I have just finished watching the whole Up series. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_series
There is apparently no thread on these films, so i figured i start one!
- I watched the whole series over a weekend (!) and while I appreciated the films, I'm kind of sorry I didn't watch them with a longer time between each.
I agree the series is a great experiment, but I can't help to notice the progressively growing self-awareness of the films and the protagonists which, to me, gets in the way of telling the story of these people (one could say it becomes part of the story). Pretty soon in the series, esp. 49up, I feel it has become a film ABOUT making the Up films. I would suggest the narrative qualities of the films never make it quite to the foreground and I found that somewhat disappointing, considering the great dramatic potential of filming individuals on such a large time span.
That is not to say I didn't enjoy the Up series!