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Movie: Behind the Curve

“Behind the Curve” is a surprising and empathetic documentary that explores the psychology of the people who believe that the earth is flat.
posted by chrchr on Apr 8, 2019 - 2 comments

Movie: The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

The story of Theranos, a multi-billion dollar tech company, its founder Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire, and the massive fraud that collapsed the company. Directed and written by Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room).
posted by Cash4Lead on Mar 21, 2019 - 19 comments

Movie: Free Solo

Anyone want to discuss the documentary Free Solo? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Mar 10, 2019 - 7 comments

Movie: Leaving Neverland

At the height of his stardom Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their families. Now in their 30s, they tell their story and how they came to terms with it years later.
posted by Fizz on Mar 7, 2019 - 14 comments

Movie: Period. End of Sentence.

Oscar winning documentary short, about Indian women fight the stigma surrounding menstruation and begin manufacturing sanitary pads. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Feb 27, 2019 - 3 comments

Movie: Into Great Silence

German: Die große Stille. An examination of life inside the Grande Chartreuse, the head monastery of the reclusive Carthusian Order in France. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama on Feb 23, 2019 - 1 comment

Special Event: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2019: Documentary

ShortsTV presents a theatrical release of the five Oscar nominees for Best Documentary, Short Subject [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Feb 15, 2019 - 2 comments

Movie: Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

A look at the history of black horror films and the role of African Americans in the film genre from the very beginning. Veterans and scholars of Black horror films discuss how the genre has evolved, and often their place in that evolution.
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin on Feb 8, 2019 - 1 comment

Movie: Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit

Meet the fascinating felines and the people who pamper then in this whimsical look at the ins and outs of Canada's competitive cat show circuit, where the claws come out when a Turkish Angora and an adorable fluffy red Persian face off to take home the national award for Best in Show.
posted by PussKillian on Jan 24, 2019 - 10 comments

Movie: The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man

A new documentary (stream-able on various platforms) explores various urban legends around Hollywood's most elusive star. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jan 16, 2019 - 2 comments

Murder Mountain: Where marijuana can kill   Season 1, Ep 0

What happens when California dreaming becomes a nightmare? When people head to Humboldt County, California in search of quick riches in the form of marijuana, often times they are unaware of the price they might ultimately pay in the illegal cannabis growing capital of the United States. [more inside]
posted by MadMadam on Jan 9, 2019 - 2 comments

Movie: Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

This documentary chronicles the life of Polish-American artist Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) from his early years in Chicago, to his time in Poland and Los Angeles, and his artistic and political contributions to the world.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 31, 2018 - 4 comments

Movie: After The Screaming Stops

In the 1980s, "Bros" were one of the biggest bands in the world - for 15 minutes. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2018 - 4 comments

The Staircase: The whole series   Season 0, Ep 0

The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 8, 2018 - 13 comments

Movie: They'll Love Me When I'm Dead

In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind ,in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie.
posted by Literaryhero on Nov 23, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: McQueen

The life and career of fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen: from his start as a tailor, to launching and overseeing his eponymous line, and his untimely death.
posted by ellieBOA on Oct 27, 2018 - 4 comments

Movie: Être et avoir

A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher. [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs on Oct 20, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

This Oscar nominated documentary tells the story of the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States' 2008 mortgage crisis: A small family owned bank serving the Chinese American community. [more inside]
posted by mark k on Sep 19, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: Minding the Gap

Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious on Aug 18, 2018 - 9 comments

Movie: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr. From her childhood in Vienna, brief cinematic career in Czechoslovakia, to her life and times in the United States, the film features extended audio interview recordings with Hedy, and recent interviews with her children and a grandchild, as well as some of Hedy's friends and colleagues. [Trailer] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 12, 2018 - 4 comments

Movie: Chuck Norris vs. Communism

In mid-1980s Romania, under the nose of the Securitate, Ceaușescu’s secret police, thousands of Hollywood films were smuggled into the country by an underground operative named Zamfir, and they were all covertly dubbed by Irina Nistor, a courageous translator whose distinct voice captivated the nation and became a symbol of freedom. Chuck Norris vs. Communism is a documentary, a thriller, and a comedy.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 9, 2018 - 8 comments

Movie: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes a fittingly patient and honest look at the life and legacy of a television pioneer whose work has enriched generations. [more inside]
posted by seemoorglass on Jun 11, 2018 - 10 comments

Movie: RBG

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.
posted by jacquilynne on Jun 4, 2018 - 9 comments

Movie: Faces Places

Director Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship. [more inside]
posted by sapagan on Apr 18, 2018 - 7 comments

Movie: The Problem with Apu

Comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his cartoon nemesis, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian convenience store owner from The Simpsons (1989). [more inside]
posted by numaner on Apr 10, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: Take Your Pills

Official description: "Every era gets the drug it deserves. In America today, where competition is ceaseless from school to the workforce and everyone wants a performance edge, Adderall and other prescription stimulants are the defining drugs of this generation." [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Apr 7, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: Bowling for Columbine

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 30, 2018 - 5 comments

Wild Wild Country full series  Season 1, Ep 0

In 1981, controversial guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (who later in life went by Osho) moved his ashram of followers from India to a 65,000 acre ranch in rural Oregon. Known for his teachings of free love and open marriage, his fleet of Rolls Royce cars, and his collection of diamond-encrusted watches, the guru, his confrontational personal secretary, and his followers quickly drew the ire of local Oregonians over their plans to turn the commune into an actual city. Over four years, tensions escalated rapidly, leading to the arming of the commune, plots to murder elected officials, busing in hordes of homeless people to overwhelm election voting, and the largest bio-terrorism attack on U.S. soil. [Note: this is meant as a full series thread for the 6-part Netflix series, which IMDB for some reason is listing as only a two hour movie.] [more inside]
posted by dnash on Mar 28, 2018 - 18 comments

Flint Town: Welcome to Flint Town  Season 1, Ep 0

'Flint Town' is an eight episode documentary series that follows the understaffed Flint police department during the city's water crisis and the 2016 presidential campaign. [more inside]
posted by riruro on Mar 22, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: Waltz with Bashir

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 20, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 7, 2018 - 7 comments

Dirty Money: Hard NOx  Season 1, Ep 1

Volkswagen's "clean diesel" cars seemed like a dream come true for carbon-conscious drivers -- until a fraud of staggering proportions came to light. [more inside]
posted by guiseroom on Feb 7, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

A documentary celebrating one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to re-claim their lives. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Jan 14, 2018 - 4 comments

Wormwood: In six parts  Season 1, Ep 0

In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report ties his death to a top-secret experiment. (IMDB) A Netflix docudrama.
posted by sylvanshine on Dec 23, 2017 - 12 comments

Movie: One of Us

Penetrating the insular world of New York's Hasidic community, focusing on three individuals driven to break away despite threats of retaliation. Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, also the creators of Jesus Camp. [more inside]
posted by lauranesson on Oct 21, 2017 - 3 comments

The Vietnam War: The Weight of Memory (March 1973 - Onward)  Season 1, Ep 10

Civil war continues in Vietnam as President Richard Nixon resigns. After North Vietnamese troops regain control of Saigon and the war ends, people from all sides search for reconciliation. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 14, 2017 - 7 comments

The Vietnam War: A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)  Season 1, Ep 9

The South Vietnamese fight on their own, succumbing to terrible losses in Laos. After he is reelected, President Richard Nixon strikes a peace deal with Hanoi that sees the release of American prisoners of war. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 13, 2017 - 0 comments

The Vietnam War: The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)  Season 1, Ep 8

With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war, while an incursion into Cambodia reignites antiwar protests with tragic consequences at Kent State University.
posted by dnash on Sep 26, 2017 - 4 comments

The Vietnam War: The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)  Season 1, Ep 7

Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and wrenching moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency, promising law and order at home and peace overseas. In Vietnam, the war goes on and soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery and unflinching courage.
posted by homunculus on Sep 25, 2017 - 8 comments

The Vietnam War: Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)  Season 1, Ep 6

On the eve of the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch surprise attacks on cities and military bases throughout the south, suffering devastating losses but casting grave doubt on Johnson’s promise that there is “light at the end of the tunnel.” The president decides not to run again and the country is staggered by assassinations and unrest.
posted by homunculus on Sep 24, 2017 - 5 comments

Movie: George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs. Wiki. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Sep 23, 2017 - 2 comments

The Vietnam War: This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)  Season 1, Ep 5

American casualties and enemy body counts mount as Marines face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery south of the DMZ and Army units chase an elusive enemy in the central highlands. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson Administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.
posted by homunculus on Sep 21, 2017 - 5 comments

The Vietnam War: Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)  Season 1, Ep 4

Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the south, while Saigon struggles to “pacify the countryside.” As an antiwar movement builds back home, hundreds of thousands of soldiers and Marines discover that the war they are being asked to fight in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers’ war.
posted by homunculus on Sep 21, 2017 - 5 comments

The Vietnam War: The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)  Season 1, Ep 3

With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the south, accelerating the insurgency. Fearing Saigon’s collapse, President Johnson escalates America’s military commitment, authorizing sustained bombing of the north and deploying ground troops in the south.
posted by homunculus on Sep 19, 2017 - 6 comments

The Vietnam War: “Riding the Tiger” (1961-1963)  Season 1, Ep 2

President Kennedy inspires idealistic young Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds.
posted by Fizz on Sep 18, 2017 - 7 comments

The Vietnam War: Déjà Vu (1858-1961)  Season 1, Ep 1

After a long and brutal war, Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. With the Cold War intensifying, Vietnam is divided in two at Geneva. Communists in the north aim to reunify the country, while America supports Ngo Dinh Diem’s untested regime in the south.
posted by Fizz on Sep 18, 2017 - 6 comments

Movie: Cameraperson

Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera. [more inside]
posted by sapagan on Mar 1, 2017 - 1 comment

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace: Full Series  Season 0, Ep 0

A three-part, 2011 BBC miniseries by Adam Curtis, dealing with computers, systems theories, government, finance, the Rwandan genocide, libertarianism and more. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jan 9, 2017 - 2 comments

Movie: My Scientology Movie

“Following a long fascination with the religion and with much experience in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behavior, the beguilingly unassuming Theroux won't take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church's headquarters is turned down. Inspired by the Church's use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization, Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux. Suffused with a good dose of humor and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is stranger than fiction.”
posted by Fizz on Oct 14, 2016 - 5 comments

Movie: Bergensbanen minutt for minutt (2009)

Slow TV: Train Ride Bergen to Oslo (Bergensbanen minutt for minutt) is a real time documentary film of the entire journey by rail from Bergen to Oslo in Norway. The journey, lasting almost seven and a half hours, was filmed by cameras outside of the train. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Sep 8, 2016 - 20 comments

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