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Favourite documentaries

Post by PepperJack » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:33 pm

Anyone watch documentaries? If so what are your favourites? Mine are

King of Kong
Searching for sugarman
Man on Wire
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Re: Favourite documentaries

Post by skalpel » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:43 pm

A mix of series and films:

Cosmos
The Ascent of Man
Civilisation
Blue Planet
New York: A Documentary Film
Soupçons
World at War
Man with a Movie Camera
Un coupable idéal
Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends

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Re: Favourite documentaries

Post by FogOnTheRhine » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:43 pm

Searching For Sugarman is so good <awe>
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Re: Favourite documentaries

Post by PepperJack » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:55 pm

Livin' Davide Loca wrote:Searching For Sugarman is so good <awe>
Yeh I really enjoyed it, think my favourite has to be King of Kong, Steve Wiebe <awe>

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Post by Beatski » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:22 am

Beatski wrote:- Attenborough's Life on Earth (1979) is great, does a good job of explaining evolution too. everyone should watch it.
- Nature’s Great Events: (6 episodes; 'The Great Flood', about the Okavango is one of my favourites)*
- The great rift: Africa's wild heart (3 episodes) *
- Yellowstone (2 parter) *
- South Pacific is good as well (not Attenborough)
- Secret universe, the hidden life of the cell (1 episode). i like this one because its essentially what i did my degree on, also it's pretty cutting edge as documentaries go. (pretty sure its not attenborough)

*might be attenborough
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Post by Mifune » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:31 am

David Attenborough stuff
Louis Theroux stuff
Koyaanisqatsi
Hearts of Darkness
Man with a Movie Camera
Senna
Cosmos
American Movie
The Beaver Trilogy
Dogtown and Z Boys
The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Pretty sure I am missing some, I watch a lot of documentaries and can't recall all my favourites.

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Post by Mifune » Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:28 am

skalpel wrote:A mix of series and films:
New York: A Documentary Film
Never seen that before <scratch>, looks good, gonna watch it <diva>!

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Re: Favourite documentaries

Post by skalpel » Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:33 am

Mifune wrote:
skalpel wrote:A mix of series and films:
New York: A Documentary Film
Never seen that before <scratch>, looks good, gonna watch it <diva>!
It's great <awe>. That, coupled with the Burrows Wallace book Gotham are great for NY History.

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Post by Mifune » Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:35 am

skalpel wrote:
Mifune wrote:
Never seen that before <scratch>, looks good, gonna watch it <diva>!
It's great <awe>. That, coupled with the Burrows Wallace book Gotham are great for NY History.
Keep meaning to buy that book but can't find anywhere to buy it from <grim>.

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Post by Seagull » Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:46 am

The Death of Yugoslavia (six episodes split up into 10 minute videos on youtube, lasts nearly 5 hours in total).

Brilliantly detailed and informative insight into the breakup of Yugoslavia and the conflicts that followed. If you're interested in this period at all then I would definitely give it the first few videos a try because I couldn't recommend this enough <ok>.
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Post by Captain Obvious » Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:51 am

Deep Water

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Re: Favourite documentaries

Post by skalpel » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:00 am

Mifune wrote:
skalpel wrote:
It's great <awe>. That, coupled with the Burrows Wallace book Gotham are great for NY History.
Keep meaning to buy that book but can't find anywhere to buy it from <grim>.
It seems to be available on Book Depository for £35. Expensive, but worth it I think. There's just so much information in there, I doubt I'll ever finish the whole thing.

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Re: Favourite documentaries

Post by Mifune » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:10 am

skalpel wrote:
Mifune wrote:
Keep meaning to buy that book but can't find anywhere to buy it from <grim>.
It seems to be available on Book Depository for £35. Expensive, but worth it I think. There's just so much information in there, I doubt I'll ever finish the whole thing.
Unavailable in hardback, and that is the type of book I would like in hardback :(.

I will just have to keep browsing this tumblr page while making up my own history until it gets available <diva> <grim>.

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Re: Favourite documentaries

Post by skalpel » Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:27 pm

Just watched The Thin Blue Line, a 1988 documentary about a guy falsely convicted of murdering a policeman. The film was actually subsequently used as evidence in his exoneration. Pretty well made film, and has music is by Philip Glass (a rearrangement of his Metamorphoses piano pieces).

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Post by PepperJack » Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:44 am

skalpel wrote:Just watched The Thin Blue Line, a 1988 documentary about a guy falsely convicted of murdering a policeman. The film was actually subsequently used as evidence in his exoneration. Pretty well made film, and has music is by Philip Glass (a rearrangement of his Metamorphoses piano pieces).
Ive seen that, quite enjoyed it. I watched that and Dear Zachary one after another, made for a depressing night

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Re: Favourite documentaries

Post by skalpel » Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:45 am

PepperJack wrote:
skalpel wrote:Just watched The Thin Blue Line, a 1988 documentary about a guy falsely convicted of murdering a policeman. The film was actually subsequently used as evidence in his exoneration. Pretty well made film, and has music is by Philip Glass (a rearrangement of his Metamorphoses piano pieces).
Ive seen that, quite enjoyed it. I watched that and Dear Zachary one after another, made for a depressing night
<laugh> Yeah I imagine so. I've not seen Dear Zachary but know what it's about, people have told me it's meant to be one of the most depressing documentary films there is.

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Re: Favourite documentaries

Post by PepperJack » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:05 am

skalpel wrote:
PepperJack wrote:
Ive seen that, quite enjoyed it. I watched that and Dear Zachary one after another, made for a depressing night
<laugh> Yeah I imagine so. I've not seen Dear Zachary but know what it's about, people have told me it's meant to be one of the most depressing documentary films there is.
Aye it can be a pretty tough watch at times but I would recommend it.

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Re: Favourite documentaries

Post by skalpel » Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:59 pm

Because it followed a murder trial, The Thin Blue Line reminded me a bit of The Staircase (Soupçons), which is one of the most gripping documentary series I've ever watched (by Oscar winning documentarian Jean-Xavier de Lestrade). It followed the court case of a guy accused of murdering his wife - he claims she fell down the stairs - and as more sides to the case unravel you get a fly on the wall view of the everybody in the defence and prosecution at work in and out of court. Some of the stuff that happens is so damn cliffhanging that Hollywood couldn't have written it.

The final episode has the jury verdict and is one of the most suspenseful things I've seen in documentary before. If anybody watches it I highly recommend not reading anything about it or the case until after finishing, because it makes the end so much more gripping.

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Re: Favourite documentaries

Post by jpg » Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:31 pm

Anyone seen The Bridge? Chilling documentary with footage of people jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Friends and families of the jumpers being interviewed about these people's lives and what might have drove them to suicide.


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Re: Favourite documentaries

Post by skalpel » Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:46 pm

I might watch that tonight actually. Cheers for the recommendation.

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