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1. Portrecista (2006) - 6/10
2. Who Took Johnny (2014) - 7/10
3. To Catch a Serial Killer with Trevor McDonald (2018) - 4/10
4. The House in Between (2020) - 3/10
5. Alone in the Wilderness (2004) - 6/10
6-8. Wrestling mini-series & short
a) Undertaker: The Last Ride (2020) - 9/10
ep. 1 - 55min
ep. 2 - 60min
ep. 3 - 47min
ep. 4 - 49min
ep. 5 - 69min
b) La lutte (1961) - 6/10 (28min)
Total = 308min/80 = 3.85
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One last film watched, plus all the shorts I've been watching. Happy new year, everybody! And thanks for hosting, tourdesb.
Previously watched...
1. Free Solo (Chin-Vasarhelyi, 2018) 7/10
2. Startup.com (Hegedus-Noujaim, 2001) 6/10
3. Into the Abyss (Herzog, 2011) 5/10
4. Dogtown and Z-Boys (Peralta, 2001) 7/10
5. In Search of Darkness (Weiner, 2019) 4/10
6a. Once Upon a Time in Iraq [Episode 1: War] (Bluemel, 2020)
6b. Once Upon a Time in Iraq [Episode 2: Insurgency] (Bluemel, 2020)
7a. Once Upon a Time in Iraq [Episode 3: Fallujah] (Bluemel, 2020)
7b. Once Upon a Time in Iraq [Episode 4: Saddam] (Bluemel, 2020)
8a. Once Upon a Time in Iraq [Episode 5: Legacy] (Bluemel, 2020) 8/10
8b. Can Sex Offenders Change? (Harrison, 2020) 5/10
9. In the Realms of the Unreal (Yu, 2004) 7/10
10. Helvetica (Hustwit, 2007) 6/10
11. American Factory (Bognar-Reichert, 2019) 7/10
12. Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary (Bindler, 1997) 6/10
13. The Social Dilemma (Orlowski, 2020) 4/10
14. The Flesh and the Fury: X-posing Twins of Evil (Griffith, 2012) 6/10
15. Cropsey (Brancaccio-Zeman, 2009) 5/10
16a. Disneyland: Man in Space (Kimball, 1955)
16b. Disneyland: Man and the Moon (Kimball, 1955)
17a. Disneyland: Mars and Beyond (Kimball, 1957)
17b. Horizon: The A6 Murder (Martin, 2002)
18. Incident at Loch Ness (Penn, 2004)
Reasonably fun mockumentary, worth watching just for the presence of Herzog, but I feel like it never fully delivered on its potential; the humour and thrills could have been stronger.
5/10

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19. Shorts [Total time = 90 mins]
a. Las Hurdes / Land Without Bread (Buñuel, 1933) [30 mins]
b. Lights (Menken, 1966) [6 mins]
c. Marian Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial Concert (1939) [8 mins]
d. Champs-Élysées (Lumière, 1896) [1 min]
e. Nice, panorama du casino pris d'un bateau (Lumière, 1897) [1 min]
f. Playing in the Park (Fuentes-Fuentes, 1929) [1 min]
g. Fourth of July Parade (Fuentes-Fuentes, 1929) [1 min]
h. Christmas Day (Fuentes-Fuentes, 1928) [1 min]
i. Riding a Tricycle (Fuentes-Fuentes, 1928) [1 min]
j. Fuentes Family Ranch (Fuentes-Fuentes, 1938) [2 mins]
k. Mexican-American Community in Corpus Christi (Fuentes-Fuentes, 1928) [12 mins]
l. Les oursins / Sea Urchins (Painlevé-Hamon, 1958) [11 mins]
m. Le vampire (Painlevé, 1945) [9 mins]
n. Cristaux liquides / Liquid Crystals (Painlevé, 1978) [6 mins]

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20. Shorts [Total time = 90 mins]
a. Comment naissent les méduses / How Some Jellyfish Are Born (Painlevé-Hamon, 1960) [14 mins]
b. Hyas et stenorinques / Hyas and Stenorhynchus, marine crustaceans (Painlevé, 1929) [10 mins]
c. L'hippocampe, ou 'Cheval marin' / The Seahorse (Painlevé, 1934) [15 mins]
d. Les amours de la pieuvre / The Love Life of an Octopus (Painlevé-Hamon, 1967) [13 mins]
e. Traitement expérimental d'une hémorragie chez le chien / Experimental Treatment of a Hemorrhage in a Dog (Painlevé, 1930) [4 mins]
f. La quatrième dimension / The Fourth Dimension (Painlevé, 1937) [10 mins]
g. Images mathématiques de la lutte pour la vie / The Struggle for Survival (Painlevé, 1937) [14 mins]
h. Similitudes des longueurs et des vitesses / Similarities Between Length and Speed (Painlevé, 1937) [10 mins]

Apart from some miscellaneous watches, these shorts cover Bunuel's Las Hurdes (captivating), the Fuentes home movie collection from the National Film Registry (only of historical interest), and about half of the Painlevé science and nature documentaries.

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1. Invisible Portraits aka (In)Visible Portraits (2020) 8/10
2. Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions 7/10 Taylor Swift doc on D+
3. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017) 7/10 MUBI
4. Who Took Johnny (2014) 7/10 KANOPY
5. Giving Voice (2020) Really good.
6. Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show (2017) HULU 7/10
7. Long Strange Trip (2017) 5.5/10 Amazon Grateful Dead documentary for really hardcore fans only. It didn’t cover basics and was more interested in talkig about “dead heads”. Also was overly long.
8. Boys State (2020) 5/10
9. BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky (2020) 6/10 Netflix
10. El agente topo /The Mole Agent (2020) HULU 6/10
11. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2019) 8/10
12. ariana grande: excuse me, i love you (2020) NETFLIX -for fans only
13. The First Monday in May (2016) HULU 6/10
14. Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) 7/10 Includes more interviews with family. Would be good to see the other Natalie Wood documentary (Natalie Wood: An American Murder Mystery), because in this doc, they turn into apologists for RJ Wagner toward the end.
15. American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) 4/10 Horrible execution of a documentary whose story was potentially important.
16. Cracked Up (2018) [The Darrell Hammond Story] 6.5/10
17. Banksy Does New York (2014) 6/10
18. Take Your Pills (2018) 3/10
19. Human Nature (2019) 4/10
20. My Octopus Teacher (2020)
21. 40 Years a Prisoner (2020)
22. Father Soldier Son (2020)
23. America Undercover: Abortion: Desperate Choices (1992) 6/10
24. The Cheshire Murders (2013) 6/10 HBO
25. 5 American Kids - 5 American Handguns (1995) 6/10 HBO
26. Antes de que nos olviden (2013) 6/10 HBO
27. The Painter and the Thief (2020) 7/10 - thanks for reminding me about this film. I forgot to put it on my viewing log. I saw it right after the BLACKPINK doc.
28. Welcome to Chechnya (2020) 7/10
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1. Invisible Portraits aka (In)Visible Portraits (2020) 8/10
2. Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions 7/10 Taylor Swift doc on D+
3. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017) 7/10 MUBI
4. Who Took Johnny (2014) 7/10 KANOPY
5. Giving Voice (2020) Really good.
6. Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show (2017) HULU 7/10
7. Long Strange Trip (2017) 5.5/10 Amazon Grateful Dead documentary for really hardcore fans only. It didn’t cover basics and was more interested in talkig about “dead heads”. Also was overly long.
8. Boys State (2020) 5/10
9. BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky (2020) 6/10 Netflix
10. El agente topo /The Mole Agent (2020) HULU 6/10
11. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2019) 8/10
12. ariana grande: excuse me, i love you (2020) NETFLIX -for fans only
13. The First Monday in May (2016) HULU 6/10
14. Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) 7/10 Includes more interviews with family. Would be good to see the other Natalie Wood documentary (Natalie Wood: An American Murder Mystery), because in this doc, they turn into apologists for RJ Wagner toward the end.
15. American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) 4/10 Horrible execution of a documentary whose story was potentially important.
16. Cracked Up (2018) [The Darrell Hammond Story] 6.5/10
17. Banksy Does New York (2014) 6/10
18. Take Your Pills (2018) 3/10
19. Human Nature (2019) 4/10
20. My Octopus Teacher (2020)
21. 40 Years a Prisoner (2020)
22. Father Soldier Son (2020)
23. America Undercover: Abortion: Desperate Choices (1992) 6/10
24. The Cheshire Murders (2013) 6/10 HBO
25. 5 American Kids - 5 American Handguns (1995) 6/10 HBO
26. Antes de que nos olviden (2013) 6/10 HBO
27. The Painter and the Thief (2020) 7/10 - thanks for reminding me about this film. I forgot to put it on my viewing log. I saw it right after the BLACKPINK doc.
28. Welcome to Chechnya (2020) 7/10
29. The Latin Explosion: A New America (2015) 7/10
30. The Girls in the Band (2011, Judy Chaikin) 7/10
31. Rising Phoenix (2020) 7/10
32. Shorts:
-Ganze Tage zusammen (2020) 23 mins. 6/10
-SELF PORTRAIT (Jonas Mekas, 1980) 20 mins.
-A Love Song for Latasha (2019) 19 mins. 10/10
-Clínica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness (2016) 39 mins.
-Totally Under Control Encore 6/10 13 mins.
-John Was Trying to Contact Aliens (2020) 6/10 16 mins.
-Zion (2018) 12 mins.
- Ghosts of Sugar Land (2019) 21 mins. 6/10
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15. Streetwise (1984)
The live of street kids in Seattle. Teenagers without homes make do by pimping, prostituting, dumpster diving, panhandling, and stealing. They're all the products of some parental misfortune: abandonment, drugs, alcohol, prison. In their desperate circumstances, they search for moments of fellowship, pleasure, and even transcendence. The movie begins with one unforgettable scene during which a kid's reverie on his dreams of flight are paired with an image of him jumping off a pier into a harbor. Other joys are less ethereal -- drugs and sex. The lives of these teenagers, all of them living on the liminal edges of society, are as tenuous as they are circumscribed. Public institutions flit around the edges of the story. We see the police in one scene, public clinics in a few others, and eventually a social worker. They pass through the lives of these kids, doing what they can, which doesn't appear to be much. It reminded me in some ways of my experience as a student teacher in West Harlem, where a more veteran teacher explained the public mission thusly: "Fake it till you make it." The movie also made me think of my grandfather, born in present-day Belarus (then pre-collapse Roman Empire) and kicked out of his home by his father when he was 13. He traveled to the big city (Warsaw) and arrived friendless, poorly educated, and impoverished. Somehow he made something of himself and, despite immense odds, gave a better life to my father. The teenagers of Streetwise for the most part don't have such good fortune, either in the movie or in the years since its release. An utterly heartbreaking documentary of the highest quality. Added to my 500<400 list.

16. When the Bull Cried (2017)
About ten years ago, I was traveling through South America and arrived in the Bolivian city of Potosi, (in)famous in earlier centuries for the voluminous silver deposits of Cerro Rico, the mountain on whose slopes it is situated. I took a tour of those mines, where enslaved natives and Africans once died by the thousands in order to fill the treasuries of Spain. Today, miners still eke out a living there by extracting less valuable metals in conditions that lack most of the safety features of modern mining. I entered one mine with my tour group. That mine went down from its entrance fourteen levels, where the temperature is always infernal. We went down only three levels and stayed about 30 minutes. Still, it felt like the closest I had ever been to hell. This short documentary depicts a mining community less populous, more remote, and more impoverished than Potosi. But almost everything was similar to what I saw ten years ago. Like the miners of Potosi, these miners worship a devil figure named "El Tio" because while they are Christians above ground, Jesus has no power in the subterranean world. Like the miners of Potosi, they chew coca leaves and drink grain alcohol to lessen the misery of their work. They pour out some of that alcohol on the ground to appease El Tio so that he won't cause cave-ins and other accidents. They occasionally slaughter an animal for similar purposes. They know that mining is a harsh and deadly life, but they see little alternative. They live harrowing lives in a high-altitude landscape that is as beautiful as it is inhospitable.
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13. Uppercase Print (2020, Jude) 7
14. 76 Days (2020, Chen/Wu/Anonymous) 9
15. Her Socialist Smile (2020, Gianvito) 6
16. In Jackson Heights (2015, Wiseman) 7
17. My Psychedelic Love Story (2020, Morris) 5
18. For Sama (2019, Al-Kateab/Watts) 8
19. The Projectionist (2019, Ferrera) 7
20. State Funeral (2019, Loznitsa) 7
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16. City Hall (Frederick Wiseman, 2020) 7+
17. Apollo 11 (Todd Douglas Miller, 2019) 9

Pretty great docs to finish up the challenge... and the year !

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1. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (Alexandra Dean, 2017) 7-
2. Dorian Gray, un portrait d'Oscar Wilde (Jérôme Lambert, Philippe Picard, 2020) 7
3. La vallée des loups (Jean-Michel Bertrand, 2016) 7+
4-5. Les pouvoirs extraordinaires du corps humain (2020) 2x90mins TV series
6. Free Solo (Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018) 6+
7. Where Are You, João Gilberto? (Georges Gachot, 2018) 7-
8. Apollo: Missions to the Moon (Tom Jennings, 2019) 7
9. Whitney (Kevin Macdonald, 2018) 6+
10. Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman, 2015) 6
11. Little Girl / Petite fille (Sébastien Lifshitz, 2020) 8-
12. Each and Every Moment / De chaque instant (Nicolas Philibert, 2018) 6+
13-15. [4x60=3x80mins TV Mini-series]
The Story of Film: An Odyssey Ep1: Birth of the Cinema (Mark Cousins, 2011) 7-
The Story of Film: An Odyssey Ep2: The Hollywood Dream (Mark Cousins, 2011) 6+
The Story of Film: An Odyssey Ep3: The Golden Age of World Cinema (Mark Cousins, 2011) 7
The Story of Film: An Odyssey Ep4: The Arrival of Sound (Mark Cousins, 2011) 6
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25. El botón de nácar (2015, Guzmán) 8/10
26.a) Réponse de femmes: Notre corps, notre sexe (1975, Varda, 8‘) 6/10
26.b) Black Panthers (1968, Varda, 31‘) 7/10
26.c) LBJ (1968, Álvarez, 18‘) 7/10
26.d) 79 primaveras (1969, Álvarez, 25‘) 6/10
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1. Mur murs (1981, Varda) 8/10
2. For All Mankind (1989) 7/10
3. Roger & Me (1989) 5/10
4. Glaube und Währung (1981, Herzog) 6/10
5. Burden of Dreams (1982) 8/10
6. Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten (1984, Herzog) 6/10
7. How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... (1976, Herzog) 4/10
8. Julianes Sturz in den Dschungel (2000, Herzog) 7/10
9. The Atomic Cafe (1982) 8/10
10. Wodaabe - Die Hirten der Sonne. (1989, Herzog) 6/10
11. Antonio Gaudí (1984, Teshigahra) 7/10
12. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000, Varda) 7/10
13. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse... deux ans après (2002, Varda) 7/10
14. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997, Herzog) 7/10
15.a) From One Second to the Next (2013, Herzog, 34‘) 6/10
15.b) Salut les Cubains (1964, Varda, 30‘) 7/10
15.c) Einsvierzig (1980, Seidl, 16‘) 6/10
16. Bilder einer Ausstellung (1996, Seidl) 8/10
17. Der Busenfreund (1997, Seidl) 7/10
18. Der Ball (1982,Seidl) 5/10
19.a) Ulysse (1983, Varda, 22‘) 5/10
19.b) Elsa la rose (1966, Varda, 20‘) 6/10
19.c) Du côté de la côte (1958, Varda, 25‘) 6/10
19.d) Mit mir will niemand spielen (1976, Herzog, 14‘) 4/10
20. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980) 6/10
21. Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography (1981) 5/10
22. The Thin Blue Line (1988) 7/10
23. Encounters at the End of the World (2007, Herzog) 7/10
24. Into the Abyss (2011, Herzog) 7/10
25. El botón de nácar (2015, Guzmán) 8/10
26.a) Réponse de femmes: Notre corps, notre sexe (1975, Varda, 8‘) 6/10
26.b) Black Panthers (1968, Varda, 31‘) 7/10
26.c) LBJ (1968, Álvarez, 18‘) 7/10
26.d) 79 primaveras (1969, Álvarez, 25‘) 6/10
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6a. La morte rouge (2006)
6b. O Poeta do Castelo (1959)
6c. Standard Gauge (1984)
6d. Yellow Caesar (1941)

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1. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
2. Chariots of the Gods (1970)
3. Water and Power (1989)
4. Stop Making Sense (1984)
5. The Black Oud (1992)
6a. La morte rouge (2006)
6b. O Poeta do Castelo (1959)
6c. Standard Gauge (1984)
6d. Yellow Caesar (1941)
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Here's my last post of the challenge! Thanks tourdesb for hosting. I really like watching documentaries, and this challenge has also been a good opportunity to clear out some of the junk DVDs that have piled up in my house too.

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203a. The Cry of Jazz (1959)
203b. Improvisation (1950)
203c. Jammin' the Blues (1944)
203d. Fox Movietone News: Jenkins Orphanage Band (1928)
203e. Marian Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial Concert (1939)
Some really great music in these mostly jazz-oriented shorts.

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204a. Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 (2003)
204b. Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers: Losing It (2004)
Aftermath is pretty standard conspiracy theory nonsense courtesy of Disinformation TV. The Power of Nightmares is a MUCH better resource for the background on this situation. Losing It is an episode of Scientific American Frontiers that basically charts effectiveness of different diets. Honestly for a Scientific American Frontiers episode, it felt pretty light on science and more like a precursor to The Biggest Loser or something.

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205a. Bela Lugosi: Hollywood's Dark Prince (1995)
205b. The Road to Dracula (1999)
205c. Dracula: The Restoration (2012)
Another block of Universal docs, this one Dracula-focused obviously. These actually feel less fluffy than some of the others I've seen due to the more focused material. Bela Lugosi: The Dark Prince is an episode of Biography and does a good job covering Lugosi's career. I would've liked to have seen more of his early life and what led him to acting but I'd guess information is light on that topic. The Road to Dracula delves into not just the Dracula movie but Bram Stoker's novel and the influences on Bram Stoker as well and was a solid watch too. Dracula: The Restoration is a short featurette on Universal's restoration of 1931's Dracula and the effort that went into it. Actually pretty interesting for those into film restoration. Otherwise, it's pretty skippable.

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206. A Future History Of: The Elephant 6 Recording Co. (2019)
I dug this one a lot. For those not familiar, Elephant 6 was essentially a loose collective of various musicians in the Athens, Georgia area that had a similar aural lo-fi aesthetic, particularly focused on analog 4-track recordings. Bands associated with Elephant 6 included Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, The Apples (In Stereo), of Montreal and several others that often intermingled members and toured together. A lot of the music was a kind of hybrid of fuzzed out '60s psychedelic pop and experimental distortion and tape loops, and the movement produced some straight up classics like Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over the Sea and Apples (In Stereo)'s Fun Trick Noisemaker. I had heard about this doc last year and really wanted to watch it, but it had a super bizarre distribution method that made it damn near impossible to watch. Basically the director passed out flyers in a few major cities (none of which I live anywhere near) and people had to call a phone number on the flyer at which point they were given an address to mail a letter to, requesting a rental copy of a VHS of the movie which they would need to return a couple of days later. No DVD. No blu-ray. No digital release. So you can see why it took over a year to even show up online even by less than legitimate means. Heck, I had to edit the IMDB page to add a release date just so I could check it on ICM. It's well worth a watch though if you can find it and dig this style of music.
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1. London (1994)
2. Un vivant qui passe a.k.a. A Visitor from the Living (1999)
3. Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures (2001)
4. Le rapport Karski a.k.a. The Karski Report (2010)
5a. Monster Makeup (1989)
5b. Hammer’s Lost Worlds (2017)
5c. Producing Schlock: The Career of Al Adamson (2008)
5d. Freud In Color: Guido Crepax (?)
5e. May I Help You? Confessions of a Game Play Counselor (2020)
6. Alaska: Silence & Solitude (2005)
7. A Musicares Tribute to Paul McCartney (2012)
8. L'île au trésor a.k.a. Treasure Island (2018)
9. The Search for Weng Weng (2007)
10. Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story (2013)
11a. Eyes on Mars (2003)
11b. Solarmax (2000)
11c. Lost in Space: Nic Roeg’s Flash Gordon (2020)
12. Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000)
13. Memories of Nashville/Memories of Sulphur Dell (2003?)
14. That's Sexploitation! (2013)
15. American Nightmare: Reunion Documentary (2015)
16. Reflections on the Living Dead (1993)
17. The Unwinking Gaze: The Inside Story of the Dalai Lama's Struggle for Tibet (2008)
18. Seven Wonders of the World (1956)
19. Diary (1983)
20. Mercury 13 (2018)
21. The Best in the Biz (2018)
22. Batkid Begins (2015)
23. Hangs Upon Nothing (2014)
24. King of Beasts (2018)
25. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
26. RR (2007)
27. Princely Toys: The Private Kingdon of Jack Donovan (1976)
28. The Living Desert (1953)
29. Water and Power (1989)
30. Latcho Drom (1993)
31. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017)
32. La terre des âmes errantes a.k.a. The Land of Wandering Souls (2000)
33. Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora (1994)
34. $100 & a T-Shirt: A Documentary About Zines in the Northwest (2004)
35. Ben Folds: Live at My Space (2007)
36. Wheel of Time (2003)
37. ‎Twisted Tale: The Unmaking of Spookies (2019)
38. VIPCO The Untold Story (2018)
39a. Biltmore Estate: The Faces Behind the Dream (2005)
39b. The Pony Express: The Legend Begins (2013)
39c. Now: Fish on the Line/Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2005)
39d. Por primera vez a.k.a. For the First Time (1969)
40. The Power of Glove (2017)
41. Fuocoammare a.k.a. Fire at Sea (2016)
42. Made in Serbia (2005)
43. Forest of Bliss (1986)
44-50. The War (2007) E1-7
51. De cierta manera a.k.a. One Way or Another (1977)
52a. Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed! (2000)
52b. Monster by Moonlight! The Immortal Saga of 'The Wolf Man' (1999)
52c. The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth (2018)
53a. Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr. (2010)
53b. He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce (2008)
53c. 100 Years of Universal - The Lot (2012)
54. Planet Ocean (2012)
55. Frazetta: Painting with Fire (2003)
56. This Is It (2009)
57. Estou Me Guardando Para Quando O Carnaval Chegar a.k.a. Waiting for the Carnival (2019)
58. The Queen of Versailles (2012)
59. The Omen Legacy (2001)
60. Dog Days: The Making of 'Cujo' (2007)
61. Re-Animator Resurrectus (2007)
62. ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads (2019)
63. Die Mauer (1991)
64. The Moon and the Sledgehammer (1971)
65. Below Sea Level (2008)
66a. America Undercover: Looking for Fidel (2004)
66b. Alone in a Haunted House (2004)
67. Amazing Grace (2018)
68. The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield (1968)
69. Italiani come noi a.k.a. The Wild Weird Wonderful Italians (1963)
70. Navajo Shorts: (Navajo Silversmith, A Navajo Weaver, Intrepid Shadows, Old Antelope Lake, Shallow Well Project) (1966)
71. Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (2015)
72. Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (2002)
73. Rome and Vatican: The Secrets and Romance Through an Insider's View (2004)
74. No Greater Love (2015)
75. Lucha Libre: Life Behind the Mask (2005)
76. National Parks Exploration Series: Voyageurs - Spirit of the Boundary Waters (2011)
77. Coast Guard at War (2006)
78. I Am Jane Doe (2017)
79. Chuyen tu te a.k.a. Living as One Should (1987)
80. Sweetgrass (2009)
81. Fart: A Documentary (2016)
82a. Images de la folie a.k.a. Images of Madness (1950)
82b. Le Monde de Paul Delvaux 1946)
82c. Désordre a.k.a. Disorder (1950)
82d. Magritte ou La leçon de choses (1960)
82e. Archeologia (1968)
82f. Black TV (1968)
83. Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's the Fantastic Four (2014)
84. Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2014)
85. Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)
86. Bixa Travesty a.k.a. Tranny Fag (2018)
87a. I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)
87b. The Real Story: Saving Private Ryan (2012)
88. 42nd Street Memories: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Street (2015)
89. The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980)
90. Boatman (1993)
91. Sacro GRA (2013)
92. Garrincha - Alegria do Povo (1963)
93a. Couro de Gato (1962)
93b. Improvisiert und zielbewusst (1967)
93c. O Mestre de Apipucos (1959)
93d. Brasília, Contradições de uma Cidade (1968)
94. Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972)
95a. Ancient Mysteries: The Lost Ark of the Covenant (1994)
95b. Castles in the Air: A Journey to Walden (2003)
96. The Wonders of Appalachians (2003)
97. The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004 (2004)
98. Inside the Forbidden City (2009)
99. Sharks 3D (2004)
100-106. The Story of Film: An Odyssey E2-15 (2011)
107. The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)
108. Into the Inferno (2016)
109. The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws' (1995)
110. Chung Kuo - Cina (1972)
111. Messi (2014)
112a. Trance and Dance in Bali (1952)
112b. Appalachian Spring (1944)
112c. Heretic (1931)
112d. Beauty Knows No Pain (1972)
113. Freedom Riders (2010)
114a. Cities of the Underworld: New York (2007)
114b. La Paella di Dan Albert (2014)
115. Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019)
116. Tiny Giants 3D (2014)
117-118a. Nintendo Quest: Power Tour (2015) E1-9
118b. They Call It Pro Football (1966)
119. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)
120. Gray Matter (2004)
121. The Inland Sea (1991)
122. Patrick Stewart Narrates 'The Planets' (1993)
123. For Sama (2019)
124. Tales of the Rat Fink (2006)
125a. Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937)
125b. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (1940)
125c. San Francisco Earthquake & Fire: April 18, 1906 (1906)
125d. The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man (1975)
125e. The Atom Strikes! (1945)
126. Darwin's Nightmare (2004)
127. Samira cheghoneh 'Takhté siah' rol sakht a.k.a. How Samira Made the Blackboards (2000)
128. On the Bowery (1956)
129-132. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2020) E1-8
133. Married to the Eiffel Tower (2008)
134. Let Me Die a Woman (1977)
135. Penny Pinchers: The Kings of No-Budget Horror (2017)
136. Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993)
137. Roxy the Movie (2015)
138. Cameraperson (2016)
139a. Por primera vez a.k.a. For the First Time (1969)
139b. Our Anguilla (2004)
139c. Pieces of Jonestown (2010)
139d. David, Moffett, and Ornette: The Ornette Coleman Trio (1966)
139e. Think of Me First as a Person (1975)
140. La commune (Paris, 1871) (2000)
141. The Language of Shadows - Murnau: The Early Years and Nosferatu (2007)
142. Alone in the Wilderness (2004)
143. Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood (2000)
144. Elettra (2015)
145. Wings of Life (2013)
146a. Remembering Fay Wray (2020)
146b. Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (1999)
146c. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Monsters! (2000)
146d. Unraveling the Legacy of the Mummy (1999)
147. Najeun moksori a.k.a. The Murmuring (1995)
148. Najeun moksori 2 a.k.a. The Murmuring 2: Habitual Sadness (1997)
149. Sumgyeol - Najeun moksori 3 a.k.a. The Murmuring 3: My Own Breathing (1999)
150. Kitch's Last Meal (1976)
151. Earth (2007)
152. Art of the Game: Ukiyo-e Heroes (2017)
153. The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster (2002)
154. REX RAY: How to Make a Rex Ray (2009)
155. Of Dolls and Murder (2012)
156. Mated (1952)
157. Kannapolis, N.C. (1941)
158. Thoth (2002)
159. Creating the Lord of the Rings Symphony: A Composer's Journey Through Middle-Earth (2004)
160-163. The Beatles Anthology E1-8 (1995)
164. Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020)
165. The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
166. ABC Africa (2001)
167. I Am Santa Claus (2014)
168. Welfare (1975)
169. Tales of the Uncanny (2020)
170. Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017)
171. L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (2009)
172. They Saw Inferno (2010)
173. Alefbay-e afghan a.k.a. The Afghan Alphabet (2002)
174. Red Squad (1972)
175. The Creeping Garden (2014)
176. We Are X (2016)
177. Hitlers Hollywood (2017)
178. Cha ma gu dao xi lie a.k.a. Tea-Horse Road Series: Delamu (2004)
179. Paris mil neuf cent (1947)
180a. ‎Wendy's Grill Skill (1989)
180b. Let's Rap Fire Safety (2000)
180c. Rock 'N Learn: Multiplication Rap (1998)
180d. Show Off! How to Be Cool at Parties (1986)
181a. Memories of Nashville: Memories of Downtown Nashville (2009)
181b. Memories of Nashville: Memories of Opryland (2009)
182. Things That Go Bump in the Night: The Spooky Pinball Story (2017)
183. To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey (2010)
184. Monster Camp (2007)
185a. Automobiles: BMW (1994)
185b. Biography: Elizabeth I: Virgin Queen (1997)
186. The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)
187. Incident at Loch Ness (2004)
188. Not for Resale (2019)
189. Black Sky: Winning the X Prize (2004)
190. Creature Feature: 50 Years of the Gill-Man (2004)
191. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020)
192. Side by Side (2012)
193. Videogramme einer Revolution (1992)
194. Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019)
195. Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019)
196. Wartorn: 1861-2010 (2010)
197. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012)
198. Von Caligari zu Hitler: Das deutsche Kino im Zeitalter der Massen a.k.a. From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses (2014)
199. Chulas Fronteras (1976)
200. The Eastwood Factor (2010)
201. Everest (1998)
202a. Ring World: The Story of Cassini (2013)
202b. Inside Nazi Germany (1938)
202c. Miguel Ángel Álvarez UNESCO short films (1929)
202d. Men and Dust (1940)
203a. The Cry of Jazz (1959)
203b. Improvisation (1950)
203c. Jammin' the Blues (1944)
203d. Fox Movietone News: Jenkins Orphanage Band (1928)
203e. Marian Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial Concert (1939)
204a. Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 (2003)
204b. Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers: Losing It (2004)
205a. Bela Lugosi: Hollywood's Dark Prince (1995)
205b. The Road to Dracula (1999)
205c. Dracula: The Restoration (2012)
206. A Future History Of: The Elephant 6 Recording Co. (2019)
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Final post with a little sadness as I wasn't able to finish the Odyssey in time. :(

137. Dreams of a Life (2011) 6/10
This felt a little Laura-like where the documentarian became obsessed with a dead woman. It was ok, mostly just reactions from her "friends" years after her death and exploring the idea of human connection, or what happens when it fails.

138. Crumb (1994) 5/10
I suppose if I was more into graphic art I would have been interested but I'm not and I wasn't. The guy is weird and makes cartoon porn. I guess that's cool. :shrug:

139-146. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (Episodes 1-9) (568 min total, use 72 of previous remainder, 5 min. remaining)
I didn't make it. Should have started earlier. But I will finish soon and I'm learning a ton so well worth watching. I will say--I am on the side that I find the narrator annoying and frustrating for two reasons. 1. He is constantly telling me what a film is about. But, like every other art form, the meaning of a film is subjective and though his words are stated like facts, they are really opinions much of the time. 2. This is more minor but, his voice makes me sleepy. I had to re-watch the last 10 minutes of episode 3 because I couldn't keep my eyes open which is obviously the fault of his voice and not the recliner in front of a warm fire.

147-151. Twisted Sisters (Season 2, Episodes 1-7) (420 min total, 20 remaining added to previous remainder, 25 min. remaining)
More sisters, more death. What I find interesting about this series is that you so often hear about male killers but this entire series is about women. What is also interesting is that 90% of the time when they don't resist arrest and they tell the police exactly what they did. This may be a result of the focus of the series being about crimes against family members and the amount of guilt they feel so they have a stronger need to unburden themselves. Just a theory.

Great month. Thanks tourdesb for being our friendly host!
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adwest wrote: January 1st, 2021, 7:50 pm 139-146. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (Episodes 1-9) (568 min total, use 72 of previous remainder, 5 min. remaining)
2. This is more minor but, his voice makes me sleepy. I had to re-watch the last 10 minutes of episode 3 because I couldn't keep my eyes open which is obviously the fault of his voice and not the recliner in front of a warm fire.
Agree with that... I thought it was only me and some kind of non-native English speaker bias. I could not watch more than one episode at a time for that reason and only managed to see four over the month. I would not say his voice is boring but he has only one way to tell a sentence: he is declaiming it like some poetry with heavier Irish accent on the second half and finishing in a whisper... After a few, it really feels annoyingly nagging.
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You can't HANDLE the truth:
"1. Tornado Alley (2011)
2. Rocky Mountain Express (2011)
3. This is Not a Film (2011)
4. Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP (2014)
5. The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends (2006)
""6. Shorts:
London Can Take It (1940, 9m)
Vzglyanite na litso (1968, 11m)
Unsolved Mysteries: Washington Inside Murder (2020, 47m)
O Dreamland (1956, 13m)""
7. Clinton Cash (2016)
8. 12 O'Clock Boys (2013)
9. The Ocean's Eleven Story (2001)
10. Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012)"
"11. Sneakerheadz (2015)
12. Root Cause (2019)
13. Cuadecuc, vampir (1971)
14. Geek Girls (2017)
15. The Heart in Screenland (2020) <- by prodigalgodson
""16-18. American Guns: A History of US Firearms (2017, 13ep x 22m = 286m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: The Kentucky Long Rifle and the Revolutionary War (2017, 22m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: U.S. Armories and the War of 1812 (2017, 22m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: Breechloaders and Jacksonian Democracy (2017, 22m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: Trouble in Texas and Samuel Colt (2017, 22m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: Prelude to War and Increased Fire Power (2017, 22m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: Guns of the American Civil War (2017, 22m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: The Six Shooter and America's New Industrial Age (2017, 22m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: The Long Gun (2017, 22m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: Dawn of Modern Firearms Browning and the Spanish-American War (2017, 22m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: Guns of World War I and Gangsters (2017, 22m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: Guns of World War II (2017, 22m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: Guns of Korea, Vietnam and 21st Century Warfare (2017, 22m)
American Guns: A History of US Firearms: Guns for Hunters, Sport and Protection (2017, 22m)""
""19-21. Shorts/TV (UM=211, +17, +12float = 240m)
Afrique 50 (1950, 17m)
Unsolved Mysteries: A Death in Oslo (2020, 43m)
Unsolved Mysteries: Death Row Fugitive (2020, 36m)
Unsolved Mysteries: Tsunami Spirits (2020, 47m)
Unsolved Mysteries: Lady in the Lake (2020, 48m)
Unsolved Mysteries: Stolen Kids (2020, 37m)""
22. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
23. Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005)
24. The Mask You Live In (2015)
25. The Storm Makers (2014)
26. For They Know Not What They Do (2019)
27. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2018)
28. Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017)
29. Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic (2018)
30. Love Free or Die (2012)"
"31. Fire in Paradise (2019)
32. Roll Red Roll (2018)
33. This Changes Everything (2018)
34. Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It (2015)
35. Atari: Game Over (2014)
36. Empire (1964)
37. All Male, All Nude (2017)
""38-42. Wild Wild Country (2018, 400m):
Wild Wild Country: Part 1 (2018, 64m)
Wild Wild Country: Part 2 (2018, 64m)
Wild Wild Country: Part 3 (2018, 66m)
Wild Wild Country: Part 4 (2018, 69m)
Wild Wild Country: Part 5 (2018, 66m)
Wild Wild Country: Part 6 (2018, 71m)""
43. Trafficked in America (2018)
44. The Sky Piercer (2018)
45. Blutch (2018)
""46-47. Waco: Madman or Messiah (2018, 172m) - Float: 12m + 34m = 46m
Waco: Madman or Messiah: Part 1 (2018, 86m)
Waco: Madman or Messiah: Part 2 (2018, 86m)""
48. Finders Keepers (2015)
49. Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie (2011)
50. COVID's Hidden Toll (2020)
51. The Act of Killing (2012)
52. The Devil We Know (2018)
53. The Speed Cubers (2020)
54. Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020)
55. 14 Minutes from Earth (2016)
""56-60. America's Book of Secrets, s1 (2012, 428m, float 28m) 4/10
America's Book of Secret: The White House (2012, 43m)
America's Book of Secret: Freemasons (2012, 43m)
America's Book of Secret: Fort Knox (2012, 43m)
America's Book of Secret: Area 51 (2012, 42m)
America's Book of Secret: The Playboy Mansion (2012, 42m)
America's Book of Secret: Presidential Transports (2012, 43m)
America's Book of Secret: The FBI (2012, 43m)
America's Book of Secret: West Point (2012, 44m)
America's Book of Secret: Black Ops (2012, 43m)
America's Book of Secret: The Pentagon (2012, 42m)"""
"61. Homosaywhat (2019)
62. Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (2011)
""63-64. Shorts (113m + 47 from Float): [new float 27]
Hôtel des Invalides (1952, 22m)
Schastye/Paradise (1995, 22m)
La Soufrière (1977, 30m)
Heroin(e) (2017, 39m)""
65. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963)
66. Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010)
67. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (2002)
68. Jose Canseco: The Truth Hurts (2016)
69. Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018)
70. The Flaw (2011)
""71-72. Exhibit A (144m) + Jaime (1974, 33m) = 177m, 17m added to prior float
Exhibit A: Video Forensics (2019, 41m)
Exhibit A: Blood Spatter (2019, 29m)
Exhibit A: Cadaver Dogs (2019, 37m)
Exhibit A: Touch DNA (2019, 37m)""
73. '85: The Greatest Team in Pro Football History (2016)
74. 49 Pulses (2017)
75. Begging Naked (2007)
76. Fires Were Started (1943)
77. Burger Town (1998)
78. Flint's Deadly Water (2019)
79. Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam (1995)
80. What Haunts Us (2018)"
"81. The Hunt for Transylvanian Gold (2017)
""82-83. The Code (2011, 174m, float 14)
The Code: Numbers (2011, 59m)
The Code: Shapes (2011, 58m)
The Code: Prediction (2011, 57m)""
84. In Search of Greatness (2018)
85. Particle Fever (2013)
86. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)
87. Red Hollywood (1996)
88. The Look of Silence (2014)
89. Miss Representation (2011)
90-92. The Ripper (2020, 195m + 45 from float)
93. Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004)
94. Athlete A (2020)
95. After Truth (2020)
96. The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (2019)
97. Primary (1960)
98. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
99. Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography (1981)
100. The Great American Lie (2020)
101. La région centrale (1971)
""102-107. America's Book of Secrets, S2 (2013, 473m + 7m from float)
Amercia's Book of Secrets: The Ancient Astronaut Coverup (2013, 43m)
Amercia's Book of Secrets: The Ku Klux Klan (2013, 43m)
Amercia's Book of Secrets: Serial Killers (2013, 43m)
Amercia's Book of Secrets: American Nazis (2013, 43m)
Amercia's Book of Secrets: Deadly Cults (2013, 43m)
Amercia's Book of Secrets: Presidential Coverups (2013, 43m)
Amercia's Book of Secrets: The Drug Wars (2013, 43m)
Amercia's Book of Secrets: The Mystery of Bigfoot (2013, 43m)
Amercia's Book of Secrets: Presidential Assassins (2013, 43m)
Amercia's Book of Secrets: Hells Angels (2013, 43m)
Amercia's Book of Secrets: The Mafia (2013, 43m)""
108. Bowling for Columbine (2002)
109. I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story (2019)
110. Man on Fire (2018)
111. S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003)
112. Ann Braden: Southern Patriot (2012)
113. Mascots (2016)
114. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
115. Sherman's March (1985)
116. Diary (1983)
""117. Misc: (102m, 22m floated
Wasn't That a Time (1962, 27m)
Songs 1-8 (1964, 24m)
Love Fraud: You Just Gotta Trust Me (2020, 51m)""
118. 21 Up (1977)
119. 28 Up (1984)
120. It Started As a Joke (2019)"
"121-123. Losers (2019, 250m, float 10m)
Losers: The Miscast Champion (2019, 24m)
Losers: The Jaws of Victory (2019, 25m)
Losers: Judgement (2019, 37m)
Losers: Stone Cold (2019, 37m)
Losers: Lost in the Desert (2019, 33m)
Losers: Aliy (2019, 33m)
Losers: Black Jack (2019, 33m)
Losers: The 72nd Hole (2019, 28m)"
124. 35 Up (1991)
125. 42 Up (1998)
126. 49 Up (2005)
"127-128. Challenger: The Final Flight (179m, float 19m)
Challenger: The Final Flight: Space for Everyone (2020, 44m)
Challenger: The Final Flight: HELP! (2020, 42m)
Challenger: The Final Flight: A Major Malfunction (2020, 41m)
Challenger: The Final Flight: Nothing Ends Here (2020, 52m)"
129. Dreams of a Life (2011) 6/10
This is the story of a young woman who was found dead in her apartment after 3 years and how it could be that no one noticed. Fascinating story of community and the lack thereof as well as just a commentary on this woman's sad life. Great concept, but I wasn't a huge fan of the execution of this documentary - the reenactment scenes were distracting and paced poorly.

130-131. Chef's Table: BBQ (2020, 176m, float 16) 7/10
episodes
Chef's Table BBQ: Tootsie Tomanetz (2020, 42m)
Chef's Table BBQ: Lennox Hastie (2020, 47m)
Chef's Table BBQ: Rodney Scott (2020, 44m)
Chef's Table BBQ: Rosalia Chay Chuc (2020, 43m)
If you like BBQ or food docs, this is a good series. All about some amazing variants and specialties of BBQ by some amazing chefs.

132. Crumb (1994) 6/10
Interesting and weird. But this suffers from the problem that's native to all biographical documentaries - if you're not interested in the subject, it's hard to get into, and that was the case for me here.

133-136. Episodes (299m + floated time = 4 points)
The Story of Film: The Hollywood Dream (2011, 63m)
The Story of Film: The Golden Age of World Cinema (2011, 64m)
High Score: Boom & Bust (2020, 47m)
High Score: Comeback Kid (2020, 44m)
High Score: Role Players (2020, 40m)
High Score: This is War (2020, 41m)

TSoF is awesome. High Score is the history of video games in docuseries form. It's fun and lively. I still have two episodes left, but it's a nice fun thing to watch. Started with Atari and is going through the major players.

And thanks for hosting!

Also fun fact: 136 is the most points for a 4th place finish in a non-Horror official challenge.

Sad fact: Despite my best efforts, I was unable to beat my wife. Better luck beating her in the new year! :whistling: :lol:
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Thanks for hosting tourdesb!

I beat my previous score and managed to watch Shoah. I hit my goals.
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28. Jim Gaffigan: King Baby (2009) * 71 min.
29. Nazi Concentration and Prison Camps (1945) * 59 min.
30. The Accountant of Auschwitz (2018) * 78 min.
31. Housing Problems (1935) * 16 min.
Sprout Wings and Fly (1983) * 30 min.
My Old Fiddle: A Visit with Tommy Jarrell in the Blue Ridge (1995) * 17 min.
Julie: Old Time Tales of the Blue Ridge (1991) * 12 min.
Mr. Charlie, Your Rollin' Mill Is Burnin' Down (1969) 7 min.

Nice to end the challenge and the year with Les Blank.
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1. Monterey Pop (1968) 79 min.
2. Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008) * 89 min.
3. Whitney Cummings: Money Shot (2010) * 48 min.
4. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015) * 98 min.
5. Defamation (2009) * 91 min.
6. 13th (2016) * 100 min.
7. ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads (2019) * 49 min.
8. Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005) * 103 min.
9-11. Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist: Part One: The Heist (2018) * 45 min.
Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist: Part Two: The Frozen Body (2018) * 53 min.
Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist: Part Three: The Suspects (2018) * 45 min.
Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist: Part Four: The Confessions (2018) * 48 min.
Andes Mágicos: Argentina y Chile, desde los hielos del surMagical Andes: Argentina and Chile, From the Southern Ice (2019) * 27 min.
Andes Mágicos: Chile y Argentina, del Aconcagua al desiertoMagical Andes: Chile and Argentina, From Aconcagua to the Desert (2019) * 24 min.
12. Jimi Plays Monterey (1986) * 49 min.
13. Draft Day (2013) * 9 min.
Shake!: Otis at Monterey (1987) * 19 min.
Lorena, Light-footed Woman (2019) * 28 min.
Farmer Moving South (1952) * 17 min.
City Out of Time (1959) * 16 min.
14-17. The Alcàsser Murders: Episode #1.1 (2019) * 66 min.
The Alcàsser Murders: Episode #1.2 (2019) * 59 min.
The Alcàsser Murders: Episode #1.3 (2019) * 67 min.
The Alcàsser Murders: Episode #1.4 (2019) * 53 min.
The Alcàsser Murders: Episode #1.5 (2019) * 62 min.
Andes Mágicos: Bolivia, la puerta al altiplanoMagical Andes: Bolivia, the Door to the Altiplano (2019) * 24  min.
18. Paris Is Burning (1990) * 76 min.
19-21. Andes Mágicos: Perú, cultura milenariaMagical Andes: Peru, Ancient Culture (2019) * 23 min.
The Ripper: Once Upon a Time in Yorkshire (2020) * 50 min.
The Ripper: Between Now and Dawn (2020) * 48 min.
The Ripper: Reclaim the Night (2020) * 48 min.
The Ripper: Out of the Shadows (2020) * 47 min.
Andes Mágicos: Perú, Ecuador y el ascenso al Volcán CotopaxiMagical Andes: Peru, Ecuador and the Ascent to the Cotopaxi Volcano (2019) * 23 min.
22. Searching for Sugar Man (2012) * 86 min.
23. Le cas PinochetThe Pinochet Case (2001) * 110 min.
24-26. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich: Hunting Grounds (2020) * 56 min.
Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich: Follow the Money (2020) * 57 min.
Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich: The Island (2020) * 55 min.
Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich: Finding Their Voice (2020) * 56 min.
Andes Mágicos: Colombia, montañas y exuberante vegetaciónMagical Andes: Colombia, Mountains and Lush Vegetation (2019) * 23 min.
27. Out of Thin Air (2017) * 85 min.
*First time viewing
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(Screenshot from Paula Kehoe's dazzling, intimately engrossing 'Deargdhúil' - a film on one of the greatest of Irish living poets, Máire Mhac an tSaoi; particularly incredible are the evocations of desire, inspiration, womanhood through the pieces arranged and realised by performance artist Maureen Fleming.)

10. The Way We Live (1946, Jill Craigie) - 7 or 7.5/10
11. Deargdhúil: Dánta Mháire Mhac an tSaoi / Anatomy of Passion: The Poems of Máire Mhac an tSaoi (2015, Paula Kehoe) - 9.5/10
12-13. David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017, Sally Aitken) (3 episodes) - 7/10
14. All the Wild Horses (2017, Ivo Marloh) - 6/10
15. Maria by Callas (2017, Tom Volf) - 7.5/10
16. Unquiet Graves (2018, Sean A Murray) - 6/10

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I also watched 77 minutes of shorts. I don't think there's any point in my listing them.

Thanks, tourdesb. And a Happy New Year to all!

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Final entry. Thanks for hosting, tourdesb.

146. Bret Weinstein, Heather Heying & the Evergreen Equity Council (2019 / Mike Nayna) 8/10
147. Though I Am Gone (2006 / Jie Hu) 6/10
148. Antifa: Rise of the Black Flags (2020 / David Lugo) 4/10
149. The Rise of Jordan Peterson (2019 / Patricia Marcoccia) 7/10
150. Offended by Irvine Welsh (2020 / Mike Christie) 6/10
151. Tommy Cooper Forever (2017 / Patrick Talbot) 5/10
152. The Forgotten Genocide (1975 / J. Michael Hagopian) 7/10
Hillary: The Golden Girl (2020 / Nanette Burstein) 5/10
153. Hillary: Becoming a Lady (2020 / Nanette Burstein) 4/10
154. Hillary: The Hardest Decision (2020 / Nanette Burstein) 3/10
Hillary: Be Our Champion, Go Away (2020 / Nanette Burstein) 3/10
155. Burden of Dreams (1982 / Les Blank) 7/10
156. Men of Ideas: Philosophy - The Social Context (1978) 5/10
157. Missing Young Woman (2001 / Lourdes Portillo) 7/10
158. What Killed Michael Brown? (2020 / Eli Steele) 7/10

Top views of the month:
Stories from the Stone Age
The World at War
Ways of Seeing
Soviet Subversion of the Free World Press
Bret Weinstein, Heather Heying & the Evergreen Equity Council
Civilisation
Without Walls: Hell's Angel: Mother Teresa
The Clinton Affair
Diana: The Mourning After
The Secret Rulers of the World
Leaving Neverland
Obedience
Missing Young Woman
Pictures of the Old World
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Civilisation: The Skin of Our Teeth

1. The Day the Dinosaurs Died (2017 / Nick Green; Ben Lawrie; Toby Macdonald) 6/10
Less about the dinosaurs themselves than about the effects of the immense asteroid that landed off the coast of Mexico, which is believed to have brought about the dinosaurs' extinction. Some interesting points on how geologists deduce the effect of the impact from the remaining evidence.
2. Stories from the Stone Age: Daily Bread (2003 / Roger Scholes) 8/10
Stories from the Stone Age: Urban Dream (2003 / Roger Scholes) 8/10
3. Stories from the Stone Age: Waves of Change (2003 / Roger Scholes) 8/10
Excellent series on man in the Stone Age, the gradual but often pivotal innovations as he moved from hunter-gatherer to farmer to city-dweller. No doubt overly simplified (it's mostly linear and focuses primarily on the Middle East and Europe), but very clearly laid out.
Civilisation: The Skin of Our Teeth (1969 / Michael Gill) 8/10
4. Civilisation: The Great Thaw (1969 / Peter Montagnon) 7/10
5. Handicapped Future (1971 / Werner Herzog) 6/10
6. Huie's Sermon (1981 / Werner Herzog) 6/10
Recording of a sermon given by a charismatic Brooklyn preacher. Interesting for his frenzied delivery and for how several of the topics he touches on (transgenderism, economic crashes, green energy, environmental damage) are still at the forefront of discussion today.
7. Diego Maradona (2019 / Asif Kapadia) 6/10
This wasn't bad but a little disappointing, particularly when contrasted with Kapadia's earlier 'sporting legend' documentary Senna. There wasn't enough about why Maradona was a great footballer - little input from fellow footballers - and too much mundane home movie footage, which seems to have been one of the film's main selling points, so that the football became more a backdrop to the character study. But aside from the controversies, Maradona doesn't seem to have been an interesting enough character to sustain the devotion the film lavishes on him. A small, but persisting, annoyance was the use of sound effects to accompany every kick and punch in the on-pitch footage.
8. Civilisation: Romance and Reality (1969 / Michael Gill; Ann Turner) 7/10
Civilisation: Man: the Measure of all Things (1969 / Ann Turner) 6/10
9. Men of Ideas: An Introduction to Philosophy (1978) 7/10
Civilisation: The Hero as Artist (1969 / Michael Gill) 7/10
10. Civilisation: Protest and Communication (1969 / Peter Montagnon) 7/10
11. Civilisation: Grandeur and Obedience (1969 / Peter Montagnon) 7/10
Artsnight: Michael Palin Meets Jan Morris (2016 / John O'Rourke) 6/10
12. Civilisation: The Light of Experience (1969 / Michael Gill) 7/10
Civilisation: The Pursuit of Happiness (1969 / Peter Montagnon) 7/10
13. Post-Haste (1934 / Humphrey Jennings) 4/10
The Farm (1938 / Humphrey Jennings) 5/10
London Can Take It! (1940 / Humphrey Jennings; Harry Watt) 6/10
Civilisation: The Smile of Reason (1969 / Michael Gill) 7/10
14. Civilisation: The Worship of Nature (1969 / Peter Montagnon) 7/10
Civilisation: The Fallacies of Hope (1969 / Michael Gill) 7/10
15. Civilisation: Heroic Materialism (1969 / Michael Gill) 8/10
16. Andrew Marr's History of the World: Survival (2012 / Neil Rawles) 5/10
Andrew Marr's History of the World: Age of Empire (2012 / Neil Rawles) 6/10
17. Andrew Marr's History of the World: The Word and the Sword (2012 / Renny Bartlett) 6/10
18. Andrew Marr's History of the World: Into the Light (2012 / Renny Bartlett; Mark Radice) 6/10
19. Andrew Marr's History of the World: Age of Plunder (2012 / Renny Bartlett) 6/10
Andrew Marr's History of the World: Revolution (2012 / Robin Dashwood) 6/10
20. Andrew Marr's History of the World: Age of Industry (2012 / Robin Dashwood) 6/10
21. Andrew Marr's History of the World: Age of Extremes (2012 / Guy Smith) 6/10
Not really a history of the world - how could it be? - instead a series of dramatic re-enactments (around six per episode) of significant events in history, ranging from Stone Age people migrating out of Africa to the Deep Blue vs. Garry Kasparov chess match in the 1990s, accompanied by Marr's narration in various modern day locales. Inevitably quite Eurocentric, but world history often is. Marr's goofy presenting style and snarkiness are quite annoying.
America: The First Impact (1972 / Ann Turner) 6/10
22. America: The New Found Land (1972 / Michael Gill) 6/10
23. America: Home from Home (1972 / Ann Turner) 6/10
America: Making a Revolution (1972 / Michael Gill) 6/10
24. America: Inventing a Nation (1972 / Michael Gill) 6/10
25. America: Gone West (1972 / Tim Slessor) 7/10
Men of Ideas: Marcuse and the Frankfurt School (1978) 6/10
26. America: A Firebell in the Night (1972 / Michael Gill) 7/10
America: Domesticating a Wilderness (1972 / Tim Slessor) 7/10
27. America: Money on the Land (1972 / David Heycock) 7/10
28. America: The Huddled Masses (1972 / David Heycock) 6/10
America: The Promise Fulfilled and the Promise Broken (1972 / David Heycock) 7/10
29. America: Arsenal (1972 / David Heycock) 6/10
America: The More Abundant Life (1972 / Michael Gill) 6/10
Amiable journalist Alistair Cooke conducts a tour through American history.
30. Travel Man: 48 Hours in...: Copenhagen (2016 / Leo McCrea) 7/10
Napoleon: The True Story: Episode #1.1 (2015 / David Barrie) 6/10
31. Napoleon: The True Story: Episode #1.2 (2015 / David Barrie) 6/10
32. Napoleon: The True Story: Episode #1.3 (2015 / David Barrie) 6/10
33. Panorama: Britain's Wild Weather (2020 / Joseph McAuley) 5/10
The World at War: A New Germany: 1933-1939 (1973 / Hugh Raggett) 8/10
34. The World at War: Distant War: September 1939-May 1940 (1973 / David Elstein) 8/10
35. The World at War: France Falls: May-June 1940 (1973 / Peter Batty) 7/10
So Can I (1975 / Abbas Kiarostami) 5/10
Without Walls: Hell's Angel: Mother Teresa (1994 / Jenny Morgan) 7/10
A scathing hatchet job on the Albanian nun by everyone's favourite contrarian, Christopher Hitchens. Watching this in 2020, I get similar vibes from how the media and governments received Teresa 30+ years ago to how they do Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg now. Unfortunately the 25 minute runtime doesn't allow for much depth.
36. The World at War: Alone: May 1940-May 1941 (1973 / David Elstein) 7/10
The World at War: Barbarossa: June-December 1941 (1973 / Peter Batty) 7/10
37. The World at War: Banzai! Japan 1931-1942 (1973 / Peter Batty) 7/10
38. Men of Ideas: Heidegger and Modern Existentialism (1978) 6/10
Men of Ideas: The Two Philosophies of Wittgenstein (1978) 6/10
39. The World at War: On Our Way: U.S.A. 1939-1942 (1973 / Peter Batty) 8/10
The World at War: The Desert: North Africa - 1940-1943 (1973 / Peter Batty) 8/10
40. The World at War: Stalingrad: June 1942-February 1943 (1974 / Hugh Raggett) 8/10
The World at War: Wolf Pack: U-Boats in the Atlantic - 1939-1944 (1974 / Ted Childs) 6/10
41. The World at War: Red Star: The Soviet Union - 1941-1943 (1974 / Martin Smith) 7/10
The World at War: Whirlwind: Bombing Germany - September 1939-April 1944 (1974 / Ted Childs) 7/10
42. Winning Your Wings (1942 / John Huston) 4/10
San Pietro (1945 / John Huston) 4/10
43. Report from the Aleutians (1943 / John Huston) 4/10
44. Tunisian Victory (1944 / John Boulting; Roy Boulting; Frank Capra; Hugh Stewart; John Huston) 5/10
45. Naples '44 (2016 / Francesco Patierno) 6/10
46. The World at War: Tough Old Gut: Italy - November 1942-June 1944 (1974 / David Wheeler) 8/10
The World at War: It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma - 1942-1944 (1974 / John Pett) 8/10
47. The World at War: Home Fires: Britain - 1940-1944 (1974 / Angus Calder) 8/10
48. The Eternal Jew (1940 / Fritz Hippler) 4/10
49. The Birth of the Tramp (2013 / Serge Bromberg; Eric Lange) 6/10
A decent overview of Charlie Chaplin's early years, from childhood up until the early '20s. It was interesting to learn about other performers creating blatant, shot-for-shot counterfeits of Chaplin's films, including a female tramp (complete with moustache).
50. The World at War: Inside the Reich: Germany - 1940-1944 (1974 / Neal Ascherson) 8/10
The World at War: Morning: June-August 1944 (1974 / John Pett) 8/10
51. The World at War: Occupation: Holland - 1940-1944 (1974 / Michael Darlow) 7/10
52. The World at War: Pincers: August 1944-March 1945 (1974 / Peter Batty) /10
Men of Ideas: Logical Positivism and Its Legacy (1978) 5/10
53. Men of Ideas: The Spell of Linguistic Philosophy (1978) 6/10
The World at War: Genocide: 1941-1945 (1974 / Michael Darlow) 8/10
54. The World at War: Nemesis: Germany - February-May 1945 (1974 / Martin Smith) 8/10
55. The World at War: Japan: 1941-1945 (1974 / Hugh Raggett) 8/10
The World at War: Pacific: February 1942-July 1945 (1974 / John Pett) 7/10
56. The World at War: The Bomb: February-September 1945 (1974 / David Elstein) 7/10
57. The World at War: Reckoning: 1945... and After (1974 / Jerome Kuehl) 8/10
The World at War: Remember (1974 / Jeremy Isaacs) 7/10
Excellent, broad overview of WW2, narrated by Laurence Olivier. The way it's constructed - with episodes focusing on particular themes, theatres and events, rather than a straight chronological account - helps make things easy to follow. It wasn't until watching that I realised just how much of the war I'd already imbibed through various channels (high school, cultural references, movies, the odd documentary) without ever having strictly studied it.
58. Russia 1917: Countdown to Revolution (2017 / Renny Bartlett) 3/10
Pretty awful account of the lead up to the Russian Revolution. The talking heads often just spout unedifying generalisations, which makes me wonder how expert they are on the subject. The hammy dramatisations are the worst part, however.59. Ways of Seeing: Part One (1972 / Michael Dibb) 8/10
I Am Not a Freak (1987 / Kirby Dick) 5/10
60. Ways of Seeing: Part Two (1972 / Michael Dibb) 8/10
Ways of Seeing: Part Three (1972 / Michael Dibb) 8/10
61. Ways of Seeing: Part Four (1972 / Michael Dibb) 8/10
An Ocean Apart: Hats Off to Mr Wilson (1988 / Adam Curtis) 6/10
62. The God Who Wasn't There (2005 / Brian Flemming) 3/10
63. The Soviet Story (2008 / Edvins Snore) 6/10
64. Hellstorm (2015 / Kyle Hunt) 2/10
Neo-Nazi take on Allied violence during WW2. The narrator says at the outset that they make no attempt to analyse the violent actions of the Axis, but this means the criticisms of several Allied actions are near worthless as they are divorced from context. Worse still, I'm suspicious about many of the claims and quotes given throughout the film. Searching for several of them on Google returned results only for this film and the book on which it was based, which leads me to suspect they are fake. No experts are interviewed.
65. An Ocean Apart: Home in Pasadena (1988 / Adam Curtis) 5/10
66. An Ocean Apart: Here Come The British! Bang! Bang! (1988 / Adam Curtis) 6/10
An Ocean Apart: Trust Me To The Bitter End (1988 / Adam Curtis) 6/10
67. An Ocean Apart: If You Don't Like Our Peaches, Quit Shaking Our Tree (1988 / Adam Curtis) 6/10
68. An Ocean Apart: Under The Eagle's Wing (1988 / Adam Curtis) 6/10
An Ocean Apart: Turning Up The Volume (1988 / Adam Curtis) 6/10
69. Men of Ideas: The Ideas of Chomsky (1978) 7/10
70. The Killing of America (1981 / Sheldon Renan; Leonard Schrader) 4/10
A mondo film tour, via news footage, through many of the most high-profile American killings, from the Kennedy assassination to John Lennon's death. Although it has a serious approach, I felt the way it gloried in frequent scenes of graphic violence undermined the supposed anti-gun message it purports to carry.
71. The Untold History of the United States: Prologue Chapter A - World War I, the Russian Revolution & Woodrow Wilson (2013 / Oliver Stone) 5/10
The Untold History of the United States: Prologue: Chapter B - 1920-1940, Franklin D.Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin (2013) / Oliver Stone) 5/10
72. The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 1: World War Two (2012 / Oliver Stone) 5/10
I think I've given up on this after three episodes. Stone's narration, listless yet too-rapid, is so unengaging. Its like having a encyclopaedia entry read out for an hour at a time. It really needed a more professional narrator and interviews with other subjects.
73. Liverpool FC: The 30-Year Wait (2020 / Louis Myles) 5/10
74. Leaving Neverland (2019 / Dan Reed) 7/10
75. Square One: Michael Jackson (2019 / Danny Wu) 3/10
76. Living with Michael Jackson: A Tonight Special (2003 / Julie Shaw) 5/10
77. The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See (2003) 4/10
78. Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth (2019 / Jordan Hill) 5/10
79. Neverland Firsthand: Investigating the Michael Jackson Documentary (2019 / Eli Pedraza) 4/10
It's odd with these Jackson documentaries. I finished Reed's film more or less convinced the allegations were true. I think that's partly a consequence of the four hour duration, giving you plenty of time to become absorbed in the story, plus the fact that you're solely ensconced with the accusers and their families the whole time, all of whom seem very believable, plus the ethereal production style - gentle score and copious floating drone shots. But then afterwards you kind of snap out of it and consider the selective editing and other choices that must have gone into it. The pro-Jackson films in response to it were more blatantly skewed in his favour, often going into praise of Jackson that adds nothing to his case, but there were certain worthwhile points made, particularly in Hill's film regarding inconsistencies, if not downright falsehoods, in the accusers' stories.
They Do Not Exist (1974 / Mustafa Abu Ali) 3/10
Talking Movies: Bette Davis Special (2020) 6/10
80. Kissinger (2011 / Adrian Pennick) 6/10
81. The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002 / Eugene Jarecki) 7/10
82. Panorama: An Interview with H.R.H. the Princess of Wales (1995) 6/10
This Week: Death on the Rock (1988) 6/10
83. Diana: The Mourning After (1998 / Mark Soldinger) 7/10
The other Hitchens documentary I watched this month on Mother Teresa brought to mind contemporary analogues. This one did the same. Recalling the mass hysteria and media monomania that arose in the wake of Diana's death put me in mind of George Floyd's death this year and the 'Black Lives Matter' derangement that followed. What was different in Diana's death was the absence of social media. The similarities are superficial, but both gripped people in a media-fuelled frenzy.
84. Unlawful Killing (2011 / Keith Allen) 3/10
85. Obedience (1962 / Stanley Milgram) 7/10
86. The Dark Glow of the Mountains (1985 / Werner Herzog) 7/10
87. Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia (1979 / David Munro) 7/10
88. World in Action: The Hunt for Doctor Mengele (1978) 6/10
89. Men of Ideas: The Ideas of Quine (1978) 5/10
World in Action: The Birmingham Six - Their Own Story (1991) 6/10
90. The Root of All Evil? (2006 / Russell Barnes) 7/10
91. The Lovers' Wind (1978 / Albert Lamorisse) 7/10
92. Beneath the Veil (2001 / Cassian Harrison) 7/10
93. Chomsky and Foucault Debate the Meaning of Human Nature (1971 / Kees van Langeraad) 7/10
94. Soviet Subversion of the Free World Press (1984) 8/10
95. 100 Women: Life on Thin Ice (2020 / Tamara Rosenfeld, Claire Tailyour) 6/10
The Secret Rulers of the World: The Bilderberg Group (2001 / Jon Ronson) 7/10
96. The Secret Rulers of the World: The Legend of Ruby Ridge (2001 / Jon Ronson) 7/10
Frontline: United States of Conspiracy (2020 / Michael Kirk) 5/10
97. The Secret Rulers of the World: April 19th: The Oklahoma Bomb (2001 / Jon Ronson) 7/10
98. The Secret Rulers of the World: The Satanic Shadowy Elite? (2001 / Jon Ronson) 7/10
The Secret Rulers of the World: David Icke, the Lizards and the Jews (2001 / Jon Ronson) 7/10
99. Terrorstorm (2006 / Alex Jones) 4/10
100. 7/7 Ripple Effect (2007 / Muad Dib) 1/10
Some doofus attempts to prove the '7/7' London bombings were a false flag operation.
101. Renegade (2019 / Stephen Peek) 3/10
102. Men of Ideas: The Philosophy of Language (1978) 5/10
Men of Ideas: The Philosophy of Science (1978) 6/10
103. The Secret Policeman (2003 / Toby Sculthorp) 6/10
Cycling the Frame (1988 / Cynthia Beatt) 6/10
104. The Enemies of Reason (2007 / Russell Barnes) 6/10
105. Panorama: Hate on the Street (2017 / Mark Alden) 5/10
Panorama: White Fright: Divided Britain (2018 / Matthew Hill) 7/10
106. Panodrama (2019 / Tommy Robinson) 3/10
Polarising English nationalist Tommy Robinson documents his dealings with BBC documentary series Panorama as they attempt to create a 'takedown' film of him. I don't know the specifics of Robinson well, but he seems like an unpleasant, dishonest individual in several ways, who frequently ends up vindicated and cast as a victim thanks largely to the underhand treatment he receives at the hands of the media and his opponents. This film demonstrates that quite well. It's amateurish and Robinson is clearly no intellect, talking incoherently at a rambling pace while making sweeping, dubious claims, but thanks to the arrogance of Panorama reporter John Sweeney constantly putting his foot in his mouth, he comes out of this looking like the wronged party.
107. The War Room (1993 / Chris Hegedus; D. A. Pennebaker) 7/10
108. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992 / Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick) 7/10
109. The Clinton Chronicles (1994 / Patrick Matrisciana) 6/10
110. Men of Ideas: Philosophy and Politics (1978) 6/10
Clive James's Postcard from... Berlin (1995 / Robert Payton) 6/10
111. A Wonderful Life (1989 / Christopher Sykes) 6/10
112. Hidden Colors (2011 / Tariq Nasheed) 1/10
Comically delusional exercise in cultural appropriation from social media troll Nasheed. The gist is that basically everything, from the wheel to the Russian language to civilisation itself, was invented by black people.
113. Chefs' Burnt Bits (2020) 3/10
Arena: Edward Said: The Idea of Empire (1993 / Francis Hanly; Tim May) 6/10
114. Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West (2005 / Wayne Kopping) 7/10
115. Submission: Part I (2004 / Theo van Gogh) 5/10
Fitna (2008 / Scarlet Pimpernel) 5/10
Dispatches: Undercover Mosque (2007 / Andrew Smith) 7/10
116. The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off (2004 / Patrick Collerton) 6/10
117. Top Gear: India Special (2011 / Phil Churchward) 6/10
118. Islam: The Untold Story (2012 / Kevin Sim) 6/10
119. Men of Ideas: Philosophy and Literature (1978) 6/10
Have I Got 30 Years for You (2020 / Matt Fisher) 6/10
120. Fire at Sea (2016 / Gianfranco Rosi) 4/10
Set on the small Italian island of Lampedusa during the European immigration crisis. Weirdly, Rosi constructs this in the style of a narrative film akin to something, say, Ulrich Seidl would make. The stylistic aspects and focus on the sleepy life of the Lampedusans makes for an artificial experience that doesn't really encourage compassion for the largely passive migrant masses.
121. The Red Pill (2016 / Cassie Jaye) 6/10
Set in the movement known as men's rights activism (MRA); a movement that campaigns for fair treatment for men in a society where they believe feminism has moved from being about basic equality between the sexes to being a constant, ongoing battle against perceived structural issues in an all-encompassing 'patriarchy'. Beyond a few fleeting references to rape apology (which are later clarified) and some lesser unsavoury attitudes, I couldn't see why anyone would have any major issues with what these people were arguing. But when Jaye gives their opponents the floor, despite being reputable figures (e.g. a professor, a magazine editor) they're generally arrogantly dismissive of, if not militantly hostile to, the MRA's concerns. Judging by the other feminist and pro-gay films she's made, Jaye doesn't seem to be a shill, but this does play out as a predictable 'journey' of learning about MRA, ultimately cumulating in her abandoning the identity of 'feminist' (hence the title).
122. Borderless (2019 / George Llewelyn-John, Caolan Robertson) 5/10
123. Religulous (2008 / Larry Charles) 6/10
The Magus of Messkirch: Martin Heidegger (1989 / Ulrich Boehm, Rüdiger Safranski) 6/10
124. Hole in the Soul (1993 / Dušan Makavejev) 5/10
125. A Hole in the Head (1998 / Eli Kabillio) 7/10
An interesting look at the bizarre practice of trepanning: drilling a hole into your skull with the intent of getting high from the resultant relief of blood pressure on the brain.
126. Digilante (2016 / Mike Nayna) 5/10
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (2016 / Marta Chierego) 3/10
Open to the World (2020 / Miiranda July) 4/10
Talking Pictures: Hollywood Actresses (2015) 6/10
127. Zoo (2007 / Robinson Devor) 3/10
This was remarkably tedious for a film about a man who died after having sex with a horse. For some reason the director chose to pointlessly obfuscate the story among non-linear narrative, lack of clarity about who's talking, and irrelevant anecdotes. Maybe he felt this matched the shady nature of the zoophile lifestyle, but I don't think it worked.
128. 13th (2016 / Ava DuVernay) 3/10
A film about the increasing incarceration rate in America that creates a neat, broad-brush narrative of oppression against the black population while barely touching on the subject of criminality, unless it's to imply that it's the result of socio-historical forces. The veneration of convicted accomplice to murder Assata Shakur was particularly tasteless.
129. Farmlands (2018 / Lauren Southern) 5/10
130. The Clinton Affair: Part 1: Handing the Sword to the Enemy (2018 / Blair Foster) 7/10
131. The Clinton Affair: Part 2: The Blue Pass (2018 / Blair Foster) 7/10
The Clinton Affair: Part 3: Mixed Messages (2018 / Blair Foster) 7/10
132. The Clinton Affair: Part 4: Room 1012 (2018 / Blair Foster) 7/10
The Clinton Affair: Part 5: State of the Union (2018 / Blair Foster) 7/10
133. The Clinton Affair: Part 6: The Will of the People (2018 / Blair Foster) 7/10
A very absorbing and even-handed overview of the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal, told mainly from the perspective of Lewinsky herself.
134. The Apocalypse According to Cioran (1995 / Gabriel Liiceanu) 5/10
135. 9/11: Truth, Lies and Conspiracies (2016 / Nick London) 6/10
136. Capturing the Friedmans (2003 / Andrew Jarecki) 6/10
137. Inca Light (1972 / Robert E. Fulton) 5/10
Horizon: The Boy who was Turned into a Girl (2000 / Andrew Cohen) 7/10
138. Did You Used to Be R.D. Laing (1989 / Thomas Shandel; Kirk Tougas) 3/10
139. Mind of a Monster: Jeffrey Dahmer (2020 / Christopher Holt) 6/10
140. The Social Dilemma (2020 / Jeff Orlowski) 3/10
141. Flight From Death: The Quest for Immortality (2003 / Patrick Shen) 6/10
This is based on the work of Ernest Becker, a psychologist-anthropologist who proposed that humans attempt to gain a kind of immortality through means such as religion, art and wealth, driven by an ever-present, though usually subconscious, fear of death. He also suggested that the same fear is the root cause of most aggression and violence. In style, particularly the jarring techno soundtrack, the documentary's quite dated now. The most interesting parts are the accounts of research into what's called 'Terror Management Theory', wherein test subjects are exposed to subtle suggestions of death and their reactions monitored and compared with those of subjects who weren't exposed to the suggestions.
142. 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy (2015 / David Altrogge) 7/10
143. Welcome to Chechnya (2020 / David France) 5/10
144. Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema: The Romcom (2018) 4/10
145. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020 / Jason Woliner) 4/10
Although there are funny moments, it's overall a very disappointing sequel as I thought the first Borat film was hilarious. My main complaint is over how artificial lots of the interactions with the 'public' are.
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Thanks all for participating !
Congratulations to flavo5000 for winning for the second consecutive year with a record breaking 206 points :o
Kudos to AssonFire and adwest for getting the second and third place with over 150 points

Happy New Year everyone !!

RankParticipantCount20192018201720162015201420132012
1flavo5000206158134143129----
2AssonFire158--------
3adwest151--------
4maxwelldeux136119140109-----
5tourdesb101-100166133---44
6blueboybob981917------
7jdidaco80428260-----
8Lu-Chin70--------
9sebby616056106--26616
10Kublai Khan42---33----
11sol38253761-----
12AB537365-------
1372aicm358544115-----
14allisoncm32415267344272918
-vortexsurfer32312816-----
16klaus78313822226521---
-ororama31101151713---
18DudeLanez26--------
191SO21--------
-cinephage21145643141-
-Knaldskalle21-422----2
22ChrisReynolds20--------
-Obgeoff2010-------
24weirdboy19--------
25hurluberbu17162827-----
26blocho1615152727---
-RogerTheMovieManiac8816--------
28Onderhond11--------
29peeptoad10--------
30zzzorf81-------
31Coryn617-------
-frbrown6-------3
33jocularities4--------
34Hunziker2-4------
35shugs1--------
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31-47 Country Music (2019) 952 mins + LBJ (1968) 18 mins + Long Way Up (2020) 522 mins + 38 mins rollover = 1530 mins --17 pts
48 Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020)
49 Last Breath (2019)
50 Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963)
51 My Octopus Teacher (2020)
52 Every Brilliant Thing (2016
53 Merchants of Doubt (2014)
54 Louis Theroux: Selling Sex (2020)
55 Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity
56 The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini (2013)
57 Domestic Violence 2 (2002)
58 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
59 The Mole Agent (2020)
60 Fine Lines (2019)
61 For Sama (2019)

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01 Time (2020) 6/10
02-12 Who Killed Garrett Phillips? (2019) 186 min + The Vow (2020) 510 mins + Louis Theroux's Altered States: Episode: Take My Baby (2018) 60 mins + How to with John Wilson (2020) 162 mins = 918 mins -- 11 pts + 38min rollover
13 Diego Maradona (2019) 6/10
14 Susan Powell: An ID Murder Mystery (2018) 4/10
15 Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion (2016) 6/10
16 Louis Theroux: Mothers on the Edge (2019) 6/10
17 Andre the Giant (2018) 5/10
18 Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) 7/10
19-27 I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter (2019) 143 min + Relaxing Old Footage with Joe Pera (2020) 10/10 22 min + Long Way Up (2020) 572 min = 737 min -- 9 pts +17 min rollover (=55 mins rollover)
28 Louis Theroux: The Night in Question (2019) 6/10
29 Louis Theroux: Savile (2016) 5/10
30 Louis Theroux: America's Most Dangerous Pets (2011) 5/10
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I must have missed it. What are the other year columns?
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blueboybob wrote: January 2nd, 2021, 2:23 pm I must have missed it. What are the other year columns?
Results from documentary challenges from past years.
There are probably some mistakes, I did it manually, but it was the only "fun stats" I could easily do.
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