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TheCholulaKid posted this 06 December 2015 - Last edited 11 December 2015

Decent documentaries would get lost in 'Good Shows' thread.....so ones I've watched recently include.

Storyville - Cartel Land - currently on Iplayer. A dual story telling the story of the effect of the drugs cartels either side of the Mexico/US border. The US story is pretty much standard rightwing nutjob vigilantes - and not particularly interesting.  The Mexico story pretty much sums up why the country is fucked. Essential viewing if you want an insight into why/how the cartels hold so much sway.

Arena - Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus - also on Iplayer. A road trip through the American South with stories and decent music attached.

There must be a tonne on Youtube - if people fancy linking decent docs that would be pretty sweet. I'll watch decent factual over fiction any day of the week.

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pap posted this 06 December 2015

We'd probably get Furball back in a flash if I linked some of my faves :)  Lets start with something that isn't super contentious.   The excellent John Pilger.

 

Tokyo-Saint posted this 06 December 2015

Bucks posted this 06 December 2015

Hey TCK, have downloaned that Storyville episode now, based on your recommendation.   Have you seen any of the other episodes?  One is about Lance Armstrong, another an FBI counterterrorist sting, etc.  

TedMaul posted this 06 December 2015

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2hdcji

Ok it's a long watch, It's Adam Curtis though expect lots of edited footage and voiceover for 2 hours.  It's a really interesting film if you can stick with it

TedMaul posted this 06 December 2015

All of the US marine camera footage is for real

TedMaul posted this 07 December 2015

The basis of ISIS

TedMaul posted this 07 December 2015

Some of the imagery is insane

Bucks posted this 08 December 2015

Well big thanks to Cholula for the recommendation on Storyville - Cartel Land.  The Mexico story, which thankfully is about 80% of the documentary, was gripping.   What an insight into just how totally screwed up that country is, with the normal decent people as ever paying the price. 

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Korruptor posted this 08 December 2015

You'd have to torrent it, but Still The Enemy Within is well worth a watch. It's a detailed look at the Miner's Strike and ia scary glimpse at what could have been. 

KRG posted this 08 December 2015 - Last edited 08 December 2015

Originally posted by Bucks

Well big thanks to Cholula for the recommendation on Storyville - Cartel Land.  The Mexico story, which thankfully is about 80% of the documentary, was gripping.   What an insight into just how totally screwed up that country is, with the normal decent people as ever paying the price. 

 +1

The only issue I had with it was the American part. It just seemed a tad pointless? I don't really know what it added to the film. I would have been perfectly happy with it being just about the Autodefensas, and perhaps more on the process leading up to them becoming the rural defence force, and Mireless' estrangement from the group - which although mentioned, seemed very rushed and didn't make much sense.

This is much more interesting than glimpses of some American dude strolling around the desert. There probably is a decent film in following these guys around, but the time given to them made it seem a tad pointless, as there was no depth to it.

Thanks though, Cholula. It was a very enjoyable watch. 

TheCholulaKid posted this 08 December 2015

Originally posted by TedMaul

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2hdcji

Ok it's a long watch, It's Adam Curtis though expect lots of edited footage and voiceover for 2 hours.  It's a really interesting film if you can stick with it

This is still on iPlayer actually. And well worth the watch. Discussed on another thread on here I think.

A couple of other Adam Curtis docs available on YouTube. I like this one:

Goatboy posted this 11 December 2015

The Hunt (BBCiplayer) has been awesome.

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TheCholulaKid posted this 26 December 2015

Making of a Murderer on Netflix. Currently caning 9.4 IMDB and 85% on Metacritic. Plenty of real life true crime docs out there. This is superior to all of them. Shocking and barely credible but all true. Nuts.

jet sounds posted this 26 December 2015

Grey Gardens, a fascinating documentary about the aunt and cousin of Jackie Kennedy...

TedMaul posted this 27 December 2015

It's a factual film but uses kind of covert techniques to reveal things, it's just the trailer but its really worth watching.

saintbletch posted this 27 December 2015

Originally posted by TheCholulaKid

Making of a Murderer on Netflix. Currently caning 9.4 IMDB and 85% on Metacritic. Plenty of real life true crime docs out there. This is superior to all of them. Shocking and barely credible but all true. Nuts.

Started watching based on your shout, TiCK.

Compelling and a half. 

3 episodes in and I just want to get rid of the relatives and keep watching it.

No spoilers please!

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TheCholulaKid posted this 27 December 2015

Originally posted by saintbletch

Originally posted by TheCholulaKid

Making of a Murderer on Netflix. Currently caning 9.4 IMDB and 85% on Metacritic. Plenty of real life true crime docs out there. This is superior to all of them. Shocking and barely credible but all true. Nuts.

Started watching based on your shout, TiCK.

Compelling and a half. 

3 episodes in and I just want to get rid of the relatives and keep watching it.

No spoilers please!

No spoilers from me.  I'm 5 episodes down now.  It's taking all my willpower not to Google the outcome. Amazing television.

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jet sounds posted this 27 December 2015

Originally posted by TheCholulaKid

Making of a Murderer on Netflix. Currently caning 9.4 IMDB and 85% on Metacritic. Plenty of real life true crime docs out there. This is superior to all of them. Shocking and barely credible but all true. Nuts.

 

Watched the first episode and was truly shocked! surprised

 

Orion...a documentary on storyville, not available now, about a Elvis 'impersonator'....just so happens he sounded exactly like Elvis and was born illegiamatlely (sp) in the deep south...the fathers name on the birth certificate was just Vernon.

 

TedMaul posted this 28 December 2015

TedMaul posted this 28 December 2015

Werner Herzog movie, it's more interesting that the guy was a failed US californian actor but sought fame through getting close to Grizzly Bears.  Werner Herzog is known as a dour German documentary filmaker.  He was eventually maulled to death and Werner documented it.