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ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



A doc about my favorite little theater and also a little bit of history about the artform itself.

A bunch of ugly people in this trailer tho (I recognize half of them as regulars at the New Bev.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtPZxrjE2vE

Official Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gehulRoAFw0

The New Beverly also just updated their website, so they have a bunch of articles, blog posts, reviews, and an archive of their past calendars (my favorite part about the new design).

http://thenewbev.com

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ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



At home in Chicago this Christmas, and Hoop Dreams was on cable today.

It's amazing how little we've progressed in our attitudes as a country for the past 20 years. Still as powerful today as the day it was released.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Goddamn, just watched the Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis doc on hbo. What a sad, harrowing doc. They talk about the formation of the band with Boots and Josh, and then the terrorist attack in Paris. Listening to the survivors talk about that night is so sad, but watching them and the band find redemption and salvation through rock and roll! was pretty awesome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zplt0aHREVE

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Anyone see last year's doc, They Call Us Monsters? It just popped up in my youtube suggested videos and I really want to see it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7BQc1Lxm6g

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



magnificent7 posted:

I just discovered thst somebody posted the entire series of that show. I'm in most of the episodes. So. NOW I know what my first documentary will be about. Teen dance shows of the 80s.

And hell no I'm not in the fedora.

Nice! I'd watch the hell out of that. And also the dance show itself. I love Automatic so good choice to introduce the show.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Just saw this doc about Bucket Boy culture in Chicago, and the economic situations in the city that has led these kids to this lifestyle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bIvFE9k2Mg

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



It should also be noted that the white woman in the case, Carolyn Bryant Donham, just recently admitted that she lied about pretty much everything leading up to the lynching, and only now confessed because she's trying to get paid off a book and everyone else involved is long dead, including Emmett's mother, who never saw a shred of justice in her son's case.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/09/emmett-till-family-wants-truth-accuser-lies/97683096/

gently caress this bitch.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Deep Throat pretty much covered all the bases on that topic (I'm talking about the porno btw).

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



There's some great character actors in 2 as well, Clu Gulager, Marshall Bell, and Robert Rusler all have memorable bits.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



coyo7e posted:

That woman keeps getting harder and harder to believe, though.

The weirdest thing for me in The Keepers was that, at base, it felt like a fanfic about the dangers of playing Dungeons and Dragons and what happens to people who refuse to throw it out and repent to Jesus. The stories are horrific but after a while it starts to really feel like a Chick-tract rather than something that actually happened.. I mean, black masses performed on tween-aged girls in a catholic high school office, involving priests, police, AND the military?

I had a really hard time suspending my disbelief for half of this series, because even though I went to a Catholic High School where some hosed-up poo poo WAS very much going on, I can't imagine that the head priest could have possibly have been running a train on a dozen+ girls with local authority figures... While utilizing his boss psychiatric and hypnotic powers to suppress the whole thing AND every instructor at the instituion was totally incapable of noticing that students kept being pulled from class to visit the "principal" for literally no viable reason. For years and years.

I believed it mostly because it was in Boston, and Boston PD is notoriously close with the Catholic church, and if the pedo priest's brother was the big cop at the time, I can easily see how poo poo can get cloak and daggered.

People thought we were making up the Chicago PD Black Sites until the loving Guardian broke the story.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Mahoning posted:

It was in Baltimore.

Gah, hosed that up. It is true tho that Boston is catholic as gently caress, guess that's why I mixed up the two. I don't know poo poo about Baltimore other than they got the Orioles and Jimmy McNutty.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Mahoning posted:

Uhhhhh, so PBS dropped ALL of the episodes of The Vietnam War on the PBS app. You can watch the entire series right now. drat.

Ffffffuck yeah.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



They're showing this doc at the Frida Center in Los Angeles if you're in the area.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssXSQ7wBmp4

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



DeimosRising posted:

yeah, except that's not so. Vietnam and southeast Asia continued to exist, continued to fight, and it was a critical and meaningful part of a major struggle in the history of western imperialism. There are lots of ways to discern meaning from the extended conflict ~1950-1980 in the extended Mekong region and the fact that Americans were confused by losing a war doesn't mean the actual conflict was confusing.

Don't forget about the pearl-clutching vilifying of supposed "communist sympathizers" that lead to people getting blacklisted and thrown on government watch lists.

People STILL bring up communists like they're the loving boogeyman and that poo poo is just so loving funny to me in the age of unchecked capitalism absolutely wrecking the environment and the American male Sandy Hook and Vegas-style shooters.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



I want a reckoning

I'll settle for a really good Ken Burns doc tho.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Dr.Caligari posted:

So those that consider Burns documentary on Vietnam bad, whatís a good documentary? Iím on the third episode of Burnsí and donít find it to be horrible or anything

10000 Day War and Letters From Home are both a must.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Friedkin meets the Devil.

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

Survivor's Guide to Prison

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfUh5wstN04

The Search for General Tso

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z0hmBIR8BE

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

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.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



El Gallinero Gros posted:

Just found out Lloyd Kaufman went to Yale

(I'm watching Tromaville)

Watching what now? Is there a doc called Tromaville? Where can I watch this?

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Just watched this awesome doc that has interviews with a ton of comic book artists and writers, both indie and pro, many of whom are still working in the field.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8SgkTEjH1k

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Iíve been watching a poo poo load of Comicbook Kayfabe which led me down a comic book documentary kick.

Comic Book Confidential feels legendary in how it was in the perfect moment of time in comics history to capture interviews with some stone cold historical legends and also future comic legends in the early days of their careers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8SgkTEjH1k

The boys even did their own commentary for it.

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

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



JaneError posted:

For the Americans, Driving While Black premieres tomorrow night on PBS. My grad school program director/professor wrote the book itís based on; just wanted to signal boost it for anyone who might be interested:

https://www.pbs.org/show/driving-while-black/

Thanks for posting this. Definitely gonna check this out.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Thereís a really great little doc with William Friedkin reflecting on making the Exorcist called Leap of Faith thatís on Shudder right now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiWIuXh3m74

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



BonoMan posted:

Interesting. That trailer just makes it look like a Friedkin circle jerk though... does it go into how much of an rear end in a top hat he was?

He doesnít shy away from it and addresses the things heís done. I wonít deny that Friedkinís an egotistical rear end in a top hat, but hearing his process on the making of that movie (and a soft self-reflection of his work as a whole) will always be interesting to me.

Do you call all bio docs with the subject themselves being interviewed as circle jerks? Itís a really weird way to approach documentaries.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



BonoMan posted:

Yes that's exactly how I approach literally every single documentary that interviews the subject. Yessireee ya got me.

No "roll eyes" big enough for that dumb reductionist poo poo. Come on man.

I *do* however call these reflective pieces circle jerks. But "masturbatory" is probably a better word. (and to be honest I thought this was an actual documentary about the making of the movie - with other points of view - not just literally him reflecting on it until I saw the title)

The movie had a notoriously rough production. He had lovely hack tactics. Was an rear end in a top hat and mistreated his star that was a minor (among other people). He's an rear end in a top hat. But he's also a wealthy old white male so I guess his shittiness gets to get memory holed and his career looked at fondly.

Sorry I have no love for Friedkin.

Now excuse me while I go watch that on Shudder.

What does having love for someone have anything to do with watching a documentary about them?

Iíve watched documentaries about James Cameron and Stanley Kubrick and those guys are abusive pieces of poo poo too, if your point is that white people and white culture are assholes and assholish in general Iím not going to disagree with you.

Itís just that I like watching them talk about making movies (or watch people talk about them making movies). But I like a lot of problematic art in general and Iíll be the first to admit that.

E: Larry Cohen was a lovely man (with terrible safety standards) and King Cohen is another great director bio doc Iíd like to recommend (this one is more of a full doc with interviews, clips, and Larry himself reflecting on his entire career). Heís easily one of my favorite directors and the doc highlights what I love about his movies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPblr7nKaYw

And itís also on Shudder!

ruddiger fucked around with this message at 05:58 on Dec 4, 2020

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



I hear ya. I work in this industry and I see the hypocrisy every day, and ask myself as a minority why I put up with it (the answer is money and capitalism has tainted my soul).

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ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



As much as I go to bat for dickheads like Friedkin and Kubrick, John Landis can go gently caress himself.

He shows up in a lot of docs that I like and it annoys me when he pops up and acts like he didnít kill three people due to his coked out ego and negligence.

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