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Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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The Scientist posted:

I guess this is only tangentially related and also gratuitously depressing to a degree, but here's a VBS tv documentary where they sail on a catamaran to the whirlpool of garbage and plastic in the middle of the pacific ocean:

Toxic Garbage Island
part 1:
http://www.vbs.tv/watch/toxic/toxic-garbage-island-1-of-3

part 2:
http://www.vbs.tv/watch/toxic/toxic-garbage-island-2-of-3

part 3:
http://www.vbs.tv/watch/toxic/toxic-garbage-island-3-of-3


If it hasn't been said in this thread [, zed,] https://vbs.tv was born and bred for documentary cred.

You just have to get past the fact that that one dude wants to be Ernest Hemingway hard (he's not in the garbage island ones, he's in the vice guide to Liberia and North Korea), and that a lot of the films are depressing as hell but also real as hell. I've heard arguments made either as far as presenting fair, unbiased viewpoints.

Are you talking about Shane Smith? Yeah, he is channeling Hemingway, but I really liken his work. Especially his North Korea and Liberia documentaries are just stunning. Especially the part of the Liberia docu with General Butt Naked are just :stare:. You wouldn't get an effect like this in a classic documentary.

Two requests:

1. Are there any good documentaries on the spanish civil war?
2. Are there any good documentaries on the expat scene in South East Asia?

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Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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SuperTwo posted:

I'm sure since you guys love documentaries you've seen "The Cove" especially since it's free online now. I just wanted to point out a few errors in that film in regards to its demonization of marine parks. You can see a really good critique of the cove's claims about dolphins in aquariums here The second part is here.

Ultimately, I'm really glad that the Taiji dolphin slaughter has been brought to light in the mainstream but placing the blame on marine parks is putting the blame in the wrong place and is a huge oversimplification of the problem. The main problem behind the Taiji slaughters and in fact all of Japan's whaling is overfishing of popular food fish. The main reason that fisherman will give for the dolphin killing is that they are removing competition for a shrinking population of commercial fish stock. This was given very little attention in the film, which is a real shame because what really needs to be done to stop the dolphin fishery is conservation of environment and management of commercial fisheries. Boycotting western aquariums which have nothing to do with the slaughter is not going to help anyone.

I'm still mad The Cove took the Oscar over Burma VJ.
It's up on Youtube apparently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6DfCLqLVUg.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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feedmegin posted:

You might find a shortage of good stations to listen to, surely :shobon:

There were some pretty rad Rock 'n Rock stations around back then!

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Wasn't that one of the "The Vice guide to sex" documentaries?

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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I just watched First Kill.
http://documentaryheaven.com/first-kill/

Not an enjoyable documentary. It's about Vietnam vets and their feelings about killing.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Has anybody seen the new Louis Theroux Twlight of the Porn Stars?
I thought it was really good (of course it was). Especially the interview with Tommy Gunn was fascinating.

I'm always impressed that he can get away with the questions he asks AND that he actually gets insightful answers to them. Very few people could pull this off.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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I'm really into documentaries about gangs right now and I think I have seen most of the good ones about the 80's-now. Are there any good documentaries about gangs between the 40's and 80's?

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Are there any good documentaries about the end of the Roman Republic?

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Tumble posted:

Not a documentary, but if you are looking for something about the fall of the Roman Republic, there is a podcast called "Hardcore History" by Dan Carlin, and he did a VERY in-depth 6 part series about that subject, called "Death Throes of the Republic" that you'd enjoy if you haven't already heard it.

Highly recommended.

Dan Carlin also recently did three about Ghengis Khan which was great as well.

Haha, I just listened to that and I absolutely loved it, that's why I asked for some documentaries.

But agreed. That podcast is great.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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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.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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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.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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fivre posted:

The American Experience on Oppenheimer is pretty good and available on Hulu.

Trinity and Beyond wore on me a bit after the 15th or so EXPLOSION AND DRAMATIC MUSIC bit.

The American Experience stuff is really good. I just watched Death and the Civil War and it was excellent.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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SamLikesCake posted:

Thanks for posting this. I had no idea it existed and I've been on a morbid Cold War kick lately. I've already watched the first few episodes.

Hah! Me too. I think it was started by The Americans and I just read David Hoffman's book The Dead Hand. This is just what I need right now!

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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I just noticed that the Cold War documentary actually works rather well as a podcast. I listened to a whole episode while making dinner and I don't think I missed anything.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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papasyhotcakes posted:

Actually I have been on a Cold War kick lately, so if there are other "must see" documentaries about the period I would love to hear about them.

Hah, I went through the same a few months ago. You absolutely HAVE to read David Hoffman's The Dead Hand. And you should probably watch The Americans on FX.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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I just watched "The Inside Job". I knew about all the things in the movie from books etc but seeing it compressed in one movie is just loving depressing :(.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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I just watched "Crips and Bloods: Made in America" (holy poo poo this is amazing! Everyone NEEDS to see this!) and I realized that I don't know much about the Black Power Movement (I'm a filthy European).

Are there any good documentaries about this?

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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SEX HAVER 40000 posted:

Speaking of the History Channel, I just finished Ancient Aliens Debunked, which is a three hour passion piece dissecting the lies in Ancient Aliens. I loving love this. There's something seriously appealing about watching something you know to be terrible get dismantled with facts and references. Sadly, most of the youtube recommendations after watching this are the opposite kind of thing-IS HEAVEN REAL and Zeitgeist style bullshit. Are there any other skeptical, debunking docs out there?

While you say this, are there any good anti-Zeitgeist docus? I just chose to ignore everything with that word in it but it might be a good idea to have a link.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Mappo posted:

While not a documentary, The 12 Byzantine Rulers podcast is a really great listen. It talks a lot about Istanbul and what was built and destroyed there, so I think you would like it.

Does anyone know any recent good Ape or primate documentaries? I've lately got a nature documentary itch.

Another podcast: Dan Carlin's Hardcore History is amazing. He did a six-part series about the end of the Roman Republic, so you could start with that.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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You should watch Dear Zachary. It's also on YouTube.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Man Dirty Wars just made me loving angry. I read the book but I needed this to really make it sink in.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Kull the Conqueror posted:

It's got stupendous cinematography and has the benefit of not having to rely entirely on old photography.

I actually really love the photos. They really know how to pick the right ones and they really make them work with the narration.

The Roosevelts is amazing so far (just watched the third episode). Jesus, this is going to be 7 episodes/14 hours. Ken Burns and Dan Carlin really should do something together.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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I want to recommend Finding Vivian Maier. If you don't know her, she was a (street) photographer but she never published anything. Her negatives were discovered after her death and the maker of this docu tries to find out who she really was.

Maybe just type Vivia Maier into google images before you watch it. Her pictures are just SO loving good that you will want to find out more about the person who took them.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Bitter Lake was really good, thanks for recommending it.

Edit: Whoa It Felt Like a Kiss is amazing.

Popelmon fucked around with this message at 23:30 on Feb 2, 2015

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Le0 posted:

Are there recommended documentaries on the Afghan/Iraq war? Following some platoons for example?

Bitter Lake was great: https://www.google.com/search?q=bitter+lake&oq=bitter+lake&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60l3j69i61l2.1916j0j1&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Jesus, HBO's Only The Dead Have Seen The End Of War is good. Extremely unpleasant (especially the closeup of the dude dying at the end) but very well done. Can't really say more right now, need to sleep on it.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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MonsieurChoc posted:

New volcano documentary by Werner Herzog up on Netflix. Images are amazing, as could be expected.

Yeah it was good and really beautiful. I even liked the long North Korea tangent he went on.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Icarus really is a fantastic documentary, thanks for the tip.

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Sagacity posted:

I quite like documentaries about how factories work. Stuff like the BBC's "Inside the Factory", for instance. But are there any documentaries about the companies that design the factories and all the intricate conveyors and odd little devices that make up a factory?

Not really about a factory but "Farewell, Etaoin Shrdlu" will probably scratch that itch. It's a short documentary from the 70's about the printing process of the NYT.

https://www.nytimes.com/video/insider/100000004687429/farewell-etaoin-shrdlu.html

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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I just watched Sean Dunne's Oxyana. Holy poo poo. I loved his work on American Juggalo and Trump Rally but this doc is even better. I have no idea how but he always stays at an eye level with his subjects, it would be so easy to look down on the de addicts but he manages to show their side of the story without glorifying it. It's on YouTube so watch it!

Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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I kinda like watching the CNN "The xx'" series, they usually manage to cover most of the important stuff in the limited time they have. That said: gently caress THEM for white-washing the Bush presidency in their "The 2000s" season. Ugh.

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Popelmon
Jan 24, 2010

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Anyone here know what happened to Sean Dunne? He made American Juggalo, Trump Rally and Oxyana. I really loved his short docs and Oxyana was just loving amazing (look them up, they are all in Youtube).

Looks like he stopped releasing stuff in 2016.

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