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03-06-2009, 04:47 AM
Anyone seen this? Incredible documentary.

03-06-2009, 04:48 AM
About the tightrope walker?

03-06-2009, 04:50 AM
Yeah. Really good story. Fascinating how the guy came to become a tight rope walker and pull the stunts that he did.

03-06-2009, 04:52 AM
Yeah I saw it. Not too bad..and I'm not that big of a documentary fan either.

03-06-2009, 04:57 AM
I watch documentaries all the time. At least once a week.

Cocaine Cowboys is one that you might be interested in. It tells the story of how the city of Miami was practically built by the cocaine business. It's amazing. You'll just shake your head in disbelief.

03-06-2009, 05:02 AM
I saw that one...I really enjoyed it. Really was an interesting flick.

Any more recommendations?

03-06-2009, 05:14 AM
Two or three that I really like are "Freedom to Fascism" and "Zeitgeist." They're politically motivated so if you're a starch Conservative I wouldn't recommend it. I'm fiscally Conservative myself but I think I lean more Liberal when it comes to government control, etc. It all depends on how you take things. "Freedom to Fascism" talks a lot about the World Bank and world control, etc. "Zeitgeist" is more of a conspiracy film about 9.11 but it offers some interesting facts. It's a lot like "Loose Change" but better. "Zeitgeist" has a portion about the existance of God or a high power so if you're real religious I wouldn't recommend that part. It comes on pretty strong even for me and I consider myself Agnostic. There's a new one called Addendum" which is a sequel to "Zeitgeist" but I haven't had the time to watch it yet.

"Baraka" is a film that shows landscapes, ruins, religious ceremonies, etc., from a lot of various locations but there's no narrator or anything. It's just videography from different cultures. It's great as well. And "Samsara" is a film by the same director but it deals with the Hinduism, Buddhism and other related religions and the revolving door of like and the cycles of reincarnation. I haven't seen that one either and honestly don't even know if it's available yet but I've heard great things about it.

I check out freedocumentaries.org quite often and watch war, conspiracy, and religion documentaries all the time.

03-06-2009, 05:18 AM
I think there's a documentary about the Hurricanes coming out at some point this year from the same guys who made Cocaine Cowboys.

03-06-2009, 05:20 AM
I think there's a documentary about the Hurricanes coming out at some point this year from the same guys who made Cocaine Cowboys.

True. I've been trying to get more information about it but no one really knows anything.

Utter fail.

03-06-2009, 05:22 AM
I actually watched one about Nero's Golden House flying from Toronto to the West Coast a few weeks back. Really was interesting.

03-06-2009, 05:28 AM
Nero's Golden House?

03-06-2009, 05:31 AM
Yeah, the emperor Nero, after the Great Fire in Rome, took all of the center of the city and built this gigantic complex. After he was murdered, they tore most of it down and built the Colosseum there.

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03-06-2009, 05:38 AM
That does sound interesting. I really wish I was more of a history buff. But outside of World War I and II I just get keep myself fixated on it.

03-06-2009, 05:44 AM
The only things I really read about are either the CIA, the Mafia, true crime stories, Ancient Rome, or sports stories, like Friday Night Lights, 'Canes Mutiny, The Bad Guys Won, etc.

03-06-2009, 05:45 AM
Ever read Meat Market?

03-06-2009, 05:52 AM
Feldman's book?

03-06-2009, 05:53 AM
Yeah. The book about recruiting. Great read.

03-06-2009, 05:57 AM
Parts of it. I'll have to check it out though.

The book I'm reading right now is awesome. "Catching the Wolf of Wall Street"..a continuation of "The Wolf of Wall Street". Might be one of the most outrageous stories I've ever read.

03-06-2009, 06:15 AM
Yeah? What's that about?

I'm reading "Teach Like Your Hair is on Fire" by Rafe Esquith. He's a teacher in Los Angeles and probably the best in the country. He works with 5th graders and most of them grow up to be extraordinary individuals. Doctors, lawyers, etc., all on full rides to Harvard and other top notch schools in the country.

03-06-2009, 06:20 AM
Jordan Belfort, this dude who ran a Pump and Dump scheme from the Stratton Oakmont Brokerage Firm on Long Island in the mid 1990s.

It's basically about spending huge amounts of money, alot of drug use, etc. One of the craziest stories I've ever read.

On one part, he's so high that he has double vision, and he decides to fly his helicopter from Manhattan to his house on LI. Because of his double vision, he has to fly with one eye open and one shut the entire time so he can see straight. It's insane.

03-06-2009, 06:41 AM
Kinda makes drunk driving sound kinda bush league lol.

03-06-2009, 06:42 AM
That's what I thought. Dudes high or drunk in about 95% of the story.

03-06-2009, 06:48 AM
So how the hell does he have all of this money?

03-06-2009, 06:51 AM
He owned the Stratton Oakmont brokerage firm, they ran a bunch of Pump and Dump schemes and screwed people out of money. The book I'm reading now (the 2nd part) is his version of how they took him down finally. I think he still owes about 100 mil in restitution.

When he was in prison, his cellmate was Tommy Chong, and Chong convinced him to write this book. It's one of the most detailed things I've ever read. How he remembers it with all of his drug/alcohol abuse, I'll never know.

I'd definitely recommend it though. He's one of the best writers I've ever seen.

03-06-2009, 06:52 AM
Sounds incredible. $100 million in restitution...ouch.

03-06-2009, 06:55 AM
Supposedly they're going to make a movie of it with Martin Scorcese directing.

It'd make an awesome flick.

03-06-2009, 07:03 AM
I love Martin Scorcese. He's one of my favorites.

03-06-2009, 07:05 AM
Mine too. He's made alot of great ones.

Casino and Goodfellas are my two favorites. Speaking of Casino, Lefty Rosenthal is now actually dead. He died in October of last year, but I didn't read about it until a few weeks ago.

Strange. One hell of a story though.

03-06-2009, 07:10 AM
Come on Cedar this belongs in the critics corner. It's actually been talked about in there.

Edit: I hope you realized I was just kidding you and not actually trying to be a jerk.