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Louis Theroux ~ The City Addicted to Crystal Meth


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I was a bit disappointed with the show to be honest. It seemed to skirt around a lot of issues. One thing I've noticed about Louis is that he focuses a lot more on the people involved rather than on the subject matter and when you've got a massive problem like this it just doesn't work as well in my humble opinion. He's far better investigating things in stark contrast to his middle class upbringing such as the hip-hop culture show he did.

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It is really something to see how people trust him to portray them honestly.

I don't buy that argument and it's one presented time and again. I've watched pretty much all of his documentaries and I never felt he unfairly portrayed anyone. Indeed, as most people point out he lacks teeth when it comes to interviewing people - he often takes a back-seat and lets them do the talking, trying to be as dis-arming as possible.

I again enjoyed this latest in his series of more heavy subject matter documentaries. I thought it highlighted a lot of important aspects of the issues and most of all allowed the viewer an opportunity not to dissect the facts of the situation but to understand the people and their motivations.

In this sense I think Louis is well suited to this type of subject matter and long may he continue.

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I don't buy that argument and it's one presented time and again. I've watched pretty much all of his documentaries and I never felt he unfairly portrayed anyone.

That's my point, it was a meant to be a compliment of his style of interviewing, I love the fact that he doesn't seem like he's a journo who's there to film a shock piece for the $$$. Instead he comes across as an intelligent and disarming guy who is interested in what's going on around him and isn't going to judge them.

When he films the freaks and psychos he gives a cheeky look to the camera to ensure that we know that he knows what's going on.

I haven't seen one of his films that didn't educate and entertain me, even if all I learnt was that Jimmy Saville owns one pair of pants!

One of the few respectable journalists in my eyes.

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That was real misery porn, and very upsetting. I think if you are going to try and put cameras into these sort of lives so the middle-classes can gawp, and put aside the morality of that, Louis is an excellent MC. He never judges, never condescends, lets people dig their own graves, and asks perceptive questions. I just wish they had the budgets to stay longer - follow these sorts of cases over many months rather than the couple of visits these programs suggest.

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If it catches on with anybody, it'll be the Scotch.

This program was thoroughly depressing, there wasn't a single humourous moment. It was pretty powerful, but also devastating to see the fragmented families in the show.

you fucking now it. we set trends rather than follow them. while the rest of the UK is dealing with meth, we'll have moved onto something far more interesting and deadly.

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I'm still trying to get through this. It really is a fascinatingly depressing look at what drug addiction can do to people. I want to keep watching but I'm finding it quite hard.

The people booting in the street and toilets just seems so nasty, cant you wait til you get home? It should be shown in schools, far less scare mongering or misinformation and just shows it as it is. Also worth watching was a Nat Geo program called Afghan Heroin The Lost War.

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For longer term following of drug addcits try this video link for Black Tar Heroin, The dark end of the street.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULcxOTj1g7c...&playnext=1

Just watched it.

Wow was it depressing. So much pain and suffering between them all. It was well made though, it's kinda given me a desire to go hunting out some more documentaries (not particularly about drugs mind). I seem to remember there being a documentary thread somewhere.

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Just watched it.

Wow was it depressing. So much pain and suffering between them all. It was well made though, it's kinda given me a desire to go hunting out some more documentaries (not particularly about drugs mind). I seem to remember there being a documentary thread somewhere.

Just got through it. Jake's story was just mind-blowing. With every segment he would get worse. Ben was a hideous piece of work though, ouch.

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Also just watched that other documentary, really puts your own life in to some sort of perspective. The shit some of them went through when they were still young was just awful. :lol: That final scene with the girl talking to her gran nearly had me welling up. Complete waste of life.

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Yeah the guy who got raped repeatedly and stuff is just so awful its hard to imagine coping with those memories. Glad i'm finished with all that shit to.

Aye right. Bet you secretly miss the rapings.

Just watched The Dark End Of The Street. Thems some shit lives right there. That lassie Jessica was heartbreaking, how hard is someones life allowed to be?

In case anyone wants to download this, it's uploaded here:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=O4AVFWPA

Months and years to make a documentary though? That's so 10 years ago. Why not just send Louis "gosh heavens!? Does babies be born addicts!?" Theroux over for a couple of days - bish bosh - there's your doc.

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Watched dark end of the street. Jake near had me in tears. What the fuck was up with his boyfriend James - the guy was just so frightening, it felt like he was actually getting off on dominating Jake and punishing him. The guy is a rent boy drug addict who has just failed to commit suicide and now James kicks him to the street showing no emotion and just calmly picking him up on vocabulary while Jake disintergrated. Seriously. Pure evil.

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I don't buy that argument and it's one presented time and again. I've watched pretty much all of his documentaries and I never felt he unfairly portrayed anyone. Indeed, as most people point out he lacks teeth when it comes to interviewing people - he often takes a back-seat and lets them do the talking, trying to be as dis-arming as possible.

I like his technique. He is often around people that feel the need to justify all there actions, he let's them rationalize everything according to them, then he will cut through it and ask a direct question which most of the time exposes their poor judgement and ill founded reasoning.

Have to say this show was sort of bland. I find all the rehabilitation spiel hard to watch because it all looks like a front for the camera. The sad thing about this show seemed to be how ingrained in the culture this drug seemed to be for these people and they didn't look to stand a great hope of escaping it.

Although I do love watching people tweak.

Also, how big were George Bush's hands?

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Have to say this show was sort of bland.

Yeah it didnt have much to say or give much info or history about the drug itself, just showed that various people of all kinds can be addicts, well no shit man, might as well go watch Spun.

Watching people tweak is more fun than watching people nod out which is kinda dull to be frank, unless youre the one nodding.

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Watching people tweak is more fun than watching people nod out which is kinda dull to be frank, unless youre the one nodding.

When I did D.A.R.E at school we had to watch this video about this scottish bloke hooked on Tamazipan. It was hilarious, he was covered in burns because he would pop a few then light a fag, then fall asleep and set himself on fire. Fucking twat. I laughed all the way through it and got a stern telling off from the copper administrating the program. Cunt.

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Who actually sleeps with these heroin addict diseased homeless people?

I'm suprised the people that do actually pay for thier services live long enough to make it a viable profession. Is it really worth saving $20 to get a blow job from some one covered in sores and probably HIV positive?

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Any hole's a goal as some guys say and they'll use condoms i imagine, but they are pretty rancid some of them so getting hard might be a problem. I empty post boxes and collect mail from business's in Aberdeens harbour/red light zone and there was a pair of hoors working the other day and it was 5pm and blazing sunshine, crazy.

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^I was thinking the same, the only decent chick was Alice the emo rock one.

Alice was a total wannabe. She was a dabbling tourist. A bored youth. It annoyed me. The rest were proper damaged by life and needed a way out from the pain.

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