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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 - 5 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 - 12 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 - 6 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 - 5 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

Movie: Revenge of the Mekons

Revenge of the Mekons charts the unlikely career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being--as rock critic Greil Marcus notes--"the band that took punk ideology most seriously." [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 4, 2016 - 2 comments

Movie: Where to Invade Next

To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully "invades" them to see what they have to offer.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Jun 12, 2016 - 0 comments

Farscape: A Constellation of Doubt  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 17

With Aeryn still missing, Crichton retreats to his room and watches a documentary detailing humanity's reaction to Moya's recent visit to Earth.[via]
posted by cshenk on May 31, 2016 - 1 comment

Movie: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

'All Things Must Pass' is a documentary that explores the rise and fall of Tower Records, and its legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods on Apr 18, 2016 - 2 comments

Movie: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Documentary

Shorts HD presents a theatrical release of the five Oscar nominees for Best Documentary, Short Subject. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Feb 27, 2016 - 1 comment

Making a Murderer: Making A Murderer - entire first season  Season 1, Ep 0

Who is responsible when an innocent man is sent to prison? Discussion thread for entire first season of Making A Murderer (Netflix streaming).
posted by triggerfinger on Dec 26, 2015 - 113 comments

Movie: Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD

Documentary covering the highs and lows of British comic 2000AD's history, from its inception after the demise of Action to the present day. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 13, 2015 - 3 comments

Movie: Dior and I

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as its new artistic director-a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand's past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons' vision. [more inside]
posted by jillithd on Dec 12, 2015 - 6 comments

Podcast: The Message: Season 1 - All Episodes

The Message is a new podcast following the weekly reports and interviews from Nicky Tomalin, who is covering the decoding of a message from outer space received 70 years ago. Over the course of 8 episodes we get an inside ear on how a top team of cryptologists attempt to decipher, decode, and understand the alien message. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Nov 30, 2015 - 16 comments

Podcast: Limetown: Episode 5: Scarecrow

Deirdre Wells, Limetown survivor and Max Finlayson's ex-wife, reveals what incited The Panic. [more inside]
posted by yasaman on Nov 23, 2015 - 9 comments

Podcast: Limetown: The central question

After the death of Max Finlayson, Lia Haddock questions whether or not to continue the program.
posted by noneuclidean on Nov 17, 2015 - 1 comment

Movie: What Happened, Miss Simone?

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."
posted by latkes on Nov 16, 2015 - 3 comments

Podcast: Limetown: Episode 4: DDoS

Max Finlayson, Missing Male #4 from Limetown, divulges the purpose of the doomed research facility to APR journalist Lia Haddock. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Nov 2, 2015 - 11 comments

Podcast: Limetown: The 911 Call

APR's Lia Haddock responds to a leaked 911 call involving her and a survivor from Limetown.
posted by noneuclidean on Oct 31, 2015 - 8 comments

Movie: The Nightmare

Something as rare as a very scary documentary: A look at sleep paralysis and accompanying hallucinations, with dramatic recreations. By the director of Room 237. [more inside]
posted by Joakim Ziegler on Oct 25, 2015 - 1 comment

Podcast: Limetown: Episode 3: Napoleon

APR journalist Lia Haddock speaks with the second known survivor from Limetown, inching closer to discovering what the true purpose of the infamous research facility was.
posted by yasaman on Oct 16, 2015 - 20 comments

Movie: My Winnipeg

Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba. [more inside]
posted by naju on Oct 12, 2015 - 9 comments

Movie: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.
posted by latkes on Oct 5, 2015 - 2 comments

Podcast: Limetown: A quick apology

A quick apology from American Public Radio's Lia Haddock.
posted by Cash4Lead on Sep 28, 2015 - 21 comments

Podcast: Limetown: Episode 2: Winona

American Public Radio journalist Lia Haddock shares the first interview in recorded history with a survivor from Limetown. [more inside]
posted by yasaman on Sep 23, 2015 - 23 comments

Podcast: Limetown: Episode 1: What We Know

Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this seven-part podcast, American Public Radio host Lia Haddock asks the question once more, "What happened to the people of Limetown?" [more inside]
posted by yasaman on Sep 21, 2015 - 25 comments

Movie: Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams is a 1982 "making-of" documentary film directed by Les Blank, shot during and about the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's 1982 film Fitzcarraldo, and filmed on location in the jungles of South America. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 10, 2015 - 5 comments

Movie: Dogs on the Inside

Filmed in a Massachusetts prison, Dogs on the Inside follows the birth of a relationship between abandoned rescue dogs and prison inmates as they work together toward a second chance. [more inside]
posted by meese on Aug 16, 2015 - 1 comment

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