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Classy.

We went to see John Waters on Saturday night at the Arkansas Literacy Festival. I have been looking forward to this for months and – let’s be honest here– was a little out of my mind with excitement by mid-day.

I even put on a full face of makeup. Well, full face minus lipstick. Seriously, who has time for lipstick? I have at least fifty lipsticks, glosses, tars, and stains, but probably only wear it a couple of times a month. I spent some time fixing my hair too, but that was a waste because the weather just weighed it down. Oh well.

After setting my mother up to babysit (+ one extra kid), we headed for a nice dinner at a local place across from the theater. We both splurged on food; I had bacon cheese friends and my husband had nachos. It was a great dinner seated beside a big open window where we could people watch. Even though it had been hot most of the day, it was started to cool off and my allergies weren’t acting up [warning: foreshadowing].

A nice [drunk] lady in line for concessions at the theater told my husband that I moved like a gazelle. Not typically the metaphor you apply to a fat lady, so kept mentioning it all night long. I’ll take that, for sure.

By the time John Waters made it out on stage I was all smiles. I went in planning to pick out a few of my favorite quotes to share with you, but forgot in all the laughing. We had a really great time.

He signed afterwards and was just lovely. Overall, a great night.
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Unfortunately, the husband and I woke up Sunday morning feeling like butt . . . as if our introvert personalities needed a reminder of how un-fun crowds can be. Not really sure if we picked up something or if sitting by an open window for an hour while eating dinner sent our allergies into overtime.

I’m writing this about 4pm on Sunday afternoon and it could go either way. Cross your fingers for allergies, there is no time to be sick for real; the little man has an EEG tomorrow morning [Monday], so we have to be up and ready to go. I pretty frustrated to have spent most of my day on the couch with no relief in site (for tonight, anyway). Of course, this is one of my busy weeks; I can already see my to-do list snowballing towards a couple of Friday and Monday deadlines. Yikes!

Ten Things John Waters’ Said

This weekend the husband and I are going to see John Waters. I am beyond excited. Here is the description of the event: “John Waters’ one-man show/vaudeville act celebrates the film career and obsessive tastes of the man William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash.” Focusing on Waters’ early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, and the extremes of sexual politics, this joyously devious and continuously updated monologue is a rally cry against the tyranny of good taste and serves as a call to arms for filth followers everywhere.”

I’ve been a Waters fan since seeing Cry Baby and Hairspray as a kid and stayed a fan when venturing into his other movies and books when I got a bit older. My kid loves the Hairspray play and remake, so I’m counting that too.

He gets a lot of internet mileage with this popular quote, “If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em!” but there is so much more out there to make you love and admire John Waters. Or maybe not. He isn’t for everyone. To help you make up your mind, I’m going to share ten things John Waters’ said. Mostly just things collected from random interviews available online.

Enjoy!

1. Once I had a shrink who said, “Your parents are the fuel you run on,” because I was raised in the tyranny of good taste. If my parents hadn’t taught me all that, I couldn’t have made fun of it.
-John Waters
TimeOut New York, 2014

2. The worst thing you can do is make a cult movie. That means you got three great reviews and nobody went. An art film means it got a lot of good reviews and nobody went. There is no such thing as a counter culture now. What used to be considered that is commercial now.
-John Waters
The Big Issue, 2014

3. I love Christmas because it’s a time that’s extreme for everybody. No matter what, something is going to happen, you can’t avoid it. You have to have clothes for it, too, which I love—in December, I’m like a drag queen on Halloween: I work. So I have to look all year for clothes that I can wear in my Christmas show.
-John Waters
Vogue, 2014

4. You can’t order up your kids, and you can’t order up your parents. Whatever you have, you gotta deal with. I always tell parents who come to me with their daughter and her whole face is tattooed, “Let her open a tattoo parlor.”
-John Waters
Rookie, 2012

5. Good bad taste is celebrating something without thinking you’re better than it. You think it’s so amazing, and you could have never even thought it up. But the people who have [this thing] have it without irony.
-John Waters
Rookie, 2012

6. I’m always amazed at friends who say they try to read at night in bed but always end up falling asleep. I have the opposite problem. If a book is good I can’t go to sleep, and stay up way past my bedtime, hooked on the writing. Is anything better than waking up after a late-night read and diving right back into the plot before you even get out of bed to brush your teeth?”
-John Waters
Role Models, 2010

7. I’m perpetual tourist, and that’s the best way to travel. Nobody gets used to you, you make new friends without having to hear anyone’s everyday problems, and you jet back still feeling like a know-it-all.
-John Waters
Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters, 1986

8. Early in my career, it was fine to have no money. Everyone starts out without money. But I have four employees today. I have no desire to be a faux-underground filmmaker at 68 years old. I don’t have any needlepoint pillows with slogans on them, but if I did, it would be “Don’t Go Backward.”
-John Waters
The Dissolve, 2014

9. So I try to be humble, and I never say anything bad about something unless it’s something that everyone in America loves and has made a million dollars. Who cares if I say anything? I learned a long time ago that people like my work because I praise things that others don’t like, and as soon as I say something negative about somebody, I go to a dinner party and I’m seated next to them accidentally.
-John Waters
Interview Magazine

10. It’s funny, I get older and my audience gets younger. I do these book signings, and there are kids there who weren’t born when I made my later films. And I like kids. I mean, who else is going to take care of me when I’m sick?
-John Waters
Salon, 2010

On My Television (Retro Edition)

I thought I might watch and review some of the movies I loved growing up, but – in the end – that sounded like a bad idea. I’m assuming many of them won’t stand the test of time and I don’t want to tarnish those memories.

Did you have certain movies you just watched over and over again as a kid? I certainly did. I’ve recently discovered through conversations with my husband that the movies you like to watch tend to vary depending on whether or not you had cable. I did not, so Saturday afternoon specials rank high on my lists.

Here are the ones that stick out the most to me, in no particular order.

1) Big Trouble in Little China
I still watch this one – a lot. This is not one of my husband’s “childhood movies” however, and he does not appreciate my love of all things BTLC.1Ciy0T7

2) Adventures in Babysitting
I have not seen this one since I was a kid and I kind of imagine I would be bored out of my mind watching it now. Fun fact – did you know Anthony Rapp, later Rent’s Mark, starred in this one?Adventures-in-Babysitting-copy

3) Bloodsport
Jean Claude Van Damme all the way. This is another one I haven’t watched since I was a kid. What does it say about me that I absolutely loved this movie?tumblr_mjqdjx64eX1s35cr4o1_500

4) Flight of the Navigator
This one seems boring just thinking about it now. Kids are weird.Flight-of-the-Navigator

5) Sixteen Candles
Still a classic! I may or may not own this one.

6) Uncle Buck
I watched this one again several years ago (and a few times since then), it is great! I still laugh.

7) Working Girl
This doesn’t scream “little girl, watch this movie!” but I did, and loved it. I think I’ve seen at least part of this in my adulthood, but don’t remember what I thought of it.0928-friends

8) Revenge of the Nerds
Still awful, still good. You just can’t beat that performance at the end. Nerd power!nerds-talent-show

9) Little Monsters
I made my kid watch this one several years ago. I don’t think she enjoyed it as much – she just doesn’t get that 80s-kids-movie-but-almost-adult-movie thing. Great movie though.

10) Beaches
I’m assuming I would have a hard time sitting through this one now. I loved it when I was little because I just wanted to be an awesomely independent as Bette Midler’s character as a kid (I was so not that kid). Of course, only a tiny snippet of the movie deals with the kids. Don’t know what kept me watching all of the drama after that. 560445_269935909754530_1047421309_n

What movies stick out from your childhood? If you have watched any recently, what did you think? Do they stand the test of time?

On My Television

I have been watching a lot of documentaries and television documentaries recently, so instead of doing full reviews I’m just going for a simple yay or nay.

4246215The Devil’s Bible (TV, 2008)
From Netflix: Learn about the Codex Gigas, an alleged cursed text that sprang from a doomed monk’s pact with the Devil.

Would I recommend it? Yes. But be aware, this is about the inspection and study of the book by scholars and archivists; fanciful satanic stuff is mixed in only to keep the television audience from changing the channel.

11181534_800Bridgend (2013)
From IMDB: Since 2007, dozens of teens and young people have been found hanged in Bridgend, South Wales. Most of them knew each other-they were friends, neighbors, even cousins. It’s a mystery that has baffled authorities and town residents. The connections between the victims have led Bridgend residents and the local authorities to believe that something sinister has taken hold in the town. Some believe it’s a suicide pact, others say it’s an Internet cult among friends, others have blamed it on chemical imbalances caused by local cell phone towers. Through incredible, exclusive interviews with family members, friends and local authorities, ‘Bridgend’ explores these deaths and relationships, attempting to put rumors to rest while getting to the cause of these tragic hangings.

Would I recommend it? Yes. Heartbreaking.

1397451800_dfgfdgRussia’s Toughest Prisons (TV, 2011)
From Netflix: Three Russian prisons unlock their doors to an international film crew and reveal what life inside is like for the nation’s most brutal criminals.

Would I recommend it? Yes. I’m always up for a good prison documentary.

livenudeLive Nude Girls Unite! (2000)
From IMDB: Documentary look at the 1996-97 effort of the dancers and support staff at a San Francisco peep show, The Lusty Lady, to unionize. Angered by arbitrary and race-based wage policies, customers’ surreptitious video cameras, and no paid sick days or holidays, the dancers get help from the Service Employees International local and enter protracted bargaining with the union-busting law firm that management hires. We see the women work, sort out their demands, and go through the difficulties of bargaining. The narrator is Julia Query, a dancer and stand-up comedian who is reluctant to tell her mother, a physician who works with prostitutes, that she strips.

Would I recommend it? No. Despite the subject matter, the narrator oozed privilege and was off-putting.

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From IMDB: Thirty miles from the Arctic Circle, in the northern Icelandic town of Husavik, stands the Icelandic Phallological Museum – the world’s only Penis museum. Over 40 years, the founder and curator has collected every specimen from every mammal except for one elusive penis needed to complete his collection: The Human Specimen. The film follows the curator’s incredible, sublimely comic, often shocking quest to complete his eccentric collection, and the two intrepid men who have raised their hands to be the first human donor.

Would I recommend it? Yes. It was quite enjoyable and, as an archivist, I could really understand his complications in dealing with over-zealous would-be donors.

519RnvFftKL._SY300_NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword (TV)
From Netflix: The most formidable Viking weapon was an Ulfberht sword. But details of their creation and their maker remained secret for more than 1,000 years.

Would I recommend it? Yes. In addition to the history, a modern craftsman replicates the sword.

superheroes-a-never-ending-battleSuperheros: A Never-Ending Battle (TV mini-series, 2013)
From PBS via IMDB: Examines the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. It chronicles how these disposable diversions were subject to intense government scrutiny for their influence on American children and how they were created in large part by the children of immigrants whose fierce loyalty to a new homeland laid the foundation for a multi-billion-dollar industry that is an influential part of our national identity.

Would I recommend it? Yes.

Betty-Page-Reveals-All-posterBettie Page Reveals All (2012)
From IMDB: The world’s greatest pinup model and cult icon, Bettie Page, recounts the true story of how her free expression overcame government witch-hunts to help launch America’s sexual revolution.

Would I recommend it? Yes. I liked that Bettie herself was narrator most of the time (from an oral history interview, by the sounds of it).

-A_Brony_Tale-_Official_PosterA Brony Tale (2014)
From IMDB: Vancouver-based voice artist Ashleigh Ball has been the voice of numerous characters in classic cartoons such as Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Cinderella and more. When Ashleigh was hired to voice Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash for Hasbro’s fourth series to use the My Little Pony name – My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic – she had no idea she would become an Internet phenomenon and major celebrity to a worldwide fan-base of grownups. Bronies are united by their belief in the show’s philosophy. This documentary gives an inside view of the Pony fan-world, and an intimate look at the courage it takes to just be yourself…even when that means liking a little girls’ cartoon.

Would I recommend it? No. There was too much “should we be scared of these grown men.” I suggest Bronies (2013) instead; it is excellent.

posterskcultureSerial Killer Culture (2014)
From IMDB: Serial Killer Culture examines the reasons why artists and collectors are fascinated by serial killers.

Would I recommend it: Eh, it was okay. I’m a firm maybe.

On My Television

MV5BMjE4NjU2MzkyNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzUzMjA4MTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Bound by Flesh (2012)
From IMDB: This remarkable documentary tells the amazing story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who rose to superstardom at the beginning of the 20th century as sideshow attractions, performing alongside the likes of Bob Hope and Charlie Chaplin. Ruthlessly exploited by their managers, the sisters ultimately sued for their freedom-which they won at a terrible cost. Bound By Flesh puts a touchingly human face on two outsiders who went from the lowest rungs of society to the big time and back again.

My thoughts: This was good, although the subject matter was fairly sad. There seemed to be a lack of footage, so the astute viewer will notice the same sources again and again. It didn’t hurt the film though. The modern interviews – historians, industry professionals, and some acquaintances – are both entertaining and informative.

MV5BMjI2NzQ0MTI1Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzMyMDE2MDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Video Games: The Movie (2014)
From IMDB:
Video Games: The Movie, a feature length documentary, aims to educate & entertain audiences about how video games are made, marketed, and consumed by looking back at gaming history and culture through the eyes of game developers, publishers, and consumers. The film is not just another film about the games industry, but attempts something much more ambitious; the question of what it means to be a ‘gamer’, a game maker, and where games are headed. Storytelling and the art of the video game medium are also explored in this first of it’s kind film about the video game industry & the global culture it has created.

My thoughts: This was fun, although very repetitive and superficial. The online reviews are pretty horrendous, but I think it was enjoyable for a lazy evening.

JacketThe Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)
From IMDB: Darwin meets Hitchcock in this feature-length documentary.
The Galapagos Affair is a gripping tale of idealistic dreams gone awry, set in the brutal yet alluring landscape of the Galapagos Islands. Featuring voice-over performances by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgard and Josh Radnor, this film skillfully interweaves an unsolved 1930s murder mystery with stories of present day Galapagos pioneers (a handful of Europeans, Americans and Ecuadoreans who settled idiosyncratically on the Islands between the 1930s and 1960s). As such, it is a parable about the search for paradise — about what happens when a handful of individualists settle on the same small island seeking their own distinct and sometimes clashing notions of Eden.

My thoughts: Loved it! The story was interesting and overall, the documentary was very effective. Highly recommended if you are interested in these kinds of stories.

Saturday Review: Annabelle

Annabelle-2014-Movie-PosterI absolutely loved The Conjuring. I know its reviews are sort of mixed in the horror community, but I think it is the best horror movie I’ve seen in a long time. My daughter loved it too and has been anxious to see Annabelle since she first heard they were making the movie. A couple of weeks ago, I took off work early and we headed to the movie theater after school expecting an hour and a half of awesome horror.

It was . . . okay. It certainly met expectations as an average horror movie, but didn’t really come anywhere close to The Conjuring.

A little plot background from IMDB user johntyler249: John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia – a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle.

So if you watched The Conjuring, you probably remember the opening scene describing two young women’s experiences with a haunted doll named Annabelle. This is Annabelle’s imagined backstory.

What was good:

-The movie didn’t waste a lot of time with one person trying to convince others that crazy things were happening. This is my least favorite part of modern horror films and I’m happy to see the recent trend abandoning it.

-The scares were pretty good, especially on the big screen. I mean, creepy dolls are creepy; you would have to try very hard to mess that up. We are talking classic scares here – creaking floors, weird noises, things jumping out at you.

What was bad:

-Lots of talking. Lots of trying to figure out how to stop this evil. This movie felt three hours long.

-Annabelle didn’t actually do much. Just lots of close-ups and swells in music. Kudos to the director for not taking the easy way out and doing the zoom-in-on-in-inanimate-object-only-to-see-it-blink thing. I kept expecting it.

-No Ed and Lorraine Warren. I watch a lot of paranormal shows on television. I mean, a lot. They are my favorite. Lorraine used to pop up on several shows and I love her. Now, I wasn’t expecting them to have major roles in the film as this is supposed to be events that took place before their involvement. Still, I was disappointed. At one point, a priest mentioned knowing of a “couple back east” who dealt with these kinds of objects. Really? That felt incredibly forced.

-Too many horror clichés. Too many nods to other – really good – horror movies. It really reminded me of Insidious – some neat visuals, but a really lacking plot. I wasn’t surprised to learn it was the same director.

One word to describe it: unremarkable. Much like Annabelle in real life:
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Saturday Review: Netflix vs. Amazon Prime

You learned last week that we don’t have cable or satellite and get most of our television and movies from streaming services. Today, I’m going to give you our run-down on two of the most popular services – Netflix and Amazon Prime. We have both.

Let the battle begin!

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First up, Netflix.

Cost: $8.99 per month/$107.88 per year

What you get: 10,000+ titles with unlimited streaming; shows from AMC and the Discovery Channel; access to original series; access on iOS devices, Android devices, major game consoles, FireTV, Roku, Smart TVs, Chromecast, Apple TV

Awesomeness: Netflix original series are generally excellent and – naturally – not available elsewhere. In a survey done by Lifehacker in March, Netflix had twice as many of the 250 most popular television shows. You have the ability to add the classic DVD service to your subscription to open up your choices even more.

Drawbacks: Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away. New movies and shows are added as content contracts are negotiated and tastes change, but this means things are removed too. Your favorite movie might disappear. Additionally, there is usually a pretty significant lag time before new seasons of television shows are available.

Now, Amazon Prime.

Cost: $99 per year

What you get: 40,000+ titles, some with unlimited streaming, some individually priced; shows from HBO, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central; access on iOS devices, Kindle Fire, major game consoles, FireTV, Roku, Smart TVs

Awesomeness: Free two-day shipping comes with the Prime subscription; this applies to a huge amount of products available on Amazon. Kindle eBook lending and music streaming too! Want to watch movies and shows not available in the regular streaming? You can buy them or – in some cases – rent them. Your purchases are easily accessed in your library.

Drawbacks: The shows you can purchase by episode aren’t cheap. If you are trying to keep up with the current season of a show, expect to shell out $2-$3 per episode. Once you start doing this with a lot of shows, you reach a cost point where you are better off going back to a regular television provider.

Verdict: Well, there isn’t really a clear winner. It is all about finding the service that works best with your budget, watching habits, and taste. Personally, our household enjoys having both.

On My Television

voiceI Know That Voice (2013)

From Wikipedia:I Know That Voice is a documentary about voice acting . . . It is narrated by John DiMaggio,[1] the voice of Bender on Futurama, and stars John DiMaggio and many other voice actors, including Billy West, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny, Rachael MacFarlane, and Mark Hamill.”

My thoughts: Super good! I loved hearing from all of the animation voices I know from over the years. I especially enjoyed hearing all of the difficult work that went into each cartoon or film and about the difficulty of recording for video games. I recommend this for sure!

E-mail Order BrideNGC-US: Ep. Code 3979Email Order Brides (National Geographic)

From National Geographic: “Email Order Brides takes viewers inside the emotional and bizarre subculture of arranged marriages between American men and Russian women. This program follows newlyweds Dave and Anna, as the husband and mail order wife team attempt to make this unconventional form of match making mainstream. Their family business takes American men on a heart pounding and sometimes incredibly awkward journey to find true love in the former Soviet Block. With unprecedented access inside this taboo world, viewers will experience the emotional and bizarre subculture of arranged marriages between American men and Russian women.”

My thoughts: Um. . . this was bizarre. I nearly turned it off when the man running the U.S. side of the agency talked about his Russian wife not being 50 pounds overweight like an American woman her age. He was – of course – probably 50 pounds overweight himself. With the exception of one, the men were pretty off-putting (whether down right misogynistic or just awkward). On top of that, it just wasn’t very good. So, pass on this one.

junkieTV Junkie (2006)

From IMBD: “Rick Kirkham was a successful TV reporter, and could have been a major U.S. television profile if it hadn’t been for his massive drug and alcohol abuse. Kirkham filmed his life every day with a video camera from the age of 14 years. On the basis of his video material the story of his life is told in this documentary.”

My thoughts: This was painfully raw and at times difficult to watch. If you want to see a family living the so-called “American Dream” while dealing with drug addiction, this is the film to watch. Kirkham was a functional drug addict for much as the film and things slowly began to unravel and then plunge downward. It stayed with you for the rest of the evening – as a good documentary should. Highly recommended!

On My Television

clickWhen Strangers Click (2010)

From HBO: Finding love has never been easy. But it’s also never been easier. Online dating sites thrive on the promise that dates and mates are just a “click” away. But are they? WHEN STRANGERS CLICK: FIVE STORIES FROM THE INTERNET, from Robert Kenner (the Oscar®-nominated “Food, Inc.”), tells the revealing stories of people whose lives were transformed in unexpected ways by online encounters.

My thoughts: Eh, it was okay. It was a decent way to spend a free couple of hours, but I wouldn’t put it on a “must-watch” list. I will say that the relationships are interesting – it’s not just “met in a chatroom, then went to dinner, fell in love.” There are some really complicated stories.

jigJig (2011)

From Wiki: Jig is a 2011 documentary produced and directed by Sue Bourne about the world of Irish dance and the fortieth Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow.

My thoughts: I never realized how big Irish dance was around the world. I mean, it’s a big thing locally, but this really opened my eyes. I enjoyed it. The championships were like a pageant with injuries.

film-somm-570Somm (2012)

From IMDB: Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.

My thoughts: A little pretentious, but I enjoyed seeing everything that goes into picking a good wine at the top level. I will admit that it all seemed a little pointless to me – can anyone other than the people who actually pass this test tell the difference? I’ll still drink my $10 bottle of whatever white is already chilled at the liquor store though.

2234942-indie_game_super_meatboy_roomIndie Game: The Movie (2012)

From IMDB: A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

My thoughts: Extremely interesting – especially since it is a couple of years old and a lot of the games they focus on are released and playable.

5-reasons-why-you-should-watch-mansome-the-movie_imgMansome (2012)

From IMDB: A documentary that explores the question: In the age of manscaping, metrosexuals, and grooming products galore – what does it mean to be a man?

My thoughts: Eh, not great. Maybe I expected too much from it?

On My Television

tumblr_n1vdlhpsrc1sn7wjto1_1280Twenty Feet From Stardom (2013)

From IMDB: Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

My thoughts: Loved this – highly recommended! These, mostly ladies, with amazing, highly-recognizable voices. I was really surprised in particular by the music from the 50s and 60s – many of the voices I assumed were part of the main band were backup singers. I also like that the filmmaker interviews the backup singers and got memories/impressions from the “stars.”

Great quote: “You know, when you think about the history of pop music and all the memorable hooks that people sing along with, they’re singing with us most of the time, because that’s what we do on records. We come in and sing the hooks.”

POV-Girl-ModelGirl Model (2011)

From IMDB: A documentary on the modeling industry’s ‘supply chain’ between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model.

My thoughts: This was painful to watch. Seeing these young girls leaving homes and traveling to a country where they didn’t speak the language then – highly likely – leaving in debt without having booked the jobs they were promised. Families that didn’t really understand the fine print of the contract they were signing. And then more girls just waiting in the wings to take the next spot. Ugh.

imagesXT80WD4KThe Guy. . . Who Was in That Thing (2012)

From Showtime: We’ve all used the phrase “Oh, it’s that guy. The one from that other thing.” We all recognize them. They appear in dozens of movies and countless television shows, but no one ever bothers to learn their names. Sixteen actors detail their ups and downs as they struggle to forge careers in the world’s most cutthroat environment – Hollywood. They’ve played cops, lawyers, bosses, best friends, psychopaths, politicians and everything in between. Now you’ll know who they are.

My thoughts: Actors talking about being very recognizable, but no one really knowing their name. Nearly every time a new person came on screen, my husband or I said, “Oh, I know that guy!.” Truth in advertising.

article-2559704-1B7FE61500000578-61_634x451Mortified Nation (2013)

From IMDB: Adults share their most embarrassing teenage writings and art in front of total strangers at Mortified stage shows across the country, as the filmmakers explore what the show’s popularity says about all of us.

My thoughts: I loved this. LOVED IT! Mortified is a stage show where people get up and read excerpts from things they wrote as children – mostly teenagers. I remember those years and it is nice to see other people experiencing the same things. Highly recommended!

Great Quote: “We are freaks. We are fragile. And we all survived.”

glowGLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012)

From IMDB: GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling chronicles the rise and fall of the first ever all-female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it.

My thoughts: Do you remember GLOW? This documentary sets out to explain how GLOW got started, how the female wrestlers got involved, how it eventually ended, and how it left it’s ladies. It was very interesting, but not one of my favorites overall. The 1980s footage was excellent though.