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mrfart
May 26, 2004

Dear diary, today I
became a captain.


Anybody watching Andrew Marrs History Of The World?
Wasn't really that interested when it started, but I got more into it as it went.

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Mo Hawk
Jul 17, 2006
HEADPHONE JACK

Somewhere in the depths of this thread there was a documentary about an old American moving to a Canadian lake in maybe the 60s, building a small hut first, making most of his tools himself on the spot, then building a larger home. He arrived by plane and was only supported by his own hunting and gathering, other than a plane dropping by every couple of weeks to bring some basic supplies.

As far as I can remember it was the guy narrating himself, very calmly explaining what he was doing and narrating through his building process. I am still looking for it now, does anyone have the link or the name?

edit: Should have started from the front instead of the back, finally on page 18:

Dassiell posted:

Alone In The Wilderness

Guy lives in Alaskan wilderness for 15 years. It explains how he lived and did things, I really enjoyed it.

headcas3 posted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss
http://www.dickproenneke.com/

Having always been fascinated with Alaska, I looked this up, there's a lot of clips around the net which are utterly fascinating. I lack a lot of man skills and don't think I could build my own log cabin. I don't mind paying for something like this but there's no Australia option for the online order form.

Mo Hawk fucked around with this message at 11:32 on Oct 27, 2012

Trogilus
Nov 3, 2012


Mo Hawk posted:

Somewhere in the depths of this thread there was a documentary about an old American moving to a Canadian lake in maybe the 60s, building a small hut first, making most of his tools himself on the spot, then building a larger home. He arrived by plane and was only supported by his own hunting and gathering, other than a plane dropping by every couple of weeks to bring some basic supplies.

As far as I can remember it was the guy narrating himself, very calmly explaining what he was doing and narrating through his building process. I am still looking for it now, does anyone have the link or the name?

Alone in the Wilderness

The guy is Dick Proenneke and it was in Alaska. There is a book that goes with it called "One Man's Wilderness"

Trogilus fucked around with this message at 06:14 on Nov 3, 2012

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




A while back, either in this thread or another, there was a recommendation for a particular documentary. I can't remember the title, but it entails one of the 90s dotcom millionaires who was fascinated with online voyeurism. One of the biggest things he did was to install some kind of art installation in the middle of (Times Square?) where "artists" were each given their own little public rooms to do whatever they want. It got shut down because (I think?) someone brought in firearms.

He later started an online webcam show they detailed every single aspect of his life, including the breakdown of his marriage and his spiral into depression when he realised he has completely mismanaged his money. This was all happening way before Big Brother became a thing.

Can anybody recall what the name of that documentary was? I keep thinking it's "We are all Connected" or "Everyone is Connected" but both are obviously wrong.

Allyn
Sep 4, 2007

I love Charlie from Busted!

The Saddest Rhino posted:

A while back, either in this thread or another, there was a recommendation for a particular documentary. I can't remember the title, but it entails one of the 90s dotcom millionaires who was fascinated with online voyeurism. One of the biggest things he did was to install some kind of art installation in the middle of (Times Square?) where "artists" were each given their own little public rooms to do whatever they want. It got shut down because (I think?) someone brought in firearms.

He later started an online webcam show they detailed every single aspect of his life, including the breakdown of his marriage and his spiral into depression when he realised he has completely mismanaged his money. This was all happening way before Big Brother became a thing.

Can anybody recall what the name of that documentary was? I keep thinking it's "We are all Connected" or "Everyone is Connected" but both are obviously wrong.

Pretty sure that's We Live in Public

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




Allyn posted:

Pretty sure that's We Live in Public

That's the one! Thanks!

BENGHAZI 2
Oct 12, 2007

by Cyrano4747


Dear thread what's a good docu about yakuza?

El Gallinero Gros
Mar 17, 2010



Here's a good but short one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB4BkouWP8M

Here's a longer one by Nat Geo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4HmA41Vz30

I find the Yakuza fascinating. They get away with so much more, and did a much better job of integrating themselves into everyday society then the mob, who are basically all but dead in North America.

mikewozere
Jun 2, 2008

Aiiiii


There's a BBC documentary on at the minute called "Space Dive" about Felix Baumgartners jump. It's an one hour twenty and I initially put it on to go to bed to and ended up watching it all. It's so engrossing. I don't think I fully appreciated the gravitas of the occasion at the time, but I was genuinely moved at seeing Joe Kittinger so supportive of a man who's just broke his record. It's up there with The Killer Years for me I think. A new favourite doc.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01nts6t/Space_Dive/

EMZ998
Dec 11, 2007
x+x+

Could I get recommended documentaries about China / Chinese History available on Hulu or Netflix? I know that is an incredible amount to cover, primarily anything that could pertain to modern society over there and maybe their relations with Taiwan, Hong Kong etc.

All I'm aware of is Nanking. Any help appreciated.

cloudchamber
Aug 6, 2010

You know what the Ukraine is? It's a sitting duck. A road apple, Newman. The Ukraine is weak. It's feeble. I think it's time to put the hurt on the Ukraine

EMZ998 posted:

Could I get recommended documentaries about China / Chinese History available on Hulu or Netflix? I know that is an incredible amount to cover, primarily anything that could pertain to modern society over there and maybe their relations with Taiwan, Hong Kong etc.

All I'm aware of is Nanking. Any help appreciated.

It's on Youtube but this one is pretty good:
http://youtu.be/Qg-PgXt8Tkc
It's a little dry at times but it covers all of Chinese history from the collapse of the Qing dynasty to Deng Xiaoping's rise in about six hours.

Paper Jam Dipper
Jul 14, 2007

by XyloJW


Watching Something from Nothing! The Art of Rap. 20 minutes in it's extremely interesting. I love the explanation of how the African American community used to play instruments, lost their instruments and instead turned to the record player.

mrfart
May 26, 2004

Dear diary, today I
became a captain.


It's not very likely at the moment, but if you ever get the chance to watch 'the sound of belgium', really do so.

From the website:

'The Sound of Belgium explores the rich but untold story of Belgian dance music.
From the dance halls with Decap organs to the golden days of Popcorn;
From EBM and New Beat to Belgian House and Techno.'

You can watch the trailer and future screenings here: http://www.tsob.be/

I know some of the people who worked on it and I went to see the premiere.
We all payed a little extra to get our name in the credits, and hopefully get the makers enough money to pay all the rights for the massive amount of footage they used. At the moment that isn't the case and they can't release it yet.
It's incredibly well made and very funny. Even if you don't have too much interest in the subject, I think it's still worth watching.
Although I can't really say because this documentary brought back a lot of memories.

magnificent7
Sep 22, 2005

THUNDERDOME LOSER


Last night I watched Surviving Progress on Netflix streaming.

If you've ever felt like we are a people who are smart and innovative enough to solve even the toughest of problems, go watch this movie. It'll break your spirit. You'll want to give away everything you own and dig a bomb shelter.

After seeing the movie, I decided to start getting rid of a lot of my extra poo poo. I gave away my Miata this morning. Go ahead, laugh. But I love that car.

Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



magnificent7 posted:

Last night I watched Surviving Progress on Netflix streaming.

If you've ever felt like we are a people who are smart and innovative enough to solve even the toughest of problems, go watch this movie. It'll break your spirit. You'll want to give away everything you own and dig a bomb shelter.

After seeing the movie, I decided to start getting rid of a lot of my extra poo poo. I gave away my Miata this morning. Go ahead, laugh. But I love that car.

My wife and I have been downsizing for months. The problem is there are millions and millions who are not, just the opposite actually. I have friends living in 5-7,000 square foot homes wtf?

Erdnase
Nov 9, 2009

he needs the money


Here is a short 20 minute bit on DJ Derek, a 71 year-old white reggae DJ from Bristol. He's a bit of a legend. Good for a quick lighthearted watch.

http://vimeo.com/1758371
http://vimeo.com/1758440

That Damn Satyr
Nov 4, 2008

A connoisseur of fine junk


magnificent7 posted:

Last night I watched Surviving Progress on Netflix streaming.

If you've ever felt like we are a people who are smart and innovative enough to solve even the toughest of problems, go watch this movie. It'll break your spirit. You'll want to give away everything you own and dig a bomb shelter.

After seeing the movie, I decided to start getting rid of a lot of my extra poo poo. I gave away my Miata this morning. Go ahead, laugh. But I love that car.

This was... well, "Great" but admittedly very harrowing to watch. Thanks for sharing it, I don't think I would have given it a second thought otherwise.

For a recommendation, I'd like to offer up "Half the Sky" which is currently on Netflix. It's a two-part documentary about the issues women in third-world/developing societies face, mostly touching on rape of young girls in Africa and the Cambodian child sex-slave trade. Awful, but also very uplifting to see such beautiful young souls that have been through such awful things grow into amazing, strong people.

That Damn Satyr fucked around with this message at 20:02 on Nov 25, 2012

Bro Dad
Mar 26, 2010




Now that its available on Netflix, check out The Ambassador:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4MVbAmin5c

It's like if Borat was about a Bond Villain, complete with the outfit. Also probably the ballsiest documentary I've ever seen, considering all the people this movie exposes and films.

Doikor
Oct 5, 2008


Bro Dad posted:

Now that its available on Netflix, check out The Ambassador:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4MVbAmin5c

It's like if Borat was about a Bond Villain, complete with the outfit. Also probably the ballsiest documentary I've ever seen, considering all the people this movie exposes and films.

Too bad the documentary section of Netflix here in Finland is a joke :(

Sagacity
May 2, 2003
Hopefully my epitaph will be funnier than my custom title.

mrfart posted:

if you ever get the chance to watch 'the sound of belgium', really do so.
Some people I know saw it at IDFA and really loved it. I'm genuinely curious as to when it'll be released and I hope it will be.

Some movies I *did* see at IDFA and really enjoyed were:

Alan Berliner's First Cousin, Once Removed about poet Edwin Honig who's gradually losing his memory due to Alzheimer's.

Searching for Sugar Man about an amazing musician at the level of Bob Dylan whose career went nowhere, except for South Africa where, unbeknownst to him, he became a megastar.

The Gatekeepers which interviews former heads of the Shin Bet in Israel.

Sourpalm
May 6, 2007

The fittest shall survive yet the unfit may live.


Doikor posted:

Too bad the documentary section of Netflix here in Finland is a joke :(

Install "Media Hint" plug-in for your browser and you're all set. It works as a proxy so you're not restricted to just localized content. Just switch it on/off depending on which content you want to browse. It also allows you to Hulu and Pandora. Works like a charm.

HUNDU THE BEAST GOD
Sep 14, 2007

everything is yours


Sourpalm posted:

Install "Media Hint" plug-in for your browser and you're all set. It works as a proxy so you're not restricted to just localized content. Just switch it on/off depending on which content you want to browse. It also allows you to Hulu and Pandora. Works like a charm.

Does this work for Youtube, too? I wanna watch some CBC stuff and don't really have a reliable way of doing so.

Sourpalm
May 6, 2007

The fittest shall survive yet the unfit may live.


HUNDU THE BEAST GOD posted:

Does this work for Youtube, too? I wanna watch some CBC stuff and don't really have a reliable way of doing so.

I believe not. As far as I know it only works on Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and Rdio at the moment.

pope archibald
Jun 20, 2006

:420::350:DABS ALL DAY :350::420:


I just watched and would highly recommend Rabbit la Berlin, which depicts the history of the Berlin Wall through the eyes of the rabbit population that became isolated (and thrived) within the confines of the wall.

Tons of footage of swarms of adorable, fluffy creatures, but it gets pretty dark towards the end (just like everything concerning the Berlin Wall).

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sHC0FE101I

Paper Jam Dipper
Jul 14, 2007

by XyloJW


Head Games is a documentary about concussions and the way sports has tried to hide their severity for decades. It is also about our lack of understanding both medically and as a society. The documentary is an extension of a book by Chris Nowinski, a former college football player and former WWE wrestler. The best moment is when a high school medical coach tries to argue Nowinski's information during a presentation and then reveals that his daughter gets a concussion every time she plays soccer and he hasn't done anything about it. It's okay to spoil it because when you see it, you'll still be in awe of it happening. It's like a guy arguing that child pornography doesn't happen and then showing you photos of naked teenagers.

The documentary is currently on Netflix Canada so I presume it's on Netflix America. I consider it a must watch for anyone who thinks they may have suffered a head injury in the past and can think back to what cognitive skills they might have lost since. When they start talking about sub-concussions you might get a little frightened. It's also a must watch for any parent thinking of having their children get involved in a contact sport.

ynohtna
Feb 16, 2007

How does that sound?



Illegal Hen

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

A great 2002 BBC4 documentary (narrated by Andre Braugher) detailing the history and experiences of The Funk Brothers, the mostly unrecognised studio musicians who provided the strong soul and R&B backbone for many of the motor city's greatest hits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5f8LPiUQnQ

Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



This gem is currently playing on the documentary channel.

The Redemption of General Butt Naked

Joshua Milton Blahyi --aka General Butt Naked --was a ruthless and feared warlord during Liberia's 14-year civil war. Today, he has renounced his violent past and reinvented himself as a Christian evangelist on a journey of self-proclaimed transformation. Blahyi travels the nation of Liberia as a preacher, seeking out those he once victimized in search of an uncertain forgiveness. But in the end, are some crimes beyond the pale of forgiveness?
Dubbed "General Butt Naked" for fighting with nothing more than an AK-47 and a pair of leather shoes, Blahyi believed he possessed supernatural powers that made him impervious to bullets. The General and his army of child soldiers are said to have killed thousands during Liberia's horrific civil war.
Following a dramatic conversion to Christianity, the General abruptly laid down his weapons in 1996, leaving behind his soldiers, his country and a war that would rage for another seven years.
Today, Blahyi is on a quest for redemption: facing those he once terrorized, preaching where he once murdered, and trying to rebuild the shattered lives of those he commanded during the war. For five years, filmmakers Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion tracked his often troubling path up-close, finding both the genuine and disconcerting in Blahyi's efforts. The film forces us to question the very nature of what true, meaningful reconciliation looks like in a country where justice has not been available.
At every turn, THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED asks viewers to confront hard questions about both the power and limits of forgiveness in a nation searching for healing and justice. Whatever you make of him -- liar or madman, charlatan or genuine repentant -- you will never meet another character as challenging as Joshua Milton Blahyi, General Butt Naked.

McBeth
Jul 11, 2006
Odeipus ruined a great sex life by asking too many questions.

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Cleanflix/70123263?trkid=7728646

Clean Flicks, -the small video rental store in Utah that started the R rating scrubbing of movies for nice Mormon families. They aren't supposed to watch R rated movies (see: This Film is Not Yet Rated for more on ratings bullshit) It's really interesting, and I am ashamed to have lived in that area for a while. There were many Christ-like families were participating in the owner/s breaking of copyright law, well beyond the uncertainty of the situation.

I sided with directors on this one, it's their creative work and video rental owners were cutting out the swearing and sex, violence gets a pass apparently. Also the Mormons who rented and bought the sanitized movies, really sticking with the spirit of the law there right? Well, the ending was complete schadenfreude for me, and it was delicious.

cardedagain
Aug 28, 2006



Ropes4u posted:

This gem is currently playing on the documentary channel.

The Redemption of General Butt Naked

Joshua Milton Blahyi --aka General Butt Naked --was a ruthless and feared warlord during Liberia's 14-year civil war. Today, he has renounced his violent past and reinvented himself as a Christian evangelist on a journey of self-proclaimed transformation. Blahyi travels the nation of Liberia as a preacher, seeking out those he once victimized in search of an uncertain forgiveness. But in the end, are some crimes beyond the pale of forgiveness?
Dubbed "General Butt Naked" for fighting with nothing more than an AK-47 and a pair of leather shoes, Blahyi believed he possessed supernatural powers that made him impervious to bullets. The General and his army of child soldiers are said to have killed thousands during Liberia's horrific civil war.
Following a dramatic conversion to Christianity, the General abruptly laid down his weapons in 1996, leaving behind his soldiers, his country and a war that would rage for another seven years.
Today, Blahyi is on a quest for redemption: facing those he once terrorized, preaching where he once murdered, and trying to rebuild the shattered lives of those he commanded during the war. For five years, filmmakers Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion tracked his often troubling path up-close, finding both the genuine and disconcerting in Blahyi's efforts. The film forces us to question the very nature of what true, meaningful reconciliation looks like in a country where justice has not been available.
At every turn, THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED asks viewers to confront hard questions about both the power and limits of forgiveness in a nation searching for healing and justice. Whatever you make of him -- liar or madman, charlatan or genuine repentant -- you will never meet another character as challenging as Joshua Milton Blahyi, General Butt Naked.

is this better than the Vice Guide To Liberia?

cloudchamber
Aug 6, 2010

You know what the Ukraine is? It's a sitting duck. A road apple, Newman. The Ukraine is weak. It's feeble. I think it's time to put the hurt on the Ukraine

cardedagain posted:

is this better than the Vice Guide To Liberia?

The two aren't really comparable. Redemption is a great study of a very interesting person that leaves you to make your own decision as to his character. The only thing I can really compare it to is Barbet Schroeder's film portrait of Idi Amin.

Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



cloudchamber posted:

The two aren't really comparable. Redemption is a great study of a very interesting person that leaves you to make your own decision as to his character. The only thing I can really compare it to is Barbet Schroeder's film portrait of Idi Amin.

Now I have to watch the Idi Amin flick..

magnificent7
Sep 22, 2005

THUNDERDOME LOSER


McBeth posted:

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Cleanflix/70123263?trkid=7728646

Clean Flicks, -the small video rental store in Utah that started the R rating scrubbing of movies for nice Mormon families. They aren't supposed to watch R rated movies (see: This Film is Not Yet Rated for more on ratings bullshit) It's really interesting, and I am ashamed to have lived in that area for a while. There were many Christ-like families were participating in the owner/s breaking of copyright law, well beyond the uncertainty of the situation.

I sided with directors on this one, it's their creative work and video rental owners were cutting out the swearing and sex, violence gets a pass apparently. Also the Mormons who rented and bought the sanitized movies, really sticking with the spirit of the law there right? Well, the ending was complete schadenfreude for me, and it was delicious.
I watched this. Really liked it. I just kept hoping for the ending to reverse and Daniel was innocent and just framed by the other store owners. Would have been way cooler.

Pilli
Jul 3, 2011

Dogs have owners,
cats have staff


Sourpalm posted:

Install "Media Hint" plug-in for your browser and you're all set. It works as a proxy so you're not restricted to just localized content. Just switch it on/off depending on which content you want to browse. It also allows you to Hulu and Pandora. Works like a charm.

Thanks a bunch for that, I'm so happy I hope Santa spoils the hell out of you. Now going backwards through the thread and grabbing all those newly available recommendations. Currently making my way through The Civil War, for which I second (or third) the recommendation. Very well done and pretty instructive for non-Americans. :)

Haerc
Jan 2, 2011


Pilli posted:

Thanks a bunch for that, I'm so happy I hope Santa spoils the hell out of you. Now going backwards through the thread and grabbing all those newly available recommendations. Currently making my way through The Civil War, for which I second (or third) the recommendation. Very well done and pretty instructive for non-Americans. :)

It's a great doc, unfortunately the one he did about WW2 isn't that great IIRC.

Xipe
Jul 30, 2005
protoAmerican


Urban Outlaw
http://vimeo.com/44410797#at=0

About a guy restoring and customizing Porsche 911's.

Paper Jam Dipper
Jul 14, 2007

by XyloJW


McBeth posted:

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Cleanflix/70123263?trkid=7728646

Clean Flicks, -the small video rental store in Utah that started the R rating scrubbing of movies for nice Mormon families. They aren't supposed to watch R rated movies (see: This Film is Not Yet Rated for more on ratings bullshit) It's really interesting, and I am ashamed to have lived in that area for a while. There were many Christ-like families were participating in the owner/s breaking of copyright law, well beyond the uncertainty of the situation.

I sided with directors on this one, it's their creative work and video rental owners were cutting out the swearing and sex, violence gets a pass apparently. Also the Mormons who rented and bought the sanitized movies, really sticking with the spirit of the law there right? Well, the ending was complete schadenfreude for me, and it was delicious.

The fact that Hollywood edits movies already (airplane, TV, international) but refuses to sell them made me wonder why. The music industry does it. Plus there's already the MPAA that enforces edits due to content which is for some reason tolerated and accepted. For directors like Mann and Jewison to fight little video stores in Utah but not the MPAA left a bad taste in my mouth. Also, didn't Blockbuster at one time sell edited movies?

I think I'm going to try and catch the Mormon movie they talk about. Looked interesting.

Hormones
May 9, 2009


Watched a good one on Netflix (Canada) the other night called "Get Vegucated". The short of it was three people committing to going vegan for 6 weeks to see the changes and benefits to their lives. Of course there was some slanted viewpoints and some shock images from slaughterhouses, but overall the whole process, the ups and downs, and the outcomes for the participants was really interesting!

h_double
Jul 27, 2001


Architecture of Doom (the whole film is on youtube) is a terrific documentary about the Nazis, which I don't think has been mentioned here.

It's about how Hitler's aesthetic tastes were a reflection of his political philosophy, and how the Nazis used aesthetics to sell their agenda and foster a societal narrative. Hitler himself was a fan of the most bland and naive sorts of sentimental art (he would've loved Thomas Kinkade), and in 1937 the Nazis put together a famous exhibition called "Degenerate Art", designed to show how Modernism (and Jewish / ethnic art in particular) were evidence of derangement and mental/social illness.

h_double
Jul 27, 2001


Haerc posted:

It's a great doc, unfortunately the one he did about WW2 isn't that great IIRC.

Ken Burns? I've heard his WW2 series is first rate, but haven't gotten around to it myself.

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Zwabu
Aug 7, 2006



Currently on Netflix Instant Watch:

Jiro Dreams of Sushi - man dedicates life to doing one thing well (making sushi), becomes very good at it, obtains deep personal satisfaction as well as fame and recognition. There's a lot of philosophy about dedication to a craft as a way of living as well as a lot of food porn shots of sushi. Probably of some interest even to those who have never had sushi.

Queen of Versailles - garish couple try to turn the hundreds of millions from the husband's timeshare hawking business into America's largest and most ostentatious home in Orlando, FL, then run into economic hard times when the home is only a half built shell and hilarity ensues. It's pretty much the perfect documentation of the trashy reality show that is America over the last decade or so.

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