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“Wild France”

Paleo Retiree writes: Six short episodes, which my wife and I watched on Netflix. The show’s writer/producer/host, Roy Mears, is smart, articulate and enthusiastic in a goofy-naturalist kind of way, picking up rocks and smelling tree branches and saying “Wonderful, … Continue reading

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Rory Stewart’s “Afghanistan: The Great Game”

Paleo Retiree writes: Really good. This two episode British doc is billed as “a personal view” by Rory Stewart — in other words, it isn’t a wannabe-objective news feature. But it supplies a lot of worthwhile and interesting information anyway. If … Continue reading

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“Filthy Cities”

Paleo Retiree writes: I recently enjoyed (if with some reservations) the three-part BBC documentary series “Filthy Cities,” which recently became available on Netflix Instant. Medieval London, revolutionary Paris and industrial-age New York City are the filthy cities covered by the … Continue reading

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Robert and Nanook

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Robert Flaherty’s “Nanook of the North” is usually discussed as a documentary, but I wonder if the movie isn’t ill-served by that conversation, which is simply too limiting to address the subtleties of Flaherty’s art. In focusing on … Continue reading

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Looking Back at the ’60s, 1: “The Fog of War”

Paleo Retiree writes: Bugged and annoyed by Errol Morris’s recent movie about Donald Rumsfeld (which Fabrizio dealt with thoroughly here), I just caught up with “The Fog of War,” Morris’ 2003 visit with Robert S. McNamara, the former Ford Motors “whiz kid” … Continue reading

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Docs About Movies 3: “Pablo”

Paleo Retiree writes: Episode three in my current series of writeups of documentaries-about-movies that I’ve enjoyed recently. Episode one concerned “Free Radicals“; episode two was about “Big Joy.” Today:

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Docs About Movies 1: “Free Radicals”

Paleo Retiree writes: Sick and housebound with a cold/flu/something-or-other, I’ve been passing the time with a lot of doc-watching via Netflix Instant. Weird the way that illness makes me lose my appetite for fiction films. Why should that be? Is it as simple as … Continue reading

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