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  • urban 3 May 2012 17:11:15 11,527 posts
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    BBC Archive/Research
  • urban 5 May 2012 14:34:10 11,527 posts
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    The Rolling Stones Cocksucker Blues

    If you haven't seen this before watching Spinal Tap, you're doing it wrong. (which is what I did, I did it wrong)
  • Deleted user 9 May 2012 08:39:35
    DEAR ZACHARY - 6/10 - This has incredible ratings on Netflix and IMDB etc but in the end I just didn't gel with the style. It reminded me of RadioLab, too many fast cuts, too many voices over other voices.... It was also way too one-sided.

    The actual story it was telling was interesting enough but the way it was told was definitely what was lacking here
  • PearOfAnguish 9 May 2012 08:49:00 7,549 posts
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    It didn't start out as a documentary, it was intended as a video to be given to the guy's son when he was grown up, it's direction obviously changed somewhat later. That's one of things that makes it so moving and the amateurish presentation works in that context.

    Edited by PearOfAnguish at 08:50:13 09-05-2012
  • Deleted user 9 May 2012 08:56:02
    @PearOfAnguish I don't buy that. Kuenne has enough credits to his name to establish he's not an amateur. The amateurish presentation wasn't in the way stuff was filmed or produced, it was in the way it was edited. Overlaying vocal tracks is a stylistic choice. As is presenting talking head pieces where there are visible jumps as pieces of the conversation/dialogue have been removed.

    Half the bits where people were talking looked like the police interview in Homer Badman:


    Homer: Someone had to take the babysitter home. And that's when I noticed that she was sitting on her.... sweet can. So I grab.... her.... sweet can. Ooh, just thinking about her.... can.... I wish I had another.... sweet s-s-s-s-s-s-s-weeet..
    I understand why Turner was never interviewed for it but FFS get some other side of the story when you realise the story's changing
  • PearOfAnguish 9 May 2012 09:16:04 7,549 posts
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    A documentary doesn't have to be balanced. Not sure why you think that it's so important to get someone elses viewpoint, especially given what happens, it's not like there's any question about her being a dangerous lunatic. Or were the murders and insane voicemail tapes not enough to convince you? What is the "other side" in this situation?
  • Deleted user 9 May 2012 09:19:38
    A documentary doesn't have to be balanced, no, but being so vehemently one-sided detracts from the overall story being told. A bit of perspective from her friends and family wouldn't have gone amiss, is all.
  • Trafford 9 May 2012 11:39:50 6,857 posts
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    I've been enjoying the 1970s retrospective on BBC2. It's on I-Player at the moment.
    Some interesting social insights to the decade. Better than the usual pop style program.
  • localnotail 9 May 2012 11:52:39 23,084 posts
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    I put my review in the film thread as I saw it at the cinema, but do go and see Marley if you get the chance - doesn't matter if you are not a huge reggae fan, it's really well made and a fascinating insight into his life.
  • shamblemonkee 9 May 2012 12:27:15 15,196 posts
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    Journey Series by David Attenborough exploring the origins of animal life.
  • urban 9 May 2012 16:03:31 11,527 posts
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    @localnotail Yeah it was good huh? I enjoyed.

    Edited by urban at 16:03:53 09-05-2012
  • glaeken 15 May 2012 14:17:16 11,428 posts
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    I have just watched this one and its pretty good.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00z8v18/Grand_Prix_The_Killer_Years/

    It covers Grand prix racing in the 60's and 70's. It has some great footage but some of it is pretty grim stuff. So very good old footage of GP racing though.

    Edited by glaeken at 14:17:44 15-05-2012
  • urban 18 May 2012 18:26:29 11,527 posts
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    nice looking aren't the words I'd use. Maybe good?

    Edited by urban at 18:27:05 18-05-2012
  • Gruff 18 May 2012 19:40:45 3,073 posts
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    Bill Cunningham New York 8/10 Extraordinary old fellah from the normally vapid fashion world, inspiring.
  • Deleted user 29 May 2012 15:55:16
    Benda Bililli is on Film 4 tommorrow night, its got pretty good critical fan fair.

  • urban 29 May 2012 16:19:03 11,527 posts
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    New Panorama. Euro 2012: Stadiums of Hate

    Shocking and disgusting stuff.
  • Vortex808 29 May 2012 20:50:55 8,667 posts
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    Looking forward to this 3 parter on punk that BBC4 will be showing this friday.

    I stupidly managed to forget about the football thing on panorama, but saw a bit on the 10 o'clock news. It was pretty depressing viewing and certainly not a good advert for the Ukraine. Was Poland as bad?
  • Deleted user 31 May 2012 16:44:08
    urban wrote:
    New Panorama. Euro 2012: Stadiums of Hate

    Shocking and disgusting stuff.
    caught up with that earlier. shocking stuff. surpsrised how poland/ukraine even got considered for hosting the tournament. i know they are a small minority, but seemingly prominent at football stadium

    Also caught up with Loius Theroux dementia doc. heartbreaking. even louie welled up at one point interviewing i think it was the younger couple with the daughter. Frightening diease.
  • mal 3 Jun 2012 21:47:13 24,171 posts
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    Just seen a good documentary on BBC 4. The worst thing about it is its title 'The 2000 year-old computer'. The best thing about it is probably the 3D x-ray of the world's oldest, most complicated clock. The second best thing about this is how the complexity is explored by telling some of the history of the modern research into this ancient artifact. It's a history programme for those that don't so much want to know how things were, but how we know how they were. It's a bit slow, and a bit dry (the 3D X-ray excepted), but very rewarding.

    Also excellent, but rather more fun and a lot shorter was a recent Random Acts entitled (I think) Kettling the Police which lets you make your own mind up. My google-fu fails me tonight, and I can't get the random acts site working on this connection, but I think that was the title. I was a little drunk at the time, which probably means it was shown last Tuesday.
  • urban 3 Jun 2012 22:33:18 11,527 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    Looking forward to this 3 parter on punk that BBC4 will be showing this friday.

    I stupidly managed to forget about the football thing on panorama, but saw a bit on the 10 o'clock news. It was pretty depressing viewing and certainly not a good advert for the Ukraine. Was Poland as bad?
    Less Nazi salutes but yeah just as racist.
  • Deleted user 26 June 2012 09:25:57
    Cross-posted in the movie ratings thread:

    Watched Comedian (2002), last night, a documentary about Jerry Seinfeld getting back into stand-up after taking a few years off. Interesting to see even the biggest name in comedy struggles with cobwebs, stage-fright, and problems of self-worth. His story is contrasted by the journey of an up-and-coming comedian called Orny Adams, who comes across as a massive bellend with a gigantic chip on his shoulder.

    Recommended, but at times it's really annoying having to watch this loser Orny whine about how hard he has it compared to Seinfeld.
  • glaeken 4 Jul 2012 13:26:03 11,428 posts
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    This is worth a watch. It's a documentary on 1980's group B rallying.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01fcncc/Madness_on_Wheels_Rallyings_Craziest_Years/
  • urban 6 Jul 2012 12:20:15 11,527 posts
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    You've been Trumped on selected screens from today

    St Andrews (Q&A) and Inverness today.

    I'll be going to the showing in Dundee next Friday.

    The directors from my home town =]

    Edited by urban at 12:20:23 06-07-2012
  • urban 14 Jul 2012 22:50:22 11,527 posts
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    The showing in Dundee sold out so I went to the showing in Aberdeen tonight with my dad. It was fairly decent! Solid objective documentary, you can tell he's worked for the BBC as a film-maker it's got that bbc style.

    My dad found it hilarious he had Trump written in huge letters on his private plane as he read it as Fart rather than someone's surname.

    Trump proved to be just as audacious and gaudy as he is across the pond. Prick.

    The Q&A afterwards with the residents of the estate where the brown grass golf course was built was very interesting too.

    8/10 as I don't think it sharply depicted just how radically the landscape has changed.

    Edited by urban at 22:52:54 14-07-2012
  • fletch7100 14 Jul 2012 22:57:41 7,890 posts
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    Some I have watched recently Gashole about oil and high mpg tests on cars from the 1940s onwards(100 mpg in the late 40s),Gasland about fracking in america, drilling for gas and how its fucking up the water tables, Carbomb,Taxi to the Dark side about US interrogations, the legality of them and story about an innocent man who died in us military custody.

    Edited by fletch7100 at 00:14:52 15-07-2012
  • EMarkM 14 Jul 2012 23:58:00 3,793 posts
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    Massive doc fan here, and hadn't spotted this (ancient!) thread before.

    I'm chiefly into science and history, rather than, say, engineering and politics.

    I do enjoy some of the trashy stuff like Destination Truth and, just started watching tonight, Legend Quest, but I really like good, serious coverage with merit too.

    One prog I really enjoyed, haven't seen it mentioned here, along similar "speculative" lines as Walking With Dinosaurs, is Life After People: a programme covering what would happen to our planet minutes, hours, days, months and years after humans suddenly ceasing to be.
  • urban 15 Jul 2012 00:28:17 11,527 posts
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    Seen many of these?

    I'm watching Comedian now.

    I can't believe Onry Adams, he's gonna burn himself out being that fucking angry at the fact he hasn't 'made' it.

    Obsession and egotistical drive for 'making it' and being that cocky usually results in the complete opposite. The guy told him straight and he took it as an insult. What a cock.

    Edited by urban at 01:21:07 15-07-2012
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