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7 RING SHRIMP
Oct 3, 2012



Oh the 30 for 30 Straight Outta LA is amazing just like all 30 for 30s

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A Spider Covets
May 4, 2009




Hey guys, I like extreme and scary sports. I've watched my fill of mountain climbing documentaries (Everest and K2 are so cool!), and now I'm interested in learning about people spelunking in crazy places and deep sea divers. Any recommendations?

I also really enjoy the deep parts of the ocean in general, if anyone has suggestions for that. I've seen Blue Planet and Planet Earth. Hope this wasn't too vague.

Monteunicorn
Jun 19, 2004


El Gallinero Gros posted:

You post in the rap thread a whole bunch, other than the Tribe Called Quest one, are there any great hip hop docs?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4130418/

ICHIBAHN
Feb 21, 2007

by Cyrano4747


The illmatic doc is actually very good

Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



A Spider Covets posted:

Hey guys, I like extreme and scary sports. I've watched my fill of mountain climbing documentaries (Everest and K2 are so cool!), and now I'm interested in learning about people spelunking in crazy places and deep sea divers. Any recommendations?

I also really enjoy the deep parts of the ocean in general, if anyone has suggestions for that. I've seen Blue Planet and Planet Earth. Hope this wasn't too vague.

The unridables on YouTube is a good doc about 500cc MotoGP bikes which for a few years were pretty terrifying.

Along the same lines there is Road a documentary about the Dunlop family of Irish road racing fame.

Valley Uprising a documentary about Rick climbing

precision
May 7, 2006

Gonna have me some good friends around
Gonna have me some good times in town




5 RING SHRIMP posted:

Oh the 30 for 30 Straight Outta LA is amazing just like all 30 for 30s

And it's on YouTube right now, officially even:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucjqadCCMVQ

Pingiivi
Mar 26, 2010

Straight into the iris!


precision posted:

And it's on YouTube right now, officially even:

I kinda doubt that ESPN would put that "IT'S FAIR USE PLEASE DON'T SUE US TO gently caress!" text in ther video descriptions. Also that channel's Facebook page goes to ESPN flims.

A Spider Covets
May 4, 2009




Ropes4u posted:

The unridables on YouTube is a good doc about 500cc MotoGP bikes which for a few years were pretty terrifying.

Along the same lines there is Road a documentary about the Dunlop family of Irish road racing fame.

Valley Uprising a documentary about Rick climbing

Ooo thanks! I'll put these on while I work today. I don't know why it's so fascinating to me, but something about the crazy poo poo people do just because they can is really entertaining to watch and learn about. Closest I ever got was off-trail mountain skiing, lol.

precision
May 7, 2006

Gonna have me some good friends around
Gonna have me some good times in town




Pingiivi posted:

I kinda doubt that ESPN would put that "IT'S FAIR USE PLEASE DON'T SUE US TO gently caress!" text in ther video descriptions. Also that channel's Facebook page goes to ESPN flims.

Ah, you're probably right, I didn't notice that.

e: The "This Was the XFL" 30 for 30 is also a pro watch, especially if you blinked and missed the XFL when it actually existed.

mod sassinator
Dec 13, 2006

I was living a doritos and mt dew incel life locked in my room. Then covid happened and I could pretend I was some sort of special hero for that. Now I spend all day worrying that could get ruined.I guarantee the post next to this message is me talking in baby talk while hyping up fake doomer news.

With all things sketchy on YouTube, watch first ask questions later. It will probably be taken down shortly.

edit: For what it's worth this is kinda tough to watch. It's cropped so titles are cut off and they did something weird with the framerate (probably to get around content detection)... people seem to talk a little slower than they should and lips don't match up with speech at all. Not worth struggling through IMHO, or at least turn off the video and just listen.

mod sassinator fucked around with this message at 20:22 on Feb 16, 2017

Lil Mama Im Sorry
Oct 14, 2012

I'M BACK AND I'M SCARIN' WHITE FOLKS

Best Frontline docs?

coyo7e
Aug 23, 2007

by zen death robot

Lil Mama Im Sorry posted:

Best Frontline docs?
A Class Divided?

I dunno, I don't really recall them individually, they run together in my brain under "FRONTLINE GOOD - WHAT THEY DON'T LIKE - PROBABLY BAD"

cstang
Oct 27, 2005

Da Bears

Lil Mama Im Sorry posted:

Best Frontline docs?

There are three recent American Experience documentaries that are worth checking out. One is about the Ruby Ridge stand off, another is about the Oklahoma federal building bombing and the other is Command and Control about an accident at a nuclear missile launch facility.

mod sassinator
Dec 13, 2006

I was living a doritos and mt dew incel life locked in my room. Then covid happened and I could pretend I was some sort of special hero for that. Now I spend all day worrying that could get ruined.I guarantee the post next to this message is me talking in baby talk while hyping up fake doomer news.

I think the better question is what Frontline docs aren't good--most are worth a watch. The war ones are great epics--there's one for Bush (Iraq) and Obama (Aghanistan).

MonsieurChoc
Oct 12, 2013

Every species can smell its own extinction.


cstang posted:

Anyone that's into documentaries about eccentric people should really check out "Curse Of The Man That Sees UFOs". It's streaming on Netflix.

Just wanna say to listen to this post. It's great.

MeinPanzer
Dec 19, 2004
anyone who reads Cinema Discusso for anything more than slackjawed trolling will see the shittiness in my posts

Lil Mama Im Sorry posted:

Best Frontline docs?

If you're into that kind of thing, anything related to the Middle East. Standouts include the early stuff on Iraq and the episode where they follow a reporter embedded with the Taliban.

Leinadi
Sep 14, 2009


Watched the new BBC docudrama on Terry Pratchett.

It was... well, it was OK I guess? I mean, the interviews and archive footage was good but the whole "let's get an actor to bring Pratchett to life" idea really didn't work well for me. Just felt... wrong and slightly embarassing.

Zwabu
Aug 7, 2006



Wow going through the list of Frontline shows makes me realize I haven't seen the huge majority of them, so I have to get on that. Perfect for watching while working out.

Ones that I've seen that I thought particularly good:

"Sick Around The World", comparing health systems in several modern industrialized countries:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/sickaroundtheworld/

"The Medicated Child", about how the diagnosis of bipolar disorder began being applied to children almost overnight, and the medications used for adults began being prescribed for children, and some of the consequences:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/medicatedchild/

"The Tankman", about the Tianamen Square massacre, in the context of modern era of coporate China that has passed since:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/tankman/

Full list of films available for streaming here:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/watch/

Edit: Oh, and "The Choice: Year X" videos about the Dem and Republican candidates in each election are well done and provide, I think, some insight into the candidates with detailed biographies.

Zwabu fucked around with this message at 20:51 on Feb 17, 2017

coyo7e
Aug 23, 2007

by zen death robot

Tankman is boss, and you should spend an hour or two looking up stories related to him.

Nobody ever figured out who he was - he literally just seemed to be a guy shopping for groceries who decided to say "gently caress you" to an armored tank brigade. Most chinese don't even know he existed, and to the best of my knowledge he was never found, celebrated, prosecuted, or disappeared. He just went home after becoming the subject of one of the most iconic photographs in modern history.

GutBomb
Jun 15, 2005

Dude?


Less relevant since he's dead now but Frontline's The Hugo Chavez Show was pretty good.

precision
May 7, 2006

Gonna have me some good friends around
Gonna have me some good times in town




Leinadi posted:

Watched the new BBC docudrama on Terry Pratchett.

It was... well, it was OK I guess? I mean, the interviews and archive footage was good but the whole "let's get an actor to bring Pratchett to life" idea really didn't work well for me. Just felt... wrong and slightly embarassing.

Ugh wow that does seem terrible and in poor taste.

I'll still watch it.

coyo7e
Aug 23, 2007

by zen death robot

The only author they should hire an actor for a bio docu, ought to be Piers Anthony.

Zwabu
Aug 7, 2006



It might have been mentioned, but Pumping Iron is on Netflix streaming. This movie has been around since I was a kid but I only got around to watching it now, and it's quite good if you can ignore the 70's porntastic soundtrack.

It focuses on a Mr. Olympia contest at the end of Arnold Schwarzenegger's competitive bodybuilding career, after he had completely dominated the sport for several years and won a number of these titles. The focus is mainly on Arnold, and two of his main competitors, notably Lou Ferrigno who was then the up and coming guy trying to knock Arnold off his perch.

You can definitely see at this time that Arnold had a big future beyond bodybuilding. The guy is a charming motherfucker and an excellent interview, and comes across as really likeable despite revealing his methods to manipulate and mindfuck his competition.

A couple of things come across as maybe a bit staged.

I really liked Lou Ferrigno's dad who gets a lot of screentime supervising Lou's training.

Don't watch it if you are bothered by a lot of scenes of sweaty oily guys with huge muscles though!

coyo7e
Aug 23, 2007

by zen death robot

Pumping Iron is like, the epitome of a staged documentary with a wrestling-style plotline being placed on the characters. To my knowledge it sort of created the entire "reality" TV genre.

Zwabu
Aug 7, 2006



coyo7e posted:

Pumping Iron is like, the epitome of a staged documentary with a wrestling-style plotline being placed on the characters. To my knowledge it sort of created the entire "reality" TV genre.

Yeah, the main value is to get a glimpse of Arnold in his pre superstardom youth.

Cocoa Ninja
Mar 3, 2007


cstang posted:

There are three recent American Experience documentaries that are worth checking out. One is about the Ruby Ridge stand off, another is about the Oklahoma federal building bombing and the other is Command and Control about an accident at a nuclear missile launch facility.

This was a great recommendation. I mainlined the Ruby Ridge, Waco and Tim McVeigh episodes.

Mahoning
Feb 3, 2007


A Death in St. Augustine is a great (and infuriating) Frontline doc about domestic violence in the police force.

Also, I watched Tickled the other night on HBO and wow. Just wow. There's also a 20 minute follow-up on it about everything that has happened since the movie was released including the subject of the doc showing up at one of the early screenings.

Garth_Marenghi
Nov 7, 2011



Mahoning posted:

Also, I watched Tickled the other night on HBO and wow. Just wow. There's also a 20 minute follow-up on it about everything that has happened since the movie was released including the subject of the doc showing up at one of the early screenings.

I forgot it was on HBO now, god the internet is creepy and horrible.

precision
May 7, 2006

Gonna have me some good friends around
Gonna have me some good times in town




Somehow the followup to Tickled is even weirder. That guy needs to be in a mental hospital at the least.

Looten Plunder
Jul 11, 2006


Grimey Drawer

Mahoning posted:

A Death in St. Augustine is a great (and infuriating) Frontline doc about domestic violence in the police force.


Domestic violence is the police force? As in Husband / wife cops?

DeimosRising
Oct 17, 2005

íHola SEA!




Looten Plunder posted:

Domestic violence is the police force? As in Husband / wife cops?

It's about an alleged murder of a woman by her ex boyfriend, who is a cop. She was not a cop.

Mahoning
Feb 3, 2007


Yeah sorry that was pretty vague wording on my part. They delve a little bit into how many in the police force are involved in domestic violence with their spouse/partner.

But the focus of the doc is just on the murder/suicide case in St. Augustine.

The Saddest Rhino
Apr 29, 2009

I could hear the roots of loneliness creeping through me when the world was hushed at four o'clock in the morning






Is that follow up online anywhere?

El Gallinero Gros
Mar 17, 2010



Have any of you seen this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOTtvY_B6Do

How is it?

precision
May 7, 2006

Gonna have me some good friends around
Gonna have me some good times in town




The Saddest Rhino posted:

Is that follow up online anywhere?

To Tickled? Yeah it's a 30 minute thing on HBO, The Tickle King

Mr Shiny Pants
Nov 12, 2012


I am watching Shadow World right now. Pretty interesting, things are structurally hosed in the world.

precision
May 7, 2006

Gonna have me some good friends around
Gonna have me some good times in town




The Year Punk Broke is on YouTube for now, and if you've never seen it, you really need to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as5tGEyu3Is

There's also a Dead Kennedys documentary on there where they don't mention or interview Jello Biafra at all

Pingiivi
Mar 26, 2010

Straight into the iris!


I just checked out Nuts! and it's a pretty good one. The movie tells about J.R. Brinkley who got famous for doing goat gland implants to cure impotence but that's just the tip of the iceberg that this guy did. The ending is a doozy.

You can rent or buy it on Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nuts/170651173

Pingiivi
Mar 26, 2010

Straight into the iris!


Tower is on Netflix (at least in Finland) and it's a stylish documentary about the Charles Whitman shooting. The documentary is done in a rotoscoped animation style.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k963PfUVeLQ

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ICHIBAHN
Feb 21, 2007

by Cyrano4747


Watched My Kid Could Paint That. Very interesting

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