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BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Young Al Capone posted:

Last Minutes With Oden

A short 6 minute doc about a man struggling with putting down his dog dying of cancer. EXTREMELY moving piece.

Link: http://vimeo.com/8191217

Wasn't this made by a goon?

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BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Fayez Butts posted:

I hope you're not talking about Louis Theroux, cause he's loving awesome.

I'm so surprised he's get to get beaten up so far.
I guess he knows how to be very disarming and puts on a stunning front of naivety that gets people to reveal so much crap.

Louis meets the Nazis was pretty jawdropping with the two girls singing hate songs.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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SeanBeansShako posted:

Any good documentaries online about post Great War Europe and the Russian Civil War?

Jeremy Issacs was hired to make "The Cold War" that covers that era.
It's never been released on DVD as several declassified documents and events were later classified again.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Bantaras posted:

Does anyone know what I saw? It looked really interesting.

It sounds like "Dream on Silly Dreamer"
http://www.dreamonsillydreamer.com/

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Popcorn posted:

Can anyone recommend good documentaries abouut depression/mental illness/suicide?

There's Stephen Fry's "The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive"
He discusses this with various celebrities who also suffer from it (Robbie Williams, Carrie Fisher, himself.) as well as others who are afflicted.

Part 1
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTUzODU1MDg0.html

Part 2
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTU0MTUyNTQ4.html

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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QuiteEasilyDone posted:

Jeremy Clarkson's The Greatest Raid of All Time

Clarkson also made one earlier about the VC in general.

The Victoria Cross: For Valour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kYKR7vXnyM&feature=PlayList&p=C1F2B7ECB33AB106&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=32

If you think the Operation Chariot guys had brass balls, some of the stories here are of men with balls of steel.

And another non-car related.
As part of the UK's "Top 100 Britons" Clarkson made one about Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K00xt_cxbI&feature=PlayList&p=A8BF37B0B3A38744&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1

BogDew fucked around with this message at 21:59 on Jul 5, 2010

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Juaguocio posted:

I've got to second this recommendation. Sometimes things can get a bit too sardonically British, but overall this is the best World War 2 documentary I've seen.

There's a great companion book by the same title that was released in 2007 by Richard Holmes.
It's extra bits from interviews that never made it to air for time or possibly secrets acts.
It also has a bit more of a focus on the soldiers as opposed to the higher-ups.
Equally as gripping.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Lackadaisical posted:

This thread couldn't have come at a better time - for class I'm supposed to write a paper on a documentary relating to anything in the field of human sexuality. Can someone recommend me a good one for that topic?

Sex in general?
There's Sex : The revolution, a four parter that was on VHS1 in 2008.

There's one that's currently on ABC iview (Australian) called "China Doll" about gay Asians and their stance in the gay community.
Try iView Napper to snag that.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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jimjob posted:

A lot of good stuff here. I'm a big fan of documentaries, particularly political and conspiracy theory types. Here are some of my favorites.

Basically anything by Alex Jones..

These types of docos I often cite as a good example of how people mistakenly attribute the documentary form as being completely factual.

Alex Jones is no more than a far right conspiracy theorist.
And The Arrivals is utterly horrid and completely unimaginative drivel.
Both are poorly researched and twist facts to promote their weird agendas.

A documentary at it's core should be about documenting events as they happen in a style that uses dramatics to tell the story.
In some way it's an evolved form of moralistic storytelling.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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The Lost World of Communism
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5302179309927381360

A three parter that focuses on how people lived their lives during communist regimes.
Also focuses on people who famously rebelled and gives insight into things such how the media was controlled, for instance in Part 3 they state how Ceausescu never was to be seen on TV eating or drinking, they'd always cut away.

Part 1 is in Eastern Germany.
Part 2 is Czechoslovakia.
And Part 3 covers Romania

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Local Group Bus posted:

This is interesting. For half the time I spent watching this I was wondering if I should file it under conspiracy theory.

It's your standard "be a freeman from the evil wily government" paranoia puff piece.
Specifically, this presentation (not a documentary) is linked to the The British Constitution Group who wish for England to have the monarchy directly rule and think that the Magna Carta's little line of lawful rebellion means the populace must rebel!!

A nice idea, but the fact is the Magna Carta was repealed in the 19th century and aside from a few select clauses it now stands as a historical footnote of the formation of law.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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MrData posted:

Thanks, but the videos themselves are blocked in my country. I hate that stupid poo poo.

Easy way around this.

Head to the 4oD youtube page, click on a doco then copy the link into:

http://www.daveproxy.co.uk
This just spoofs your location.
It won't work for proper iPlayer or 4oD stuff, that needs a VPN or mucking about with proxy and Tor stuff.

BogDew fucked around with this message at 15:12 on Sep 22, 2010

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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El Gallinero Gros posted:

That isn't a sequel to that horrible Zetigeist film that came out a few years ago, is it?

It's a very good example of how a well crafted series of "facts" can be used to misinform someone when placed out of context.
Remember the Zeitgeist series is written by a bloke who states the federal income tax is illegal. It's simply regurgitating many many conspiracy theory arguments as "facts". A very convincing way to make an argument when you don't have proper facts to back you up is to state a question, even though it might be hypothetical in nature, the result is people are left wondering "what if".

Also do read this.
http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/09-02-25/#feature

As for "Moving Forwards" this is basically framed around "The Venus Project" which is a social movement run by Jacque Fresco who thinks we can create a world where if we just give people all the resources they need we will magically remove all sense of monetary need and everyone helps each other.

Basically the film tries to get it's message across by making rather bold statements that we are defective by design and then sharply contrasting that with a utopian ideal that is supposed to make us go "oh poo poo, lets build magical automated sustainable cities that fix the world's ills".

TL;DR : It's conspiracy drivel and if you so feel changed by this you really need to broaden your horizons and reading material.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Theos posted:

Or maybe you're indoctrinated into a system of drivel and from within anything that opposes your ideas appears to be drivel because that's a critical part of the indoctrination.

You are serving a status quo enforcement role (predicted or more or less implied to exist by the philosophies of the movie) and you're too loving blinded to even realize it. You think you're choosing to make some witty as gently caress critical analysis of the film, removing any credibility in one swoop of the fat fingers across a keyboard, but you're just a tool who knows nothing but what you've been programmed to know.

In other words, gently caress everyone who told you not to watch this movie. They believe you are stupid and that you can't make up your own mind about it.

Indoctrination? Oh woe us all Geoffrey, for we are chained under the great torrid yoke of the evil governments who whip us along our lives like dumb yaks.
Surprisingly no one told me not to watch this movie, seeing I've worked on documentaries for a living I'm quite aware of the power of film to create emotions via interpretation. There is nothing at all compelling in the two hours of watching slow dissolves between stock footage and photographs as someone rambles on without any grounding for the facts he's presenting.
Honestly do you really completely believe statements such as "Medical companies don't want cancer to be cured as it will remove countless jobs".

And for the record, my fingers are quite long and slender.
But then again Mr. Cottrell why am I wasting time arguing with someone who lists their interests as "Guitar, blunts and women" and their occupation as "conspiracy theorist".

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BogDew fucked around with this message at 06:19 on Jan 31, 2011

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Bumming Your Scene posted:

Please Vote for Me

This is a :3: documentary about a first grade class in China that will, for the first time, have an election for their class monitor. A class monitor is the same thing as a hall monitor or teacher's aid. They are usually picked by the teacher, but this year the class will vote for their choice from the incumbent monitor, or two new challengers. The three candidates have a full blown campaign to win the votes of their classmates. Democracy!

This is fantastic!
The kid's are mini-Machiavellians and it's just so gripping to watch them turn on each other.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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The Scientist posted:

I bet you haven't thought about these in forever:

http://www.youtube.com/show?p=s-Gqsjg9y-8
Terry Jones' Medieval Lives
Terry Jones, a dude from the original Monty Python comedy troupe, makes awesome documentaries. They're hilarious and delightful. These are about what life was really like for medieval people. edit: And for whatever awesome reason, they are apparently country-inspecific (you know the BBC usually tries to deny foreigners knowledge for some reason? You xenophobic bastards! :argh:)

He's made some other documentaries:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=search_videos&search_query=terry+jones%2C+long&search_sort=relevance&search_category=0&page=

Run it through this.
http://www.daveproxy.co.uk/
Just untick the encrypt page option, tends to break YouTube.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Illuminti posted:

I agree though, it's not as good as Screenwipe and Newswipe.
It also somewhat repeats bits of materials or themes from Screenwipe so "How TV" is sort of an updated repackaging with a slant towards being informative.

Screenwipe and Newswipe are great, remember it's entertainment rather than actually informing you on how stuff works. The "how do they make this" is generally correct but highly exaggerated and plays on stereotypes of in industry.

Also Bumming Off isn't an actual TV show, and neither was Orlov they're just warped examples Brooker creates.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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America's Medicated Kids?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yjo8OkpUIg

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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For people wanting to see UK YouTube.

1. Go here: http://www.docoja.com/blue/

2. Paste in this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QKQf8hVNnA&has_verified=1

3. Untick Encode URL, it seems to break things.

Note anything that has any content verification warnings needs the &has_verified=1 tag at the end.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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WouldDesk posted:

There is another doc that follows members of NAMBLA.
Chicken Hawks : Men who love boys

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Kneel Before Zog posted:

What are some good documentaries to fall asleep to (soothing narrator voices)?
Anything by Ken Burns that has Keith David or David McCullough narrating.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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adamj1982 posted:

Does anyone know of any good documentaries about troops returning from WWII and their mental states and difficulties?
John Huston's "Let there be light" is an excellent one that was commissioned by the army back in the 40's but then banned because the army realized how something so raw could have an effect on recruitment levels. It wasn't given a screening until the 1980's.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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mrfart posted:

Anyone following the BBC empire documentaries with Jeremy Paxman?
They seem a bit scatterbrained in terms of direction and feels really stretched out. I was sort of hoping Paxman visit somewhere other than India or Africa and examine Canada or Australia's views on remaining as Commonwealth.

It also gets a bit too apologetic which clashes with Paxman patronizingly asking people if it's ironic that their British made motorcycle means freedom to them or suggesting that someone in Egypt be thankful their club was provided to them by the English.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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mrfart posted:

Including canada, australia or even the history with the US would have been interesting, but he would have needed a couple of more episodes for it. Who knows, he might make a second season.
Oddly enough it is a follow up of sorts to The Victorians where he examined how they lived via their paintings and it is a pretty solid series. Empire tried a similar style; where Paxman talks about something then experience it firsthand or talks to someone in a journalistic manner; but he seems to have fallen short of things to do in Empire.

It's a common tactic to create lavish series where hosts follow through with similar subjects. For instance David David Dimbleby's done something similar with A Picture of Britain and How We Built Britain followed by The Seven Ages of Britain.

A bit of an insider note; at present commissioning editors are looking for more series rather than one off documentaries as buying a series means you get six hours taken up for your scheduling quota as opposed to one and for half the price.

BogDew fucked around with this message at 13:57 on Apr 8, 2012

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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I have noticed how Theroux has become somewhat souless overtime, he's sort of moved from curious disarming nerd to pestering nerd.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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SeanBeansShako posted:

He is a little colder in this as I suspect he has strong feelings towards the subject matter.
If you watch the original one from Weird Weekends he's far more involved and personable in a geeky naive way, even going to the point of taking a photo of himself nude and showing it to porn agents. People open up as they feel the need to explain what's going on.

Through the years he's sort of mellowed his curiosity into investigative journalisim - no doubt it's harder. His approach makes him appear somewhat cold hearted and distant in the "Tough Love" series.

However he is excellent at getting people to indirectly hint at their inner thought processes - such as in "Twilight of the Porn Stars" where he gets Thommy Gunn to suggest he finds it hard to intimately connect with women as a result of his work and that it's something he really wants in life.

He also does something similar in "America's most hated family in crisis" where one of the girls talks about a Dutch friend she knows online that sort of hints she's secretly wishing to have outside contact.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Primoman posted:

I've always been interested in urban/seedy areas, the kind most well-educated people would stay away from but always curious to sneak a peek at, like something out of a Robert Rodriguez film or any other horror/gang/crime setting.
Louis Theroux's series is a good start as he visits maximum security prisons, meth addiction, Philadelphia and so on.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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I have no idea if this will be released outside of Australia but John Safran's Jedi's and Juggalos which looks at how subcultures adapt religion is just hilarious and fascinating. A Juggalo priest talks about blessing kids with holy Faygo or visiting Sufi Jedis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVsATinb64Q

BogDew fucked around with this message at 03:50 on Jun 20, 2012

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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mod sassinator posted:

That sub doc was very interesting. Are there any other good docs on Soviet era stuff?
There's The Lost World of Communism which looks at private life in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Hormones posted:

Any recommendations for documentaries on religious cults? The crazier, the better.
Theroux's "America's Most Hated Family" and the sequel "America's Most Hated Family in Crisis" are two good ones to watch.

Marjoe was made in the 70's and is about a former child preacher having a change of heart and allowing a doco crew to film him as he reveals how evangelists work.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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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.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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On the subject of "productions from hell" there's Audience of One about Pentecostal minister Richard Gazowsky's quest from God to create a sci-fi film.

Overnight which details the journey of Troy Duffy and his trials of filming The Boondock Saints and how the possibility of fame goes to his head.

And Operation Filmmaker in which an Iraqi film student gets the chance of his life when he is given the opportunity to move overseas and work on American productions after his school is bombed. It's cringe worthy to watch as he burns all of these bridges people throw at him.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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doctorfrog posted:

Someday the BBC will figure out how to just let the whole world watch their stuff, until then, there're YouTube links like this. Thanks!
They have their global app which is a monthly fee for limited content. It's interesting as it's generally helping gauge what is popular enough to be sold overseas.

Exclamation Marx posted:

Stolen from the D&D pictures thread, here's Rich Hall's Inventing the Indian.
He did one last year about Westerns.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKuw8MgvmAE

And if you want more about Native American's on film, there's also Reel Injun

BogDew fucked around with this message at 07:47 on Jan 24, 2013

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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I've just watched one called Kumare about Vikram Gandhi who decides to create an alter ego as a Indian guru in order to perform a social experiment about spiritualism.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXUzG6YKuvo

It's delightfully insane.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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fancyclown posted:

Are there any filmmakers today who believes they/try to create pure observational documentaries?
I remember Jesus Camp's directors attempted to frame the documentary as being purely observational but the fact remains that there is always some point of view inherent from what is ultimately shown.

The bottom line is there's far more directing going on in documentaries, even if it is placing subjects in an environment to exaggerate the argument you're making.
For example, get a Wall Street broker to talk about making money whilst standing in a poor neighborhood has a completely different effect than if you kept him in the office saying exactly the same lines.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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papasyhotcakes posted:

Does anyone remember it?
Possibly Cold War which was commissioned by Ted Turner who hired Jeremy Issacs who did the fantastic World at War series.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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Adding to the list of excellent F1 documentaries is "1" a look at the lifestyles of F1 drivers from the 60's onwards. It fits neatly with other docos like Grand Prix: The Killer Years and "Hunt vs Lauda".

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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acephalousuniverse posted:

What were they trying to accomplish with that Beatles movie?
It was some poor attempt to latch onto the stoner market based on previous films like 2001 and The Holy Mountain.

It came to the producer in a dream and he managed to sell it to FOX on the idea of it being some anti-war "musical-documentary"

John Lennon had something to do with the production of the film and was aware of it and presumably liked it, owing to his oddball sense of humor.

The film comes off as this utterly sugar coated take on WWII that you watch out of sick curiosity to see how WW2 is told through pop songs.

It goes so far that you almost expect them to put "Hey Jude" over shots of concentration camps - but no, the grimmer aspects of war are completely skipped over in a result that comes off as propaganda.

Any semblance of sensitivity is further run down by the collation of newsreels and 40's movies that turn the whole thing into one massive pastiche.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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LanceKing2200 posted:

Are there any good documentaries about the actual artistic work involved in CG effects?l
The Pixar Story perhaps? That kind of examines the traditional to CG transition. I think it had a bit where they sketch animate movements and expressions in Nemo before translating it to 3D.

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BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

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The Brony one is pretty boring and plays it horridly safe. It sort of comes off as a warped allegory for coming out and finding acceptance. Not surprising given the lead producers include Lauren Faust, Tara Strong and John de Lancie the whole thing has a positive spin on it as they'd rather not want to be seen as giving the green light to the worst the fandom has to offer.

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