PBS’s Barney and Friends was introduced in 1992 and became instantly famous, not just for its popularity with toddlers but it’s ANTI-popularity with their parents. Most people above the age of five couldn’t stand the giant guffawing dinosaur, the dopey look on his face, the lack of any effort to make him look like he was talking (his toothy jaw just hung there open the entire time), the overall mind-numbing brainlessness of the whole thing in contrast to deliberately educational shows like Sesame Street…there were plenty of valid reasons for the show and the character to receive the negative response they did. But according to a two-part documentary coming to streaming next month, the reason you hated Barney is because you hate love.
Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist explores the media circus football player Manti Te’o experienced in 2012.
Humor can be a subjective thing, with different crowds finding different things funny, but I have yet to meet someone that doesn’t like George Carlin. The famed sharp-tongued comedian had a career in stand-up that spanned nearly five decades and never lost its edge. Fourteen years after his death, his quotes are still thrown around the Internet and worn as badges of pride (“Remember how stupid the average person is, then realize half of them are stupider than that.”) Later this month, Carlin will receive the ultimate tribute in HBO’s new documentary George Carlin: American Dream.
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom is an original documentary. News Programs depicts the struggle of Ukrainians during the ongoing Russian invasion. Now you can understand how it all started with this documentary that tackles the Maidan 2014 protest.
Chris Hemsworth is known for playing an Immortal God superhero on movies but in real life he is not immortal. The average lifespan of humans these days is 77.8 years. In 1776 the lifespan of an average person is 38 years. Our ancestors married young because people don’t live long enough back then. Countries like Japan and Switzerland have dropping birth rates because the longer lifespan people made people want to know what is more to life. Our ancestors married young out of necessity to make a new generation. Now people lived longer we see single people in their 40s.
A new documentary is on the way from Small Town Monsters, the producers of docs centered around all sorts of legendary creatures — sasquatches, yetis, Mothmen and other hairy beasts. Lately, though, they’ve been turning their attention to the skies…On The Trail of UFOs, their most recent project, was released last year. Now that UFOs are in the public consciousness again thanks to recently declassified CIA reports, Small Town Monsters is back with a timely sequel.
The Society Of Illustrators has just inducted another artist into their Hall of Fame..it’s poster painter Drew Struzan. And everybody who knows him is celebrating.
If you’ve never read Blake J. Harris’s Console Wars, you should get on that. It’s one of the best books around about the video game industry, focusing on the dramatic rivalry between Nintendo and Sega that dominated the culture in the 1990s. You were either a Nintendo kid or a Sega kid (never mind that weird TurboGrafx-16 kid in the corner), and the competition to be the coolest was fierce.
Scott Peterson, writer and director of the award-winning “Out of the Loop”, has just released his latest documentary, Hitchhiking To The Edge Of Sanity.
Hansi Oppenheimer is the independent filmmaker behind The Squee Project, a media network celebrating representation, feminism and diversity in pop culture. Through The Squee Project Oppenheimer has produced a number of documentaries, most with “Squee” in the title:
Much of humor is derived from pain. That’s what makes comedy work, and likely why we have a sense of humor in the first place: to deal with the unpleasantries of real life. Many comedians, from the past and the present, have leaned on their own personal problems and issues to generate their stand-up routines. The audience can relate to it, and it helps themselves cope as well.
Everyone loves Hollywood tough guy Danny Trejo, thanks to his star-making role in Machete and subsequent films. But he wasn’t always rich and famous…in fact, he was once a very self-destructive man who spent many years in prison before making the decision to clean up his life.