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Posts Tagged ‘ documentary ’

That Guy…Who Was in That Thing


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In my family we have our own version of the “Celebrity Game.” It involves player 1 saying the name of a famous individual (e.g. Brad Pitt) and the next in line using the first letter of the surname as the first letter of another celebrity’s first name (e.g. Paul Giamatti), and so on. On road trips my sister and I have played this game for hours without repeating names. It’s a point of pride recognizing and remembering names. Yet, despite the countless names I remember, there are still those pesky character actors that can never be recognized except for as That Guy…Who Was in That Thing. Continue reading

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi


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If given the ultimatum to choose three types of food for the rest of your life, what would they be? I love cheese and bread, but I’d have to choose Japanese, Indian, and Thai. I think I’d be happy swapping between those three for the rest of my hypothetical, regulated life. Watching Jiro Ono carefully place delectable slices of fish on the counter in Jiro Dreams of Sushi only validates my decision. Continue reading

Kumare


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In all likelihood, your belief system manifested over years of study in a certain religious sect. Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish—no matter the religion, someone has been guiding (read: telling) you how to act, who to worship, and what is considered right versus wrong. These faith systems may be engrained in our society, but the idea that we can develop and maintain our own morality has practically been ignored. That is, until Kumare came along. Continue reading

Alix Lambert’s The Mark of Cain


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When someone says, “Respect your elders,” it is often ignored and treated as an old cliché that has no relevance in modern society. In a Russian prison, however, respecting your elders, or those of higher rank, is of the utmost importance. Luckily, the intricate coding and culture surrounding tattoos in Russia’s prisons during the Gulag and beyond has provided a template for new generations of convicts to understand who is not to be trifled with. We learn about this system and see some incredible tattoos in The Mark of Cain. Continue reading

Mansome


What makes a man? Is it the power in his hands? Is it his quest for glory? What makes a man? Is it the woman in his arms?* Well, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Morgan Spurlock were curious, so they made Mansome. All I learned is that hair makes a man. Continue reading

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