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Watched Hitsville: The Making of Motown over the weekend. Pretty much as entertaining as you'd expect for all the music, but Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson make for a brilliant double-act and I could have listened to hours more of them.

The Babushkas of Chernobyl doesn't focus quite as much on the lovely old ladies who live in the Chernobyl exclusion zone as I would have liked, but it's still a nice little film. They're all wonderful, bless them all.

Amanda Knox was a weird one in that it was clearly quite rushed and could have been easily as long as one of the documentary serials Netflix have done. Still good though, and it reminded me of that lunatic Flaming June's rant about how she shouldn't be locked up because she was too attractive.

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I watched that Netflix doc on Foxy Knoxy back when it came out so cant really remember it too well but I remember liking it. 
 

I finally got to see Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes, the film about legendary jazz record label Blue Note Records, as it’s been uploaded onto the iPlayer. If you’re already a jazz fan you’ll learn nothing new but to see Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter still killing it into their 80s is a sight to behold. 

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On 11/6/2019 at 9:27 AM, BomberPat said:

Yeah, I was just in the middle of editing my post when you'd replied, to say that I take it back, and it absolutely should have been a series.

There's some "character study" stuff of some of the key players that they could afford to lose, and they could have hit the key bullet points in an hour, but giving it more time allows them to show more of the actual trial, which is by far the most powerful part of the whole documentary for me.

 

dunno if i missed it, but what actually led to him being arrested in the first place?

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Just now, Egg Shen said:

dunno if i missed it, but what actually led to him being arrested in the first place?

his name was on a list of ethnic Ukrainians living in the US that were suspected of Nazi collaboration, and I think maybe the alleged ID card was already in circulation at this point?

Once survivors had identified his photo, the Justice Department requested that his citizenship be revoked on the grounds of having lied about Nazi activities on his immigration application, which then eventually led to Israel requesting extradition. 

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Pretty sure a few of here will know about this but every chance they may not.....

Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters

I first became aware of this around 2008 i think it was, had pretty much given up any hope of it coming to fruition as after the various crowfunding and kick start efforts to keep the momentum going it all went quiet again. Would pop up again and then go quiet again, rinse and repeat. Finally though it's got to the point of release and was premiered last week in London. Still early days so not sure how it will work in terms of a streaming release date but it looks very promising and the brother/sister involved in making it a reality really seem to have went above and beyond the call of duty on this one.

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There's a really good episode of Netflix's new series 'The Movies That Made Us' dedicated to Ghostbusters. Goes into all the troubles they had getting the film made etc. 

The Dirty Dancing, Home Alone and Die Hard episodes are good too. 

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14 hours ago, Divorced Dad said:

There's a really good episode of Netflix's new series 'The Movies That Made Us' dedicated to Ghostbusters. Goes into all the troubles they had getting the film made etc. 

The Dirty Dancing, Home Alone and Die Hard episodes are good too. 

That series is great, though I think has less substance to it than The Toys That Made Us, most likely because the nature of the beast is that they couldn't get the major players involved in a movie series the way they could in a toy one. Pretty depressing how every episode seems to end with, "and now here's five minutes talking about everyone involved that's dead now", though. 

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I do worry that Netflix might be overdoing the crime documentary 'limited' series but The Confession Killer really is excellent stuff.

Not one of theirs where it's best to now know anything about the background, like with Evil Genius (which was also excellent), but the way it morphs into a critique of law enforcement halfway through is fascinating.

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I watched one called Catwalk. Think Best In Show but with cats, and it’s real. Genuine Tonya Harding vibe going on with one of them. It was a fun and easy watch. 

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Three Identical Strangers

With thanks to @Magnum Milano for the heads up on this.

I thought this was pretty good and clearly if you don't know anything of the background of this story, which I didn't, it has an instant hook. While the story is fascinating and pretty amazing, I started to have problems with it in its second half, as it seemed to gloss over some of the more serious aspects of this story. Definitely worth a look though.

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Voyeur 

I watched this Netflix documentary last night. Supposed to be a doc about a bloke who bought a motel in the 60's and fitted all the rooms with ceiling vents. He then spent the next 40 years spying on the people in the rooms and writing down everything he saw in journals. Ends up being more about the relationship between him and journalist Gay Talese who is writing a book on him than the actual spying on people that he did.

The fact that Gay Talese is a cool motherfucker really saves this documentary because otherwise there's not much to it.

I saw Tell Me Who I Am too which I thought was great. The first two thirds was really interesting and the last third really turned and was bleak as fuck. Hell of a story though.

 

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