14 May 2011

A screenshot from the documentary 'American: The Bill Hicks Story' (27 min). 'Only Bill would try Hallucinogenics before he tried alcohol'

American: The Bill Hicks Story (imdb) is a fine, must see documentary for all comedy fans and People of Counterculture. The movie shows us a man who during his own lifetime lived and breathed relentless dedication to speaking hurtful truths to barely receptive small-town comedy club audiences, but was privileged enough to witness the early days of his persona’s journey towards cult-like status.

You can buy your own copy or rent a stream (HD quality available) on the film’s site. A 720p copy can be downloaded illegally over bittorrent.

The documentary is definitely worth its weight in HD bandwidth thanks to a ton of gorgeous animations made from photo cutouts. Lazy, white-trash Finnish fans might however enjoy the free, subtitled low-res copy of the movie on The Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Areena streaming site (25 days of geographically restricted availability left at the time of posting).

[via:Linda Rajalin]

7 October 2009

I was handed this clip from a 2005 HBO documentary titled Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She (imdb). This is pure gold: loudmouthed “straight” males are guaranteed to feel stupendously uncomfortable. All of this is based on a study conducted at University of Georgia in 1996. The study showed that 54% of a group of homophobic, self-described heterosexual men were, while denying it, sexually aroused by watching gay porn. Non-homophobic, heterosexual males who participated in the study revealed little signs of arousal.

Watching the whole film is strongly encouraged. It provides a well presented summary of how traditional (western) views on gender and sexuality are hideously alienating and evil, based on examples from all over the world.

At the time of writing, a split-up version of the 54 minute piece is available in fairly decent quality on Youtube.

Parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (credits).

[via:Trent]

17 July 2009

Anthrax War – documentary about the 2001 Anthrax Attacks

Recently aired by CBC, coming to European public broadcasters soon. The movie also discusses the death of David Kelly and other aspects of the messy world of bioweapons development, including the South African apartheid era government’s plans to control the black population.

Youtube parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. There’s also a book.

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