Long Live King Kong

 DATELINE:  Still Kicking 85 Years Later

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If you want to be enchanted and taken back to childhood, the little documentary on the history of King Kong is pure escape and delight.

Kong! What an actor. They literally don’t make them like him anymore.

A bunch of Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes creative people were most influenced to go into the artistic end of movies because of their experience with the 1933 stop-action classic that still amazes and thrills nearly 85 years later.

Oh, yes, they have clips from all the major rip-offs and poor productions, which are somewhat enjoyable, but all the subsequent Kongs were dwarfed by the original.

There are anecdotes about people knowing Fay Wray over the years—and what a devotee she was to Kong, ever faithful to the ape who loved her.

Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake follows most closely as an act of love, updated, to pay homage to the Merriam C. Cooper version. The film omits the latest Kong movie called Skull Island, which features some interesting actors, all willing to play co-star to the big monkey.

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There is no real answer as to why Kong remains beloved, despite the carnage he creates in New York for Carl Denham, the hilarious Robert Armstrong’s legendary performance as a rapacious movie producer.

Kong holds up as the eighth wonder of the world because the filmmakers managed to give a puppet all the range of emotions and powerful communication skills that are often missing in most action stars.

Long Live King Kong is certainly not the best documentary of the year, but it is one to most likely give you a smile of long-ago fun when monster movies defied your kid’s understanding of special effects and gave you mesmerizing appreciation for film.

 

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Nova’s “Ancient Computer” Beats Ancient Aliens

DATELINE:  Ancient “Theories” 

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After seeing dozens of documentaries on extraterrestrials, and all those gods from outer space shows, we wanted to find a traditional science program that looks at one of the biggest issues among the mysterious discoveries of modern times.

We found that Nova, the PBS series, had a program on an ancient computer, discovered off the coast of Greece in 1901. It’s reportedly 2000 years old. It took five decades before somebody discovered that it was a technological marvel.

We were eager to see how Nova would discuss this ancient computer without once mentioning extraterrestrials, visitors from another world, or some other manner that denigrates human intelligence.

We were not disappointed. The show attributes this device to Archimedes. He lived in Sicily over 2000 years ago and the Romans captured two devices he had built. Apparently this laptop computer-size device was among the items confiscated. It’s a computer that predicts the future.

Done with a series of cogs, the machine can foretell future eclipses by using prime numbers on each of the cogs with interlocking teeth.  This actually provides a 19-year calendar.

If you watch Nova, and not Ancient Aliens, you will come to believe this was a work from a genius and lost to history because almost everything was invented in isolation.

Modern day scientists are astounded that this item was invented at all. On the other hand, they are loathe to admit it might have come from as a toy from some little gray space man. The one-hour show is well worth your attention.

We still prefer the Ancient Aliens theory.

Movie Gold = Blue Gold

DATELINE: Blue Denim without Brandon De Wilde

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Though we expected this documentary to be frivolous, it turned out to be entertaining and smart.

Blue Gold: American Jeans tells the story of how the fashion-plate pants of the Old West have become a big business and an art form. Yes, you will regret having tossed out those moth-eaten old pair of blue jeans. They are worth thousands of dollars today.

Oh, the film traces the historical process of how jeans are made with indigo dye and rivets by Levi Strauss, or Lee, or Wrangler. You will surely learn how the business of fashionable jeans in America has gone to the Far East.

This little film compiles everything you want to know about blue jeans—from Calvins to Brooke Shields with nothing next to her. Every morsel of trivia about blue jeans is here. And, you can’t be much closer to a subject than how it fits and shapes your scrotum and ass.

Authentic blue jeans are indeed valuable, especially in Japan nowadays. Collectors travel the Midwest and Nevada to find old trunks with old trunks. You will not find many documentaries that will combine Bob Dylan, Bruce Lee, with Iggy Pop and James Dean.

It struck us that those looking for authentic jeans, worn by real workers years ago, are actually big phonies. They never worked for their jeans, but they paid thousands of dollars for the privilege of looking like blue collar types in their pantaloons.

With a main host who looks a great deal like John Goodman on a lark, the film will not make your butt look fat.

Directed with holes in the right places by Christian D. Bruun, the film is sheer delight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is It Real??? or Just Another Movie!*

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DATELINE:  New Book of Movie Reviews

Ossurworld wants to announce that a collection of reviews and commentaries on documentaries, docudramas, and biopics, is now available on Amazon.com for discerning movie fans and smart readers.

If Pontius Pilate asked, “What is truth?” he’d be accused today of being a fake news critic…We have mixed up the real documentaries with those based on a true story in this compendium. You likely can guess when you have a real documentary on your hands, but not always. Sometimes it’s a biopic, or a docudrama, or just speculative facts and opinion. Sometimes the film is a masterpiece, and sometimes it’s just another movie.

We are sure that Ossurworld will start giving these away with a set of dishes sometime in the future. We think these reviews are swell, sometimes even funny. We hope you will too.

*Includes a few TV reviews.

 

Acknowledging the Unacknowledged

DATELINE:    World’s Biggest Secret?

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When you make an audacious claim that you are about to acknowledge the greatest secret in history, you better have a good one. Asking the audience to suspend belief on whether your movie is truthful may be too much to ask, or asking for trouble.

Unacknowledged: An Expose of the World’s Greatest Secret, a production from an arm of the lobby run by Dr. Steven Greer, takes a big bite out of the American pie.

We have not flinched in the task of looking at dubious documentaries that bring ridicule from a wide group of the population when it comes to an alien presence on Earth. The biggest budget, most powerful of all these documentaries, came out in 2017, flying in the face of the dangers of having government black ops who may wipe them out for the revelations. Yes, there’s an annual black hole of billions of dollars going into the budget of black ops, with no control from the U.S. Congress. It is scary.

So far, the government has benignly ignored the most shocking, by its own boast, of all UFO conspiracy movies.

We can recall Harry Lime in The Third Man claiming he would think nothing of removing a few “dots” of people from his mighty and lofty perch for a profit. It would seem Dr. Steven Greer has found that attitude prevalent among a shadow government that runs the black ops side of the United States.

This intelligent and well-produced documentary features some horrific images of the 20th and 21st century that are not usually shown on TV. If the plan is to shock us into fear, they are doing a good job. It seems, according to this theory, “they” will erase you if you try to stop them.

The enemy is not space aliens if this film theory is correct, but a consortium of the military-industrial complex that does not want to lose its grip on profit from world order. Werner Von Braun warned on his deathbed that they would use an alien attack, convincingly staged, to keep control of the world by enlisting the public’s support.

Greer enlists an array of impressive people, out of the closet, to state the ancient astronauts are out there, waiting to help us combat those who’d destroy the planet for profit. It’s like putting a cherry on a mud pie.

You may also wonder why Dr. Greer has not been assassinated for leading the call for citizen outreach to the five or six extraterrestrial civilizations that are visiting Earth regularly. He believes the governments have been co-opted, if not corrupted, and presidents are mere pawns of fake news.

Clearly this well-financed movie documentary indicates that the true believers are striking back at the empire of billionaires with their own money.

This may be the ultimate movie about truth, justice, and the American Way. Heaven help us, but if we are waiting for a visitor from a strange planet with super powers to rescue society, it’s already too late.

Gore Vidal & William F. Buckley Go at It Forever

DATELINE: TV at Its Worst

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Best of Enemies may be one of the most striking and tragic of all documentaries. In it the two people we most admired in the 1960s devolved into caricatures of themselves.

Now collected forever, their 1968 debates on ABC TV during the Democratic and Republican conventions set the tone for media fracas that are now nightly irritations on Fox and CNN.

The two men were denizens of snobbery, elitist representatives of politics and entertainment who became emblems of clashing cultures in a divided America.

Their witty and amusing opening debates quickly became nastier and ended with slander and mockery. Neither man ever recovered from their encounters and fed off a lifelong hatred for the other that now extends into eternity.

Vidal famously called Buckley a “crypto-Nazi,” though many incorrectly recall terms like neo-Nazi. Buckley promised to punch his counterpointing enemy as a “fag” who was “smashed.”

It was live TV and beyond censorship while TV executives watched it in unabashed shock. Delayed tape followed not long after—and fireworks became the massage of Marshall McLuhan’s medium. Yet, the first time this happened it was between the coolest of intellectuals and gentlemen.

Buckley and Vidal were two of the most dissimilar peas in a pod you could find: it was more like matter and anti-matter. Their lives combusted as a result of these short encounters.

The documentary runs the gamut from hilarity to morose despondency over America’s crushing problems. The two combatants seem to have given birth to a political monstrum horrendum in 1968 on live television. This film may provide you with numbing insight, or devastating disgust.

You need to see it.