretty sure the judge at the first trial was attracted to Bundy in some way.

The Barney Fifing from the small town cops was hilarious.

5/5


Yeah, I knew about his crimes but not all the courtroom shenanigans. Fascinating stuff.

Ps. At risk of thread derail, I watched the Staircase a couple of weeks back. Do people who have seen it think he is innocent or guilty?
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:21 PM   #2104
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My initial reaction to The Staircase was that the evidence was sketchy. The prosecution's case essentially came down to "gee that's a lot of blood, she must've been murdered... and the husband must've done it because he's a bisexual weirdo." Which is not to say I think he's innocent, it means I don't think he was proven guilty.

I remember reading some article a year or two ago with some allegations that the guy and the female producer of the documentary were banging, which would have some obvious implications for potential bias in how the documentary was edited.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:35 PM   #2105
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Science Fair

This is about a bunch of smartypants kids competing in an international science fair. The most interesting part for me was the kid who was really into AI so he wrote a program to make rap songs. Clearly a smart kid with talent and a specific interest. The problem was he gets bored in school and doesn't care about it, so his grades aren't that good, thus he got rejected from all the colleges he applied to. School is such bull****.

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Free Solo

Thanks to KCT for the heads up, I've been waiting for this. I kinda wish they'd spent more time talking about his training and planning and less time with the romcom oh noes the gf is crying relationship stuff. Like how much does he train with that finger pullup bar thingy, does he lift, does he do cardio? What's all the terminology in his notebook? Only climbers would understand wtf he's saying.

But it's still a good watch because of the obvious ZOMGGG HE COULD DIE!!!11

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Old 02-12-2019, 10:42 PM   #2106
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And of course we don’t get free solo on Amazon Prime in Canada!

****ing awful copyright bs.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:09 PM   #2107
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A friend told me it's on torrent sites.
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Old 02-15-2019, 10:26 AM   #2108
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My initial reaction to The Staircase was that the evidence was sketchy. The prosecution's case essentially came down to "gee that's a lot of blood, she must've been murdered... and the husband must've done it because he's a bisexual weirdo." Which is not to say I think he's innocent, it means I don't think he was proven guilty.

I remember reading some article a year or two ago with some allegations that the guy and the female producer of the documentary were banging, which would have some obvious implications for potential bias in how the documentary was edited.
Spoiler alert re: The Staircase should you plan to watch this, which I recommend. With that being said...

I found the owl theory the most plausible. Help me, it doesn't really come up in the doc? It's been a while since I watched this.

What definitely is in the doc are the post mortem photographs of her skull; you can see clearly what looks like some bird of prey's claws. But it was never considered by the prosecution in the initial trial and perhaps neither in the re-trail(s).

Still a fascinating case and doc. And I think no one knows what happened other than if he did it.


I found the editing of the end of the first season a bit unfortunate. When I was watching this on Arte absolute ages ago I was under the impression that he admitted to his guilt in court right after hearing his guilty verdict.
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Old 03-03-2019, 07:16 PM   #2109
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3801 Lancaster: An American Tragedy

Just wow. I had never even heard of this case (just google Kermit Gosnell) and I can’t believe I never had, as I follow true crime pretty intensely.

I don’t really know what to think about it’s role in the abortion/anti-abortion arguments and while I have no time for pro-lifers I think it’s super interesting that quite possibly the nation’s left-leaning media kept mum on this because of its potential implications for the argument against abortion.

Anyways, the doc itself it just ok; the end where they try to tie it into some other potential malpractice at a Planned Parenthood really ruined the doc for me, but it’s worth watching for any true crime fan, parts are absolutey horrifying and the guy sounds like a ridiculously smart complete sociopath
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Old 03-04-2019, 04:03 AM   #2110
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The Wild And Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia

All I have to say is I'm glad I'm not from West Virginia.

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Wasted: The Story Of Food Waste

An expose on how much perfectly good food gets wasted (spoiler alert: a lot). Narrated by Anthony Bourdain.

3/5
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Old 03-04-2019, 04:19 AM   #2111
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Watched the Bundy Tapes in one sitting while grinding. Dude was fascinating and after reading his Wikia right after, he was even more ****ed up than what they showed. They didn't even mention he was a necrophiliac, not that I recall at least. dude went back to the rotting bodies of his victims and had sex with them. sooo ****ed up. What amazes me the most is that even after doing these ****ed up things he'd still be very easy to talk to, like a completely different person. I imagined that a person that did the things he did would be unable to even have a short conversation without showing sings of being a complete monster.

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Old 03-04-2019, 05:09 AM   #2112
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Yeah, I had no intention of watching The Bundy Tapes, but I was bored and put it on. Knocked it out in 1 shot!! I knew a little here and there but didn't realize how much I didn't know. Can't wait for the movie coming out soon!
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Old 03-06-2019, 11:24 AM   #2113
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The Wild And Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia

All I have to say is I'm glad I'm not from West Virginia.

3/5
As you probably can infer from my avatar, I've seen this.

My brother has talked to Jesco on the phone.
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:31 PM   #2114
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If you're in the mood to get creeped out and depressed, I have two recs:

Leaving Neverland

Two men recount their stories of being sexually abused by Michael Jackson as children.

Surviving R. Kelly

This is a series on A&E. Several women and parents talk about their experiences with R. Kelly and his abuse/creepiness.
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:23 PM   #2115
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Watched freesolo... wasn't completely blown away.
What he does is completely amazing, but the movie was only soso... especially the final assent which seemed compressed and unduly edited.

I think my friend Elliot Roe (who coaches MMA fighters and some top Poker pros including sessions with 2017 sell main champ) could help this guy... but then he'd probably be a worse climber because he would have more life balance and more humanity.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:32 PM   #2116
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Watched freesolo... wasn't completely blown away.
What he does is completely amazing, but the movie was only soso... especially the final assent which seemed compressed and unduly edited.

I think my friend Elliot Roe (who coaches MMA fighters and some top Poker pros including sessions with 2017 sell main champ) could help this guy... but then he'd probably be a worse climber because he would have more life balance and more humanity.
I thought I was the only person who wasn’t completely blown away by it.

I’m a huge fan of any type of outdoor documentary and a climber myself, just could not wait for it....got tickets for opening night.....and left completely unimpressed.

The accomplishment itself stands alone obv but as for the doc itself, the only thing I really liked was it gave me the chance to play armchair shrink for a guy I find rly interesting.

I much preferred Meru.

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