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  • brainbird 22 Jul 2013 18:59:44 2,209 posts
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    @Razz Jiro Dreams of Sushi sounds and looks great in the trailer. I hope to see that some time soon.

    If anyone ever has the chance to see The Two Escobars... well, just watch it. It's a great documentary even if you don't like football.

    Here's the trailer:

  • urban 25 Jul 2013 17:11:53 10,924 posts
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    Hit me up with some others!
  • mrcrumley 25 Jul 2013 17:43:15 369 posts
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    Rising Son: The legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi..  Really interesting documentary about the greatest natural skateboarder ever. (US Netflix)

    Is second the two escobars recommendation too,  great film, as are most of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries that I've seen on Netflix.  (really enjoyed the Bo Jackson and Reggie Miller vs The Knick in particular)
  • urban 25 Jul 2013 20:22:59 10,924 posts
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    @mrcrumley or just watch it on youtube
  • Rhythm 3 Aug 2013 08:41:28 2,470 posts
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    SAMSARA has just shown up on UK Netflix. The direct follow-up to the incredible BARAKA and it's just as good. Find the biggest screen you can and turn the sound way up :-)
  • Razz 3 Aug 2013 08:57:40 60,771 posts
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    On youtube also, 720p



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  • urban 3 Aug 2013 09:15:56 10,924 posts
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    @Rhythm Also, smoke something.
  • Razz 3 Aug 2013 09:22:12 60,771 posts
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    Edibles work better for stuff like Samsara, the buzz lasts longer and often more euphoric (imo). Reminds me... I've got some cookies stashed away somewhere...

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  • Deleted user 3 August 2013 10:21:50
    McCullin. Fantastic doc on the photographer , really well put together, and a nice insight into the human condition in war zones. Really recommended.
  • Trafford 11 Sep 2013 21:49:24 5,622 posts
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    Requiem for Detroit?
    Doing the rounds on BBC4 and IPlayer at the moment.
    Social history and some lovely ruin porn.
  • richardiox 11 Sep 2013 22:35:31 5,543 posts
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    Trafford wrote:
    Requiem for Detroit?
    Doing the rounds on BBC4 and IPlayer at the moment.
    Social history and some lovely ruin porn.
    Watched this earlier, really enjoyed it. Sombre and eye opening too -

    -During GM /Ford workers strikes in the 1920s police fired indiscriminately on the picket lines with machine guns. The strikers were striking for better pay. Fast forward a mere twenty years and those same workers are producing US armour for WW2 under a government slogan of something like "weapons for democracy". What the actual fuck. And Assad is decried for firing on his own people.

    -General Motors and Ford lobbied and bribed the US government to strip away old rail based public transport systems to increase car ownership and create the rise of the freeway. Also excerted pressure on city planners to adopt suburban models that not only necessitated multiple car ownership but also killed previously thriving inner cities.

    Not to mention the usual disgusting racism, state supported police brutality and some classic exploitation of workers.

    USA USA USA!

    The grubby roots of capitalism and the American Dream.
  • Trafford 11 Sep 2013 23:19:39 5,622 posts
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    Good summary, I was left feeling a bit stunned by the program. I'll never just think Motown and cars again. More like ghost town.
  • Mr_Sleep 12 Sep 2013 00:45:06 16,849 posts
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    Yeah, it really was quite eye opening, the urban decay stuff was excellent. Interesting to see how they're trying to take the city back, especially the ex-cons recycling the buildings.

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • Sir_Walter_Rally 12 Sep 2013 10:28:46 770 posts
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    Thought it was a bit boring as documentaries go.

    They could open it to hollywood for zombie/apocalypse films, would be perfect for a TLOU film :lol:

    And they didn't even mention Detroit techno!!

    Anyway... there was a perfect predator doc on BBC a little while ago, that was some amazing shit... some very gripping and tense moments, and really informative. Well made.

    "Inside the Perfect Predator" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsnjczQVLcY

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  • billythekid 12 Sep 2013 16:01:15 11,026 posts
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    New series of the Fried Chicken Shop starts Monday on channel 4.
    I love this programme, such a plethora of weirdos!
  • Sir_Walter_Rally 12 Sep 2013 16:34:57 770 posts
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    Yeah, not a documentary.
  • Ged42 12 Sep 2013 16:47:12 7,701 posts
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    There was a good WWI documentary/drama called the Wipers Times on Bbc 2 last night. About the satirical trench newspaper of the same name and the soldiers who wrote it.

    Very well done, though one of casting choices had me struggling to distance him from previous roles.

    Should be on iplayer now.
  • billythekid 12 Sep 2013 16:50:40 11,026 posts
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    Sir_Walter_Rally wrote:
    Yeah, not a documentary.
    What the fuck is it then?
  • whatfruit 12 Sep 2013 16:53:21 1,288 posts
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    I watched "Pulling John" at the weekend.

    It is a documentary which looks at the ultra-competitive world of Arm Wrestling. Its main subjects are two young up and coming arm wrestlers from Russia and America who dream of getting to the Zltoy cup and toppling the 20 year reigning world champion John Brezerk.

    One of those documentaries with a stupid topic, that you initially dismiss but get drawn into by the likable characters, skilled editing and the drama which precede each of the pulling contests.
  • Sir_Walter_Rally 12 Sep 2013 16:57:09 770 posts
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    @billythekid A camera positioned in a fast food outlet.
  • billythekid 12 Sep 2013 17:36:17 11,026 posts
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    Sir_Walter_Rally wrote:
    @billythekid A camera positioned in a fast food outlet.
    Documenting reality, thus a documentary.
  • Mr_Sleep 12 Sep 2013 18:05:50 16,849 posts
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    Sir_Walter_Rally wrote:
    And they didn't even mention Detroit techno!!
    They did, only it was quite a brief mention.

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • Kostabi 12 Sep 2013 18:14:43 4,877 posts
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    @whatfruit I caught it a while back and found it really compelling. The Russian dude and veteran American were hugely likeable.
  • Sir_Walter_Rally 13 Sep 2013 09:50:22 770 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    Sir_Walter_Rally wrote:
    @billythekid A camera positioned in a fast food outlet.
    Documenting reality, thus a documentary.
    So by this logic, Big Brother is a documentary? :|
  • billythekid 13 Sep 2013 09:53:50 11,026 posts
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    Sir_Walter_Rally wrote:
    billythekid wrote:
    Sir_Walter_Rally wrote:
    @billythekid A camera positioned in a fast food outlet.
    Documenting reality, thus a documentary.
    So by this logic, Big Brother is a documentary? :|
    No it's quite obviously a game show.
  • Sir_Walter_Rally 13 Sep 2013 11:05:44 770 posts
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    Hardly a difference. Squeeze a camera crew inside a fried chicken shop on a friday night when everyone's wrecked, yeah that seems nice and natural. Don't mind me, just documenting reality.
  • L0cky 13 Sep 2013 11:12:54 1,501 posts
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    Unfortunately the beeb and channel 4 seem to agree with billythekid. Open up iPlayer and it has no Documentary category, only the nebulous "Factual" which is laden with reality tv shows.

    Someone should write them a stern letter...
  • Sir_Walter_Rally 13 Sep 2013 11:16:43 770 posts
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    He's calling it a doc, they aren't. How is that them agreeing? They just have a shit classification system.

    Top Gear is filed under factual as well... Possibly anything but, all out fiction seems more fitting.
  • L0cky 13 Sep 2013 12:08:14 1,501 posts
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    I mean they agree in the sense that they're not classed as completely different things. Which of course they are...

    No doubt it's based on ratings.

    I've given up looking for documentaries on those services after wading through pages of Top Gear, Cash in the Attic, and all that crap.
  • Sir_Walter_Rally 13 Sep 2013 12:15:49 770 posts
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    I know, the only time i use iplayer is to go through the factual section, it's filled with crap, but can be well worth it.

    Filtering by channel is useful, BBC Three thrives on that reality 'documentary' crap, where as BBC Four is great... There was a good one yesterday - Sound of Cinema. It had Hans Zimmer and Martin Scorsese interviewed. Parts 2 and 3 still to come.
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