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Title: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 07, 2011, 11:49:49 PM
I must admit I don't watch a lot of doco's but I recorded one last night on John Dillinger and watched it today while having lunch and just like the recent book I read on the FBI's hunt for Dillinger and his gang it was very interesting.

The documentary was titled Public Enemy Number 1 and was made in 2002 and was narrated by Keith Carradine. I highly recommend it.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0511743/
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 08, 2011, 02:09:45 AM
I have just watched "The Code". It was shown over three weeks so I recorded to watch all at once. It was a very interesting documentary about how maths and numbers shape our world and the universe. I have started to look at it for second time. I love maths and mathematical shapes and physics therefore it was one amazing program for me.  Through the program there were a number of clues towards breaking the code. You could send for the book with the questions in it or go on line to take the tests.  The link below is about the program, the winners and the clues needed. It was a brilliant few hours and I am waiting for the booklet to arrive. Better than on the PC because I can take it away with me. From watching the link I know who won and what the final three answers were but there are more questions to get me to that point. I was pleased to see the code breaker prize was won by a computer programer who was up against a woman with a PhD in physics and a man who studied maths and artificial intelligence.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/features/code/


Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Doug on October 12, 2011, 03:05:17 AM
Food, Inc.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. (http://www.foodincmovie.com/about-the-film.php)

Everybody in the U.S., and even around the world, should see this.  It should make you very angry.   But hopefully it will make you more conscious of what you buy in the supermarket and what you eat.  The film presents the whole organic trend as the part of the solution, but I've heard that the label of "organic" can be somewhat misleading.  I suppose it's a step in the right direction.  The best option is to grow your own whenever possible and to buy food from your local farmers' markets.  The film has certainly strengthened my resolve to be more aware and responsible about what I buy and what I eat.

Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 15, 2011, 11:12:49 AM
Your Shout: The History of Australian Beer

From the early days when Captain Cook first arrived to the billion dollar takeovers of the 21 century, the history of beer and brewerys in this country was interesting. I loved how back in the 19th century they said if you can't see the brewery from where you live, don't drink the beer. Since the further it had to travel the worse it tasted.

At one stage in a suburb of Melbourne there were 22 pubs in the main street of town! Those days are long gone but just about every town has a local and how many are called "The Railway Hotel"? Too many. :D

4/5.
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 26, 2015, 03:58:53 PM
Women He's Undressed

(http://www.daylesfordcinema.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Women-Hes-Undressed.jpg)

Last week, if you mentioned the name Orry Kelly to me I would of said who?

He was actually born in Australia and moved to the US in the 1920's, hoping to make it big as an actor but instead became one of the top costume designers for Warner Bros. in the 1930's with over 300 movies to his credit. This documentary directed by Gillian Armstrong was very well done, although the present day actors in scenes playing Orry and his mother, I could have done without.

A look at his page at imdb and I've seen so many of those Warner Bros. movies and never realised who he was! A three time academy Award winner as well.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0650673/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: KC on September 07, 2015, 06:34:20 PM
I don't know if this counts as a movie, but I finally caught up with a PBS docu about sloths ... yes, sloths ... that I've had on my DVR for months.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/sloth-named-velcro-full-episode/11157/

 Fascinating ... and I guarantee some of those shots of cute little sloth faces (especially the babies) will make you go Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

(http://www-tc.pbs.org/wnet/nature/files/2014/10/naat_velcro_sloth_top_image_1920x1080-480x270.jpg)

Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Smitty1993 on September 07, 2015, 07:01:04 PM
I don't know if this counts as a movie, but I finally caught up with a PBS docu about sloths ... yes, sloths ... that I've had on my DVR for months.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/sloth-named-velcro-full-episode/11157/

 Fascinating ... and I guarantee some of those shots of cute little sloth faces (especially the babies) will make you go Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

(http://www-tc.pbs.org/wnet/nature/files/2014/10/naat_velcro_sloth_top_image_1920x1080-480x270.jpg)

I want one  :)
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: KC on September 07, 2015, 07:03:46 PM
Be careful what you ask for! Apparently, they are quite a handful to raise. ;)
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Smitty1993 on September 07, 2015, 07:06:17 PM
Be careful what you ask for! Apparently, they are quite a handful to raise. ;)

You should meet my nephew if you think their a handful, he doesn't like using a fork so he eats with his little fingers, can't talk yet but kinda says mmmmmm for milk or mom (which he calls me often) and grabs on to furniture to walk even opens the cabinets and his favourite word besides milk is uh oh, he threw his stuffed animal at me and said it
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 08, 2015, 11:30:00 AM
I've moved the last posts about the sloth documentary into this topic. :)
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: KC on September 08, 2015, 03:47:22 PM
I'm embarrassed to admit I forgot we had a dedicated thread for documentaries! :-[
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Hemlock on October 11, 2015, 10:33:02 AM
(http://tv.bt.com/images/keith-richards-under-the-influence-136400347570803901-150914113313.jpg)

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Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Matt on December 07, 2015, 10:34:46 AM

Everybody in the U.S. and even around the world, should see this.  It should make you very angry.   But hopefully it will make you more conscious of what you buy in the supermarket and what you eat.  The film presents the whole organic trend as the part of the solution, but I've heard that the label of "organic" can be somewhat misleading.  I suppose it's a step in the right direction.  The best option is to grow your own whenever possible and to buy food from your local farmers' markets.  The film has certainly strengthened my resolve to be more aware and responsible about what I buy and what I eat.

I agree, such an important documentary. It makes me wish I had the resolve to be vegan because what they show doing to livestock is sickening. I hate supporting the food industry, but until we have changes in our government, lobby groups, etc., there's not much we can do. Our food industry has been destroyed by mega - huge corporations.

My last documentary was Citizen Four, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in Edward Snowden and an expose more in detail of what he exposed, and why he was willing to give up his freedom in order to bring it to light.
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Christopher on December 07, 2015, 12:47:45 PM
I watched Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films a few days ago on Netflix. I like various Cannon movies, and this is a closer look at the company's success and how it ultimately failed. There's a lot of movies shown/talked about on it that I haven't seen though. All in all pretty interesting.
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 20, 2016, 08:09:25 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/08/Twenty_Feet_From_Stardom_poster.jpg)

This was a treat. All those voices you hear on hit records but never knew who they are. Interesting how some of these back up singers tried to make it on their own but could never be a lead singer or weren't given the opportunity to shine up front.

4/5.
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Matt on May 20, 2016, 08:10:31 PM
Did they show the backup singer from "Gimme Shelter"?  That woman's voice is crazy good.
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 20, 2016, 08:16:13 PM
Did they show the backup singer from "Gimme Shelter"?  That woman's voice is crazy good.

Yep, screaming "rape, murder. Just a shot away"
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 20, 2016, 08:19:11 PM
Did they show the backup singer from "Gimme Shelter"?  That woman's voice is crazy good.

It's funny you mention that because someone says in the doco about all the lines we sing along to in the big hits are the backup singers lines.
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Matt on May 20, 2016, 08:19:54 PM
YES!  Merry Clayton.  Here she is.

https://www.youtube.com/v/ChONufP0FEs

Direct link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChONufP0FEs

Man, I literally have chills on both arms from listening to that voice just now.
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Matt on May 20, 2016, 08:21:43 PM
It's funny you mention that because someone says in the doco about all the lines we sing along to in the big hits are the backup singers lines.

She elevates "Gimme Shelter" to being my favorite Stones song, hands-down.
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Gant on May 20, 2016, 10:59:28 PM
I thought it was a great documentary too... But it takes more than just a great voice to become a star...
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 22, 2016, 03:59:58 PM
But it takes more than just a great voice to become a star...

That's why I loathe all those tv shows like, Idol, The Voice, Got Talent etc.
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Doug on May 23, 2016, 03:27:46 AM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/08/Twenty_Feet_From_Stardom_poster.jpg)

This was a treat. All those voices you hear on hit records but never knew who they are. Interesting how some of these back up singers tried to make it on their own but could never be a lead singer or weren't given the opportunity to shine up front.

4/5.

You should watch The Wrecking Crew. Very similar concept, except it's all the musicians who played on all the classics from the 60s, when you thought it was the actual band playing. (Pet Sounds, for example.)

(Off-topic: You know, there's a famous drummer Bernard Purdie who claims to have played drums on many of the Beatles songs, but in that case he's a nutcase, no matter how good a drummer he might be.)
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Conan on May 23, 2016, 06:27:17 AM
(http://tombyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Precinct-Seven-Five-UK-Quad-Poster.jpg)

"The Seven Five"

This documentary covers corrupt cops in a New York precinct in the late '80s and early '90s, and focuses on one officer in particular who went from being an idealistic rookie to a big-time drug dealer.  If you like Sidney Lumet style crime-dramas and/or grew up in NY, then this is worth a watch.

Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Gant on May 23, 2016, 10:50:45 PM
That looks good Conan... I'll check that out..

It's definitely Ringo playing on Beatles records...
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 24, 2016, 03:28:37 AM
(http://tombyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Precinct-Seven-Five-UK-Quad-Poster.jpg)

"The Seven Five"

This documentary covers corrupt cops in a New York precinct in the late '80s and early '90s, and focuses on one officer in particular who went from being an idealistic rookie to a big-time drug dealer.  If you like Sidney Lumet style crime-dramas and/or grew up in NY, then this is worth a watch.

This looks very interesting. I'll keep an eye out for this.
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 02, 2016, 10:33:52 PM
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This was a riot. Don Rickles at his best. Even Clint makes an appearance. 8)

4/5.

A guest was looking at a topic started by Holden Pike about this doco which is here: http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=7058.msg117760#msg117760
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: KC on December 28, 2016, 11:33:07 PM
I had no intention of watching this, but it started while I was doing something else and I found myself riveted:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/snow-chick-about/13848/

It's the story of the most adorable itty bitty baby Emperor penguin ever.

(http://i2.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article7028438.ece/ALTERNATES/s810/we-love-tv.jpg)
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: higashimori on December 30, 2016, 08:39:58 PM

 ^^^^^

 Soooooooo Cuuuuuuuuuute!!!  :D

 So lovely family.......!!!  :smitten:
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 29, 2017, 06:47:58 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1c/I_am_your_father.jpg)

Dave Prowse who portrayed Darth Vader in the original three Star Wars films is the focus of this doco. Very interesting. His relationship with Lucasfilm has been strained since 1983 when it was wrongly reported that Prowse had told the press the Darth Vader was being killed off.

George Lucas was furious and hasn't spoken to Prowse since. Also when Vader's mask is taken off at the end of Return Of The Jedi, another actor was brought in to shoot that scene. It was shot on another studio stage with all the doors locked so Prowse would not find out.

Spanish filmmaker Marcos Cabotá tracks down Prowse in the hope of refilmimg the unmasking scene, this time with Prowse.

They do film it but we never get to see it.  :(

4/5.
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: Christopher on March 29, 2017, 06:58:54 PM
I watched I am Your Father a few months ago, and enjoyed it as well. You really do have to feel for the guy.
Title: Re: What Was The Last Documentary You Watched?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 02, 2017, 09:33:57 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3445270/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt


The Battered Bastards of Baseball is a must for all baseball fans. I came across this on Netflix and knew nothing on the story and was fascinated for the entire runtime of this doco.

In the early 1970's Bing Russell (Kurt's dad) runs the only independent baseball team in the USA. All other teams are affiliated with major league clubs but not the Portland Mavericks. To recruit players they advertise in the paper for open tryouts and hundreds show up for a chance. Not for big bucks but a chance to play for the love of the game.

A real against the odds story.

4/5.