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Pilli
Jul 3, 2011

Dogs have owners,
cats have staff


A "lovely" 55-minute documentary about the enigma that is syphilis.

Watch at your own risks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP-pctpzh2o

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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

Chris Marker's Letter from Siberia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPE5XQqObZI
Not a documentary per se, it's more of an experimental art film, but it's an interesting portrait of the place.

doctorfrog
Mar 14, 2007

Great.



Pilli posted:

A "lovely" 55-minute documentary about the enigma that is syphilis.

Watch at your own risks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP-pctpzh2o

I haven't watched this yet, but the production led me to PBS.org, where there are a ton more "Secrets of the Dead" documentaries to watch. I just spent the last hour watching one about how East Germany doped up their women's Olympic team with testosterone during the 80's. I couldn't find the syphilis one, though, so kudos to the YouTube uploader in the previous post.

Tincans
Dec 15, 2007



The Two-Thousand-Year-Old Computer
In 1901, a group of divers excavating an ancient Roman shipwreck near the island of Antikythera, off the southern coast of Greece, found a mysterious object - a lump of calcified stone that contained within it several gearwheels welded together after years under the sea. The 2,000-year-old object, no bigger than a modern laptop, is now regarded as the world's oldest computer, devised to predict solar eclipses and, according to recent findings, calculate the timing of the ancient Olympics. Following the efforts of an international team of scientists, the mysteries of the Antikythera Mechanism are uncovered, revealing surprising and awe-inspiring details of the object that continues to mystify.

Basically the Ancient Greeks were far more advanced cognitively and technologically then we give them credit for and invented the world's first etablet.

peter banana
Sep 2, 2008

Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.


Zwabu posted:

Currently on Netflix Instant Watch:

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.

Thank you for this. Watched it last night. Really fascinating. He paid cash for that house and then put a mortgage on it to put the money back in his time share company. This is the same guy who sent the email to his employees saying he'd start layoffs if Obama won. The good news is that since November, he's actually been able to give all of his existing employees a 5% raise.

Baron Bifford
May 24, 2006
Probation
Can't post for 2092 days!


Pilli posted:

A "lovely" 55-minute documentary about the enigma that is syphilis.

Watch at your own risks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP-pctpzh2o
What's the problem? There was nothing particularly graphic. Type "syphilis" into Google Images and you'll get genuinely freaked out there.

This was a great documentary. I always love a documentary that uses intriguing and surprising scientific discoveries to humanize or exonerate an unjustly maligned people. My two favorite things in one.

Droopy Goines
Aug 2, 2003

Presented in DTS ES 6.1 where available.

My Flesh and Blood



quote:

Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children.

This documentary is really good, don't read anything about it just watch it.

Watch: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6

Tactical Grace
Apr 30, 2008


Any good documentaries on the Russian revolutions/civil war?

Pilli
Jul 3, 2011

Dogs have owners,
cats have staff


doctorfrog posted:

I haven't watched this yet, but the production led me to PBS.org, where there are a ton more "Secrets of the Dead" documentaries to watch. I just spent the last hour watching one about how East Germany doped up their women's Olympic team with testosterone during the 80's. I couldn't find the syphilis one, though, so kudos to the YouTube uploader in the previous post.

Right, and good thing it's holidays vacations. The show has been running for 10 seasons or so now, so what we've got on YouTube are episodes from the early seasons, which aren't available anymore on the PBS site. Way too addictive as it's incredible how much one learns about history through the episodes. I sure never knew that smack the middle of the first millenium AD, a massive volcano eruption has kept the sun's rays out of the earth and created a long-lasting famine bout, or that some scientists now are doubting that bubonic plague was the stem of the Black Death of the 14th century.

On a lighter note, here's a shorty explaining the origin of the carol Silent Night.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9N4lTJb6gU

murphyslaw
Feb 16, 2007
It never fails


Droopy Goines posted:

My Flesh and Blood

Just watched this. Thank you so much for the link, I don't think I've seen something so powerful in a long time. You owe it to yourselves to watch this documentary.

I just can't believe how strong a person Susan is, taking care of all those kids and knowing Joe is going to die any second. Really remarkable woman.

That Damn Satyr
Nov 4, 2008

A connoisseur of fine junk


Just lately Netflix has put up a pretty interesting documentary on mass shootings, and the environments that foster people to "snap" and do such things. It's called "Murder by Proxy: How America Went Postal".

Netflix link:
http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Murder_By_Proxy_How_America_Went_Postal/70260120?trkid=7115812

That Damn Satyr fucked around with this message at 21:10 on Dec 31, 2012

DannyTanner
Jan 9, 2010



The Beckoning Silence



Based on the book by Joe Simpson (guy who broke his leg in Touching the Void), this documentary focuses on a 1936 attempt of climbing the north face of the Eiger, and why it inspired him.

If you liked Touching the Void, this is worth a watch.

Vimeo links: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4

magnificent7
Sep 22, 2005

THUNDERDOME LOSER


HipGnosis posted:

Thank you for this. Watched it last night. Really fascinating. He paid cash for that house and then put a mortgage on it to put the money back in his time share company. This is the same guy who sent the email to his employees saying he'd start layoffs if Obama won. The good news is that since November, he's actually been able to give all of his existing employees a 5% raise.
The movie really humanizes the mad wealthy out there. I actually feel for them both. And the wife - drat if she can't stop spending money while he's headed to the grave trying to save his company. So yeah, I feel a little less hate for the rich.

A little.

Up til I recall that he takes sole credit for getting W elected.

magnificent7 fucked around with this message at 00:54 on Jan 2, 2013

HUNDU THE BEAST GOD
Sep 14, 2007

everything is yours


The scene where she goes to Wal-Mart and just loads up 7 shopping carts with tacky Christmas presents kills me.

magnificent7
Sep 22, 2005

THUNDERDOME LOSER


HUNDU THE BEAST GOD posted:

The scene where she goes to Wal-Mart and just loads up 7 shopping carts with tacky Christmas presents kills me.
And then they show the room FULL of tacky poo poo from Wal Mart - like 20 bikes. WTF.

Oh poo poo! His daughter just ripped him a new rear end for being a bitch! drat! I thought the flick was over. But no!

magnificent7 fucked around with this message at 00:57 on Jan 2, 2013

peter banana
Sep 2, 2008

Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.


magnificent7 posted:

The movie really humanizes the mad wealthy out there. I actually feel for them both. And the wife - drat if she can't stop spending money while he's headed to the grave trying to save his company. So yeah, I feel a little less hate for the rich.

A little.

Up til I recall that he takes sole credit for getting W elected.

Ugh, I just looked him up and he was found guilty of sexual harassment for offering an employee $1 million to sleep with him. Sympathy gone. http://www.wftv.com/news/news/woman-talks-after-winning-5-million-in-lawsuit-ove/nFBsF/

sportsgenius86
Jun 17, 2008

THE STREAK IS OVER



I watched the Queen of Versailles over the weekend and I was kind of surprised by how normal I felt their kids were despite both of them being vapid morons.

Captain Foxy
Jun 13, 2007

I love Hitler and Hitler loves me! He's not all bad, Hitler just needs someone to believe in him! Can't you just give Hitler a chance?


Quality Pugamutes now available, APR/APRI/NKC approved breeder. PM for details.

This thread is awesome and I'm not even half way through it, so forgive me if this has been mentioned, but are there any good docs on Japanese folklore/mythology? Particularly their yokai stories?

MRC48B
Apr 2, 2012



Watching Ken Burn's "The War"

Episode 5 is pretty

Up next Prohibition.

Has anyone seen "Central Park Five" yet?

Stare-Out
Mar 11, 2010

not all who wander are lost


Anyone catch "West of Memphis" yet? It's from the same person (Amy Berg) who made "Deliver us from Evil", a fairly stirring doc about a pedophile priest and the whole clusterfuck the Catholic Church has with the subject. I haven't followed the actual news stories about the WM3 case so I know very little about it and I'd love to be able to check this out. Is it getting an international release?

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.
You are a magnificent bastard. Thanks for this. Also drat you because I'm supposed to work and not marathon movies.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

wow
so spin


Stare-Out posted:

Anyone catch "West of Memphis" yet? It's from the same person (Amy Berg) who made "Deliver us from Evil", a fairly stirring doc about a pedophile priest and the whole clusterfuck the Catholic Church has with the subject. I haven't followed the actual news stories about the WM3 case so I know very little about it and I'd love to be able to check this out. Is it getting an international release?


You should really watch the Paradise Lost documentaries, they are great. And I think you can find them on Youtube.

Stare-Out
Mar 11, 2010

not all who wander are lost


Are there any good documentaries regarding crime in late 40's Los Angeles? I know it's quite specific but I've always been really fascinated with that era and docs about it are oddly hard to find. I just watched James Ellroy's "Feast of Death" which was very fascinating despite focusing mostly on him as a person, but his recent docu-show on Discovery relies too much on strange pulpy presentation and awful re-enactments for me to enjoy it.

Anything concerning crime or law enforcement in 40's LA I'm up for.

E: Also, what are good documentaries about photojournalism in warzones? I watched one recently, Under Fire: Journalists in Combat which was pretty good and quite in-depth. Something similar would be great.

Popelmon posted:

You should really watch the Paradise Lost documentaries, they are great. And I think you can find them on Youtube.
I actually watched those like ten years ago, but forgot. Now I'm even more amped to see West of Memphis with no international or Netflix release in sight.

Stare-Out fucked around with this message at 14:00 on Jan 11, 2013

mrfart
May 26, 2004

Dear diary, today I
became a captain.


jiro dreams of sushi.

About a very special sushi restaurant in Tokyo.
If you have any love for Japan or sushi you'll probably like this.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2013/jan/11/david-gelb-jiro-dreams-of-sushi

weekly font
Dec 1, 2004


Everytime I try to fly I fall
Without my wings
I feel so small
Guess I need you baby...





MRC48B posted:

Watching Ken Burn's "The War"

Episode 5 is pretty

Up next Prohibition.

Has anyone seen "Central Park Five" yet?

The Prohibition documentary is fantastic. Coincidentally it was marathoned on TV in the hours leading up to myself and a few friends going to a beer festival. Almost made it better in some weird way.

Friendly Factory
Apr 18, 2007

I can't stand the wailing of women


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Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



Dancing boys of Afghanistan

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-dancing-boys-of-afghanistan/

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan exposes the horrific practice called Bacha Bazi, in which young Afghan boys are sold to warlords and powerful businessmen to be trained as dancers who perform for male audiences in women’s clothing and are then used and traded for sex. The practice is sadly making a comeback in that country.

The upside of the Taliban was that this "practice" was outlawed. I can't wrap my head around how this became a thing when Persian women are so drat beautiful..

Droopy Goines
Aug 2, 2003

Presented in DTS ES 6.1 where available.

Stare-Out posted:

Also, what are good documentaries about photojournalism in warzones? I watched one recently, Under Fire: Journalists in Combat which was pretty good and quite in-depth. Something similar would be great.

War Photographer



quote:

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_vXfW94Xkc
2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_vXfW94Xkc
3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcAoKFEjiqU
4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N16JtKfiDjE
5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN8_C_ADeCY
6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIhS90pHr7A
7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hChbScBeQ4

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

wow
so spin


Stare-Out posted:

E: Also, what are good documentaries about photojournalism in warzones? I watched one recently, Under Fire: Journalists in Combat which was pretty good and quite in-depth. Something similar would be great.

HBO did a four-parter called Witness a few weeks ago. It was really good but I doubt you will find it on Youtube/Netflix.

HUNDU THE BEAST GOD
Sep 14, 2007

everything is yours


Ropes4u posted:

Dancing boys of Afghanistan

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-dancing-boys-of-afghanistan/

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan exposes the horrific practice called Bacha Bazi, in which young Afghan boys are sold to warlords and powerful businessmen to be trained as dancers who perform for male audiences in women’s clothing and are then used and traded for sex. The practice is sadly making a comeback in that country.

The upside of the Taliban was that this "practice" was outlawed. I can't wrap my head around how this became a thing when Persian women are so drat beautiful..

Well, for one, Afghans ain't Persian.

Diodeous
May 14, 2002



Ropes4u posted:

Dancing boys of Afghanistan

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-dancing-boys-of-afghanistan/

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan exposes the horrific practice called Bacha Bazi, in which young Afghan boys are sold to warlords and powerful businessmen to be trained as dancers who perform for male audiences in women’s clothing and are then used and traded for sex. The practice is sadly making a comeback in that country.

The upside of the Taliban was that this "practice" was outlawed. I can't wrap my head around how this became a thing when Persian women are so drat beautiful..

Just an FYI, but if you're in the US, there's absolutely no reason to be using websites like topdocumentaryfilms.com to watch this. This is produced by PBS's Frontline and almost all of their reports from the past 10 years are available on https://www.pbs.org/frontline

Stare-Out
Mar 11, 2010

not all who wander are lost


This was very good and exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. Thanks.

Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



HUNDU THE BEAST GOD posted:

Well, for one, Afghans ain't Persian.

I should have known that having spent time in the area..

Stare-Out
Mar 11, 2010

not all who wander are lost


Deep Water is really good. Someone recommended this doc in another thread and I just watched it on Netflix. I don't want to give anything away because the story gets kind if creepy and crazy, but it's about the very first time there was a solo around-the-world sailing race in the late 60's and the doc tells about one of the contestants in that race. Things get pretty weird from there, it's really fascinating.

HUNDU THE BEAST GOD
Sep 14, 2007

everything is yours


Ropes4u posted:

I should have known that having spent time in the area..

Sorry for being a dick.

Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



HUNDU THE BEAST GOD posted:

Sorry for being a dick.

You weren't I meant that the Afghani people were not Persian.

exmarx
Feb 18, 2012


Ropes4u posted:

Afghani people were not Persian.

*Afghan

I've been looking for art documentaries, painting especially. I liked Exit Through the Gift Shop. The Simon Schama BBC series was kind of lame, there was gently caress all content there.

Here is a series from the 80s I liked, Tom Keating on Painters. Kind of like if Bob Ross used to be an art forger:
http://vimeo.com/album/1497051

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

E:\FILES>quickfli clown.fli

Droopy Goines posted:

War Photographer
There's one out there called Front Line which looks at the career of Neil Davis during his time in the Vietnam war.

dougie
Dec 28, 2012



A few of my favourites/things people should see..
The War you Don't See - John Pilger, dvd includes this full interview with Julian Assange http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A26WOvkMzo

Wall - Simone Britton,

For Neda http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F48SinuEHIk

Third Reich - Operation UFO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwUpPwyyvLw (hysterical)

Have more but don't want to spam :P

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

COWABUNGA DUDES!



Stare-Out posted:

Anyone catch "West of Memphis" yet? It's from the same person (Amy Berg) who made "Deliver us from Evil", a fairly stirring doc about a pedophile priest and the whole clusterfuck the Catholic Church has with the subject. I haven't followed the actual news stories about the WM3 case so I know very little about it and I'd love to be able to check this out. Is it getting an international release?

I saw WOM and it's a well made documentary, and I preferred it to Paradise Lost personally. I tried to watch that back around 10 or so years ago and only made it about an hour through. I can't remember the exact reasons it didn't gel with me, and I'm sure I meant to pick it up again as I always found the case interesting.

WOM feels a bit more complete, it has a beginning, middle and an end afterall as opposed to being a mouthpiece for a group of individuals who are currently incarcerated, but it did bug me in the way a lot of documentaries do in the way it's trying to push an objective as opposed to documenting events in an unbiased form.

When the film actually makes a point that going after Byers originally because he 'fit the bill' was just as bad as the police dept targeting the WM3 because they were 'weird', it seems to completely forget this as it then decides to focus the attention on going after Hobbs. Throughout the last hour, there's really not much brought up against him - extremely tenuous DNA against him (and his friend, which then gets dropped almost immediately), a serious of recorded phonecalls that reveal nothing, and some grinning teens claiming to have overheard a conversation. Oh, he beat his kids and had a charge of sexual assault against him therefore it must be him. Case closed.

There's no doubt that Hobbs is a piece of poo poo, it seems most people who are wrapped up in this story are - from the families of the victims to the police department, but making a film that is essentially designed to finger point someone with no hard evidence seems immoral.


It's a shame, I wish the film had been a bit more objective and considered more possibilities, including that the WM3 are possibly guilty, but that is never going to cross the minds of a team that have been campaigning for them for over a decade, and has one of the WM3 listed as a producer.

I love documentary film making, but I can't watch them without questioning everything. Twisting the truth in entertainment based docs like 'King of Kong' is one thing - and that didn't sit well with me - but when you're talking about the death of children it's particularly in poor taste to sell a viewpoint as documented fact. The amount of people who'll now say Hobbs murdered those children! because of seeing a single documentary that insinuated this. It feels no better than what happened the first time around.

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Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



HBO is playing Gasland, which I am sure is slanted but gently caress..

GasLand : Plot
Sundance Film Festival
It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.

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