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On 9/28/2020 at 12:43 PM, Hannibal Scorch said:

Finally finished Class Action Park. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I thought the end was a bit off 

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After the focus on the people who tragically died there, they they went back to the talking heads talking how great it was and it's missed. Just didn't sit right, though the final shot was obviously a chance to leave you with the sobering reality of the victims families.

 

I watched Class Action Park the other night and found it fairly meh, which is a pity as there's a great story there ripe for the picking. Instead, I thought it had the feel of one of those cheap Channel 4 'top 100 comedians' shows with the irritating talking heads and not much scratching of the surface of majority of  topics. Also, I've no idea who Chris Gethard is, but I certainly would enjoy punching his annoying face after his inane performance in this.

The tragic bits felt completely out of place/tone too obviously, like an afterthought shoehorned in.

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Finished it. Incredible. The documentary is not just about OJ Simpson, but about racial history (and the importance of the Rodney King verdict), spousal abuse and manipulation, corruption, class, cele

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I completely agree, I was so excited for the story and love the idea but it just wasn't presented well enough. The animation was shocking and bland and they should have focused more on archive footage and contemporary info and less on those terrible talking heads who went there once.

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3 hours ago, Bellenda Carlisle said:

I completely agree, I was so excited for the story and love the idea but it just wasn't presented well enough. The animation was shocking and bland and they should have focused more on archive footage and contemporary info and less on those terrible talking heads who went there once.

I’ve since seen better YouTube docs about it if I’m honest

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3 hours ago, Professor Paul's Bin said:

Finished Paradise Lost 1-3. Regarding The West Memphis 3. What a story. I’ve had to watch the 2nd episode twice just to get my head around it all. Terrible Police. 
 

If you haven’t seen this it’s a must. Plus lots of Metallica played throughout which is always a plus!

You should watch West of Memphis now if you can find it. It was on Netflix for ages. It focuses on them after their release and an investigation into Terry Hobbs. 

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American Murder: The Family Next Door [Netflix]
 

Even though it’s obvious within the first five minute where this is going - it’s called American Murder after all - it’s still a fresh take on the tried and test true crime documentary style. 
 

The film is made up entirely from footage of police bodycams, CCTV, news report footage, Facebook/home videos etc which is mad that you can document an entire section of someone’s life using footage not originally intended for that purpose. Really goes to show how much information and of us is online and documented. 

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On 10/8/2020 at 2:10 AM, TheBurningRed said:

You should watch West of Memphis now if you can find it. It was on Netflix for ages. It focuses on them after their release and an investigation into Terry Hobbs. 

Check out The Forgotten West Memphis Three too. It’s a four-part docuseries released earlier this year featuring a podcaster who essentially promises to find the real killer. A mammoth promise, but one which reveals a few new developments if nothing else.

Also, Mark Byers, the eccentric father who was an early suspect, died in a car accident a few months ago.

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1 hour ago, wordsfromlee said:

American Murder: The Family Next Door [Netflix]
 

Even though it’s obvious within the first five minute where this is going - it’s called American Murder after all - it’s still a fresh take on the tried and test true crime documentary style. 
 

The film is made up entirely from footage of police bodycams, CCTV, news report footage, Facebook/home videos etc which is mad that you can document an entire section of someone’s life using footage not originally intended for that purpose. Really goes to show how much information and of us is online and documented. 

The one thing that stuck with me from this, they used that “Live texting” animation. Normally that’s fine but the real time deleting and correcting spelling mistakes ruined it for me. 

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yeh i found the deleting animation odd. The actual story upset me though more than any documentary ive seen in a long time, just horrible. 

The coldness of Watts was just unnerving, some of the video/audio footage they have of him in total denial is unfathomable. Prick.

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4 minutes ago, Cod Eye said:

Bit of a long shot here, but does anyone know of any good, in depth documentaries about how they clean up and remaster movies for modern releases?

Not heard of one but there are lots of small docs around related to the remastering of specific titles. Good little one here about Jaws.

 

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21 hours ago, Egg Shen said:

yeh i found the deleting animation odd. The actual story upset me though more than any documentary ive seen in a long time, just horrible. 

The coldness of Watts was just unnerving, some of the video/audio footage they have of him in total denial is unfathomable. Prick.

Agreed! I've seen this with the missus. Apparently on second viewing he has a smirk when speaking to the press which I'd not picked up on. It was a very disturbing watch either way and apparently there is more info out there on some of the the Facebook groups that surround the case. 

Absolutely a sadistic bastard and almost unreal in its cold and callous execution. 

 

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14 hours ago, Cod Eye said:

Bit of a long shot here, but does anyone know of any good, in depth documentaries about how they clean up and remaster movies for modern releases?

Lost Forever is on YouTube. Ive not seen it myself but it covers film restoration. 

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1 hour ago, patiirc said:

It was a very disturbing watch either way and apparently there is more info out there on some of the the Facebook groups that surround the case. 

Absolutely a sadistic bastard and almost unreal in its cold and callous execution. 

 

yeh despite how upsetting it was ive read theres quite a lot more to the case that the Netflix doc didnt get in. Im gonna have a read about it.

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The mole - telling the story of a guy who spent 10 years infiltrating North Korea's arms & drug trading.

Brave / Mental but the story keeps ramping up the tension; although I especially loved the making regional KFAs look like a bunch of muppets

Some of this seems a bit far fetched, but I've been to NK and yeah they really are that batshit crazy

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000nr85/the-mole-infiltrating-north-korea-part-1

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