Must See Documentaries

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  1. PeterMetro

    PeterMetro Senior member

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    I keep thinking of more:

    Terror in Mumbai (about the attack on Mumbai train stations, hotels and other sites. Particularly interesting because they include the actual telephone calls between the attackers and their handlers in Pakistan.)

    The First 48 (not a feature, but a documentary series on A&E that follows homicide detectives on their investigations. It makes watching scripted TV about murder police very difficult because the actual guys work with much less and are incredible detectives.)
     
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    I second the love for Adam Curtis' stuff, but haven't seen his latest. Also, "Capturing the Friedmans" is great for those who like the disturbing.
     
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    "Dear Zachary" for some emotionally wrought stuff.

    "Theatre of War" for fans of Brecht, Streep, and Kushner.
     
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    reality 86'd....the final black flag tour
     
  5. idfnl

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    Been wanting to see this for a while. Pretty sure 60 Minutes did a segment on fracking a few weeks ago.

    60 mins didnt go deep enough, this is a disaster.
     
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    You guys need to see Gasland. Hydraulic Fracking is a major problem...

    Been wanting to see this for a while. Pretty sure 60 Minutes did a segment on fracking a few weeks ago.

    60 mins didnt go deep enough, this is a disaster.

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    I should probably watch the doc but this is just the issue of the hour for the activist types. 99% of the fluid is water. You never hear frac crews talking about anything but water and sand. And the toxic shit they do put down the hole... where do you think that came from? They're byproducts from gas production - the same CO2 they put down the hole came from gas pulled from another hole somewhere else. The shit is going thousands of feet down. The shallow CBM wells that affect well water is much rarer. There have always been cases of water naturally tainted by gas. Natty gas is the fossil fuel of the future whether we like it or not. All we can do is get better at pulling it out with as minimal an impact as possible.
     
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    I should probably watch the doc but this is just the issue of the hour for the activist types. 99% of the fluid is water. You never hear frac crews talking about anything but water and sand. And the toxic shit they do put down the hole... where do you think that came from? They're byproducts from gas production - the same CO2 they put down the hole came from gas pulled from another hole somewhere else. The shit is going thousands of feet down. The shallow CBM wells that affect well water is much rarer. There have always been cases of water naturally tainted by gas. Natty gas is the fossil fuel of the future whether we like it or not. All we can do is get better at pulling it out with as minimal an impact as possible.


    Respectfully, disagree.

    Watch Gasland and see guys able to light the water running from their faucets on fire.
     
  9. idfnl

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    2 must sees:

    Too Big To Fail - HBO docu-drama, well written and presented

    Senna - stunning documentary on the greatest racing driver that has ever lived. The first sequence has you spellbound, even if you are not into racing. The guy entered Formula 1 in one of the weakest cars in the field, after about 5 races they were in Monaco (well regarded as one of the hardest circuits to master) and he carved up the entire field in the pouring rain. An analogy to today would be how badly Usain Bolt is beating the rest of the sprinting world, now have him do it with a 20 pound weight on his back.
     
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    Idfnl, where did you see Senna?
     
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    idfnl Senior member

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    Idfnl, where did you see Senna?

    DVD, passed on by a friend.

    Its superb. I thought I knew a lot about Senna, but there is so much more to the story.
     
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    The Power of Art with Simon Schama is really great, helped spark an interest in renaissance art for me.
     
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    Future by Design

    How can 1 guy have some many interesting ideas? And what is fascinating is to see the stuff he was talking about 30 or 40 years ago actually happening.
     
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    SURFWISE is my favorite documentary of all time probably. Don't Look Back is excellent as well.
     
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    Respectfully, disagree.

    Watch Gasland and see guys able to light the water running from their faucets on fire.


    Read some of the critiques of Gasland. For example, the "lighting the water on fire" happens regardless of the fracking. But they don't tell you that in the "documentary.'
     

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