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  • Nanocrystal 4 Jun 2020 04:41:51 2,230 posts
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    Load_2.0 wrote:
    McMillions.

    An interesting topic with larger than life characters but an utterly dire production.

    The details of how the main character managed to carry out the scheme and the interesting criminal connections to organized crime are glossed over in favour of meandering reminiscing.

    The structure and order of events are related to the viewer in a such a tedious fashion it's very difficult to stay engaged.
    Also just finished watching McMillions, and totally agree. An interesting story but way overblown by the documentary makers. One episode-ending cliff hanger was so manufactured as to be laughable.

    Edited by Nanocrystal at 04:42:47 04-06-2020
  • Mola_Ram 4 Jun 2020 05:01:03 24,598 posts
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    That's a shame. I read the article the thing was based on, and my first thought afterwards was "fucking hell that would make for a great documentary".

    Maybe it should have just been a feature though, instead of a series.
  • reddevil93 4 Jun 2020 07:07:59 15,685 posts
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    Nanocrystal wrote:
    Load_2.0 wrote:
    McMillions.

    An interesting topic with larger than life characters but an utterly dire production.

    The details of how the main character managed to carry out the scheme and the interesting criminal connections to organized crime are glossed over in favour of meandering reminiscing.

    The structure and order of events are related to the viewer in a such a tedious fashion it's very difficult to stay engaged.
    Also just finished watching McMillions, and totally agree. An interesting story but way overblown by the documentary makers. One episode-ending cliff hanger was so manufactured as to be laughable.
    Thirded. Stories and access were there to make a really interesting documentary but it still somehow ends up being a 5/6 out of 10.
  • freddymercurystwin 4 Jun 2020 11:32:25 2,256 posts
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    Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (Netflix): I was persuaded to watch this by the missus but I was glad I did, there's no major surprises or revelations that don't already exist in the ether but it did (for me) kinda round up the whole Epstein saga, so far ...

    The first episode or two seems to drag a little but then picks up a lot after that, it's pretty watchable and I was surprised at some of the participants, his lawyer who headed up his legal team for example, another of his stooges by all accounts and of course some of the head deviants are nowhere to be seen and disappointingly the documentary does nothing to suggest what they're up to now or which rocks they've crawled under.

    What I did find peculiar is that the hundreds or thousands of girls who were abused at his or his stooges hands often recruited many others into the fold, parents too seem to be unmentioned. I kind of get that the systematic abuse and the lure of money kind of self serves itself and clouds the victims' judgment but one 22 year old who was abused for 3 years, spoke of how awful (obviously) it all was at the time then introduced her younger sister to the foray, absolutely bizarre!

    I suppose it's obvious to some but it is extraordinary just how high up this goes, one could only hope there are still FBI investigations going on to try and seek further recourse but who knows. I suppose not.
  • anephric 28 Jul 2020 21:21:03 4,419 posts
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    If you're not already watching the Once Upon a Time in Iraq series currently on BBC2, do it.

    It's fucking depressing but incredibly engrossing.
  • Vortex808 28 Jul 2020 22:57:53 14,113 posts
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    I am and it is. On both counts.
  • Zerobob 29 Jul 2020 11:37:54 2,574 posts
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    Gruff wrote:
    Found this Escapist Darkest Dungeon doc to be riveting.



    Never really got on with the game myself, roguelike don't agree with me,but loved this
    This has been in my YouTube Watch Later list for ages. I picked up the game on Switch and, although the concept and aesthetic is right up my street, I found the general design and UI was obnoxiously confusing, to the point of being ridiculous.

    I keep saying to myself that I'll pick the game up again, but I've been putting off watching the documentary so I can avoid spoilers.

    I'm guessing the documentary is quite in-depth, but can anyone who's played the game comment on how spoilerific the documentary is?
  • Zerobob 29 Jul 2020 11:43:44 2,574 posts
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    Also, this is an old documentary, but the Games Britannia series is being shown on BBC again. The first 2 episodes are available on iPlayer.

    It's an interesting look into the evolution of games in general and very interesting.
  • Gruff 29 Jul 2020 14:32:58 3,686 posts
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    I am much like yourself Bob, thought the game was for me, never actually played it much. But the Doc was terrific, they seem like decent folks and the story of the games creation is very engaging. Does have some large spoilers TBH, but might actually inspire you to pick it up again despite that.
  • Zerobob 29 Jul 2020 17:55:28 2,574 posts
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    @Gruff Sod it, you've tempted me. I'll give the documentary a watch, it sounds great. I'll probably forget most of the details by the time I pick the game up again anyway and, as you say, it might inspire me to do so.
  • philreeduk 30 Jul 2020 02:47:37 546 posts
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    @Zerobob I was in the exact position as you a few months back. I watched it and am glad I did. It ruins the ending and the set up for the final fight but outside of that it's really worth watching.
  • DrStrangelove 1 Aug 2020 01:33:44 15,267 posts
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    Sorry if I've posted this before. I knoew I did on another forum, not sure I did here. It's about Detroit Techno.

  • mothercruncher 2 Aug 2020 07:12:31 18,130 posts
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    Iím sorry- but thereís are no other forums.
  • cowell 15 Aug 2020 08:22:32 2,205 posts
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    Netflix has a video game documentary series coming next week - High Score.

    Hopefully itís a cut above the usual nostalgia
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 15 Aug 2020 09:07:42 14,888 posts
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    I want to watch some about a cult.

    Something about the 60s or 70s would be good because itís chime with the book Iím reading at the moment about the death of the hippy dream and age of paranoia that followed

    Available platforms BBC, 4OD, Disney+, Netflix or YouTube
  • Youthist 15 Aug 2020 09:10:27 14,361 posts
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    I assume you have already seen Wild Wild Country if not then this is for you.
  • cowell 15 Aug 2020 09:16:32 2,205 posts
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    +1 for Wild Wild Country. An insane story, incredibly well told. Has almost all of the key players taking part for interview.
  • Vortex808 15 Aug 2020 09:28:43 14,113 posts
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    Anyone watch the recent two part doc on cuba & castro? I enjoyed it a lot.

    It was, thankfully, slightly happier viewing than their 'once upon a time in iraq' doc which while excellent, was rather bleak.
  • dfunked09 15 Aug 2020 09:58:15 533 posts
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    DrStrangelove wrote:
    Sorry if I've posted this before. I knoew I did on another forum, not sure I did here. It's about Detroit Techno.

    Cheers... I've been binging this kind of stuff on YouTube recently. Another one for the list!
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 18 Aug 2020 01:01:01 14,888 posts
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    Watched a BBC documentary about a radical Christian sect currently living in the UK today called the Bruderhof. Iíd never heard of them before so it definitely scratched an itch.

    Itís a not totally unappealing lifestyle but some real uncomfortable culty vibes too.
  • cowell 19 Aug 2020 19:44:18 2,205 posts
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    cowell wrote:
    Netflix has a video game documentary series coming next week - High Score.

    Hopefully itís a cut above the usual nostalgia
    Out today. Early signs are quite promising.
  • urban 23 Aug 2020 20:09:05 13,110 posts
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    cowell wrote:
    +1 for Wild Wild Country. An insane story, incredibly well told. Has almost all of the key players taking part for interview.
    +1
  • muddyyfunster 23 Aug 2020 23:20:45 301 posts
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    The Speed Cubers - Netflix

    Like a lot of my favourite documentaries it focuses on a slightly obscure niche and lets those involved tell the story. An easy watch that is amusing, heartwarming and also fairly short.
  • superted1974 24 Aug 2020 07:06:38 322 posts
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    THE EDGE - BBC iplayer.....

    Domcumtary on the England Cricket team. If you have any interest in sport it is worth a watch.
  • cowell 17 Sep 2020 22:41:31 2,205 posts
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    Challenger: Final Flight is out now and Beyond the Mat up on Netflix next week.

    Interested to check out both. The latter being an old wrestling doc filmed in the wwe Attitude era, which was when I was bang into it.
  • daver 17 Sep 2020 22:52:13 72 posts
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    @muddyyfunster

    That was a fantastic wee doc, I blubbed twice because it was so heartfelt.
  • Youthist 23 Sep 2020 22:32:14 14,361 posts
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    Just saw all of Challenger : Final Flight on Netflix. Fantastic stuff and unbelievable by NASA.
  • cowell 25 Sep 2020 19:56:16 2,205 posts
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    Challenger was a good watch indeed
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 25 Sep 2020 20:53:36 14,888 posts
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    muddyyfunster wrote:
    The Speed Cubers - Netflix

    Like a lot of my favourite documentaries it focuses on a slightly obscure niche and lets those involved tell the story. An easy watch that is amusing, heartwarming and also fairly short.
    Watch Sink or Skim on iPlayer
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 25 Sep 2020 20:53:37 14,888 posts
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    muddyyfunster wrote:
    The Speed Cubers - Netflix

    Like a lot of my favourite documentaries it focuses on a slightly obscure niche and lets those involved tell the story. An easy watch that is amusing, heartwarming and also fairly short.
    Watch Sink or Skim on iPlayer
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