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Favourite TV documentaries
: September 28, 2011, 08:31:07 PM »
We all love tv documentaries so I was wondering what you lot's favourite tv documentaries ever and maybe some documentaries you highly recommend. Personally I've always been a fan of Bruce Parry's documentaries especially the arctic series he did earlier this year. I also love anything that is presented by Michael Palin especially Around The World In 80 Days which is probably the best documentary series I have ever seen. Palin's the only man who can make anything interesting!
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Reply #1 : September 28, 2011, 09:02:26 PM »
The BBC ones about our Planet Earth, I think its around 7 documentaries, that is some class act stuff! really enjoyed it

I watched Zeitgest, which was really interesting and some of Michael Moore's documentaries were class act as well
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Reply #2 : September 28, 2011, 10:28:31 PM »
The BBC ones about our Planet Earth, I think its around 7 documentaries, that is some class act stuff! really enjoyed it

I watched Zeitgest, which was really interesting and some of Michael Moore's documentaries were class act as well

I never saw all of Planet Earth but it looked stunning from what I saw of. The Blue Planet is another one that comes to mind.
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Reply #3 : September 28, 2011, 11:29:18 PM »
I love documentaries and you can add almost anything by David Attenborough to my favourites and Planet Earth on Bluray is still one the finest example of what Bluray can do.

Another couple of the top of my head I would recommend are two documentary films.

Man On Wire

Man On Wire (2008) Official Trailer


Touching The Void

Touching The Void Trailer

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Reply #4 : September 29, 2011, 02:48:30 PM »
Totally agree with the David Attenborough comments. If/when I get a blu-ray player then I will definitely be buying 'Planet Earth', 'Blue Planet' and 'Life'. I used to Sky+ them and watch them with my kids at the weekends, we loved them. I like most nature programs but most of the footage in those is absolutely stunning!

Aside from that I like pretty much all Louis Theroux documentories. I know he's not to everybody's taste but the way gets responses from people by acting innocently as though he doesn't know what's going on is brilliant, he's like Columbo in that sense!  :D

Ross Kemp as well, love his documentory's, particularly his 'On Gangs' series'.

How about 'An Idiot Abroad', do they count? haha

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Reply #5 : September 29, 2011, 07:31:54 PM »
Coast is brilliant, also (forgive the morbidness) Air Crash investigation on Nat Geo is quite eye opening, especially the ones when the crew are ale to recover the jet safely to the nearest airfield.

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Reply #6 : September 29, 2011, 07:54:19 PM »
Got to admit and know sometimes they are full of bullshit, but I do like the football hooligan documentaries

Two of the best I've seen are from the BBC - Kicking Off



and Hooligans: Untold Story, which covered fans behaviour from the Germany World Cup



They're just both clips, there are further parts on you tube.
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Reply #7 : September 29, 2011, 11:10:12 PM »
Aside from that I like pretty much all Louis Theroux documentories. I know he's not to everybody's taste but the way gets responses from people by acting innocently as though he doesn't know what's going on is brilliant, he's like Columbo in that sense!  :D

Louis Theroux's documentaries are favourites of mine as well rep. Always look forward to a new one of his.


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Reply #8 : September 29, 2011, 11:14:49 PM »
Anything really geeky about space/aliens on discovery etc.

Ufo files.

Ufo Hunters

Ancient Astronauts.

The Universe.

Physics of the impossible.

etc etc.

Also like anything with Dinosaurs.

Pawn stars.

Storage Wars.

Orange county choppers.

Wheeler dealers.

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Reply #9 : September 30, 2011, 01:08:54 AM »
Always preferred Mockumentaries, Brasseye style. 

Inside Natures Giants was stunning though and anything with David Attenborough is worth a watch.  Walking with dinosaurs was excellent, but I did have the misfortune of watching Dinosaur Planet voiced by (a slightly disinterested?) Christian Slater.

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Reply #10 : September 30, 2011, 10:37:29 PM »
Love Louis Theroux's documentaries as well. Brilliant presenter.
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Reply #11 : October 03, 2011, 01:35:39 AM »
Attenborough is back soon on BBC with Frozen Planet

Frozen Planet Trailer - "A World Beyond Imagination" - BBC One


Looks brilliant and starting soon, just didn't catch when.

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Reply #12 : October 03, 2011, 06:13:29 AM »
Some documentaries I like that haven't been mentioned yet.

Dear Zachary (2008) Movie Trailer


The Devil and Daniel Johnston - Theatrical Trailer


Grizzly Man Trailer HD


"Exit Through The Gift Shop" - Official Trailer [HD]

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Reply #13 : October 03, 2011, 02:48:02 PM »
Introduction to Century of the Self


Anything by Adam Curtis!

Charlie Brooker's Newswipe : We Have All Become Richard Nixon

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Reply #14 : October 03, 2011, 02:55:35 PM »
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Reply #15 : October 04, 2011, 05:54:33 AM »
Some of the best tv doc's on telly are shown on CURRENT TV channel 155 Virgin and if you are a doc-head like myself give it a go,at the moment they are showing 50 Doc's to see before you die. 

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Reply #16 : October 04, 2011, 06:17:52 AM »
Almost any wildlife or geographical docs. and militaria stuff.

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Reply #17 : October 04, 2011, 08:24:53 AM »
Love Deadliest Climb and Deadliest Catch!

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Reply #18 : October 04, 2011, 11:32:23 AM »
Anything with David Attenborough is a 'must' for me.

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Reply #19 : October 04, 2011, 02:00:50 PM »
Anything really geeky about space/aliens on discovery etc.

Ufo files.

Ufo Hunters

Ancient Astronauts.

The Universe.

Physics of the impossible.

Pretty much sums up my planner as well.

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Reply #20 : October 05, 2011, 08:43:12 AM »
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Reply #21 : October 05, 2011, 08:46:27 AM »
Banged up abroad last night was a good one, was about Henry Hill, the original Goodfella. If your a Mafia head like myself it's a must watch. Was on Nat Geo, no doubt be repeated about 20 times.

Definitely giving Goodfellas a watch tonight after that :)

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Reply #22 : October 06, 2011, 05:52:08 PM »
Banged up abroad last night was a good one, was about Henry Hill, the original Goodfella. If your a Mafia head like myself it's a must watch. Was on Nat Geo, no doubt be repeated about 20 times.

Definitely giving Goodfellas a watch tonight after that :)

Repeated tonight at 10 on Nat Geo for anyone interested.

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Reply #23 : October 31, 2011, 08:59:27 PM »
Dont know if it counts as documentary, but An Idiot Abroad xD

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Reply #24 : November 01, 2011, 09:12:19 AM »

Agreed
This one in particular really helps to make sense of the fake 'war' on terror.
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Reply #25 : November 03, 2011, 12:31:11 PM »
Love all kinds of docos. Louis Theroux is awesome. Like Attenborough's works too. Frozen Planet has been good so far.
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Reply #26 : November 06, 2011, 05:27:21 PM »
One of the funniest documentaries around. Genius at times.

An Impossible Job - part 1

An Impossible Job - part 2

An Impossible Job - part 3

An Impossible Job - part 4

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Reply #27 : February 02, 2012, 08:55:07 PM »
I recently watched a HBO Doc. called "Paradise Lost" which was about the West Memphis Three.  It is a perfect example of the Issues with our Judicial system and how religion and blind ignorance ruins lives. 3 teenage kids had to go to prison for 18 years because of a backwards, ignorant police department and court system failed to do their job and instead took the easy way out. In doing so ruining the lives of 3 innocent kids and still not bringing closure or justice for the 3 murdered children.

It will also show how Documentaries can make a difference, which is their intended purpose. The 3 kids are now free, and it is based solely on this documentary. Not too mention the complete lack of 1 piece of physical or DNA evidence, sworn statements of Juror misconduct and prejudice, mishandling of evidence, and completely ignoring actual DNA and fiber evidence that not only 100% completely discounts any of the 3 kids found guilty of the crime, but is 100% match for the father of one of the murdered kids.

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Reply #28 : February 02, 2012, 10:50:06 PM »
Anything with David Attenborough is a 'must' for me.
I will second that

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Reply #29 : June 08, 2012, 05:23:06 PM »
Sigh... the good old days  :(

Louis Theroux on porn: The decline of an industry


The adult entertainment industry is struggling to compete with free internet alternatives - and porn stars are having to get ever more resourceful, writes Louis Theroux.

On a movie set in an industrial area of Las Vegas, Tommy Gunn, one of America's top porn stars, was describing his ideal woman: "Self-sacrificing and caring and nurturing and wants to have children. Honestly, I'm not going to find her in this business."

In the eight years he's been working in porn, Tommy's done something like 1,200 scenes. Muscular, faintly Latin-looking, with a slight touch of Robert De Niro, he's built a reputation as dependable in an industry where reliability is a man's most highly-prized professional asset.

You can get some idea of the nature of Tommy's films from the titles. Addicted 2 Sin, Call of Booty, Fleshdance.

A few days earlier, at his rented ranch house in the countryside north of Los Angeles, Tommy had showed me the small army of statuettes he'd won for his performances - the porn equivalent of Oscars.

In his garage, amid the collection of motorbikes testifying to his past life as a mechanic, he'd taken down a few of his DVDs from a high shelf.

Today's shoot was for a scene for an internet site. Tommy was playing a "secret shopper" checking out the customer service at a video store.

Tommy's "love interest", if that's the right phrase, was the store manager, played by 23-year-old Tasha Reign.

Tommy told me he'd been single for four years. He'd struggled to find a lasting relationship with someone who was willing to put up with his lifestyle - or possibly he found it difficult to love someone who was willing to put up with it.

"It's not normal leaving somebody you love to go and have sex with someone you don't," he said. Then, emphatically, he repeated: "That's not normal."

To the millions of consumers who look at pornography, the lives of the male performers might seem in certain ways like a fantasy. Being paid to have sex with beautiful women five or six times a week? What's not to like?

For those who live the life, the reality is quite different. For one thing, the wages aren't much - $150 (£97) per scene. You can forget about pensions and health insurance.

Not to mention that the act of coition on demand, with lights on and cameras rolling, is not a skill every man is capable of. Or, given the shame and embarrassment and the toll it takes on one's relationships, would want to be capable of.

The job is tough at the best of times - and these are far from the best of times.

The porn industry is in crisis, its profits decimated by the impact of the illegal downloading of pirated content from YouTube-style sites and also amateurs uploading their own sex scenes on paid-for sites.

Fifteen years ago, when I did my first reporting on the porn business in Los Angeles, it was a very different picture. Back then, porn companies were making millions.

The big story then was the massive profits of a hidden industry that seemed as though it might be on the brink of being acknowledged by the mainstream.

A few porn performers were becoming celebrities: Traci Lords, Jenna Jameson, Ron Jeremy (aka "the hedgehog", because of his profuse body hair).

One of the top male performers went by the porn name Jon Dough. So prized a performer was he that one of the high-end production companies, Vivid Video, put him on contract to work exclusively for them.

I interviewed him on-set around this time. He was starring in a remake of the adult "classic" Debbie Does Dallas, directed by an ex-performer called Paul Thomas.

Jon Dough killed himself nine years after that conversation, at the age of 43. Most of the industry put it down the pressures of the business and the difficulties of making a living in a market that was saturated with free product. Several people blamed his death on declining DVD sales.

Jon Dough was married to a fellow performer, Monique DeMoan, who is now retired and living 800 miles from Los Angeles. She said her husband killed himself because of drug addictions.

Still, it says something about the industry that so many were ready link the suicide to the plight of DVDs.

The decline of the porn industry is part of a general trend affecting music, print journalism and mainstream movies. The many ways of getting content for free have slashed the profits of the professionals in their respective fields.

But where moviegoers and music fans may feel a loyalty to, say, Pixar or U2, and understand they need to pay for the fruits of their labour, the consumers of porn have less compunction about stealing the product. Many feel it's more moral not to pay for adult content.

Female performers have been resourceful about finding other outlets for their work.


I spent a surreal evening at the home of a top porn performer, Kagney Linn Karter, while she did a live web show in her bedroom. Webcam work is one of the few kinds of content that can't be pirated, since it's live and interactive. While Kagney stripped on her bed in front of her laptop, I hid out in the kitchen with her boyfriend Monte.

Many female performers also work as prostitutes for extra cash. Where a female performer might make $600 to $800 (£388 to £518) for a straight sex scene in a movie, she can get double that - for less work - by "doing a private".

For many performers, the movies are now a sideline and a kind of advertising for their main business of prostitution.

While the wages stagnate, and the jobs dry up, the pressure on the performers continues.

During my visit, Monte expressed his unhappiness about a scene Kagney had just been booked for, involving a sex act so outlandish it can't really be described in a mainstream news forum

The male performers' options are even more circumscribed. No prostitution for them, no webcam shows, and lower pay.

The top echelons of the profession, people like Tommy Gunn, still get regular work. But he still struggles with a sense of loneliness and the strange combination of stigma and fame that his very peculiar profession brings with it.

After his scene in Las Vegas wrapped, I joined him in his unglamorous motel on an unfashionable stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard.

I complimented him on the solid performance he'd just turned in. I was aware it was a strange thing to say, but I also wanted to acknowledge how much he'd had militating against him - the people, the length of the scene, the apparent lack of interest of his partner.

"That's my job," he said.

For a moment, there seemed something both sad but also oddly heroic in his ability to discharge the strange responsibility he'd taken on.

But for how much longer the job will exist is unclear.

Louis Theroux - Twilight of the Porn Stars is on BBC Two at 22:00 BST on Sunday 10 June

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