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Alfred P. Pseudonym
May 29, 2006

And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss goes 8-8



Vincent posted:

Any feel good docs you peeps recommend? This year has been a shitshow so far and most the documentaries named here are incredibly depressing.

Life Itself, the Roger Ebert doc.

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BOOTY-ADE
Aug 30, 2006

BIG KOOL TELLIN' Y'ALL TO KEEP IT TIGHT


Phi230 posted:

I just finished the Case Against Adnan Syed

Something that fucks me up about a lot of these true crime docs is that every single one of these docs exposes some kind of prosecutorial misconduct or fuckery and not once to my knowledge have any of them faced any consequences.

Even if Adnan or whomever is guilty, think about every other person who was put in prison because the prosecutor is a piece of poo poo.

:agreed:

I'm 4 episodes into the Staircase doc, it's baffling how these crooked assholes get away with half the poo poo they do. Same with West of Memphis and other docs where someone is accused, the DA/judge refuses outright to look at any new evidence or admit wrongdoing, yet nobody ever gets punished or disbarred from working in law. My first thought after seeing all those docs was "if Trump's gonna build a loving wall, start with the entire border of Texas, then across to Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina instead"

Beer_Suitcase
May 3, 2005

Verily, the whip is ghost riding.





On Prime I found China Circus: Elites by Chinese Acrobats https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GUP1C9G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_a2yPCb33A7C10

It's very interesting to see the acrobatics performed but my heart breaks watching these kids being worked so hard.

nonathlon
Jul 9, 2004
And yet, somehow, now it's my fault ...

Syed is probably guilty. But there's a boatload of weird further and unexpected things going on in that case. Which makes you wonder how safe most prosecutions are.

Winklebottom
Dec 19, 2007



Our Planet, the new Attenborough doc, is great as usual but man, every episode ends on a huge bummer. It's important to show but I can't binge-watch them like I usually do because I get depressed.

Episode 2 spoiler
Those loving walruses tumbling over the cliffs, oh god im so sorry we destroyed your ice :smith:

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



I was flicking through the HD cable channels the other day and found this cool nature doc on the Smithsonian Channel called My Journey with a Polar Bear that was really loving good.

https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/my-journey-with-a-polar-bear/0/3468389

quote:

For four years, Asgeir Helgestad, a Norwegian wildlife filmmaker, has followed a beautiful polar bear mother named Frost in her home on Svalbard, a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean. Rising temperatures are causing dramatic changes in her ecosystem, leading to desperate struggles to find food for herself and her young cubs. Follow this tale of man and beast, hope and despair, and life and death in a land disappearing before their eyes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjPUeAVNB1I

McGurk
Oct 20, 2004

Cuz life sucks, kids. Get it while you can.



Apollo 11 is amazing, see it in theaters if you still can. That launch sequence!

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

COWABUNGA DUDES!



I canít believe it never came to my local imax. It wouldíve been amazing watching it on their ridiculous screen.

LadyPictureShow
Nov 18, 2005

Success!





BOOTY-ADE posted:

:agreed:

I'm 4 episodes into the Staircase doc, it's baffling how these crooked assholes get away with half the poo poo they do. Same with West of Memphis and other docs where someone is accused, the DA/judge refuses outright to look at any new evidence or admit wrongdoing, yet nobody ever gets punished or disbarred from working in law. My first thought after seeing all those docs was "if Trump's gonna build a loving wall, start with the entire border of Texas, then across to Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina instead"

I watched a doc recently about a wrongfully convicted man called Time Simply Passes. The man, James Richardson was railroaded for allegedly poisoning his children's grits with pesticide.

Even though a babysitter made their lunch, she was never investigated. The pesticide was 'found' in his shed by a local drunk though the police had searched it several times with no success.

He was in prison for 21 years, and the DA refused to grant him a new trial even after the babysitter was in a nursing home with Alzheimer's and kept repeating 'I killed those kids'. It was infuriating; but of course the prosecutor maintained 'Nope, I did a bang up job!'

Caros
May 14, 2008



Phi230 posted:

I just finished the Case Against Adnan Syed

Something that fucks me up about a lot of these true crime docs is that every single one of these docs exposes some kind of prosecutorial misconduct or fuckery and not once to my knowledge have any of them faced any consequences.

Even if Adnan or whomever is guilty, think about every other person who was put in prison because the prosecutor is a piece of poo poo.

Don't forget the cops!

Ritz, one of the lead detectives in the case actually railroaded a guy named Ezra Mables into a conviction so ludicrously corrupt that the. DA actually agreed to ask it be overturned when the whole thing was laid out for them.

Wrongful convictions are somewhere around 1/20. Which is loving horrific.

Vakal
May 11, 2008


Winklebottom posted:

Our Planet, the new Attenborough doc, is great as usual but man, every episode ends on a huge bummer. It's important to show but I can't binge-watch them like I usually do because I get depressed.

Episode 2 spoiler
Those loving walruses tumbling over the cliffs, oh god im so sorry we destroyed your ice :smith:


Cheer up. It will be our turn soon enough.

clockworx
Oct 15, 2005
The Internet Whore made me buy this account

Dr.Caligari posted:

There's something I don't like about how Dawson City: Frozen Time is structured, but it's very interesting .

This had been on my list to watch and I finally got to it. Even though the town was interesting, I feel like if you got hooked on "amazing lost film discovery", you don't want to watch a movie that's 80% about the history of the town itself, then finally gets to the discovery at the very end. The "how" story where all these films end up in that spot is really interesting, but I would have preferred to hear more about the discovered films themselves if the filmmakers didn't feel that the discovery story itself filled enough length of the movie.

InfiniteZero
Sep 11, 2004

PINK GUITAR FIRE ROBOT



College Slice

Vincent posted:

Any feel good docs you peeps recommend? This year has been a shitshow so far and most the documentaries named here are incredibly depressing.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi comes to mind. I also love rewatching When We Were Kings for inspirational purposes.

Alhazred
Feb 16, 2011






InfiniteZero posted:

I also love rewatching When We Were Kings for inspirational purposes.

Ali Bomaye!

InfiniteZero
Sep 11, 2004

PINK GUITAR FIRE ROBOT



College Slice

Alhazred posted:

Ali Bomaye!

Seriously! I love watching boxing movies but the best boxing movie (sorry Sly, but I think you'd be OK with this) is a documentary. You couldn't script a better story.

MonsieurChoc
Oct 12, 2013

Every species can smell its own extinction.


Vincent posted:

Any feel good docs you peeps recommend? This year has been a shitshow so far and most the documentaries named here are incredibly depressing.

Battered Bastards of Baseball always makes me smile.

El Gallinero Gros
Mar 17, 2010



Vincent posted:

Any feel good docs you peeps recommend? This year has been a shitshow so far and most the documentaries named here are incredibly depressing.

Never Get Tired, the story of how Jeff Rosenstock and Bomb the Music Industry carved out their place in DIY history

Phi230
Feb 2, 2016

by Fluffdaddy


I'm watching Paradise Lost for tge first time and holy poo poo these trials are a farce

Satanism?

One thing that stood out is a reporter asked if a mom of one the victims considered suicide

Mahoning
Feb 3, 2007


Phi230 posted:

I'm watching Paradise Lost for tge first time and holy poo poo these trials are a farce

Satanism?

One thing that stood out is a reporter asked if a mom of one the victims considered suicide

To whoever asked a page or two ago about feel good documentaries.......this ain't one of em.

I thought Paradise Lost was some of the best true crime docs I've ever watched, but holy hell I don't think I could do it ever again.

The Scientist
Nov 6, 2009



Ramrod XTreme

I love 90's, earl 2000's Discovery-channel-esque documentaries from the time before Reality TV permeated even documentaries, and even milquetoast ones suddenly had to have melodramatic editing and narration (see anything that comes on the History Channel these days).

Documentary about Zombies in Haiti. Not exactly Pulitzer-prize-winning in terms of factuality, but still an interesting doc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4T51WXSMpQ

An absolute classic documentary about China's 3 Gorges Dam. A very good product of what is clearly a ton of great production work. I can kinda see the influence of this huge-scale doc on future classics like Planet Earth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeUAy1VPav4

A great documentary about gnarly ants around the world. They built a special robot (in the days before this was trivial) to get video and even audio close-ups of the ants doing their thing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHByp2K4OWg

Note: there are likely much better versions of the doc's out there somewhere.

All About Trout
Jul 17, 2007



I don't know if it's been mentioned in this thread already, but the most depressing documentary I've ever seen is Body Without Soul:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BctXRPtrc-I

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

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That preview image looks... suspect. Maybe best to hxxp link it!

HUNDU THE BEAST GOD
Sep 14, 2007

everything is yours


All About Trout posted:

I don't know if it's been mentioned in this thread already, but the most depressing documentary I've ever seen is Body Without Soul:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BctXRPtrc-I

Yeah this is absolutely crushing. I forget how I first saw this but I never forgot it.

El Gallinero Gros
Mar 17, 2010



This looks fun

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt935804...&ref_=hm_otw_t5

Lankster NZ
Jul 21, 2007



All About Trout posted:

I don't know if it's been mentioned in this thread already, but the most depressing documentary I've ever seen is Body Without Soul:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BctXRPtrc-I

Well that sure was something, drat.

That guy has to have killed people right? What a monster

immortalyawn
May 28, 2013

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


Harton posted:

Yeah I donít get why they didnít just use the babysitters and just day drink, thatís the only real strange part of their behavior.

swingers

Badger of Basra
Jul 25, 2007



It might be out of theaters already but I would recommend Amazing Grace for anyone who likes Aretha Franklin, gospel music, or maybe music generally? The very weird production process shows a little but the music is incredible and it's made way better by being able to see the reactions of the other people in the church.

precision
May 7, 2006

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




White Boy is really interesting. On Starz right now. I wasn't familiar with the case at all so everything came as a surprise to me

nonathlon
Jul 9, 2004
And yet, somehow, now it's my fault ...

Perhaps from this thread, I heard out Looking For Mike which is on youtube:

In short, in 2002 the film-maker was working with a guy "Mike" who turned out to have grown up near the same small town. They become friends and then Mike suddenly dies of apparently natural causes. The mystery then starts:

* Mike was making preparations for his death beforehand
* And every bit of ID he had was fake

On one hand, it's polluted by a lot of the true crime cliches and styling. The length could have been halved had they cut out the fake drama and the film-maker getting emotional about the case. On the other hand, it's not very long anyway. Not a must-see but interesting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLQp1c4Ql00

precision
May 7, 2006

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




That was kinda interesting yeah

But watching it got me recommended "I Think I'm An Animal (Species Dysphoria Documentary) and lmao my god these people are loving loony toons. It's funny if you like, as the Germans say, chucklingbeimuberdorks

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Just saw this trailer about convicts in San Quentin trying to find salvation through basketball and it looked pretty interesting so wanted to share.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5DDnncoP6M

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

quote:

Anthropocene - The proposed current geological epoch in which human are the primary cause of permanent planetary change.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikMlCxzO-94

I have a feeling I'm going to get very angry while watching this.

El Gallinero Gros
Mar 17, 2010



Saw this in the standup comedy thread and thought it need to be x-posted

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpXC91oE2X8

Love this dude.

BOOTY-ADE
Aug 30, 2006

BIG KOOL TELLIN' Y'ALL TO KEEP IT TIGHT


I always wondered what happened to Amazing Johnathan, I loved his acts. Sucks about his health though, glad he's still around & can't wait to see this doc :)

Mahoning
Feb 3, 2007


I saw him in Vegas like 15 or so years ago. He was awesome.

Volkerball
Oct 15, 2009

by FactsAreUseless


That's a name I have not heard in a long, long time. I think he had a comedy central presents special that I loved as a kid.

HUNDU THE BEAST GOD
Sep 14, 2007

everything is yours


I absolutely could have sworn that he died.

El Gallinero Gros
Mar 17, 2010



HUNDU THE BEAST GOD posted:

I absolutely could have sworn that he died.

Sadly he's terminally ill so maybe your brain just kinda processed it as such

bort
Mar 13, 2003



King of Beasts is a strange watch. It follows a trophy hunter on a lion hunt. It seems like it was made to put hunting in a positive light, but the film is very ambivalent. There is killing and butchering of animals, so it could be very triggering. I found it interesting to see the process unfold, the cultures of wealthy US hunters juxtaposed with Tanzanian culture and the ethical back and forth. It's stuck with me.

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Tenzarin
Jul 24, 2007
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Taco Defender

El Gallinero Gros posted:

Saw this in the standup comedy thread and thought it need to be x-posted

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpXC91oE2X8

Love this dude.

His stand up comedy magic show is great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG6EbR-LRfw

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