Cocaine Cowboys

Cocaine Cowboys is an older documentary, but one that shouldn’t be overlooked. It takes you through the transition from what was once “Innocent Miami” to one where it became a huge drug import destination.

Where once marijuana was the import of choice, it was then replaced by cocaine courtesy of Columbian connections.
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Jingle Bell Rocks

Last night on TVO I watched ‘Jingle Bell Rocks‘, a documentary all about Christmas music (and those who seek it out and collect it). Overall, it was decent – with some great little bits of knowledge. That said, there were more than a couple of parts where I was awaiting the next scene (already!).
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The Manor

The Manor is a documentary that takes place in Guelph, Ontario — namely, at a strip club/hotel in Guelph. The club/hotel is owned by a fairly unique family — an overweight father, and anorexic mother, and two sons — one who enjoys the strip club scene; the other who does not.
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Internet Archive

If you ever used the “Wayback Machine” you may find this interesting.
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Rent a Family Inc.

Rent a Family Inc I truly enjoyed. Follow a Japanese man who has a side business where he rents himself (and others he hires) to stand in for real people. Need a father or a best man or a boss? He’ll be it. He gets his clients via his self-created website (good SEO!), but his family has no idea about the business.
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Just the Right Amount of Violence

Just the Right Amount of Violence‘ documents the occurrence of kids who are sent away by their parents to a facility/program that can (hopefully) straighten them up. It shows scenes of the ‘program’ waking up kids early in the morning (with their parents consent, of course) and taking them away – against their will – to a facility in Utah in hopes of reform.
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The Kill Team

You’re out fighting in Afghanistan. Your new superior is all about killing innocent civilians for no reason – and covering it up. The rest of your platoon buys-in. If you don’t play along, you could be dead. What do you do.

The Kill Team documentary is about such a case — a young American soldier faced with such a predicament and ends up discharging his weapon when the rest of the group are ‘setting up’ a kill of an innocent Afghan. It’s unknown whether his bullet was the one that killed the man, but he’s charged with murder regardless.
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12 O’Clock Boys

12 O’Clock Boys follows a young lad in inner-city Baltimore (cue the environment from “The Wire”) over a few years, as he yearns to become one of the 12 O’Clock Boys — i.e. part of a group of lawless dirt-bikers who parade down city streets doing wheelies and such – much to the annoyance of city police and residents.
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Hill of Pleasures

Hill of Pleasures, a documentary about policing a Rio de Janeiro slum, sounds really interesting from the write up. And then, all settled in the theatre, and you get:

  • a minute of watching a woman get her hair buzzed
  • 2 minutes of ‘grandma’ walking down the path, clutching the building walls as she goes (“watch out for that parked motorcycle!”)
  • cops caught on film intervening for things like… searches that turn up no drugs or weapons — and noise complaints.

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Downloaded

Downloaded‘ is the Napster story. How it began, what happened, and how it ended. I found it really well done. Not too much to say, as many of us used the program back in the day – and know the story of it’s demise. One thing I found interesting, is that the co-founders actually met over IRC as Shawn Fanning was working on the project. It’s well put together. At one point (the legal battle) it drags a bit, but it’s overall very well done. I rate it 4/5 — as seen at Hot Docs.
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