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  • Punctum 16 Sep 2013 06:41:52 845 posts
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    urban wrote:
    @mrcrumley or just watch it on youtube
    Cheers for that!

    Excellent watch. The guy had a lot of charisma and talent.
  • Sir_Walter_Rally 8 Oct 2013 09:45:05 506 posts
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    There's a great Ottoman empire doc on BBC. Three parter I think, looks stunning in HD.

    Stuff like this is what keeps BBC relevant for me.
  • localnotail 6 Dec 2013 19:27:33 23,093 posts
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    I enjoyed The Institute, A Documentary About the Games of Nonchalance


    The Institute is a feature-length documentary directed by Spencer McCall about the Games of Nonchalance, the San Francisco-based alternate reality game (known familiarly as The Jejune Institute).
    Told From the players’ perspectives, the film looks over the precipice at an emergent new art form WHERE THE REAL WORLD AND FICTIONAL NARRATIVES merge TO CREATE UNFORESEEN AND OFTEN unsettling CONSEQUENCES. FOLLOW ALONG AS WE DISCLOSE A WORLD WHOSE secret IDENTITY MAY MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ENLIGHTENMENT AND TOTAL INCOMPREHENSION.
    Reminded me a bit of The Church of the Subgenius to start with but what they did is fascinating.

    Trailer:

    Edited by localnotail at 20:33:47 30-12-2013

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • TOOTR 14 Dec 2013 09:07:26 9,473 posts
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    Just saw Particle Fever at a film festival.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1385956/

    It is excellent. Fantastic insights and a compelling narrative into CERN, the LHC and the discovery of the Higgs-Boson.

    I'll get back with a longer review at some point but if you get a chance just go see it.

    Everybody should just calm down a little bit and have a nice cup of tea.

  • Gruff 14 Dec 2013 09:29:32 2,769 posts
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    Sushi: The Global Catch on US netflix was terrific but at the same time depressing....enjoy!!

    “It's not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it's not possible to find it elsewhere.”
    ― Agnes Repplier

  • Trafford 28 Dec 2013 20:34:27 5,268 posts
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    Never Mind the Baubles: Xmas '77 with the Sex Pistols.
    On BBC IPlayer for another 5 days. Just the kind of social Rockumentary that I love.
    Archive film of Christmas 1977 mixed in with the story of the Sex Pistols last UK gig. An Xmas day fundraiser in Huddersfield, for the children of striking firefighters. Delightful, great footage of the gig.
  • Vortex808 28 Dec 2013 20:42:14 6,551 posts
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    Thanks for the heads up Trafford, I'm annoyed  I missed that. Will check it out for sure.
  • bantamenace 28 Dec 2013 22:30:48 73 posts
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    The Two Escobars
  • DrStrangelove 29 Dec 2013 22:32:09 2,538 posts
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    Accidentally they broadcast a Russian documentary about the TU-144, the soviet Concorde. Very interesting. Must have been a mistake, they usually keep broadcasting only the same three documentaries about Hitler, Stalingrad and Albert Speer.

    This is stuff I like to watch docs about, stuff that is utterly forgotten. The Russkies built a supersonic passenger jet that was larger and faster than the Concorde. No one even mentions that today.
  • Short-Round 29 Dec 2013 22:40:27 1,108 posts
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    ^ Concordski
  • Razz 29 Dec 2013 22:56:40 59,981 posts
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    You should also check out the "Planes that never flew" series, I think it's on youtube, ELSE, it is in other "places"

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  • Gruff 29 Dec 2013 23:08:28 2,769 posts
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    In my personal continuing passing interest on how we are totally fecking the planet we inhabit I watched "More than Honey".

    Terrific Doc , but piled on the gloom, peoples pursuit of money will do us all in.

    “It's not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it's not possible to find it elsewhere.”
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  • Trafford 29 Dec 2013 23:58:39 5,268 posts
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    In a "I love Planes Haze" the other week, ( War Thunder influenced:), I noticed Russia are still sporting some sort of Swingwing Cordcord type bomber.
    It looks cool as fuck, think it's a Tup.
  • Short-Round 30 Dec 2013 00:10:34 1,108 posts
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    ^ :) Tup 160, the Black Jack (looks like a B1)
  • Trafford 30 Dec 2013 00:37:31 5,268 posts
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    Ultimate deterrent. I've seen that one before. omg. Awefull really.
  • thelzdking 30 Dec 2013 01:34:28 3,953 posts
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    Heaviest takeoff weight of any combat aircraft; the Blackjack is a crazy aeroplane. There was talk about Russia building some more a few years ago.

    When the USSR broke up a number of them were in the Ukraine, where they remained until they were returned to Russia as part of a deal to sort out Ukraine's massive gas debt.

    Edited by thelzdking at 01:35:10 30-12-2013
  • urban 30 Dec 2013 13:40:34 10,892 posts
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    Anyone seen this yet?

    Edited by urban at 13:45:34 30-12-2013
  • localnotail 12 Jan 2014 18:55:13 23,093 posts
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    Some good electronic music documentaries here

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • mal 12 Jan 2014 19:05:55 21,928 posts
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    urban wrote:
    Anyone seen this yet?
    Yeah, saw it when it was on the BBC a few months back (I posted about it here too, but I guess that was in the iPlayer thread or somewhere, as I can find it). It's better than that trailer suggests.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • graysonavich 12 Jan 2014 19:14:37 6,796 posts
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    It unfortunately was never available on Iplayer at any time.

    I've heard about 14 people tell me about it in the last week - so I'll assume it's on Netflix US.
  • wobbly_Bob 15 Jan 2014 16:49:05 1,433 posts
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    urban wrote:
    Anyone seen this yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OEjYquyjcg&hd=1
    Blackfish looked great but couldn't watch that much of it. It's heart breaking the way those whales were treated so wimped out and turned it off.
  • Razz 15 Jan 2014 17:48:36 59,981 posts
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    urban wrote:
    Anyone seen this yet?
    I honest to good thought that was Zachery Quinto as Spock and this was a trailer for a remake of ST 4: Voyage Home

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  • sirtacos 15 Jan 2014 20:46:40 7,205 posts
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    Superb film. Great soundtrack, too.

    What bothers me is the parade of cunts who worked in the industry for years and only now (that a camera is pointed at their face) seem to regret their involvement.

    If they had as much love and respect for these whales as they purport to, how could they have remained complicit in their suffering for so long?

    Naiveté is a poor excuse. Coming face to face with one of these giants once* is enough to understand that there is something perverse about keeping them trapped for entertainment.

    *or seeing a clip of them in the wild, or being alive when Free Willy came out

    You don't need to be a fucking marine biologist to realise this, all you need is a modicum of compassion.

    Edited by sirtacos at 21:14:11 15-01-2014
  • Deleted user 18 February 2014 16:57:49
    Death on a staircase: A last chance.

    Documentary about the convicted murder of Kathleen Peterson by Her husband, Michael Peterson.

    The documentary follows an appeal process for a retrial after it is revealed that evidence used in the original trail was falsified. The documentary follows this hearing, and brilliantly recounts the murder, the original trial, and of course the bid for a retrial.

    What makes the doc though, is the pretty neutral take on what actually happened, theres a lot of ambiguity, on one hand you have his family, most of them anyhow, who firmly believe he his innocent , on the other hand, a lot of evidence does actually point to him doing it, and it seems theres no real alternative than murder. Which leads to a careful examination of Michael Peterson himself.

    Highly recommended, There are so many plot turns and twists, it will make M. Night Shyamalan blush.

    It might be a bit hard to find the right version, apparently there was a much longer version that came out before this. I think this is some sort of sequel that has updates the original, but sort of released as the definitive version.

    EDIT: A youtube version :



    Edited by joelstinton at 17:05:49 18-02-2014
  • Fab4 18 Feb 2014 19:12:20 5,689 posts
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    I watched 'Hoop Dreams' yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyable and really makes it clear how much it takes to get anywhere near the NBA.
  • Trafford 25 Feb 2014 22:23:38 5,268 posts
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    Just started on BBC 4 a 10 part/hour doc on The First World War.
    There's a lot of programs like this about at the moment, the first 20 minutes has been excellent. I get a feeling this could be the big one.
  • andytheadequate 25 Feb 2014 22:27:36 7,945 posts
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    The Max Hastings documentary on BBC 2 wasn't very good, mainly because he's a terrible historian. I hope these ones are a bit better
  • Trafford 25 Feb 2014 22:39:21 5,268 posts
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    @Andy
    Yeah it was. Ypres to Versailles in about 10 minutes, a bit crap.

    This one could be a successor to the World at War and the one made about WW1 before that many years ago.
  • sirtacos 28 Feb 2014 11:36:15 7,205 posts
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    Ocean Giants, narrated by Stephen Fry, is great. I've only seen the first episode but it looks promising. There are only three episodes though.
  • brainbird 2 Mar 2014 19:49:01 2,086 posts
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    More a lecture on overpopulation than a documentary but still very interesting. I like that man's optimism.
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