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This week, dear listeners, Melissa gets all nerdy with one of her favorite areas of cinema: documentaries. She selects a few of her favorites to discuss, and Windy adds a few of her own.
If you would like to drink along, we suggest either Norton Barrel Select red wine or New Amsterdam vodka, both of which are fine budget selections.
We apologize for the audio issues. We were recording over Hangouts, and Windy’s feed wasn’t always reliable. Also, there was nearly a one-second delay, so some weird timing things happen. We’ve fixed everything we can.
To make up for it, here’s a screenshot of Windy making a face:
Show notes behind the cut!
Man vs. Snake
King of Kong
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Exit Through the Gift Shop
20 Feet from Stardom
The Wrecking Crew
A Band Called Death
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
The Up Series (Seven Up, 14 Up, 21 Up, 28 Up, 35 Up, 42 Up, 49 Up, 56 Up)
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
Gates of Heaven
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The White Diamond
Dr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Man with a Movie Camera
Chariots of the Gods
The Thin Blue Line
The Man on Wire episode of A Reel Education:
Man with a Movie Camera, scored by The Alloy Orchestra:
Hearing about “Band Called Death” reminds me that I should pick up more Living Colour records…
I think “Prohibition” may be the best of Ken Burns’ documentary series. Excellently done, and I learned many interesting things from a period I thought I had a good historical handle upon.
I didn’t watch “Baraka” but I remember it coming out toward the end of my time frequenting the art-house cinema. It was Ron Fricke’s follow-up to “Koyaanisqatsi,” which… hmm.
Netflix has been great for feeding my documentary jones. One I really enjoyed recently? “Easter Island: Mysteries Of A Lost World.” What it basically does is dismantle what had become the dominant narrative about what happened to Rapa Nui, namely the “self-inflicted ecological disaster, complete with cannibalism” theory. Instead it offers a compellingly presented replacement narrative/theory, which basically boils down to: “Dammit, European imperialists!” (Let’s be honest, it’s easy to see European imperialists ruining a small island culture.)
I also liked “Side by Side,” with Keanu Reeves talking to filmmakers about the rise of digital and what it’s done to filmmaking-with-actual-film. Interesting stuff!