Author Topic: DOCember Group Marathon 2016  (Read 3402 times)

Bondo

  • Objectively Awesome
  • *****
  • Posts: 19700
DOCember Group Marathon 2016
« on: November 26, 2016, 11:27:24 PM »
I don't know about you but I've got a healthy slate of documentaries lined up for December so I'm opening this thread a couple days early so things can get moving.

1SO
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
The Bridge
Child of Rage
De Palma
Frank and Ollie
I Am Yup'ik
Wiener
Zero Days

BlueVoid
Nanook of the North
Sans soleil
Triumph of the Will
Shoah


Bondo
13th
Amanda Knox
Asperger's Are Us
Audrie & Daisy
Best and Most Beautiful Things
Democrats
Growing Up Coy
An Honest Liar
Into the Inferno
Killing Them Safely
Life, Animated
The Lion in Your Living Room
The Mask You Live In
Mr. Angel
Mr. Death
Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States
Pervert Park
(T)ERROR
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
Tricked
The White Helmets
The Witness
Escorts
Married, Single, Dead


chardy999
Weiner

Corndog
Fire at Sea
Gleason
Zero Days
Kate Plays Christine
The Thoughts That Once We Had
Danny Says
The Lovers and the Despot
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Portrait of a Garden
The Music of Strangers
Tower
Weiner
I Am Not Your Negro
Tickled
Peter and the Farm
The First Monday in May
Life, Animated
Hooligan Sparrow
Presenting Princess Shaw
Don't Blink - Robert Frank

DarkeningHumour
Tickle
13th
Life Itself
Going Clear

The Act of Killing
Prophet's Prey
We Steal Secrets

Winter on fire
OJ: Made in America
Jodorwoski's Dune
Pervert Park
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Zero Days
Citizenfour

Knocked Out Loaded
The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

MartinTeller
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

oldkid
Tickled
13th
Pervert Park
The Witness

Audrie & Daisy
Under the Sun
Making of a Murderer
Holy Hell
(Dis)honesty
Encounters at the End of the World

PeacefulAnarchy
Mr. Death
Buena Vista Social Club

The Nightcleaners
Dreams of a Life

14 Days In May
The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy

The War Room
The Leader, His Driver, and the Driver's Wife

Routine Pleasures
My Best Fiend
Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania
The House I Live In
Innocence Unprotected
Land of Silence and Darkness

The Spirit of '45
Images of the World and the Inscription of War

Sisters In Law
Divorce Iranian Style

The Sixth Part of the World
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

The Last Bolshevik

pixote
Weiner
Winter on Fire
Fantastic Lies
O.J. Made In America
Cartel Land
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
Making A Murderer
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

The Overnighters
Alone In The Wilderness
Law And Order
Mr. Death
Seventeen
Undefeated
My Best Fiend
13th
At All Costs
Muscle Shoals
Last Chance U


smirnoff
Holy Hell
Sour Grapes
« Last Edit: January 09, 2017, 12:24:31 PM by Bondo »

pixote

  • Global Moderator
  • Objectively Awesome
  • *****
  • Posts: 31738
  • Up with generosity!
    • yet more inanities!
Re: DOCember Group Marathon 2016
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2016, 11:31:05 PM »
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru

This is solid, as is Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.

I'll participate, too, by the way, probably with a focus on 2016 Filmspot-eligible titles (Weiner, Winter on Fire, Fantastic Lies, etc.), plus The Overnighters for the A Decade of Filmspots marathon.

pixote
« Last Edit: November 26, 2016, 11:38:51 PM by pixote »
I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

1SO

  • FAB
  • Objectively Awesome
  • *****
  • Posts: 28065
  • Marathon Man
Re: DOCember Group Marathon 2016
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2016, 11:37:59 PM »
Here is my recently revised Watchlist.

pixote

  • Global Moderator
  • Objectively Awesome
  • *****
  • Posts: 31738
  • Up with generosity!
    • yet more inanities!
Re: DOCember Group Marathon 2016
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2016, 11:42:23 PM »
Here is my recently revised Watchlist.

I don't have a good handle on what you like/dislike in docs, so I'm not sure how strongly to push you towards A Time for Burning, Murder on a Sunday Morning, and Man from Aran. How do you rate Sherman's March, by the way? Are the McElwee films on there because you were a fan or because they're on a few I Check Movies lists?

It'd be amazing if two people kick-started things early by watching On the Ropes before November is up (and Retrospot nominations close).

pixote
I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

1SO

  • FAB
  • Objectively Awesome
  • *****
  • Posts: 28065
  • Marathon Man
Re: DOCember Group Marathon 2016
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2016, 11:57:27 PM »
I love Sherman, it's on my Essentials, and I've seen nothing else by McElwee.

I watched A Time for Burning and Man of Aran last year. Burning was Okay. Man of Aran wasn't to my taste.

pixote

  • Global Moderator
  • Objectively Awesome
  • *****
  • Posts: 31738
  • Up with generosity!
    • yet more inanities!
Re: DOCember Group Marathon 2016
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2016, 12:09:40 AM »
By the way, I suggested somewhere previously (I can't remember which thread) that maybe during these theme months we could pick one film (via poll, probably) and try to all watch around the same date. There seemed to be some interest in that, so maybe we could try it this month? 13th seems like a good candidate, at least for US Netflix subscribers.

pixote
I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

Bondo

  • Objectively Awesome
  • *****
  • Posts: 19700
Re: DOCember Group Marathon 2016
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2016, 12:14:12 AM »
So we're all watching 13th on (by) the 13th then?

pixote

  • Global Moderator
  • Objectively Awesome
  • *****
  • Posts: 31738
  • Up with generosity!
    • yet more inanities!
Re: DOCember Group Marathon 2016
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2016, 12:20:48 AM »
So we're all watching 13th on (by) the 13th then?

That makes too much sense not to be a thing.

pixote
I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

Bondo

  • Objectively Awesome
  • *****
  • Posts: 19700
Re: DOCember Group Marathon 2016
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2016, 02:00:36 PM »
Pervert Park (2014)

I wonder if empathy almost doesn't count if it comes easily. Like, take kids with cancer, only a monster could fail to empathize with them, because it is impossible to find other responses. An adult cancer victim we might blame for smoking or for tanning or other risky life choices. It is much more relevant as a test of empathy to find the humanity within those who you revile or for whom you might find no justification. In our society, the hardest test of empathy might be related to sex offenders.

Pervert Park is an act of empathy, concentrating on a trailer park in Florida that houses registered sex offenders. Through recording interviews as well as group counseling sessions, it acquaints us with a handful of the park's residents, providing the context for their violation. Some of them are the more obvious victims of the system. We don't get any of the 18 year old who had a 15 year old girlfriend narrative, but there is one individual who was caught by the "To Catch A Predator" system when it seems clear he had no intent to be a predator and was pressured into the dialogue by the officers. If this sting tactic has actually prevented any abuse, I would be a little surprised. We get those whose own offense was part of a cycle, as they were victimized as children. Some seem closer to the pure evil that the entire population is labeled with.

If the documentary ultimately attempts to humanize this group so that we might treat them like humans in society, what it doesn't particularly do is provide the context of how they have been dehumanized. There are at best smatterings of job discrimination or burdensome costs related to monitoring, but even the question as simple as, why are all these people congregated in this one area isn't answered. I'm not sure if this park is more an intentional effort for a supportive community or the result of draconian laws that prohibit sex offenders from living near schools, parks, etc. that can often push offenders into homeless camps under freeways and other isolating policies. In any event, it feels like only fighting half the battle to attempt to humanize the population without pointing to what the broader public might reconsider now that we see them as human.

B-

verbALs

  • Godfather
  • ******
  • Posts: 9452
  • Snort Life-DOR
Re: DOCember Group Marathon 2016
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2016, 02:12:25 PM »
Quote
draconian laws that prohibit sex offenders from living near schools
Yeah terrible.
I used to encourage everyone I knew to make art; I don't do that so much anymore. - Banksy