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May 14 2016

Episode 113: The Parrot Is Under Police Protection

Errol MorrisDear listeners, this week, we are joined by guest star Paul Comeau for an episode about master documentarian, Errol Morris! Paul was a former cohost of The Geek Life podcast alongside Melissa, so this is a reunion of sorts. Also, Errol Morris is awesome.

If you would like to drink along, we recommend picking up a bottle of Lambrusco (Windy’s pick) or pre-Prohibition cocktails crafted out of Old Tom gin (which is what Paul was sharing with Melissa).

We do have one correction for this week’s episode. During the show, Melissa complains that the film A Brief History of Time is nigh-impossible to see. Well, it isn’t anymore! In 2014 (which was after Melissa marathoned all of Morris’ films), Criterion released A Brief History of Time on both DVD and Blu-Ray, so now it’s back in circulation.

Also,  we promised a photo of Errol Morris hugging Werner Herzog under a rainbow, so here you go:

Werner Herzog and Errol Morris under a rainbow

Show notes behind the cut!

Movies mentioned:
Gates of Heaven
Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
Burden of Dreams
Vernon, Florida
The Thin Blue Line
The Unknown Known
A Brief History of Errol Morris
A Brief History of Time
The Dark Wind
First Person (TV)
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
Standard Operating Procedure
Tabloid
Documentary Now! (TV)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Midnight Special
Take Shelter

People mentioned:
Errol Morris
Werner Herzog
Ed Gein
Alice Waters
Les Blank
Philip Glass
Stephen Hawking
Lou Diamond Phillips
Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Temple Grandin
Tony Mendez
Robert S. McNamara
Donald Rumsfeld
Joyce McKinney
Jeff Nichols
Michael Shannon
Adam Driver

Links:

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/512588

“Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?” by Errol Morris, about the Valley of Death:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/25/which-came-first-the-chicken-or-the-egg-part-one/

The Interrotron:
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663105/errol-morriss-secret-weapon-for-unsettling-interviews-the-interrotron

30 Errol Morris Movies that Can Be Streamed Online:
http://www.metafilter.com/138558/Thirty-Errol-Morris-movies-that-can-be-streamed

Errol Morris’ 2002 Academy Awards short film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEsoSR2npes

A great article about how Morris made the short film for the 2002 Academy Awards:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2002/04/01/a-movie-for-everyone

Documentary Now!
http://www.ifc.com/shows/documentary-now

Paul’s MS150 donation page:
http://bikemnm.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/MNMBikeEvents?px=14143851&pg=personal&fr_id=27006&_ga=1.57116578.904602211.1463266927

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Suit_Gundam:_Iron-Blooded_Orphans

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