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MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

I'm watching the Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune documentary and it is really good.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Ochs:_There_but_for_Fortune

Phil Ochs was a protest folk singer in the 60s, a contemporary of Bob Dylan with the difference being that Ochs really believed a 100% in the political side of the protest side of the songs compared to Dylan who left the folk scene behind fairly easy.

It is available on the PBS web site: http://video.pbs.org/video/2189501770 although it may be edited compared to the theatrical version.

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MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

If I'm reading the site correctly, You're Gonna Miss Me the 2005 documentary about Roky Erickson is available on Netflix.

It is a great look at one of the pioneers of psychedelic rock in the US and his struggles with mental illness.

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

Haerc posted:

I thought that part of it was that they would use old radiators in the process somewhere, which were soldered with lead?

Edit: Actually I don't even know if lead causes blindness :shrug:

Lead tends to cause deadness more than blindness.

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

On the heels of that Andre the Giant documentary recommendation, there are a couple non-WWE docs that are real good even if you aren't necessarily a hardcore wrestling fan.

The first one is called [url=http://www.memphis-heat.com/Memphis Heat[/url] which is about wrestling in the Memphis territory from the 1950s and up to 1980s, talking about how crazy everything because the fans thought it was all real and reacted accordingly. Memphis is where Jerry Lawler and Andy Kaufman did their thing too, since Kaufman had to go somewhere they would hate him for being a big shot actor calling them rednecks.
The basic format is basically just a lot of talking heads, telling stories about how things were done back then. There tends to be quite a lot of namedropping but they're always followed by pictures/video of them and explanations of what they did.

Memphis Heat is available on DVD through their website and also on itunes.

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-CDVYT-RWI


The other is called Heroes of World Class is first and foremost the tragic story of the Von Erich family which I will recommend you read up on, on wikipedia. Secondly it is about World Class Championship Wrestling which Fritz Von Erich ran in Dallas, Texas and how it all came apart. Fritz had five sons that went into the world of wrestling, of them four are dead. Three committed suicide.


Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKYs3Z7aW2c

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

What are some good Cold War documentaries that aren't the CNN Cold War series one?

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

mrfart posted:

I only saw him in one other. The one about the mission his father-in-law was part of. Are there others?

He has made two other war related shows, one about The Victoria Cross ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Victoria_Cross:_For_Valour ) and one about Operation Chariot (The Greatest Raid of All Time)

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

Rich Hall made a couple of documentaries about Hollywood for BBC. If you like Rich Hall they're pretty good.

Continental Drifters is about the american road movie.

How the West was Lost is about westerns and The Dirty South is about stereotypical Hollywood representation of the south. Inventing the Indian is about the portrayal of native americans.

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

This looks to be older than 8 years, but it's still pretty good and has lions in a volcanic crater.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3fpDUaXn20

Crater Lions of Ngorongoro

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

HUNDU THE BEAST GOD posted:

What a cornball title. Terror at the Mall!

Sounds like a cheap 70s horror movie.

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

Last Days Here is about Bobby Liebling and Pentagram, who could probably have been the american version of Black Sabbath if Bobby hadn't hosed up his life with drugs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwaYcp2uYLU


You're Gonna Miss Me is about Roky Erickson who I suppose is easiest to just describe as a weird outsider musician. In 1969 he plead insanity to get out of a marijuana possession charge and ended up being sent to a hospital for the criminally insane. In recent years he has sort of surfaced in more mainstream situations and have been touring with various bands though, which is nice to see.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVFLqzJB6qw

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

Herv posted:

This was very hard to watch, and not because it was a bad production.


Oh yeah, until the end I was convinced Bobby was going to drop dead at any point. He looked 5 minutes away from dying.

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

Le0 posted:

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

Armadillo and Restrepo are probably your go to choices for Afghanistan docs.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armadillo_(film)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restrepo_(film)

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

djwetmouse posted:

Watching American Meth from 2008 already seems dated, what is a new, good, documentary on meth?

The Louis Theroux special on meth was pretty good, but I guess it depends entirely on your opinion of Louis. It is from 2009 though, so not really all that new.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_City_Addicted_to_Crystal_Meth

It is pretty drat depressing, as you'd expect.

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

Mr Tumbles posted:

Right now I've got a real hankering for space documentaries. Recently I've watched Hubble 3D, Through The Wormhole and Wonders of the Universe, all of which I really enjoyed and would recommend. I was wondering if anyone has any good recommendations for more space docos, ones on black holes in particular?

Brian Cox did a series called Wonders of the Solar System a year before he did Wonders of the Universe. Just in case you want more that dreamy, smart man.

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

On the topic of eccentric people, the Roky Documentary from about 10 years ago You're Gonna Miss Me should be on Netflix as well. It is really quite good.

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

Just want to say that the Apollo 11 documentary is extremely good. I watched the IMAX version and it really drove home how huge everything was.

I watched it on this huge dome screen in a planetarium where the seating is very steep, so an early shot panning down the rocket made it feel like I was going to tip out of chair.

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MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

KoRMaK posted:

i did the same, its the "first steps" version
yes go do it if you can!

I was a bit annoyed to find out that for whatever reason the IMAX version is 45 minutes compared to 90 minutes for the "real" version. But it just means I get to watch it again.

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