Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist

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{4.5/5} “Digit really looks forward to the daily contacts as a source of entertainment. He often invites play by flopping over onto his back, waving his stumpy legs in the air, and looking at me smilingly as if to ask, ‘How can you resist me?’” Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist, aired in 2017 Dian […]

Documentaries

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Here is an update to this list. Best of the best The Battle Over Citizen Kane Bowling for Columbine Capitalism: A Love Story The Corporation Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner Fahrenheit 9/11 The Fog of War Guns, Germs and Steel An Inconvenient Truth Lost in La Mancha Roger & Me Walking with Cavemen Walking with […]

Star Trek: The Captain’s Summit

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{4.5/5} “It has given me some of my closest lifelong friends. And every morning, no matter what mood I was in, I looked forward to going to work. No matter what the hour. I said I was going to spend the day with these clever, silly, talented, wonderful people. It was — and still is, […]

Where to Invade Next

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{5/5} “It’s true. The whole world does have paid maternity leave, except for the 2 countries too poor to afford it — Papua New Guinea and this place [the US].” Where to Invade Next, released in 2015 Michael Moore visits countries around the world that have some ideas he believes Americans should consider adopting. He […]

Documentaries

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

I haven’t seen a lot of documentaries, but I have seen some good ones. I’m including both movie documentaries and TV documentaries in this list. Best of the best The Battle Over Citizen Kane Bowling for Columbine Capitalism: A Love Story The Corporation Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner Fahrenheit 9/11 The Fog of War Guns, […]

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (season 1)

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{4.5/5} “Stars die and reborn… They get so hot that the nuclei of the atoms fuse together deep within them to make the oxygen we breathe, the carbon in our muscles, the calcium in our bones, the iron in our blood. All was cooked in the fiery hearts of long vanished stars… The cosmos is also […]

The Institute

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{4/5} “The more I pulled on threads, the more the lines were blurred between what I viewed as the insanity I was… experiencing and the insanity of the real world.” A few years ago in San Francisco something unusual happened. Posters started appearing that led people to a particular building where they would be “inducted.” […]

Other TV shows I’ve watched lately

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These are shows I’ve seen a fair number of episodes of but not all. {4.5/5} Blue Bloods “They are the finest police department on the planet but they carry guns and shields not magic wands.” Season 4 has finished — I don’t think I saw any of the first 2 seasons but have occasionally watched […]

The Captains

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{4.5/5} “The deep strains of love — it’s the only mystery that is infinitely important.” — Kate Mulgrew The Captains was released in 2011. It’s a documentary about the captains from the various Star Trek series. William Shatner had previously worked with Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Generations but he didn’t know much about the […]

Project Nim

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{4.5/5} “Chimps aren’t humans. You have to… understand chimps to be able to understand how to work with them and be with them.” In 1973 Herbert Terrace, a professor at Columbia University, decided to do an experiment to see how much sign language could be taught to a chimpanzee. Nim was given as a baby to […]