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Good documentaries
« on: April 07, 2021, 09:57:23 AM »
ITT documentary recommendations: not grim ones, or great ones, just good ones.



I recently enjoyed this one about KFC, filmed in 2014:

1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohc8QoJVslg
2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO7jYkZvnz8
3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeyoeNXHOFE

And if that doesn't full you up, of course there's the classic from 2013, "The Fried Chicken Shop"

1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjNmCOMgKbQ&
2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9gjF63FePs&
3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtUWixpr7zQ&

I once worked in a similar sort of fast food place for a year, and I hated it. I realize now that they weren't a bad employer, I just didn't like the people, or how it made me feel to work there. What's more, I liked watching these because I now live abroad and I forget what British people are like, sometimes - these shows are full of scenes you just don't see where I currently live (Berlin).

I like to have stuff like this in on in the background so please suggest similarly good docs that don't require me to think too much.

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2021, 06:12:21 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q94TNFJUIdw
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a little wee (good) doc (sorta trippy)

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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2021, 06:19:32 PM »
really like this one about grumpy new york breakfast genius kenny shopsin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSSmozQIE-g&t=0s


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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2021, 06:21:04 PM »
I watched this good documentary on Cannon films the other night.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suVuPRVhef4

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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2021, 06:26:13 PM »
O.J.: Made in America

Wiki link as I can't find a free stream, but it's fantastic. It's ostensibly about the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, but it puts it in the context of the LA police, so in parallel it gives a potted history of race relations in the US.

Ken Burns' The Vietnam War.

It's 18 hours long, but it's excellent.

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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2021, 09:14:27 PM »
Just watched "The Fried Chicken Shop" for the first time and surprisingly loved it! Shame that the KFC link isn't working because I'm in the mood for more chicken shop high jinks.

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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2021, 06:14:13 AM »
Try a VPN: the links still work for me.

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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2021, 07:43:29 PM »
https://youtu.be/HkgQzSm2GLg
How Traditional Spanish Chorizo Is Made
https://youtu.be/QnjtnzyTNoQ
How Traditional Icelandic Fermented Shark Is Made

Or just watch the whole series here:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW1Mwtj8qAjkQa8thQjJoMFvwO65KAgLt

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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2021, 04:49:03 PM »
https://youtu.be/Mu6GRnFcGtA

Cult or Commune: Inside “The Garden”

Good doc about alternative communities and the shallowness of internet culture.

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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2021, 09:53:10 PM »
The "Netflix original documentary" called "Crack" is really worth a watch. It's about the crack epidemic in black communities in New York in the 80s.

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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2021, 10:18:28 AM »
Sunshine Hotel  A fascinating 2001 documentary about an infamous "flophouse" in New York.  Contains many bizarre and sad moments.  I think it's still on Amazon Prime.  Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRpsG7sFzO8

Class Action Park on NowTV.  Insane documentary about a 1970's New Jersey theme park.  Scant regard for health and safety, park basically run by pissed up kids.  Well worth a watch.
 

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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2021, 10:19:51 AM »
Sunshine Hotel  A fascinating 2001 documentary about an infamous "flophouse" in New York.  Contains many bizarre and sad moments.  I think it's still on Amazon Prime.  Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRpsG7sFzO8

I watched this a couple of months back on Amazon Prime. It is indeed pretty fascinating.

I errr... hope my latter years are not like that.

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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2021, 12:17:33 PM »
Two Documentaries on Coney Island. The first a PBS special I saw on channel 4 one wet Sunday afternoon that really made me want to visit the place. I eventually did.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIO_j2dUf14

Whilst there I bought Coney Island: Lost and Found by Charles Denson. A fascinating book about growing up in CI in the 60's and 70's with some great stories and images. Years later I found he had directed this life affirming doc on Jimmy Prince: The Prince of Mermaid Avenue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgoxPcz1Il4

Two very different views of Coney but both well worth a watch.

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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2021, 02:25:13 PM »
Any good docs about the Coney Hotline?

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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2021, 09:24:20 PM »
Class Action Park on NowTV.  Insane documentary about a 1970's New Jersey theme park.  Scant regard for health and safety, park basically run by pissed up kids.  Well worth a watch.
 

Thanks for the heads up.  I've been wanting to see this for a while and wasn't disappointed.  Truly jaw dropping stuff.

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« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2021, 11:54:06 PM »
https://youtu.be/Mu6GRnFcGtA

Cult or Commune: Inside “The Garden”

Good doc about alternative communities and the shallowness of internet culture.

Just been introduced to the term context collapse. And that seems fitting here. What a sad story

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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2021, 09:57:17 AM »
The Crime of the Century on NOW TV is pretty outstanding. Only watched part 1 so far (it's a 2 parter and nearly four hours long), but it's about this rise of the opioid crisis in the US. Made by HBO so you know it's good stuff.

Lots I didn't know about how much the Sackler family and Purdue actively did illegal stuff to push a massively addictive product on the US public. Stuff like how, when patients appeared to become addicted, they invented the term "pseudoaddiction", as they claimed it wasn't possible to be addicted to their products, are really eye-opening. Their solution to pseudoaddiction? Increase the patient's dose of OxyContin! They also interview one Purdue salesman who made $300k in year selling OxyContin to doctors. Just so mad.

Definitely give it a go if you have any interest in this stuff.

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« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2021, 11:23:11 AM »
Not sure where it can be found, but "Once In A Lifetime", a documentary about the New York Cosmos and the North American Soccer League (NASL) in American in the 70s and 80s is fantastic. Great interviews with Beckenbauer etc and a great soundtrack.

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« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2021, 12:45:11 PM »
I've been watching these videos from JCS - Criminal Psychology and they're a great bunch of lads.
This one on the murder of Travis Alexander is especially good, mostly for just how much open disdain the narrator has for the culprit.
https://youtu.be/N274EurzpAA

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« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2021, 12:53:22 PM »
I've been watching these videos from JCS - Criminal Psychology and they're a great bunch of lads.
This one on the murder of Travis Alexander is especially good, mostly for just how much open disdain the narrator has for the culprit.
https://youtu.be/N274EurzpAA

Dunno if it's still the case but the Patreon is only $1 and has vastly more content. They don't update it anymore but if the old stuff is still there (not checked in ages) it's well worth having a go.

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« Reply #20 on: July 23, 2021, 05:17:41 PM »
Dunno if it's still the case but the Patreon is only $1 and has vastly more content. They don't update it anymore but if the old stuff is still there (not checked in ages) it's well worth having a go.

Oooh thanks, I had no idea.

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« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2021, 08:57:22 AM »
Not sure where it can be found, but "Once In A Lifetime", a documentary about the New York Cosmos and the North American Soccer League (NASL) in American in the 70s and 80s is fantastic. Great interviews with Beckenbauer etc and a great soundtrack.

https://watchdocumentaries.com/once-in-a-lifetime/

And, yes, it's fantastic.

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« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2021, 09:00:31 AM »
I've been watching these videos from JCS - Criminal Psychology and they're a great bunch of lads.
This one on the murder of Travis Alexander is especially good, mostly for just how much open disdain the narrator has for the culprit.
https://youtu.be/N274EurzpAA

Have you seen the 'There's Something About Casey' ep?

Going in I wasn't aware of the case and so you can imagine my wtf when she got off.

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« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2021, 10:38:34 AM »
Cartel Land is pretty good.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4126304/

Follows two guys leading their own brand of resistance against the cartels - one a local doctor who decides to start arming townsfolk and weeding out cartel members and safehouses on the Mexican side, and a guy over the border in Arizona leading a militia tracking down smugglers and scouts. Interesting to see the Autodefensas devolve into lawlessness in some areas as the power goes to their heads. There is a pretty harrowing scene from inside their rendition centre where the sound of people getting enhanced interrogation-ed to fuck echoes through to where the new arrivals are being held.

Edit: Couple more while we're at it.

Lift

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJNAvyLCTik

A guy pitches up in the lift of a block of flats with a camera and just lets people interact with him as they please. The progression over days and weeks as people become used to him is great.

Heart of the Angel

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074tkn/40-minutes-heart-of-the-angel

Filmed in 1989 during the renovation of Angel tube station, again just observing and allowing people to chat to the camera about their everyday experiences. Incredibly poignant in parts.
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« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2021, 12:48:22 PM »
Have you seen the 'There's Something About Casey' ep?

Going in I wasn't aware of the case and so you can imagine my wtf when she got off.

When I realised that she actually got away with it I had to stop watching and do something else. It's infuriating.

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« Reply #25 on: July 24, 2021, 01:13:32 PM »
Really enjoyed Lift. The guy who'd lost his parents was so obviously depressed, I got that within the first three seconds of seeing him. My heart bled watching him slink off. Lots of brilliant moments in it. Looking forward to Angel.

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« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2021, 01:59:23 PM »
I also enjoyed "Lift". Then reading up about it, there's very sad news about John who you were talking about. He jumped from the flat a few months after the documentary.

The woman who reveals that she's a religious sister after being asked if she's ever been in love reminded me of another documentary I liked called "No Greater Love" (not the documentary about soldiers but a 2010 documentary about the Carmelite Nuns in Notting Hill). I saw it on Mubi but I'm not sure if it's easy to watch online now.

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« Reply #27 on: July 25, 2021, 12:44:57 AM »
The Crime of the Century on NOW TV is pretty outstanding. Only watched part 1 so far (it's a 2 parter and nearly four hours long), but it's about this rise of the opioid crisis in the US. Made by HBO so you know it's good stuff.

Lots I didn't know about how much the Sackler family and Purdue actively did illegal stuff to push a massively addictive product on the US public. Stuff like how, when patients appeared to become addicted, they invented the term "pseudoaddiction", as they claimed it wasn't possible to be addicted to their products, are really eye-opening. Their solution to pseudoaddiction? Increase the patient's dose of OxyContin! They also interview one Purdue salesman who made $300k in year selling OxyContin to doctors. Just so mad.

Definitely give it a go if you have any interest in this stuff.

Despite being four hours long, I've watched this twice over the past couple of days. Once alone and once with the missus.

I think this is the most important documentary I've seen since The Hunt for Britain's Paedophiles in terms of the insight it gives you to a world that's close but you don't know exists.

Get on it, everyone! (The doc, I mean. Not opioids.)

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« Reply #28 on: July 26, 2021, 11:52:15 AM »
I also enjoyed "Lift". Then reading up about it, there's very sad news about John who you were talking about. He jumped from the flat a few months after the documentary.

The woman who reveals that she's a religious sister after being asked if she's ever been in love reminded me of another documentary I liked called "No Greater Love" (not the documentary about soldiers but a 2010 documentary about the Carmelite Nuns in Notting Hill). I saw it on Mubi but I'm not sure if it's easy to watch online now.

Smeraldina! Thanks, will find and viddy Carmelite then. Tragic news about John. Man. Not sure what else to write. Bloody sad.

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« Reply #29 on: August 06, 2021, 12:26:40 AM »
Enjoyed Class Action Park too

Watching Crazy, Not Insane now. Can quite imagine it being the sort of thing that Cabbers would enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVrOVlS5TMU

Some heartbreaking scenes (although you could well argue that the victims of the crimes don't get much of a look in). The idea that there is such a job in the US as travelling executioner is perhaps the scariest thing.


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