John | Podcasting
John | Podcasting

Episode · 1 year ago

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

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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.'

Hey, Hey, what's up? It's Wednesday. HMM, probably Thursday by the time you're hearing this, so we're making it through the week. If it's Thursday, then sometime around noon in the middle of America I've got that job interview. So wish me luck on that. We'll see, which is ironic, because I did I made another sale at the job that's not paying me today, so we'll see what's going on that. The only reason I'm looking for a new job is because the one job can't pay me. They're just not the they're struggling, basically. But I don't want to struggle. I have skills. I'm marketable as so long as they don't find out them nuts. So yeah, it's gonna be cool. Kind of excited about that. It's promising. It's nice to know that people value you and that was ...

...kind of cool. Like when we were at this place, went with the boss to make a delivery at a place that we a new customer I found, and he was really quiet. I'm like, Dude, like I didn't say it. I'm like, why isn't he speak up or say something? We're surrounded by all these people and like we don't know what all these people even do. This is a big companies. Could be a killer customer. So I start talking, like hey, it's me, I talk, and by the time we left there I found the lady who runs the digital signage for the whole chain and I'm like Hey, I love your digital signage, I used to be in the sign business, blah, blah blah, and she goes, Oh, me that. I'm going. How can we get on it? How can we get our product on that? She goes, Oh, it's easy, I just need a file size, you know, one thousand nine hundred twenty by ten eighty, blah, blah blah, and like that's it doesn't cost anything. She goes, Nah, just do my fucking great and like that's so cool, because then I start to talk about...

...the podcast. I'm doing a podcast for this particular industry, and she said, oh well, we got a PR person. It's that Gal right over there, and she walked over. She goes she's at lunch right now or whatever, but she gave me her card. So I got the GAL FOR PR so I can get her on the podcast I'm working for. I got the signage Gal so we can get our product up on the signage and nailed a big sale there and the boss is just kind of quiet like well, fuck, oh well, can't help everybody. But so that was kind of a good thing that happened today and something more long term to look forward to tomorrow. So it's not too bad. Anyway. Today going to give you a quick movie review and this is he's going to be like my favorite documentaries of watched during the pandemic, and these are also ones that are not on...

Netflix. I have Netflix. Lots of people have Netflix, but I think I've seen everything on Netflix and most people catch up and see the current things like Queens Gambit, things like that. Excellent. Just not going to review it because a lot of people have watched it and they all agree it's great. These are more subtle. It's like the deep cuts, the B sides, the fucking documentaries you might not have thought to watch but are frankly quirky and and excellent. All right, I'll start with the most intense one first. It's also the oldest. I watched it again during covid not too many people have seen it, so I'll bring it up. It came out in two thousand and eighteen. It's about two years old. It's called three identical strangers and this thing starts out. It's really fantastic. It starts off with the guy, like an east coast accent type of guy, really good storyteller, telling about his first day at College. He's walking up but you know...

...and everyone's like Yay, what's up, very good to see you, giving him hugs and high fives and he's just thinking, man, this is a this is a really friendly college here. And the time he gets to his dorm room, is dorm roommate just kind of looks like a ghosts or like he had seen a ghost. Is Dorm roommate knew that that wasn't his roommate. He's like wait a second. Anyway, long and short of it, that guy had a twin and neither twin knew about it. So the whole story and wines. I hate to even give any more away. It is fantastic. It's deep, it's dark, opens up all kinds of ethical questions and you should definitely check that out. So I find that recently on canopy, which is an APP that you can get on like Eurocu stick or Roku or whatever smart TV. That is canopy with a k. How canopy works...

...is if your local library is a participating library, and I hope you have a local library and you best have your library card. You Do, read right. So Anyway, get your library card and canopy gives you free credits. So I have a couple different library cards from various cities I've lived and so I've tons of credits. But the the stuff they have on canopy is not Netflix. It's not it's made for like viewing and enjoying. It's not made for really binging. So if you only get like twelve credits a month, well, I don't break it down, that's like three a week. It's plenty of movies if you think about it, the old like rent a movie at the video store kind of way. Right. So I strongly encourage you to go check out three identical strangers. All right, cool, all right. So this next one is on stall ours and again it's a smart TV APP, Roku APP type of thing. Now I signed up two stars...

...for a free week long trial because I wanted to watch the newer version of total recall and I happen to catch this movie. So this movie is called come as you are. So come as you are, I think was produced by the Canadian National Film Board or something like that, had that kind of low key vibe, very Canadian. And the plot is this. So the plot is there are three disabled guys. I would say they're all in their late S, maybe early S, in that range right. So you've got one guy. He's a paraplegic and I think an arm also triplegic, I'm not sure what the proper term is anyway, and he's been that way since he was born. Then we have side impaired guy, blind guy that I...

...think he developed his blindness somewhere through his, you know, childhood. So he did see and then he lost his vision. And then the third person, I think recently acquired a new disability that rendered him fairly disable. I can't remember what his disability was exactly. So at any right, we've got a guy who's always been disabled, we've got a guy that was has been disabled much of his life and then a guy newly disabled. They all meet together at their therapy session place, the Rehab Facility. They become friends. All very unique characters, each in their own and I think that's really cool about it is all of the characters that are disabled are actually disabled people. Disabled actors with the disability that their portraying in the movie. So again it's...

...called come as you are. The reason for the title is the Wise Guy, the guy that's been doing this forever. He's been disabled his whole life. He's he's ornery, he curses a lot. It's kind of a punk. He's just he's kind of an asshole right, but he's a lovable asshole. He finds a place up in Canada where it's like a house of ill repute, a whole house, if you will, where they specialize in serving clients just like these folks, like with dignity and they'll finally get laid. So come as you are is basically a road trip of three guys with disabilities taking a road trip to try to get laid. Simple as that. But the way it's presented is really heartwarming. It's pretty uplifting. It's I'd call it dark comedy. I think you dig it. So check that one out on stars if you want to try a free trial. There's a couple other...

...good things on stars. Just make sure you set a reminder and cancel it before they charge your card. So the next one you can get on Youtube and it's another Canadian film board movie. I must have got caught up in their algorithms. I think you might enjoy this one too. This one is called carts of darkness, not hearts of darkness, kind of a spinoff of that name, but this one called carts of darkness. Now, carts of darkness is a documentary made by a snowboarder who gets injured again, I think. Now this guy's a pair of Pallegic, like lost the use of his legs. He's in a wheelchair and he's up in Vancouver, British Columbia, up near the hills, fancy neighborhood, you know, house is up on the hill, and he notices a guy's one guy in particular, riding shopping cart super fast down these hills. No groceries in it, just the cart. And we end up meeting this cart guy. He shows us which carts...

...of the best to use and which ones are not. We learned that this guy is a homeless guy. Lives under the overpast and he lives in some trees. Then we meet some other homeless people. We learned the homeless life, we learned the can collecting life, we learn the freedom of riding these carts down these hills and just so simple but so fascinating, and all set in the beautiful backdrop of Vancouver, British Columbia, which I had never really seen from this perspective and it looks a lot like my hometown of the kind of San Francisco, Oakland's Bay area right there around the bay, where the hills kind of look down into the water. Really Beautiful, super interesting story. Carts of darkness on Youtube. All right. So that's three right there. So that should keep you busy. I've got three more so the three we just talked about, three identical strangers on canopy, come as you are,...

...on stars, and carts of darkness on Youtube. Now the three I'm going to talk about tomorrow. Real quick. I'll just tell you now, if you want to jump ahead, are the pollinators on canopy, burt's buzz on curiosity stream. That's a cool APP, and then one on Amazon called will work for clicks. So I will give you reviews of those three kind of subterranean documentary B side deep cuts that I found during the pandemic tomorrow. All right, cool, thanks for being here. It's great to have someone to talk to and I'll talk to you tomorrow and now back to the wall.

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