the essential documentaries

 @khamalas​ posted saying “does parse also watch those bts clips or?” and I think the clear answer is yes. Because what good is having essentially a mini documentary about your ex ? ex best-friend? ex maybe if you don’t watch it.

So he watches them alone in his empty apartment with his cat and expects to be mad about everything he couldn’t have had but thats not what happens. 

Instead:

  • He learns stuff about Jack through the videos that he didn’t know because they have both grown up and Kent hasn’t talked to him enough in recent years to know them. 
  • He learns that Jacks pre game rituals are no longer the same, that he smiles differently now and Kent almost doesn’t recognise him until he laughs and then its the exact same as the way he use to when they were together.
  • He watches the mini games they play and Jacks still a sore looser even after all these years.
  • They do a trivia quiz and Jack is only marginally better at pop culture than he was 6 years ago, but since when is Zimms so good at history. Kent swears Jack never paid more attention in history than he did in high school but maybe that was just another thing he missed.
  • They do a gift wrapping challenge for christmas and all Kent can think about is all the horribly wrapped gifts he got through juniors and how it turns out that Jack got lots of parts of his life together but not that part. 
  • He learns that Jack still tapes his stick the exact same way that they made up together in juniors, the same way Kent still does as well. 
  • Slowly but surely Kent fills in the gaps about what he didn’t know about Jack, that he was a history major, that he once flipped a table over a board game, and waged war on a rival sports teams house. That his best friend goes to law school, and that his proudest moment from collage was walking across the stage to receive his diploma.
  • Jacks exactly the same but entirely different and over time Kent comes to realise that this Jack isn’t the Jack he fell in love with when he was 16 and maybe its for the better but it still hurts to know that Jacks not his.

Eventually Kent realises that he’s not the boy Kent loved when he was young, but maybe Kent can let him go if he knows there’s no going back now

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The life story of one of the most influential and controversial film directors in the history of Hollywood, John Milius. From his childhood aspirations to join the military to his formative years at the USC Film School, his legendary work on films such as “Apocalypse Now”, “Jaws”, “Conan The Barbarian”, “Dirty Harry” and “Red Dawn” to his ultimate dismissal from Hollywood due to his radical beliefs and controversial behavior. The film includes in depth interviews with Milius himself and others such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Francis Ford Coppola, Harrison Ford, Michael Mann, Robert Zemeckis, Oliver Stone, Bryan Singer, Charlie Sheen, Matthew Weiner and more.

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The complete collection of episodes from “Orson Welles’ Sketch Book”, including the hard to find final episode.

Orson Welles’ Sketch Book is a series of six short television commentaries by Orson Welles for the BBC in 1955. Written and directed by Welles, the 15-minute episodes present the filmmaker’s commentaries on a range of subjects. Welles frequently draws from his own experiences and often illustrates the episodes with his own sketches.

Episodes:

  • “The Early Days” — Welles discusses his early days in the theatre. (First broadcast 24 April 1955.)
  • “Critics” — Welles discusses his love-hate relationship with critics. (First broadcast 8 May 1955.)
  • “The Police” — Welles relates the story of Isaac Woodard, a decorated black World War II veteran who was blinded in a brutal 1946 beating by South Carolina police. Welles first told the story in July 1946 on his radio show, Orson Welles Commentaries (ABC), and made the case a focus of his weekly broadcasts throughout September 1946. Welles’s comments on his BBC-TV series foreshadow a speech made in Touch of Evil (1958): “I’m willing to admit that the policeman has a difficult job, a very hard job. But it’s the essence of our society that a policeman’s job should be hard. He’s there to protect the free citizen, not to chase criminals — that’s an incidental part of the job.” (First broadcast 22 May 1955.)
  • “Houdini/John Barrymore/Voodoo Story/The People I Missed” — Several anecdotes from Welles. (First broadcast 5 June 1955.)
  • “The War of the Worlds” — Welles recounts the story of the famous 1938 Mercury Theatre broadcast that was mistaken by many listeners for a real Martian invasion, and the mass panic caused. (First broadcast 19 June 1955.)
  • “Bullfighting” — Commentary includes the true story of Bonito the bull, a story written for the screen by Robert Flaherty that Welles filmed in 1942. It was to make up the first third of his unfinished film, It’s All True. (First broadcast 3 July 1955.)

With thanks to Citizen Welles

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Humphrey Bogart: Behind the Legend (1994). Interview Guests for this episode consist of Lauren Bacall (Wife/actress), Theodore Bikel (Actor), Rod Steiger (Actor), John Huston (Director), Julius Epstein (Screenwriter), Joe Hyams (Biographer), Alistair Cooke (Journalist), Jeffrey Lyons (Film Critic), and Michael Medved (Film Critic/Radio Show Host), with Harry Smith (Host) and Larry Robinson (Narrator). Archive film footage includes Humphrey Bogart, Ann Dvorak, Dick Brandon, Leslie Howard, Charles Wilson, Mayo Methot, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Dooley Wilson, Edward G. Robinson, Katharine Hepburn, Jennifer Jones, plus several unidentified performers.

Film clips include a screen glimpse of Humphrey Bogart through the years, in scenes from Three on a Match (1932), The Petrified Forest (1936), Dead End (1937), They Drive by Night (1940), High Sierra (1941), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Key Largo (1948), The African Queen (1951), Beat the Devil (1953), and The Desperate Hours (1955), as well as his interview on “Person to Person: Episode #2.1” (1954), plus a radio interview with Humphrey (1947), and Katharine Hepburn’s interview on “The Dick Cavett Show” (1973), and Newsreel coverage of Lauren and Humphrey’s traveling to D.C. to testify before the HUAC (1948) (plus a 1945 clip of their wedding reception).

Great documentary all around.

“There’s no sacrifice too great for a chance at immortality.” –Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele in In a Lonely Place (1950), directed by Nicholas Ray.

Below: Clifton Young and Humphrey Bogart rehearse a scene for cinematographer Sid Hickox (in raincoat) on the San Francisco location of Dark Passage.

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Behind-the-scenes B-roll footage of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Three Colors trilogy. Thankfully, this is not one of the “usual” documentaries that we find on most DVDs. Instead, this is a fascinating, informal look at the filming of a few scenes in the film. The camera stands nearby as the viewer watches Kieślowski direct the actors and discuss changes with them, as well as members of the crew. This material is definitely a treat for fans of the film and aspiring directors.

Kieślowski Cinema Lesson: This brief, entertaining 8-minute featurette offers an interview with the director, who discusses his intentions behind two scenes from the movie. Essentially, Kieślowski breaks down all of the elements of each scene, discussing everything from subtle details to story to camera placement.

With thanks to LoSceicco1976

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Remembering Ray Harryhausen, 1920 — 2013

Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.

“Ray has been a great inspiration to us all in special visual industry. The art of his earlier films, which most of us grew up on, inspired us so much.” “Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no STAR WARS.” George Lucas

“THE LORD OF THE RINGS is my ‘Ray Harryhausen movie’. Without his life-long love of his wondrous images and storytelling it would never have been made — not by me at least.”
Peter Jackson

“In my mind he will always be the king of stop-motion animation.”
Nick Park

“His legacy of course is in good hands. Because it’s carried in the DNA of so many film fans.”
Randy Cook

“You know I’m always saying to the guys that I work with now on computer graphics “do it like Ray Harryhausen.”
Phil Tippett

“What we do now digitally with computers, Ray did digitally long before but without computers. Only with his digits.”
Terry Gilliam

“His patience, his endurance have inspired so many of us.”
Peter Jackson

“Ray, your inspiration goes with us forever.”
Steven Spielberg

“I think all of us who are practioners in the arts of science fiction and fantasy movies now all feel that we’re standing on the shoulders of a giant. If not for Ray’s contribution to the collective dreamscape, we wouldn’t be who we are.”
James Cameron

The Harryhausen Chronicles documentary, narrated by Leonard Nimoy, covers much of his work with some great close-ups of his puppets and lots of advice from the master himself. In the introduction Ray Harryhausen says: “Fantasy is a dream world and I don’t think you want it quite real. You want an interpretation and stop motion gives it an added value that you can’t catch if you try to make it too real.”

The Harryhausen Chronicles in six parts combined with a YouTube playlist.

The Complete Citizen Kane (1991, BBC). The most complete investigation in the origins and making of one of the most important films in cinema history. This excellent documentary was created as an Arena Special and includes interviews with Welles from BBC interviews in 1960 and 1982. It also includes an interview with Pauline Kael discussing her controversial “Raising Kane” article. The finest most insightful work ever done to date on Citizen Kane.

With thanks to Citizen Welles

All the essential documentaries on Orson Welles, including Orson Welles: The Paris Interview (1960), Filming ‘The Trial’ (1981), The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996), Shadowing the Third Man (2004), Orson Welles: The One-Man Band (1995), With Orson Welles: Stories from a Life in Film (1990), Filming ‘Othello’ (1978), F for Fake (1973), Orson Welles with French film school students, Orson Welles “Its All True” Citizen Kane and RKO, and seven-minute video of a very young-looking Welles (he was 23 at the time) addressing an onslaught of press members on October 31, 1938, the day after The War of the Worlds broadcast.

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The new Amy Winehouse documentary, essentially: “Let’s blame her parents!” Presumably made by people who have never had to deal with a raging suicidal drug addict for a child. Hey, I loved Amy. I absolutely adored her music. But I can’t imagine what her mother and father went through having to deal with her. It’s shitty to blame them. She made her own choices, you know? Why rub salt into the wounds of grieving parents? How classless.

FYI, I went through something similar with my dad. Me (and my mum and my two sisters) tried to save him, but he simply didn’t want saving. He was crazy, in his own way. There was nothing we could have done. NOTHING.

So, yeah, Fuck this whole “the family could have done more” point. It offends me as a person. They were in an impossible situation. 

Writing this headcanon down for posterity: Tony Stark is a trekkie who gets into mock-serious arguments with Peter Quill, who is a die-hard Star Wars fan. Steve gets caught in the middle. Eventually he takes a third option and discovers he prefers Lord of the Rings. Bucky can’t understand why cowboys aren’t a thing any more. Gamora wants to know why Peter’s such a big fan of what is, essentially, an inaccurate documentary.