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  • I loved that documentary GlasgowJohn

    A shame that Scotland had such a rough time and I remember watching their games at a friend's house in Portsmouth, with Archie Gemmill's goal being unforgettable. His determination was outstanding.

    We were all behind Scotland's Tartan Army at that time and on reflection the impact it had as a nation was remarkable and for many, life would never be the same again.

    On the other side of the coin, let's not forget how Videla and the rest of the military junta used the event for shameless propaganda, whilst murdering innocent people outside the stadiums.

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    Archie is never allowed to forget that goal and yet it's amazing how much he had been passed over by one or two managers both at club and at national level.

    He also says that he was told he was too wee. Blimey, look at Messi and others.

  • Leaving Neverland

    (2019)

    Overview

    Explores the experiences of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who were both befriended and sexually abused by singer Michael Jackson, and the complicated feelings that led them both to confront their experiences. Read more

    Genres

    • Documentary
    Trailer

  • We're currently clawing our way through Leaving Neverland (HBO only), the controversial documentary about two boys (7 and 11 at the time) who were allegedly abuse sexually by Michael Jackson.

    It's received some horrendous reviews, with many saying that it's just another money grabber, with much of the content being bullshit.

    It's four hours long, we're about a third the way through, so I'll reserve judgement until it's over, even though it's pretty disturbing stuff on the whole and raises more questions than it answers.

  • The Aeronauts

    (2019)

    Overview

    In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and advancing scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival. Read more

    Genres

    • History
    • Thriller
    • Adventure
    • Action
  • The Aeronauts, about a weather scientist and a female balloon enthusiast who in 1862 rise up to 36,000 feet in a hot air balloon is entertaining and may induce vertigo attacks.

    The only disappointing aspect is that the female lead is based on multiple women characters and parts of the story just don't fit or have been included for a modern, inclusive audience. PC in other words.

    Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

  • Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

    (2020)

    Overview

    Via interviews with friends, players and insiders, this docuseries examines how Aaron Hernandez went from an NFL star to a convicted killer. Read more

    Genres

    • Documentary
    • Crime
    Trailer

  • They say truth is stranger than fiction and the Aaron Hernandez documentary certainly bore out that point of view.

    He was the all-American son of a Puerto Rico immigrant who became one of the youngest football stars on the NFL, even reaching the Super Bowl due to his speed and catching ability.

    I won't spoil why they made a documentary about him, suffice to say that it's both riveting and tragic. I'd never heard of him before watching it, but I can see why there was such a furore at the time.