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Triangle: Remembering the Fire (2011) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1866282/

On March 25, 1911, a catastrophic fire broke out at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City. Trapped inside the upper floors of a ten-story building, 146 workers - mostly young immigrant women and teenage girls - were burned alive or forced to jump to their deaths to escape an inferno that consumed the factory in just 18 minutes. It was the worst disaster at a workplace in New York State until 9/11. The tragedy changed the course of history, paving the way for government to represent working people, not just business, for the first time, and helped an emerging American middle class to live the American Dream


This was an excellent documentary. Playing on cable this month.

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I just finished watching "Triangle: Remembering the Fire". I thought this was better made than the American Experience one.

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A couple of days ago, I watched the weirdly experimental autobiographical documentary from the Canadian director, Guy Maddin, titled My Winnipeg. A love/hate letter to the city of Winnipeg. I'm never planning on going Winnipeg to verify what's true and what is myth anytime soon. Watching the film made me certain of that.

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Yesterday, I went to the IFC Center here in NYC to see My Perestroika (the similar titles are pure coincidence). Robin Hessman, the film's director, went to Moscow and with home videos and news reports, visited and interviewed members of one particular class who were in 1st grade when the Soviet Union collapsed.

The movie is about how they viewed the collapse back then and how they doing these days under the corrupt political shroud of Putin and capitalism.

Great soundtrack et al. Easily a 10/10.

Also, since yesterday was the film's opening weekend, the director showed up to the cinema for a quick Q and A.

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The Epic That Never Was (1967) (TV)

A fascinating documentary about an attempt in 1937 to adapt the Robert Graves books "I, Claudius" into a film. This documentary predated the popular British TV series. That adaptation supposed to starred Charles Laughton and Merle Oberon. Narrated by Dirk Bogarde, it showed a few surviving scenes from that unfinished film which was shut down due to a car accident involving Merle Oberon, but it just feel there were more reasons than that for the filming shut down. Those few scenes look very good, so it was a shame it never got finished.

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Watched two art documentaries tonight.

The Cool School (2008): A very polished and enjoyable look at the Ferus Gallery, an influential art gallery in Los Angeles. However, the filmmakers failed to convince me that given the small group of local modern abstract artists that orbited the gallery in the 1950's and 1960's that were the main focus of the documentary really were for the most part criminally overlooked by the art world.

Sure, a good deal of the work that was showed was of a certain potency but it never seemed as groundbreaking as they claimed it to be.

The filmmakers implicitly were hammering away that LA was undeservedly eclipsed by the NYC art world. Another point they failed to convincingly make.

The second documentary was an incredible and unflinching monograph of the work and troubled life of the portrait painter Alice Neel (2007).

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American Dream (1990) - Oscar winning documentary about a Union strike, much like that of "Harlan County, USA". Instead of Miners, we have factory workers, but the strike got very nasty.

Stage by Stage: Les Misérables (1988) - A "making of" documentary of the Les Misérables stage musical. A must see for fans of the musical, or any fans of musicals.

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Went to the weekend premiere of the controversial Danish Afghan war documentary, Armadillo (2010). The director, Janus Metz, stayed after the screening for a quick Q and A.

I would love to see it nominated for best editing and cinematography as well as the obvious best feature length documentary for next years Oscars.

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Of all days as to watch the horror documentary as Easter, I coincidentally decide to watch Jesus Camp.

I wonder if the filmmakers would ever contemplate making a follow up of this documentary to see what happens to the film's child subjects of this heavy handed -doctrinalized lifestyle as they grow up into adulthood.

A great aspect of this shockumentary is that they utilize the liberal evangelical radio host as the counterweight to the militant fundamentalists of the film.

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Re: What Documentaries did you see in April 2011?

"Frontline" The Tank Man (2006) - Revisit the Tienanmen Square crack down in 1989. A search for the identify of the man who stood in front of the tanks and an in depth look at his significance to the crumbling of the Communist world and his significance to the new generation in China. Excellent.

"Frontline" - News War (2007) - A four part series about the conflict between government and the media as it looked at the ethics and responsibility of the media. One of the important topic is the reporter willing to go to jail for protecting the source. There was also a big section about the Valerie Plame Affair.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in May 2011?

Edward VIII: The Traitor King (1995) (TV)
"Revealed" Britain's Nazi King (2009)

A couple of documentaries talked about King Edward and his connection with the Nazi.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in July 2011?

I got to see a couple recent ones actually, I go to see Jig (this one might have been in june but i'm counting it lol) which is about Irish step dancing. It follows a few different dancers and instructors on their way to compete at the Worlds. It was surprising how well they managed to get me caught up in the competition of it all.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1748062/

The second one was actually Discover the Gift which is an interesting new take on the spiritual movie. Of course it mentions a few things that should make your life better, but the interesting part was in between the teachings the movie turned out to be more of a character piece on the author of the book and her family.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1445206/

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"Becoming Chaz".

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

A documentary about a Donkey Kong enthusiast in challenge for the Donkey Kong record. When he broke the record, the video game community tried to discredit his record. So, he went about to challenge the previous record holder. This is a very entertaining documentary. It also give you some inside story of the competitive video game playing. Finally, this persistent of the challenger in fighting the system to get the respect was inspiring.

Marjoe (1972)

A documentary about a young evangelist Marjoe Gortner who started out his evangelism at the age of 3 1/2. We get to see some of the evangelism sessions. We even see him doing it at the age of 8. It can be funny at times that some of the attendees get roll on the floor and get epileptic after he touched them and gave them blessing. I never understood that. The movie Borat had a good parody of that. The interesting thing about this documentary is the interview of Marjoe. He has a good sense of humor. He is very honest about his fake preaching. He know it is a show, and he showed us some gimmicks to get people to attend. The evangelism session can get too long and becomes boring, but it was well made documentary.

Planning on seeing ...

Senna (2010) Friday after work.

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AS to my word, I did see Senna (2010).

This documentary should be the first lock of the 2012 Oscar season. A thrilling, uplifting heartbreaker of a film. I didn't know anything about the sport or the famous Brazilian sports idol.

But he was such a charismatic and passionate individual.

Manish Pandey, an executive producer was there at the screening for a very very brief Q & A.

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'Cold Case Files' - The Most Infamous Case (1999)

This DVD set covered 10 episodes of the shows. Actually some of them half of the show since often an episode cover 2 cases. This is a documentary chronicle murders that were unsolved and labeled as Cold Case. This set include the like of the Zodiac. Some of them did get solved. Most of the cases lasted 10+ years, and several only a few years. It's quite interesting if you are into criminology. The chronology did move a bit too fast and get repeat itself, I guess right after commercial when it was shown on TV.

'The American Experience' Triangle Fire (2011)

An account of the shirt waist triangle fire that killed a bunch of young women and changed workplace safety forever. Interesting and sad.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in September 2011?

I just saw "Programming the Nation" and it was pretty good. It was about subliminal messages in social media, including product placement, and the effect of these messages on people. It was incredibly interesting to hear about how closed off all the major advertising companies were to talk about such things as hidden messages and images in their products advertisements. The director Jeff Warrick does a great job at getting interviews from people on all sides and of all opinions on the subject. He interviews conspiracy theory novelists, filmmakers and people who work in the advertising industry as well as people on the street. This way the watcher can get an idea of how not only professionals see and portray subliminal messages, but how the masses interpret them too and whether or not they are affected by them. All in all it is a very intriguing subject and this movie has a lot of answers to your questions if you like the sort of "conspiracy" documentaries! heres the fb link http://bitly.com/raMjYx

Re: What Documentaries did you see in October 2011?

Watched the fun yet undisciplined surfing documentary, Step into Liquid (2003).

Jumped around from minichapter to minichapter. Catchy soundtrack and visually fun to watch plus the people are lovable characters.

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Watched the very moving (and ultimately convincing) social networking documentary Catfish (2010).

Unexpectedly shattering my early cynicism over the authenticity of the film's status of being a documentary and earning a 10/10!

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Re: What Documentaries did you see in October 2011?

Beyond the Movie - The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
Beyond the Movie: Troy (2004)
Beyond the Movie: Alexander the Great (2004)
"Secrets of the Dead" China's Terracotta Warriors (2011)

Re: What Documentaries did you see in October 2011?

Yesterday, I watched The Captains on Netflix streaming. It's the William Shatner documentary on his meeting the rest of the Star Trek series Captains. A must watch for Trekkies though it got a bit sugary and smaltzy at times.

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Guerrilla - The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004)

Recount the Patty Hearst kidnapping incidence in the 70s up to the last decade when the case basically closed. The part rebuffing of the Patty Hearst Stockholm Syndrome was very interesting, but controversial.

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"The Story of Math" (2008)
"The Music of the Primes" (2007)

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I watched "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery" a few years ago and thought it was very well done. If you're not tired of the subject (and haven't seen it) I'd recommend it highly.

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I saw God Bless Ozzy Osborne. It was well done, insightful and full of interesting stories.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in March 2012?

The Heat Is On - The Making of 'Miss Saigon' (1989) - Good documentary for the fan of the show. There is no narration. You see them in action in the casting and the setting. A bulk of this documentary was looking for the leading lady Kim which ultimately went to Lea Salonga.

Do You Believe in Miracles? (2001) - The inside story of the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey team that shocked the world by beating the mighty Soviet team. The documentary was quite short, but it gave me chills with certain highlight.

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I just screen a new doc called How to Grow a Band. It's about the bluegrass band the Punch Brothers-how they got started, their band strategy and new music,backgrounds of the members, etc. It stars Chris Thile from Nickel Creek. Each and every member of the Punch Brothers is ridiculously talented; they're incredible musicians. If you like music in GENERAL, I think you'd enjoy How to Grow a Band. It comes to theaters on April 13th in NYC, and from there will continue to open in various cities. It's a really unique and well-put-together doc, so check 'er out! http://bitly.com/H1yDx0

Re: What Documentaries did you see in April 2012?

The Corporation http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379225/

The Shock Doctrine http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1355640/

The End of the Line http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1176727/

For the Bible Tells Me So http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0912583/

Countdown to Zero http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1572769/

Budrus http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1542411/

Don't knock masturbation! It's sex with someone I love.

The Ambassador (2011)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2048877/


"Boards don´t hit back!"

Re: What Documentaries did you see in August 2012?

I was fortunate that it was one of the choice on a flight. That is where I saw "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" also. Another one there I wish to see but didn't have enough time was "Four Horsemen". Bully was very good. I recommend it. I do notice that it is neither available on Netflix nor Amazon.com.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in May 2012?

Moguls & Movie Stars - A History of Hollywood (2010)
"The American Experience" The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996)
"The American Experience" The Greely Expedition (2011)
"Frontline" Flying Cheap (2010)
"Frontline" Digital Nation (2010)
Helvetica (2007)
National Geographic: Moment of Death (2008)
Chevolution (2008)
"The American Experience" My Lai (2010)
The Corporation (2003)
Ralph Nader: An Unreasonable Man (2006)
The People vs. George Lucas (2010)

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Best Worst Movie (2009) - This documentary was about one of the worst movie ever made "Troll 2". In fact, it mentioned IMDb a couple time indicating that it was at #1 worst rated film at IMDb at the time. Because of its notoriety, it gained a cult following over the years. Thus, this movie is a love-fest for this movie. Granted, I never saw "Troll 2", and I intend not to unless I go on one of those bad movie marathon. The few scenes that were shown in this documentary, it seemed very delusional some of the fan called it a great film. The documentary brought back the cast and the crew. The director of "Troll 2" Claudio Fragasso seemed like a jerk. I wish the documentary dig deeper into why this movie were made and why a bad movie has a big following. Then again, as Fragass said that being worst is as much as a compliment as being the best. The documentary did have many funny moment.

Nanook of the North (1922) - This was a silent documentary followed an Eskimo family. We see them travel, hunt, fish, and build igloo. Some of the scenes were unforgettable. The building of the igloo was one of the most interesting scene I have seen. The tug of war with the seal below the ice was dramatic. I was amazed to note the Eskimo, in such freezing weather, sleep only with a blanket without their cloths on. I read somewhere that some of the scenes were staged, and the film maker Robert J. Flaherty got criticized by it. It didn't matter. It is one of the most captivating movies, and the fact this was filmed about 90 years ago.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in August 2012?

Bully (2011) - A documentary campaigning for anti-bullying.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) - Beautiful movie with very nice music about an 80+ years old sushi master.

À propos de Nice (1930) - Interesting travelogue like documentary.

Re: What Documentaries did you see in August 2012?

Taxi to the Dark Side
BBC History Cold Case ( real CSI scientists look at bodies hundreds of years old and try and decipher what happened to them and why )- The Skeletons of Windy Pits; Ipswich Man; Stirling Man; The Woman and three Babies; The Bodies in the Well; Mummified Child; Crossbones Girl; The York 113
(I love this series and I wish there were more.)
Otzi the Iceman


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Sans Soleil (1983)

This was directed by Chris Marker, same person who directed La jetée. This turned out to be somewhat of a documentary, but more of a poetic expressing type. A woman reading someone's writing about memory, history, culture, and about life in general. The writer traveled to different places, but mostly Japan and some Africa. We see clips of livelihood of those two places, mostly Japan, as the narrator read the writing. Although the writing was beautiful, the imagery conveyed a sense of creepiness as it constantly showed Japanese horror movie clips, scenes about death and violence. It even reached out to Hitchcock's Vertigo as being the only film "had been capable of portraying impossible memory, insane memory." The film often shown image created by video synthesizer, which give a mysterious feel. It was nicely put together. So much in the thought. So much that it might be too much on the first viewing.

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Masters of Money

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Titanoboa - Smithsonian documentary about the discovery in a Colombian mine of the remains of the largest snake to have ever lived, thought to have been about 50ft. in length.

Living with Murder - about a family living with the fact that their son murdered their daughter and might have planned to murder them. Heartbreaking.

Cathedral: Canterbury. BBC documentary about the cathedral and the murder there of Thomas Beckett.


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The Trials of Henry Kissenger (2011)

The Trials of Henry Kissenger (2011) - Based on the book by Christopher Hitchens who accused Henry Kissenger of war crime during Vietnam War, and after Vietnam War in Cambodia which the event was the basis of the movie The Killing Field. Intriguing, though it seemed quite one-sided in the accusation.

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First Position (2011).
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2008513/
Seen this just yesterday, enjoyed tremendously first time director Bess Kargman's gorgeous film about a ballet competition with contestants coming from several countries of the world.

Last Train Home (2009)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1512201/
A re-watch. Seen this sligthly over a year ago, and it still overwhelms me up to now to see the endless millions of Chinese migrant workers in cities going home for their New Year celebrations.


Truth inexorably,inscrutably seeks and reveals Itself into the Light.

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