Discussion in 'Documentaries' started by Richard Channing, Feb 20, 2019.
And that kidnapped Fallon Carrington.
I prefer reality stories that look like great fiction.
When it's so unbelievably dumb then it's hard to put yourself in their shoes and then the whole thing just evaporates in front of my very nose.
To be honest it looks like a NuDynasty plotline
With all the incest and aliens it's more like The Colbys really.
Whitney: Can I Be Me?
Absolutely love her.
This was a good follow up to American Meme. More on what life is like for the "Instagram generation" and the perils and pitfalls that are faced by teenagers today trying to navigate their way through it all. I didn't realize that Instagram now has over a billion people on it. I think it's also interesting how consequently, photography, be it a selfie or something more artistic, has now become an integral part of people's lives.
This was so powerful and moving. After a brutal attack Morad is suffering from such severe PTSD that he no longer speaks or can engage in any meaningful way. After being unresponsive for months his doctor recommends that either he be put in a mental institution or, as as last resort, that he try dolphin therapy at a centre far from his home. From his first day with dolphins he begins a healing journey, but he remembers nothing of his life before and the trauma that brought him there. It's quite an extraordinary story.
Delightful documentary chronicling the works and many talents of the wonderful Stephen Fry.
The Murder of Jill Dando
The Yorkshire Ripper Files - A Very British Crime Story
This was on BBC4 over three nights and the best documentary I've seen on Peter Sutcliffe. It highlights the real tragedy behind a lot of the killings was down to the police manhunt and how they didn't listen to some of the survivors, how they let the first few slip by because they were deemed as prostitutes (and who cares about them, attitude) plus further investigation, showed there was no evidence that Wilma McCann was a sex worker.
A look at the career of comic genius Barry Humphries a.k.a Dame Edna, with input from a host of celebrities including Kylie Minogue, Joan Rivers and Larry Hagman.
I watched yet another on Amanda Knox. Fascinated by this and can't make my mind up if she did it or not to this day.
I watched the one on Netflix, not sure if that's the one you watched, but that left me in no doubt that she didn't do it.
It's great that Netflix have so many Louis Theroux docs and are adding more all the time. Just watched this one which was just added. Illuminating as always.
Louis Theroux: Dark States - Sex Trafficking
Three Identical Strangers. Fascinating truth is stranger than fiction story.
It also raises several ethical questions.
Very good Elizabeth Taylor doc by the BBC.
First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon. It's on Netflix if it's available in your country. An interesting documentary well worth a look.
Just discovered it's also on youtube
It appears all the Bond Movies have their own documentary on YouTube. This was good, I may have to check out more of these.
I've watched three recently. The first two I watched because I haven't been able to sleep lately and have just scrolled through the documentaries on Hulu for something that caught my attention, so I wasn't expecting a lot from them . . .
Pamela Smart: An American Murder Mystery (on Hulu): I remember the case. I think I've seen the Nicole Kidman movie based on the case and I've definitely watched the Lifetime movie about the case. This didn't really add much that I didn't already know about the case, except updates on where everyone related to the case is now. I find it thought provoking that the kid (who isn't a kid anymore, but rather a 40-something) who put the gun to Greg Smart's head and pulled the trigger, is out of jail; and Pamela Smart, who orchestrated the murder (though she still claims she didn't) but wasn't there when the murder took place, is still in prison. I can't decide how I feel about that.
Uncovered: The McMartin Family Trials (on Hulu): I can't remember what led me to google this a while back--I think it was something I had read about mass hysteria that referenced this case. It's fascinating how this child molestation accusation spirals completely out of control based on police incompetence, mass hysteria and some political aspirations. As an educator, I find the idea that this could happen to innocent people kind of terrifying.
The Vietnam War (Netflix): This is a ten episode (nearly 20 hour) documentary on the war by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Admittedly I knew next to nothing about this war. I found the documentary shocking and heartbreaking. It was interesting to compare the politics of the time to the politics of today. I learned a lot from this one and highly recommend it.
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