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Y_L_B

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« Reply #80 on: 09-17-2006 19:10 »

I read something in a magazine about a documentary called 49 Up that's coming out in October. It follows a group of people who have been filmed every seven years since 1964. It seemed really interesting and I was wondering if anyone else had heard anything else about it. Apparently there's also 7 Up, 14 Up, and so on. Has anybody seen these? What did you think? The first two don't even have pages on Rotten Tomatoes, so I'm not sure how notable the series is. This is the first time I've ever heard of it. Of course, I was six when the last one came out...
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« Reply #81 on: 09-18-2006 15:47 »

Yeah, Ive seen one of the more recent ones..its certainly very interesting...it followed them over the 49 years though, some stories were quite touching...I must say, when I heard about it, I wasnt going to watch it, but my mum has, and she recommended it...I must say I cant remember all that much, but it'll be good...

Ohh wait a minute, I think I've seen 49 Up, well, the UK version anyway, I dont know if thats a US version, although it might have only just come over there...watch it though, youll enjoy it I hope.
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« Reply #82 on: 09-18-2006 20:28 »

 
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Originally posted by Gopher:
Wierd. Watching one of those biblical archaeology shows "The Hunt for the Lost Ark," on the History Channel. This has been "missing" for thousands of years, and to most skeptical scientists is probably either lost forever or never really existed at all. I knew the general outline of this story from my religious education, but there was one really startling thing they said in the documentary.

Apparently there's a temple in Ethiopia, run by christian priests, who claim their temple contains the Ark, and has for over 1000 years. According to their legends and oral history, they converted to christianity in the 4th century AD, before which they were Jews.

The only refutation anyone on the documentary made was that "They won't let us see it, so it's not really there." Given that the only other major theory presented revolves around the Knights Templar and sounds a lot like the premise to the National Treasure, I don't understand why there is so much resistance to the Ethopian claim.

Wierd stuff, but pretty interesting if you're into that kind of thing. Though I'm not at all religious myself, I find serious research into these biblical legands interesting, just because there is so little concrete information on history that far back.

The Ark was lost to Babylon. Babylon was divided by the Medes and the Persians. The city of Babylon and the temple to Baal where the Ark was kept was destroyed. The Ark was most likely destroyed in this collapse.

If anybody has the Ark, I'm guessing Saddam Hussein found it, and hid it somewhere.
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« Reply #83 on: 09-19-2006 00:33 »

No, because if Saddam found it, it would have melted his face off
Y_L_B

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« Reply #84 on: 09-19-2006 16:00 »

 
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Originally posted by HookerBot 5000:
Yeah, Ive seen one of the more recent ones..its certainly very interesting...it followed them over the 49 years though, some stories were quite touching...I must say, when I heard about it, I wasnt going to watch it, but my mum has, and she recommended it...I must say I cant remember all that much, but it'll be good...

Ohh wait a minute, I think I've seen 49 Up, well, the UK version anyway, I dont know if thats a US version, although it might have only just come over there...watch it though, youll enjoy it I hope.


Thanks! I think it's the same version, just taking a bit longer to make its way over to this side of the pond.
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« Reply #85 on: 09-19-2006 18:05 »

...Y_L_B?
Y_L_B

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« Reply #86 on: 09-19-2006 18:06 »

Last time I checked.
HookerBot 5000

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« Reply #87 on: 09-20-2006 13:52 »

Well,  if it is, I hope you enjoy it  big grin

I must say, its taken us ages to get Beauty and The Geek and Playing It Straight from the US (as well as the UK versions to be done) and they are amazing programs  big grin
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« Reply #88 on: 05-27-2007 19:22 »

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The BBC's running a series called "The Seven Ages Of Rock" which had it's 2nd show tonight.  Excellent, covering the art-rock and theatrical rock of the late sixties and early seventies.  Principally covering Pink Floyd, Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Roxy Music and Genesis.

A lot of The Floyd stuff I've seen many times before, but it's always great to hear the Syd "breakdown" Story and Roger Waters' story of his alienation from The Floyd's growing audience, culminating in him writing "The Wall".

BBC always make great music documentaries and this is another good one.  smile
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« Reply #89 on: 05-28-2007 07:04 »

I've had a teensy look at that, well, at the Pink Floyd thing, but I, Robot was on so I watched most of that.

I've started watching repeats of Tribe, which are still very good. Also, Paul Merton in China=pure genius.

And I guess the Apprentice as well, but thats more reality than anything.
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« Reply #90 on: 05-28-2007 08:22 »

aah, documentaries are great... and those from the BBC and Discovery Channel are by far the best
i recently watched the 1st season of Planet Earth (and as soon as the dvd arrives) will watch the 2nd too... just awesome pictures

also got Blue Planet on dvd

if only docus on dvd were cheaper than i'd get tons of them  tongue
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« Reply #91 on: 06-09-2007 09:31 »

4th episode of "7 Ages Of Rock" this weekend.  Last weeks was Punk, this weeks is "Metal".  Should be good.
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« Reply #92 on: 06-28-2007 18:33 »

The last 3 episodes of "7 ages of rock" have been the best ones.  The last one is this weekend, and it's been a great series.

Episode 4: "Never Say Die"
About the rise of Metal, from Black Sabbath's beginnings in Aston, Birmingham to Metallica and the recording of The Black Album.  Some great interviews with Hetfield and Tony Iommi among others (Ozzy, Rob Halford).

Episode 5: "We Are The Champions"
The rise of "Stadium Rock", from Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Queen and Bruce Springsteen to The Police, Live Aid and the rise of U2, ending with ZooTV.

Episode 6: "Left Of The Dial"
One of the best episodes yet, the rise of Alternative Rock, via Black Flag, REM, The Pixies and Husker Du and culminating in the Grunge revolution, spearheaded by Nirvana.  Awesome new interviews with Stipe, Mills, Grohl and Novoselic too.

Thanks to a guy on Purelivegigs, I've snagged all these on DVD too.  Loving it.
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« Reply #93 on: 07-11-2007 12:44 »

Abso-fricken-lutely. I particularly liked Henry Rollins talking about his tour days. "We'd arrive to do a show and the mayor would be there, and a reverend would be there, and they're expecting these awful people to come out of the van, and instead four hungry vegetarians get out and say Hi, we're Black Flag, we hate everybody."
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« Reply #94 on: 07-11-2007 12:58 »

Made all the more hilarious by the wimpy voice.
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« Reply #95 on: 12-21-2007 23:26 »
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Couple of docs I've seen recently:

Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who

The definitive documentary, featuring all new interviews with the members of the band (except those interviews with Keith Moon and John Entwistle).  Bringing us all the way from the Detours up to The Who 2007, and covering every single event in their career.

Lining up for additional interviews are Noel Gallagher, Eddie Vedder, as well as Who luminaries, Bill Curbishley, Chris Stamp, Kenney Jones and long suffering soundman, Bob Pridden.  But it's Townshend who makes good copy, startlingly honest and always fresh.  He comments on his career with moments of brash arrogance, and conversely, self-deprecation.

Daltrey is full of his usual platitudes summing up the "good old days" only to be contradicted by Townshend, saying that the band didn't "equalise" until Tommy, a fact I happen to agree with, from Tommy through to Quadrophenia, is definitely their finest period.

Gallagher though, also provides good copy, mainly because he's not talking about his own band.  Choice quotes include, "The bass-solo in My Generation, if you could write that into words, it's what you'd have on your gravestone...".

Surely one of greatest bands of all time deserve a great documentary, and this doesn't disappoint.  Awesome.

9/10

Which One's Pink?:  The Pink Floyd Story

This aired on the BBC recently, and the story is brought up-to-date, with additions to the existing docs, and adding on Live 8, and their subsequent successes in the past two years.  I must admit though, that listening to Roger Waters in interview is pretty great, again, like Pete Townshend, he provides great copy, and doesn't pull his punches when talking about the others, especially when admitting his foibles during his litigation after leaving in 1985.  Although history now paints Gilmour as the miserable old codger, always refusing to grant the worlds wish by reforming the classic line-up and going out on tour.  Nick Mason sums it up perfectly: "Stubborn doesn't enter into it, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.  These horses, you can't even lead to water..."

9/10
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« Reply #96 on: 12-22-2007 00:02 »

I saw Sicko, it was kind of meh, sucks for you guyz though.

I'm downloading some documentaries these days, a cool documentary Secrets Of The Samurai Sword, one about The World project in Dubai, and of course Rise Of The Video Game!

Gonna get Seven Ages of Rock next.  smile
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« Reply #97 on: 12-22-2007 00:38 »

Get 7 Ages from PLG, the guy who uploaded them stuck multimenus on the DVDs, or ask me nicely and I'll stick 'em in the post.  wink
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« Reply #98 on: 12-22-2007 12:22 »

I found a torrent of them all encoded in 430MB XviD but they appear to be either out of sync or in the wrong AR, who are these n00bs?!  frown

Go for it Melll, I don't fancy waiting around for rapidshit links!
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« Reply #99 on: 12-22-2007 13:43 »

Mail me you're home address and I'll run off the four disks for you.  Waynelm (at) gmail, you know the rest...

Which reminds me, I've got disk 3 for Archie to send.  Give me your address, fella!
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« Reply #100 on: 12-22-2007 14:22 »

Oh, hardcopies? No thanx  hmpf I'm all about the XviD now, I'm still downloading the others with hopes of fixin' their various technical flaws with Nandub and MPEG Modifier and whatnots, I thought you had a better source!  tongue
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« Reply #101 on: 12-22-2007 16:10 »

Purelivegigs has files for the DVDs, it's where I got mine from.  Screw lossy formats.
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« Reply #102 on: 12-22-2007 16:43 »
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MPEG2 (DVD) is a lossy format! And since the real Seven Ages Of Rock DVDs haven't been released, you're probably watching a digital encode (XviD is standard, unless the guy has terabytes of storage, it would have to be) ripped  from Sky Digital or something (the ones I got have the Sky blue boxes appear every so often), and then put on DVD.

I'm all for A&V quality, but only for selective stuff, I have hard drive real estate to think about! A healthy balance, MP3 for audio and XviD for video streams FTW.
For example HDTV rips over TVRips, but I have DVDs of Aliens and Star Wars too, where quality is essential!  wink
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« Reply #103 on: 12-22-2007 17:26 »

These ones don't have boxes or any of that stuff.  They were ripped and up online within minutes of the end of the show (I downloaded them week by week when they were on).  Was a great series.  I just wish they'd release the series "Rock Family Trees".

Anyhoo, whatever floats your boat, let me know if you change your mind.  smile
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« Reply #104 on: 01-06-2008 17:13 »

Timewatch: Bloody Omaha

Richard Hammond presented this look at the bloodiest battle in the D-Day landings in Normandy during the 2nd World War.  Looking back, it revealed that historians had never accounted for the sheer amount of casualties which the Americans suffered at Omaha, and that some incredible screw-ups in planning and execution of the invasion had contributed to both the bloodiness and indirectly toward the eventual victory.

Using some stock footage from the actual landings, and some staged stuff specially shot for the doc, as well as interviews with the soldiers who took part and survived the invasion.

Incredible.

9/10
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« Reply #105 on: 01-06-2008 17:34 »
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1983: The Brink Of Apocalypse,  showing January 5th on Channel 4 at 7:30pm (last night)

An extremely powerful programme, this documentary focuses on 8 November 1983, a date now recognised as one of the most dangerous moments in the entire history of the Cold War.

On this near-fateful day, a series of accidents nearly unleashed the Third World War. Senior figures in the Soviet Union had convinced themselves that they were about to come under nuclear attack from the West, and the vast Soviet nuclear arsenal of missiles, bombers and submarines were put on maximum alert, ready to launch a full nuclear retaliatory attack on Western Europe and the US. Armageddon beckoned.

This documentary tells the dramatic story behind this sequence of events when Soviet fingers hovered perilously over the nuclear button. The intelligence communities in the US, Europe and the former USSR have never before admitted to the scale of this crisis.

1983 was a time of heightened tension in the Cold War. President Reagan began a huge military build-up, spending a trillion dollars a year on defence spending. In March of that year he openly called the Soviet Union an "evil empire" and a few weeks later he launched his Star Wars initiative. At the end of August, relations between East and West deteriorated even further when the Soviets shot down a civilian Korean airliner, flight KAL007, which had strayed over a sensitive military zone near the Kamchatka peninsula, with great loss of life.

To make matters worse, in November Nato began an exercise called Able Archer. This regular military war game rehearsed the process of how to launch nuclear weapons. For the Soviets, who always believed an attack from the West would come in the guise of a military exercise, this was the last straw. They convinced themselves this was not a military exercise but was the real thing. Fingers hovered over the nuclear button as the Soviets believed America was about to launch its missiles against them.

Among those interviewed in this documentary are Robert Gates, deputy head of the CIA in 1983 and now Secretary of Defense in the Bush administration; Vladimir Kryuchkov, head of the KGB; Oleg Gordievsky a senior KGB officer but a double agent also working for British intelligence; an East German spy with the code name Topaz who had penetrated the most senior levels of Nato; and senior US, Soviet and Nato military chiefs who were caught up in this remarkable drama that took the world to the brink of Apocalypse.

Highly recommended.

It's howing again on S4C here in the UK on 15th Jan at 02.25, well worth setting the VCR timer for!

10/10, some might take a point off for the 80's pop music used in the programme, but I personally associate that cultural era with the fear of nuclear war, so personally it was highly fitting!

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« Reply #106 on: 01-06-2008 20:33 »
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Here's a documentary series that occassionally shows up on VH1 Classic (and that I didn't see mentioned here):  Heavy: The Story of Metal

This series focuses ONLY on Heavy Metal.  Episode 1 deals with the beginning of Metal.  Starting with Tony Iomi's accident just prior to joining Black Sabbath (and his detuning his guitar to take the pressure off his fingers, creating the deep bottom end sound of Metal), to Led Zeppelin & it's different Hard Rock sound, through Alice Cooper (who is generally thought of as bringing theatricality to Metal).  Then, it deals with the band Kiss, who almost killed Heavy Metal with it's cartoonish approach to the music (complete with toys & product marketing).  It ends with the beginning of the punk & disco eras; Heavy Metal is in trouble.

Episode 2 delves into the resurgence of Heavy Metal at the beginning of the 80's, with the so-called "New Wave of British Heavy Metal", which brought Metal back from the brink.  Particulary, the Heavy Metal "Soundhouse" & it's role in bringing Metal back is explored.  Bands featured include Judas Priest (the original "Metal Gods", who brought the tough leather look into Metal; wait until you find out where it came from); Iron Maiden, a band that was a local favorite & grew their following through touring; Def Leppard and Black Sabbath again, who had replaced Ozzy Osbourne with Ronnie James Dio (who is universally credited with bringing the "Maloic" or "Universal Heavy Metal sign" into Metal).  Also featured is Van Halen, the muscular Los Angeles Metal Band which featured Eddie Van Halen (the guitar God), and the launch of MTV.  This leads into the mid 80's.

Episode 3 explores the "GLAM" metal movement, particularly the Los Angeles Metal scene on Sunset Blvd, and how GLAM became the backbone of MTV's video rotation from the very start.  Beginning with Quiet Riot (who's #1 record success broke down the record industry's self induced prohibition against signing Metal bands), other bands featured are Twisted Sister, Ratt, Poison & Wasp.  Also featured are the PMRC (Parent's Music Resource Center) hearings in Washington DC, and the documentary "Decline of Western Civilization 2: The Metal Years", which shows how pasturized, formulaic & lame the whole GLAM movement had become.  Towards the end of the episode, Guns n' Roses is featured, as is the release of their debut album, "Appetite For Destruction".  GNR & their tough street attitude is in direct opposition to GLAM bands "let's party" attitude, and is the 1st nail in the coffin of the GLAM movement.  Metal fans begin to become disillusioned with big hair, makeup, weak songs & posing.

Episode 4 explores the beginning of the THRASH Metal scene, which exploded into prominence due to fans disgust with GLAM (per Dave Mustaine of Megadeath, "GLAM stands for Gay Los Angeles Metal" ).  THRASH Metal was characterized by fast & furious playing, no poofed hair, no makeup and for it's stripped down, aggressive, straight-forward sound.  The top 4 bands that headed the THRASH movement were Megadeath, Slayer, Anthrax & Metallica.  Metallica's rise from a garage band to the biggest Metal Band in the world is documented, along with film highlights of the creation of their landmark record, otherwise known as "The Black Album".  Also featured is Anthrax's collaboration with Public Enemy, Marilyn Manson (who's taken a page from Alice Cooper regarding theatricality), OZZFEST and how all different types of HEAVY METAL are now alive & popular as ever, with many of the important Metal bands throughout the years currently available to see in concert.

Being an old Metal guitarist, I LOVED this documentary series.  Lots of awesome information, lots of great interviews and a fascinating view of how Heavy Metal started & has grown over the years.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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« Reply #107 on: 01-07-2008 12:34 »

 
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Which One's Pink?:  The Pink Floyd Story

This aired on the BBC recently, and the story is brought up-to-date, with additions to the existing docs, and adding on Live 8, and their subsequent successes in the past two years.  I must admit though, that listening to Roger Waters in interview is pretty great, again, like Pete Townshend, he provides great copy, and doesn't pull his punches when talking about the others, especially when admitting his foibles during his litigation after leaving in 1985.  Although history now paints Gilmour as the miserable old codger, always refusing to grant the worlds wish by reforming the classic line-up and going out on tour.  Nick Mason sums it up perfectly: "Stubborn doesn't enter into it, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.  These horses, you can't even lead to water..."

9/10

This was excellent, I stumbled on it quite by accident, thankfully near the begining of the programme. I took note of the fact that Sir bob described Dark side of the moon as 'one of the Cardinal pillars of rock and roll!'
This was a superb rockumentary!



Gaschief AKA Karl Marx on acid!
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« Reply #108 on: 01-07-2008 12:48 »

The apocalypse one sounds awesome.  I wonder if More4 will repeat it.  I was watching the Top Gear "Best Of" show, before the Timewatch programme on BBC2.
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« Reply #109 on: 01-08-2008 16:21 »

Panorama: One Click From Danger

Jeremy Vine did this co-called expose on the dangers of girls falling pray to internet paedophiles.  Utter bunkum, 30 minutes was too short, and the only objectivity was provided by a lad who posed for webcam shots, in exchange for money (because it "bought him XBox Games at 50-quid a pop!" ).  Basically anyone stupid enough to reply to "do you cam?" deserves what they get.

It was like the Brass-Eye Paedophile Special never happened.  Rubbish.  Badly researched, ham-fisted pap!

2/10
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« Reply #110 on: 01-08-2008 21:08 »

i have a number of especially good documentaries, but the most recent one i just saw for the second time is Jesus Camp, basically about evangelical christians in america and america in general, culture wars, etc. as it follows the stories of a few kids. i'll spare the details, but would like to mention that it is/ is probably a must-see for any american.


i've seen some of the ones mentioned here, but would also like to see a lot of them that i haven't.. if i only had time...
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« Reply #111 on: 05-28-2008 20:41 »

History Channel: Life After People, it's like "I Am Legend" without silly Will Smith and the Zombies.  big grin
Shows what will happen to our cities and towns and how nature will start pwning everything again without us skintubes, shows a good section of Pripyat where it's already been happening for 20 years.
I'd love to visit it and see the spookiness, I think Zed mentioned that too somewhere?

Thar be a DVDrip available, just search for the torrent.  wink
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« Reply #112 on: 07-24-2008 16:19 »

 
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Originally posted by seattlejohn01:
Here's a documentary series that occassionally shows up on VH1 Classic (and that I didn't see mentioned here):  Heavy: The Story of Metal

.......

Being an old Metal guitarist, I LOVED this documentary series.  Lots of awesome information, lots of great interviews and a fascinating view of how Heavy Metal started & has grown over the years.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

I downloaded this series, and I have to say that it's fantastic.  I think all the personalities were represented very well.  Loved the first episode including the bits from Kiss' terrible movie, and their "disco" single.  Wow.

I'm working my way through Jeremy Issacs' 26-part documentary series, "The World At War", the 1973 series of docs on WWII.  Compelling stuff.  I'm up to Part 6 which details the war between China and Japan prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941.  The narration given a certain gravitas (if it were needed) by Sir Laurence Olivier.

You're like the fun vampire, but instead of sucking blood, you just suck...

STILL The Cuddly Face Of Heavy Metal
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« Reply #113 on: 09-18-2008 06:38 »

True Stories: The Bridge

Repeated on More4 recently, so I sky+'ed it.  Amazing, and utterly compelling documentary about the number of suicides which take place on the Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco.  Featuring the friends and families of people who'd jumped from the bridge, telling the story on how their depression and despair drove them to commit suicide.  Then intercut with actual footage of them jumping from the bridge.

The documentary makers were there for a number of suicides in 2004, having set up shop for pretty-much the whole year on the shore next to the bridge, being present for their final leap....

...horribly compelling.
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« Reply #114 on: 09-19-2008 01:26 »

I seen The World's Strictest Parents on BBC3 and I thought it was really good. British spoiled teens get sent around the world to live with a different family with strict parents.
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« Reply #115 on: 04-06-2009 00:37 »

Clough: The Afterlife Of Brian

Absolutely fantastic documentary on one of the most charismatic figures in English Football.  With the movie "The Damned United" out and doing good business, we needed a look at the man himself, and he is as large-as-life as he is portrayed by Michael Sheen.   This doc features loads and loads of memorable quotes and interviews with him, following his career from scoring 200+ goals for Middlesborogh, to career-ending injury, to turning Derby into league champions, to career-hell at Leeds United, to taking Nottingham Forest from 2nd division to two consquetive European Cups.

Some great footage unearthed, including Yorkshire TV's "Calendar Special" on the day that Cough was sacked from Leeds, showing down on Live TV with his Leeds predecessor Don Revie.  Seing the two go head-to-head was amazing.

Fantastic insight into the man, and shows how much he's missed both in and out of the game today.  Loved it.
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« Reply #116 on: 04-06-2009 01:32 »

oh, I like documentaries.

aah, documentaries are great... and those from the BBC and Discovery Channel are by far the best
i recently watched the 1st season of Planet Earth (and as soon as the dvd arrives) will watch the 2nd too... just awesome pictures

also got Blue Planet on dvd

if only docus on dvd were cheaper than i'd get tons of them  tongue

I agree with most, if not all of this.
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« Reply #117 on: 04-07-2009 21:05 »

I think I'll use my easter break to finally watch my life-series and life on earth.
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« Reply #118 on: 04-10-2009 13:22 »

I seen The World's Strictest Parents on BBC3 and I thought it was really good. British spoiled teens get sent around the world to live with a different family with strict parents.
Juliet, that isn't a documentary that is trash TV sorry frown.

Anyways, Ken Burns Civil War is so American it makes me feel slightly like one for watching it. It is also pretty damn good.
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« Reply #119 on: 06-02-2009 22:57 »

There will be no "worlds blankiest blank" in this thread!

Anyhoo, in my absence I have some docs to review:

Global Metal
Sam Dunn and Scot McFayden follow up the awesome Metal: A Headbangers Journey with this trip around the world inspired by all the fanmail they got from their first movie.

Literally starting where they left off at Wacken Open Air, they journey to Brazil, Japan, India, China, Indonesia, Isreal, and Iran (well, not quite Iran) to see how Metal is bridging the gap in these cultures.   And how the authorities were afraid of letting the masses get their metal-fix.   Footage is shown of fans in Indonesia being beaten by soldiers at a Sepultura gig, and setting the nearby neighbourhood on fire when Metallica play there...

Some great bands are featured, noticably absent in the first movie are Metallica, and Lars is present this time, recounting tales of Japan and the far east tours with relish.  Max Cavalera does the same about Sepulturas rise in Brazil, and the aforementioned Indonesia gig....  But it's the relatively unknown coloquial bands which are the standouts in this movie...  Sigh from Japan are awesome, as are Tang Dynasty (aparently filling stadiums in China before they broke up), and the rather excellent X-Japan who were doing the same - they're Guns N Roses/Metallica flitting between speed metal and epic power ballads (I bought a couple of their DVDs and they're ridiculous!).

All in all, it follows on nicely from Metal: A Headbangers Journey and it's equally enjoyable, so much so that Sam Dunn is quickly becoming one of my favourite film-makers.

Iron Maiden: Flight 666
Again, the team who brought you Metal: A Headbangers Journey and Global Metal bring you this 45 day trip around the world on the first leg of the Irons Somewhere Back In Time world tour.  Most notable for being the trip starting in India, and having all their gear, crew and themselves on their plane, the cleverly named "Ed Force One", with Bruce Dickinson as the pilot.

Brucey dressed in pilot uniform is a sight to behold, as at every stop on their tour he's bounding around the stage like someone half his age (Maiden are a band who's onstage energy is something to behold, they give the kids a run for their money!)  And the band and their crew share a unique cameraderie, with them all being cheeky cock-er-knee chappies all having fun on the road.  Well, playing Golf with eachother, tennis with Pat Cash and sightseeing around the Aztec Pyramids in Mexico.

In this doc, Sam Dunn largely takes a back seat and lets the band do the talking for most of it, as really they're the ones with something to say.  Yet again, Dunn, you're producing some excellent music docs and long may it continue.

Roll on the Rush Documentary!

Anvil!  The Story Of Anvil
Finally, in this trilogy of metal docs, we have Anvil!  The canadian metal band who inspired Anthrax, Slayer and Metallica to speed up their sound and got left behind.

Which is where the movie starts, they're onstage in Japan playing some huge festival with Bon Jovi and all these other bands who went on to make it big and they end of going nowhere.   Well, not quite, as they're still together and playing shithole gigs to a few hardcore fans and their dogs, as well as holding down dead-end jobs.

So we follow them on the road in Europe getting fucked over for money by arsehole promoters and missing trains to gigs and getting lost.   It's bordering on real-life Spinal Tap, and you'd laugh harder if it wasn't so heartbreaking to see them struggle so hard.

Which is where this movie succeeds, you actually root for them to make it through all the bust ups with eachother and with third parties, it's refreshing to see them sticking at it for all this time, so when they take the stage at Loud Park in Japan, you want for them to have the ovation they richly deserve.

It's a comfort that Anvil have been revived on the back of this movie, and they are now getting the success which has been denied them for so long, and because the band members are such likeable characters, I want that success to continue.

It was both hilarious and heartbreakingly sad, and I loved it.
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