Described as the ‘last stop at the bottom of the world’ by some of its 6,000 or so hapless and homeless residents, Los Angeles’ Skid Row is a grim circus of pimps, drug dealers, hustlers and prostitutes. For most of the men and women sleeping and wandering the downtown streets of the City of Angels the idea of divine intervention is as distant as the glimmering lights of Mullholland Drive and the Hollywood Hills. Their stories are easy to ignore, which is what inspired one documentary filmmaker to brave the violent, tent filled sidewalks to reveal life for what it is on the mean streets of America’s second city. Director Shanks Rajendran has really taken guerrilla filmmaking to a whole another level.. This documentary is a expose of skid row – the full 100 minutes. It’s raw, uncut and thrilling.
Imagine a film , shot in one day, by 80,000 people. It sounds unbelievable but that is exactly what “Life In A Day” is. This fascinating film is made from footage of YouTube clips from people asked to film there everyday activities and do you know what ? It really works.
How the director managed to edit down 4,500 hours of footage is beyond me but the final cut is excellent none the less.
It is hard to really review the film because of what it is about: life. The film captures life for anything on Earth, whether it be a human or an animal. Cultures, religions, ways of life and philosophies are all touched upon in this amazing piece of history. Never before has the entire world been seen in a film such as it has in this picture.
People from all over the world are captured living as they do normally. There is no Hollywood, there are no actors, no directors and no writers. This film is about people.
It is obviously very difficult to explain what life is and I am not going to do it. But this film does it and it does it in a way anybody could understand.
Life in a Day is awe-inspiring in the way it captures life on Earth without being sentimental. At the end of the film, there won’t be a soul in the world that isn’t touched.
Beyond the Mat is a really great documentary, whcih shows a very human side to the wrestling industry and gives good insight to the behind the scenes aspect that not a lot of people will be familiar. The movie focuses on the lives of professional wrestlers outside of the ring, primarily Mick Foley, Terry Funk, and Jake Roberts, as well as some aspiring wrestlers. It’s the best documentary that I have ever seen on professional wrestling. Those who were fans of the sport in the 80s will be appalled at the current state of the wrestlers of that era.
And I thought my fetish for corn beef and feet was a little off, here’s an awesome documentary about dudes who take loving their cars to the next level. I included a manual after the video showing you how to make love to a car…if that’s your thing…
I have been thoroughly desensitized by the internet. Countless videos of accidents, deaths, mutilation, severed limbs, and beheadings have numbed most of my sensitivty to human suffering. I watched the documentary The Act Of Killing last night and for the first time since my inception to the internet, I can honestly say I was visibly shaken up. The Act of Killing is a documentary based on the Indonesian genocide in 1965. The killings resulted in one of the most brutal genocide in history, with nearly a million people slaughtered within a year. If you’ve ever tried to imagine what a Nazi conquered world would be like, this documentary might be closest thing we’ll ever have to actually knowing. What we discover is that when history is written by the victors, we see something very frightening emerge: acceptance of brutality as not only necessary, but heroic. The same paramilitary death squads that carried out the assassinations are politically strong today and count with government ministers among their members. They proclaim themselves national heroes and boast loudly about their “achievements”, which include murder, torture and rape. Director Joshua Oppenheimer interviews some of these gangsters and invites them to reenact the murder scenes by adapting them to their favorite movie genres (Westerns, musicals, etc.) 24 hours later, I am still left in a state of shock and disillusionment that evil, monstorous men are able to walk the streets with their head held high. Harrowing, shocking, and at times unbearable to watch… this movie is surprisingly poetic and beautiful. There are few films out there that I’d call essential viewing, but I think this documentary is one of them.This incident isn’t just about Indonesia, but it speaks volumes about our humanity and what we humans are capable of.
Not the hugest Lil Wayne fan, but we still hope he can get out of that funk, get off the syrup crap and turn his life around.
For Anyone Thinking About Taking Out A Crippling Loan To Attend A For-Profit College, Check Out This Documentary
College Inc. is a insightful look into the seedier side of the for profit college system. Both the defenders and its critics are interviewed about the merits of the for-profit educational system and, in the end, the viewer can make up their own mind about the subject. But the evidence clearly shows that for-profits have very little value; is unaccredited, which means these credits don’t transfer to state colleges; has a poor quality education and often times costs far more to attend these colleges than it does a state college and a community college; and the quality of the education is often times very questionable. For instance, three nursing students Martha, Nora and Susan went to the for-profit Everest College. They never set foot in a hospital during their time there and their education mainly consisted of learning about The Church of Scientology’s Evils of Psychiatry. Another sad case is of one Ann Cobb, a 35-year old divorced woman, who is knee deep in $60,000 in student loans and only makes $8,000 a year on food stamps. Even after graduating, she still hasn’t been able to find a job and can’t pay off her loans. Other problems with the for-profits are pressure tactics used by recruiters to get as many people to sign up. The more people they get to sign up the more money they make so they sign just about any person off of the street without discriminating whether this person is a worthwhile college student. I recommend this film to any and all students who are thinking about going to a for-profit college.
Here’s a seriously sad documentary called Guys And Dolls, which documents the trails and tribulations of guys who have pretty much given up the notion of ever having a real girlfriend and have turned to love dolls for companionship. If anything, you guys should use this documentary as motivation to get off your ass, seize the day and ask out that girl you’ve been waiting the perfect moment for. If you were waiting for a sign, here it is.