I watched 'For the Bible Tells Me So' over the past weekend. Available on Netflix view now if anyone cares.
Actually, it didn't piss me off as much as I had expected.
The primary focus is on Christianity and its views on homosexuality. There were some surprising moments of ultra religious people changing their view on homosexuality after having a child(of their own) come out to them.
I'm Christian and I'm heterosexual, I believe it's bothersome, but I don't judge people, and most Christians I know wouldn't raise a stink other then being personally opposed to Homosexuality. People are people, after all, I believe as much as someone expects respect as a human being, I deserve the same, it's a mutual thing
I was looking over TruTV's online site for the more odd crime backgrounds, it's just a curiousity in motivation for these people, public suicide was also noted, and it's a taboo kind of thing, everyone remember Budd Dwyer's suicide on TV?
I love Netflix solely for it's great indie-doc content which I consume at a feverish pace.
I recently just finished watching Dark Days, a look into the crack addicts and homeless men and women who live underground in NYC's subway tunnels. It was beautifully captured in high contrast black and white (16mm i believe) and had a sort of fly on the wall perspective (it let the characters direct the narrative).
Other recent favorites:
The Devil in Daniel Johnston: A bio doc on the infamously bipolar Austin, TX songwriting legend Lake of Fire: A contentious look into the contemporary abortion debate in the U.S. directed by the genius who brought us American History X. Extremely graphic, not for the weak of heart. Into The Abyss: Werner Herzog brings us face to face with a man on death row in his latest documentary. I saw the great man speak at TIFF last fall and apparently he shot at a 2:1 editing ration, which is unheard of in doc! Exit Through the Giftshop: Inside Job was good, but this deserved the oscar hands down. One of the most cleverly crafted and witty stories I've ever seen in doc. American Film: A hilarious behind the scenes documentary about a small-town guy trying to make a short film with only the help of his cluelessly incompetent friends and family and the financing of his senile uncle.
Paradise Lost was very harrowing and very enjoyable. It's funny I just watched that right before the last bit of news was made about them. Not giving too much away... I want people to watch it themselves.
I was supposed to watch this when it came out but I didn't see a release here. It's about the original Dub creator, Bob Marley producer, mad man, genius....Lee 'Scratch' Perry..
@Antinark:American Movie was priceless. Mike Schank is a legend.
This post has been edited by ThePinkFloydSound on Sunday, Apr 1 2012, 19:55
I recently watched a documentary, a short one on the Nazi's and the occult conspiracy. I still don't really know what it is, I'm about to watch a bigger one now but how credible do you think this theory is? The Nazi's having contact with Alien beings? It's something out of like Indiana Jones if you ask me, apparently they built new aircraft technology, that looked like flying saucers and sh*t...Allegedly they might have done this. What's your view, it is quite mind blowing and interesting...
I've been watching a series on youtube called 'Real crime' about British murders and the story behind them, I'd recommend them if you're in to that sort of thing. I dug out Louix Theroux's weird weekend's again and I'm giving them a watch - do yourself a favor and give them a go.
I shall check out Crumb. It has a real curious poster.
Has anyone watch Vietnam in HD? Wow. Some really mind-blowing footage. Its put together in a great way give you a sense of how the soldiers felt going in initially think it would be an easy job, over in a few months to end.
Highly reccomended. You wont be able to stop once you watch the first episode.
This post has been edited by ThePinkFloydSound on Saturday, Apr 7 2012, 09:40
Mentioned above, I recently watched this on Netflix.
The Bridge, 2004
It's a documentary about jumpers from the Golden Gate Bridge. They've got actual footage of people jumping from the bridge, which is quite shocking. Initially I thought it was just some well done re-enactment using greenscreen or whatever it is, but no, apparently the filmmakers applied for a permit to film the bridge under the pretence that they were shooting for a film "to capture the powerful, spectacular intersection of monument and nature that takes place every day at the Golden Gate Bridge". The filmmakers then interviewed the families and friends of the jumpers (I believe initially without their knowledge that they had any footage of the suicides). It focuses on a number of suicide victims of differing ages, genders, etc, why they jumped, their families' thoughts on it. It's fascinating to see how accepting some are compared to others (one guy still thinks his sister was somehow pushed). It also interviews a survivor of the Bridge jump.
My only issue was that the main focus of the film seemed to be a guy called Gene. I guess they got the most footage out of family and friends compared to other people, but there were other people who only received minimal attention in comparison.
Overall, I really liked it. I wouldn't say I enjoyed it - it was quite harrowing and has stuck in my mind - but at the same time I found it fascinating and moving in equal parts. Highly recommended.
Netflix looks like it has some great documentaries on, I'm going to check some of them out. That Vietnam one looks good too, Pink. How'd you see it, is it on tv currently?
This post has been edited by mark-2007 on Saturday, Apr 7 2012, 17:09
It's quite strange to see Al Murray "The Pub Landlord", the guy who takes the mick out of the French and Germans doing a documentary on WWII, which includes interviews with French and Germans, among other war vets, historians and so on.
It's actually very interesting and I'm glad I brought the DVD. I'm learning quite a few bits of information, even more so than from the odd episodes of the war in Europe on "WWII in Colour and HD".
Hope you'll allow something of a stretch. I was reading a Newsweek article that prompted me looking up The Grapes of Wrath, this is a nice YT video regarding the film, and while it's a story, it's based on the actual events of the time, bringing them to life....like the Titanic film, in a way
Again, Newsweek got me wondering about some of these backstories, also Stephen King has mentioned her a lot in books past
To addendum, the Bridge thing seemed too morbid to me, but I opted to look at the trailer, the whole film is also on YouTube, as is this 2 part interview, perhaps a better sample of what to expect
Earl Root, passed away from cancer, he had come out to people like me and friends about his friend who wound up killing himself, and he was staunchly opposed, as I am too, being a religious person from my family upbringing, Suicide is just not the way to have your life end, and that is a disturbing video Also, to add to, someone was questioning how jumping into water can kill you, that's a somewhat good question, it's the impact and the cold I believe also playing a part, but you'd think that one might survive that, whereas jumping off a building to hard surfaces is surely more fatal We've had two cases I can recall in our own Metro of suicides reported.
This post has been edited by Slamman on Monday, Apr 9 2012, 07:36
Also, to add to, someone was questioning how jumping into water can kill you, that's a somewhat good question, it's the impact and the cold I believe also playing a part, but you'd think that one might survive that, whereas jumping off a building to hard surfaces is surely more fatal We've had two cases I can recall in our own Metro of suicides reported.
I believe at a certain impact speed, hitting water is as good as hitting concrete.
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