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Movie: Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts

Trixie charmed audiences and judges as winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. But the grind of performing and the pressure of the title proves that heavy is the head that wears the tiara.
posted by xingcat on Dec 4, 2019 - 2 comments

Movie: Last Days in Vietnam

During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Oct 31, 2019 - 2 comments

Rotten: Reign of Terror  Season 2, Ep 2

In the south of France, frustrated winegrowers go to extremes to stave off cheap imports from Spain and new competition from China. [more inside]
posted by lesser weasel on Oct 16, 2019 - 0 comments

Rotten: The Avocado War  Season 2, Ep 1

The avocado's rise from culinary fad to must-have superfood has made it a lucrative crop - and a magnet for money-hungry cartels.
posted by lesser weasel on Oct 9, 2019 - 1 comment

Country Music

Anyone watching the new Ken Burns doc Country Music? Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Sep 18, 2019 - 1 comment

Movie: The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

What begins as a documentary following the final tour of a dying magician - "The Amazing Johnathan" - becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion, and himself from his subject. [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk on Aug 18, 2019 - 5 comments

Movie: Human Flow

"More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq." [more inside]
posted by kokaku on Jul 20, 2019 - 3 comments

Documentary Now!: 52nd season   Season 3, Ep 0

Documentary Now! continues to highlight the best in contemporary documentary. This season includes Batsh*t Valley (Wild Wild Country and The Source Family), Original Cast Album: Co-Op (Original Cast Album: Company), Waiting for the Artist (Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present), Searching for Mr. Larson: A Love Letter from the Far Side, (Dear Mr. Watterson), Long Gone, (Let's Get Lost) and Any Given Saturday Afternoon (A League of Ordinary Gentlemen.)
posted by eotvos on Jun 29, 2019 - 7 comments

Movie: Cries from Syria

CRIES FROM SYRIA is a searing, comprehensive account of a brutal five-year conflict from the inside out, drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen ...
posted by rue72 on Jun 18, 2019 - 0 comments

Movie: The Gospel According to André

From the segregated American South to the fashion capitals of the world, operatic fashion editor André Leon Talley's life and career are on full display, in a poignant portrait that includes appearances by Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Bethann Hardison, Valentino, and Manolo Blahnik.
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 9, 2019 - 2 comments

Movie: Mommy Dead and Dearest

Things are not always as they appear, especially in the case of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard. In this true crime documentary that follows a bizarre case involving one of psychology's most controversial conditions--Munchausen by proxy syndrome--a treacherous web of lies, child abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love is untangled in provocative fashion [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 31, 2019 - 3 comments

Movie: Free Solo

Follow Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000 foot high El Capitan wall. With no ropes or safety gear, this would arguably be the greatest feat in rock climbing history. Trailer [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on May 20, 2019 - 18 comments

Movie: Bathtubs Over Broadway

A Late Night comedy writer stumbles upon a hilarious, hidden world of entertainment and finds an unexpected connection to his fellow man. With David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Jello Biafra, and more.
posted by fings on May 19, 2019 - 12 comments

Movie: Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

An intimate look into the life and work of the revered master comedian and actor, Robin Williams.
posted by orange swan on May 10, 2019 - 1 comment

Movie: Knock Down the House

Four women channel personal hardships and national angst into progressive, grassroots Congressional campaigns: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Amy Vilela (Nevada), Cori Bush (Missouri) and Paula Jean Swearengin (West Virginia). The trailer.
posted by growabrain on May 3, 2019 - 7 comments

Street Food: Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

From the creators of the popular series Chef's Table, season one of this new series focuses on Asia, visiting nine different cities and countries. Each episode highlights the life and story of a local acclaimed street food vendor. [more inside]
posted by dnash on May 2, 2019 - 5 comments

Movie: Hail Satan?

IMDB: "A look at the quick rise and influence of the controversial religious group known as The Satanic Temple. With unprecedented access, "Hail Satan?" traces the rise of The Satanic Temple: only six years old and already one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. The Temple and its enigmatic leader Lucien Greaves are calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation's soul. But are they for real?" [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Apr 27, 2019 - 2 comments

The Great Beast That is the Global Economy

Wondering if anyone is watching this Amazon Prime documentary show. Hosted by the lovely and talented Kal Penn (Kumar of Harold and, former Obama admin advisor) and written by the author of The Big Short. Good range of topics from money laundering to our dependence on rubber, and a plethora of guest appearances in amusing skits. I would love to have the hive mind help me fangirl over the fun bits and grouse about questions that are raised but not satisfactorily addressed.
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Apr 25, 2019 - 1 comment

Movie: Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

This intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé's celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Apr 19, 2019 - 5 comments

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 - 4 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 - 10 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 - 11 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

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