Nov. 12, 2020

My Favorite Obscure Documentaries of the Pandemic ... So Far

I've found a bunch of really decent documentaries over the past year. Today, I'm talking about 'Three Identical Strangers,' 'Come As You Are,' and 'Carts of Darkness.'


I've found a bunch of really decent documentaries over the past year. Today, I'm talking about 'Three Identical Strangers,' 'Come As You Are,' and 'Carts of Darkness.'
Transcript
WEBVTT 1 00:00:06.080 --> 00:00:10.589 Hey, Hey, what's up? It's Wednesday. HMM, probably Thursday by 2 00:00:10.669 --> 00:00:15.949 the time you're hearing this, so we're making it through the week. If 3 00:00:15.990 --> 00:00:22.460 it's Thursday, then sometime around noon in the middle of America I've got that 4 00:00:22.660 --> 00:00:27.899 job interview. So wish me luck on that. We'll see, which is 5 00:00:27.940 --> 00:00:32.100 ironic, because I did I made another sale at the job that's not paying 6 00:00:32.179 --> 00:00:37.609 me today, so we'll see what's going on that. The only reason I'm 7 00:00:37.609 --> 00:00:40.729 looking for a new job is because the one job can't pay me. They're 8 00:00:40.729 --> 00:00:46.250 just not the they're struggling, basically. But I don't want to struggle. 9 00:00:46.250 --> 00:00:51.479 I have skills. I'm marketable as so long as they don't find out them 10 00:00:51.679 --> 00:00:56.880 nuts. So yeah, it's gonna be cool. Kind of excited about that. 11 00:00:57.679 --> 00:01:03.790 It's promising. It's nice to know that people value you and that was 12 00:01:03.790 --> 00:01:07.510 kind of cool. Like when we were at this place, went with the 13 00:01:07.590 --> 00:01:12.069 boss to make a delivery at a place that we a new customer I found, 14 00:01:12.989 --> 00:01:17.230 and he was really quiet. I'm like, Dude, like I didn't 15 00:01:17.269 --> 00:01:19.620 say it. I'm like, why isn't he speak up or say something? 16 00:01:19.620 --> 00:01:22.859 We're surrounded by all these people and like we don't know what all these people 17 00:01:22.980 --> 00:01:25.659 even do. This is a big companies. Could be a killer customer. 18 00:01:26.099 --> 00:01:30.659 So I start talking, like hey, it's me, I talk, and 19 00:01:30.299 --> 00:01:36.090 by the time we left there I found the lady who runs the digital signage 20 00:01:36.090 --> 00:01:38.849 for the whole chain and I'm like Hey, I love your digital signage, 21 00:01:38.849 --> 00:01:42.569 I used to be in the sign business, blah, blah blah, and 22 00:01:42.010 --> 00:01:45.090 she goes, Oh, me that. I'm going. How can we get 23 00:01:45.090 --> 00:01:47.129 on it? How can we get our product on that? She goes, 24 00:01:47.319 --> 00:01:49.000 Oh, it's easy, I just need a file size, you know, 25 00:01:49.040 --> 00:01:51.799 one thousand nine hundred twenty by ten eighty, blah, blah blah, and 26 00:01:52.000 --> 00:01:55.079 like that's it doesn't cost anything. She goes, Nah, just do my 27 00:01:55.200 --> 00:02:00.040 fucking great and like that's so cool, because then I start to talk about 28 00:02:00.040 --> 00:02:04.230 the podcast. I'm doing a podcast for this particular industry, and she said, 29 00:02:04.230 --> 00:02:07.230 oh well, we got a PR person. It's that Gal right over 30 00:02:07.269 --> 00:02:08.629 there, and she walked over. She goes she's at lunch right now or 31 00:02:08.669 --> 00:02:13.310 whatever, but she gave me her card. So I got the GAL FOR 32 00:02:13.909 --> 00:02:16.939 PR so I can get her on the podcast I'm working for. I got 33 00:02:17.139 --> 00:02:23.860 the signage Gal so we can get our product up on the signage and nailed 34 00:02:23.979 --> 00:02:30.530 a big sale there and the boss is just kind of quiet like well, 35 00:02:30.569 --> 00:02:35.849 fuck, oh well, can't help everybody. But so that was kind of 36 00:02:35.889 --> 00:02:39.330 a good thing that happened today and something more long term to look forward to 37 00:02:39.409 --> 00:02:46.759 tomorrow. So it's not too bad. Anyway. Today going to give you 38 00:02:46.879 --> 00:02:53.639 a quick movie review and this is he's going to be like my favorite documentaries 39 00:02:54.159 --> 00:03:00.590 of watched during the pandemic, and these are also ones that are not on 40 00:03:00.750 --> 00:03:05.430 Netflix. I have Netflix. Lots of people have Netflix, but I think 41 00:03:05.469 --> 00:03:09.590 I've seen everything on Netflix and most people catch up and see the current things 42 00:03:09.710 --> 00:03:15.740 like Queens Gambit, things like that. Excellent. Just not going to review 43 00:03:15.780 --> 00:03:17.539 it because a lot of people have watched it and they all agree it's great. 44 00:03:19.860 --> 00:03:22.740 These are more subtle. It's like the deep cuts, the B sides, 45 00:03:22.860 --> 00:03:28.569 the fucking documentaries you might not have thought to watch but are frankly quirky 46 00:03:28.729 --> 00:03:35.210 and and excellent. All right, I'll start with the most intense one first. 47 00:03:35.969 --> 00:03:39.370 It's also the oldest. I watched it again during covid not too many 48 00:03:39.409 --> 00:03:42.360 people have seen it, so I'll bring it up. It came out in 49 00:03:42.520 --> 00:03:46.039 two thousand and eighteen. It's about two years old. It's called three identical 50 00:03:46.599 --> 00:03:52.280 strangers and this thing starts out. It's really fantastic. It starts off with 51 00:03:52.360 --> 00:03:55.909 the guy, like an east coast accent type of guy, really good storyteller, 52 00:03:57.669 --> 00:04:01.990 telling about his first day at College. He's walking up but you know 53 00:04:02.110 --> 00:04:05.789 and everyone's like Yay, what's up, very good to see you, giving 54 00:04:05.789 --> 00:04:09.909 him hugs and high fives and he's just thinking, man, this is a 55 00:04:10.379 --> 00:04:15.300 this is a really friendly college here. And the time he gets to his 56 00:04:15.419 --> 00:04:18.819 dorm room, is dorm roommate just kind of looks like a ghosts or like 57 00:04:18.980 --> 00:04:27.009 he had seen a ghost. Is Dorm roommate knew that that wasn't his roommate. 58 00:04:27.290 --> 00:04:30.050 He's like wait a second. Anyway, long and short of it, 59 00:04:30.689 --> 00:04:34.209 that guy had a twin and neither twin knew about it. So the whole 60 00:04:34.290 --> 00:04:40.079 story and wines. I hate to even give any more away. It is 61 00:04:40.199 --> 00:04:45.399 fantastic. It's deep, it's dark, opens up all kinds of ethical questions 62 00:04:46.319 --> 00:04:50.920 and you should definitely check that out. So I find that recently on canopy, 63 00:04:51.839 --> 00:04:56.230 which is an APP that you can get on like Eurocu stick or Roku 64 00:04:56.350 --> 00:05:01.750 or whatever smart TV. That is canopy with a k. How canopy works 65 00:05:02.509 --> 00:05:09.100 is if your local library is a participating library, and I hope you have 66 00:05:09.259 --> 00:05:14.740 a local library and you best have your library card. You Do, read 67 00:05:14.819 --> 00:05:19.500 right. So Anyway, get your library card and canopy gives you free credits. 68 00:05:19.779 --> 00:05:24.529 So I have a couple different library cards from various cities I've lived and 69 00:05:24.610 --> 00:05:29.089 so I've tons of credits. But the the stuff they have on canopy is 70 00:05:29.170 --> 00:05:32.850 not Netflix. It's not it's made for like viewing and enjoying. It's not 71 00:05:32.970 --> 00:05:36.800 made for really binging. So if you only get like twelve credits a month, 72 00:05:36.879 --> 00:05:41.000 well, I don't break it down, that's like three a week. 73 00:05:41.079 --> 00:05:44.360 It's plenty of movies if you think about it, the old like rent a 74 00:05:44.439 --> 00:05:47.759 movie at the video store kind of way. Right. So I strongly encourage 75 00:05:47.800 --> 00:05:54.430 you to go check out three identical strangers. All right, cool, all 76 00:05:54.430 --> 00:05:59.350 right. So this next one is on stall ours and again it's a smart 77 00:05:59.670 --> 00:06:03.029 TV APP, Roku APP type of thing. Now I signed up two stars 78 00:06:03.269 --> 00:06:11.139 for a free week long trial because I wanted to watch the newer version of 79 00:06:11.300 --> 00:06:16.620 total recall and I happen to catch this movie. So this movie is called 80 00:06:17.220 --> 00:06:21.529 come as you are. So come as you are, I think was produced 81 00:06:21.569 --> 00:06:27.569 by the Canadian National Film Board or something like that, had that kind of 82 00:06:27.649 --> 00:06:30.769 low key vibe, very Canadian. And the plot is this. So the 83 00:06:30.889 --> 00:06:36.199 plot is there are three disabled guys. I would say they're all in their 84 00:06:36.199 --> 00:06:42.120 late S, maybe early S, in that range right. So you've got 85 00:06:42.319 --> 00:06:47.870 one guy. He's a paraplegic and I think an arm also triplegic, I'm 86 00:06:47.910 --> 00:06:53.990 not sure what the proper term is anyway, and he's been that way since 87 00:06:54.029 --> 00:07:01.019 he was born. Then we have side impaired guy, blind guy that I 88 00:07:01.180 --> 00:07:08.220 think he developed his blindness somewhere through his, you know, childhood. So 89 00:07:08.379 --> 00:07:12.779 he did see and then he lost his vision. And then the third person, 90 00:07:14.459 --> 00:07:21.730 I think recently acquired a new disability that rendered him fairly disable. I 91 00:07:21.769 --> 00:07:27.129 can't remember what his disability was exactly. So at any right, we've got 92 00:07:27.209 --> 00:07:32.000 a guy who's always been disabled, we've got a guy that was has been 93 00:07:32.079 --> 00:07:36.560 disabled much of his life and then a guy newly disabled. They all meet 94 00:07:36.680 --> 00:07:43.959 together at their therapy session place, the Rehab Facility. They become friends. 95 00:07:45.029 --> 00:07:53.029 All very unique characters, each in their own and I think that's really cool 96 00:07:53.029 --> 00:07:58.550 about it is all of the characters that are disabled are actually disabled people. 97 00:07:59.060 --> 00:08:05.459 Disabled actors with the disability that their portraying in the movie. So again it's 98 00:08:05.500 --> 00:08:09.980 called come as you are. The reason for the title is the Wise Guy, 99 00:08:09.100 --> 00:08:13.930 the guy that's been doing this forever. He's been disabled his whole life. 100 00:08:13.930 --> 00:08:16.329 He's he's ornery, he curses a lot. It's kind of a punk. 101 00:08:16.490 --> 00:08:20.610 He's just he's kind of an asshole right, but he's a lovable asshole. 102 00:08:20.930 --> 00:08:26.089 He finds a place up in Canada where it's like a house of ill 103 00:08:26.250 --> 00:08:31.279 repute, a whole house, if you will, where they specialize in serving 104 00:08:31.439 --> 00:08:35.360 clients just like these folks, like with dignity and they'll finally get laid. 105 00:08:37.159 --> 00:08:41.070 So come as you are is basically a road trip of three guys with disabilities 106 00:08:41.470 --> 00:08:45.750 taking a road trip to try to get laid. Simple as that. But 107 00:08:45.909 --> 00:08:50.350 the way it's presented is really heartwarming. It's pretty uplifting. It's I'd call 108 00:08:50.389 --> 00:08:54.590 it dark comedy. I think you dig it. So check that one out 109 00:08:54.860 --> 00:09:00.539 on stars if you want to try a free trial. There's a couple other 110 00:09:00.580 --> 00:09:03.419 good things on stars. Just make sure you set a reminder and cancel it 111 00:09:03.820 --> 00:09:09.129 before they charge your card. So the next one you can get on Youtube 112 00:09:09.649 --> 00:09:13.889 and it's another Canadian film board movie. I must have got caught up in 113 00:09:13.889 --> 00:09:18.049 their algorithms. I think you might enjoy this one too. This one is 114 00:09:18.169 --> 00:09:24.519 called carts of darkness, not hearts of darkness, kind of a spinoff of 115 00:09:24.600 --> 00:09:28.600 that name, but this one called carts of darkness. Now, carts of 116 00:09:28.639 --> 00:09:35.000 darkness is a documentary made by a snowboarder who gets injured again, I think. 117 00:09:35.120 --> 00:09:37.320 Now this guy's a pair of Pallegic, like lost the use of his 118 00:09:37.399 --> 00:09:43.309 legs. He's in a wheelchair and he's up in Vancouver, British Columbia, 119 00:09:43.309 --> 00:09:46.269 up near the hills, fancy neighborhood, you know, house is up on 120 00:09:46.309 --> 00:09:52.750 the hill, and he notices a guy's one guy in particular, riding shopping 121 00:09:52.860 --> 00:09:56.539 cart super fast down these hills. No groceries in it, just the cart. 122 00:09:58.740 --> 00:10:01.860 And we end up meeting this cart guy. He shows us which carts 123 00:10:01.899 --> 00:10:05.379 of the best to use and which ones are not. We learned that this 124 00:10:05.460 --> 00:10:09.409 guy is a homeless guy. Lives under the overpast and he lives in some 125 00:10:09.570 --> 00:10:13.929 trees. Then we meet some other homeless people. We learned the homeless life, 126 00:10:13.289 --> 00:10:20.759 we learned the can collecting life, we learn the freedom of riding these 127 00:10:22.000 --> 00:10:28.080 carts down these hills and just so simple but so fascinating, and all set 128 00:10:28.200 --> 00:10:31.840 in the beautiful backdrop of Vancouver, British Columbia, which I had never really 129 00:10:31.879 --> 00:10:37.629 seen from this perspective and it looks a lot like my hometown of the kind 130 00:10:37.669 --> 00:10:41.669 of San Francisco, Oakland's Bay area right there around the bay, where the 131 00:10:41.710 --> 00:10:46.309 hills kind of look down into the water. Really Beautiful, super interesting story. 132 00:10:46.909 --> 00:10:52.539 Carts of darkness on Youtube. All right. So that's three right there. 133 00:10:52.659 --> 00:10:54.019 So that should keep you busy. I've got three more so the three 134 00:10:54.059 --> 00:11:01.139 we just talked about, three identical strangers on canopy, come as you are, 135 00:11:03.100 --> 00:11:09.730 on stars, and carts of darkness on Youtube. Now the three I'm 136 00:11:09.730 --> 00:11:11.289 going to talk about tomorrow. Real quick. I'll just tell you now, 137 00:11:11.289 --> 00:11:18.080 if you want to jump ahead, are the pollinators on canopy, burt's buzz 138 00:11:20.039 --> 00:11:26.240 on curiosity stream. That's a cool APP, and then one on Amazon called 139 00:11:26.399 --> 00:11:31.919 will work for clicks. So I will give you reviews of those three kind 140 00:11:31.919 --> 00:11:39.190 of subterranean documentary B side deep cuts that I found during the pandemic tomorrow. 141 00:11:39.230 --> 00:11:43.470 All right, cool, thanks for being here. It's great to have someone 142 00:11:43.549 --> 00:11:52.700 to talk to and I'll talk to you tomorrow and now back to the wall. 143 -->