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Requisite Viewing: Yet Another Superb Adam Curtis Documentary

When Adam Curtis hits, he hits hard. I used to think David Attenborough was the voice of my British conscience, but I’ve found a new demure man to whisper sweet, sweet axioms to send shivers down the spine. Sorry, Davey, but nature is booooooooring compared to the contemptible machinations of mankind’s rulers. Hell, Mr. Curtis is even getting a coveted Man Hero award (note to blog: introduce a Woman Hero category, for Harriet Tubman’s sake!).

For those who need a pingback, holla One and holla Two.

The Great Ecstasy of the Sculptor Steiner

This one’s a real beauty; a 1976 Werner Herzog documentary about (one of?) the greatest ski-flyers who ever flew. Currently available on netflix instant queue, so if you don’t have it, time to add “watch” and “online” to the end of your search phrase.

Originally made as part of a series for a German television station, Herzog refers to this as “one of his most important films.” I will not cite that quote.

Bonus score by Popol Vuh.

Moreson Welles

“I’ve always been more interested in experiment than accomplishment”

“But just if I feel strongly enough about something then I don’t regard my career as something so precious that it must come before my convictions”

“I think you can fool the public as much as you can fool your wife”

“Ever? — {for the followup, you must watch the end of the last video posted. it is un-typably golden} — ”


And, not a quote, but the Wisconsin/McCarthy section was illuminating. Melancholy, maybe? But something less fey.

PS – Middle Age Orson Welles kicks a hell of a lot of ass. This is one mean motherfucker (not deploying mean in the pejorative, of course).

Orson Welles Lays Down Some Muthafuckin Troof

About audiences. Worth it not just for the words, but for the eyes, the liquid u’s, the countdown of actions to employ, a bachelor’s degree in seven and a half minutes. 4:52.


Here’s a question I pose to the readership at large – who wins the omnibus-imposed artistic battle? Orson Welles or Marlon Brando? Personally saying no question Orson Welles, because Welles was genius, but Brando merely brilliant. Plus, you can’t pit F is for Fake against The Island of Dr. Moreau and tell me there isn’t a clear winner. Welles had a continuously exerting and changing talent; Brando’s was one that burned and died (as far as histrionics go). In fact –








Do yourself a grand old favor and watch these. Come on – you have three hours lying around for Mr. Kubrick and Mr. Ager. Allow his voice to soothe your sallow brow, and allow your head to grow large with comprehension.

Craig Ferguson Redeems Everything (with Stephen Fry)

Meant to post this a while back, but the title still retains. The absolute best, the big titties. Stephen Fry is the continual redeemer, and Craig Ferguson is the newly anointed. Deliberately loaded language?

A Pearl from Mark Twain

“Give a man a reputation as an early riser, and that man can sleep till noon.” – Mark Twain

The Turtle Man

This is one of my favorite videos of all time. I love this man. He is a golden victor Happy Laughter, is all. I don’t feel like going further into this one.

John Adams Has A Thought He’d Like To Share With You

“Teach them politics and war so their sons may study medicine and mathematics in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music and architecture.” – John Adams

Banksy Rides Again

In London (still waiting on his Hartsook St. blockbuster).