On this episode we sit down with Director/Filmmaker Raoul Peck. Mr. Peck was nominated for an Oscar for his recently released “I Am Not Your Negro”, which was based on the perspectives of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King from the lens of the esteemed James Baldwin. Sit back and cleanse your mental palate as we continue to #RaiseTheBar
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives
This documentary is for all those Hip Hop heads who lived through 90‘s Hip Hop. You remember hearing those shows via tape if you weren’t in New York. I remember hearing tapes all the time and some of the songs they played you would never hear them anywhere else or even hear them again. It was the place to be for real MCs to showcase their skill. You get the story from the start to the end of the duos run, even that point where it felt like they sold out by being on Hot 97. Great documentary for those who love Hip Hop and remember or just want to get a quick glimpse into a time far gone.
I Am Road Comic
This documentary explores the perception of what is to be a road comic. You get the real details of budgeting and how hectic the travel is as well as the places that suck for road comic…. Houston, don’t know why but it is universally panned by comics in this film. You get the unwritten rules of being the opening act to selling merchandise.
This documentary is very close to being completely full of hate towards Scientology. What keeps that from happening is the fact that the people speaking were all at some point in their lives a member of scientology. The begining isn’t much new information, it’s the second half that gets creepy. Every religion is a few steps away from being a cult or just becoming something awful and this documentary shows that scientology has crossed the line a few times but depending on where you stand with scientology you either see it or you don’t.
First off R.I.P to The Greatest to ever do it Muhammad Ali, this documentary talks to tose who fought The Champ. It’s a different kind of thing, you hear the build up to the fights as well as a glimpse in the lives of those fighters, it’s something a bit different but truly needed in something like this. The stories all intertwine mainly because Boxing at the time was filled with great fighters all looking to become the champion and that’s in both eras that Ali fought. It’s a compelling film and to be honest I’m not sure if this ever came on SpikeTV because I rarely go to that channel, i’m not sure it’s around or if I have it here in Cincinnati. I saw it on Amazon and bought it. Great film.
That Guy … Who Was in That Thing 1
Well first off before there was a sequel there was only this documentary, and it was insightful. You see a nice amount of people who are always in movies and on television but are rarely the star, yes a few of them may be main characters who have a major chunk of screen time but are the stars. The documentary explores the life of a regular actor in Hollywood and the wage gap and just career struggle to find a gig in the world of entertainment.
That Gal… Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2
Of course I’m going to give you the sequel, why wouldn’t I? This time it’s the ladies turn and in turn you hear how much things are totally different when it comes to females. They speak on ageism and type casting as well the perception of females who speak up for themselves. It’s all the same stuff the first film gave you just with a bit more faces who if you watch television you’re shocked that these women aren’t more established names. Every women has been on shows I’ve seen and continue to work, yes I get it that you may not know or even remember their names but the fact that they all have seem to land themselves in good shows that keep their faces recognizable is cool.
When The Levees Broke
Spike Lee out did himself with this truly honest documentary. It’s the kind of thing where it had to be made and you had to hear from the people who lived through it all. Many documentaries are out about Katrina and what happened in New Orleans but this gives you ever angle. From black people to white people, politicians and media coverage. So much went on and so many lives were lost for no reason at all.
The Seven Five
I heard about this documentary from an episode of The Combat Jack Show. From there I went and hunted it down on Showtime. The life of Michael Dowd, a former NYPD officer who was completely corrupt, plays like a crazy movie. It’s truly the stuff people make shows about, the stories they told were like lost seasons of The Shield. Money and Power corrupts and this documentary proves that point.
This documentary examines Native Americans in film. One crazy thing you learn is the more popular people weren’t even Native Americans at all. The fantasy or stereotype of the savages with feathers in their headbands. A deep look at the lives and lies surrounding a civilization.
Founding Fathers: The Untold Story of Hip Hop
This is truly a must see for those who consider themselves Hip Hop purist, it’s not about what era of music you listen to but the love for the culture. This documentary explores the essence of what is known by those who really are in the know about the movement the predates Hip Hop. This shows that something was going on before Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa. This is proves what I’ve known to be true from the beginning and that is everywhere has a start up that never gets acknowledgment. Even Hip Hop as culture has it’s untold origin story.
This documentary is known for putting the practices of Sea World on blast and put the world on notice that it’s not all fun and games behind the scenes. Very thought provoking film and I really don’t want to go to Sea World anytime soon because of this film. Well when it is an absolute things are different I’ll go.
The Central Park Five
This disturbing documentary shows just how wrong the justice can be and how far justice can go when it chooses to stand behind that wrong. Lives were ruined because of mistake, or what started out as a mistake that then turned into purposely planned screw job. The media control of public perception is at play all the time, this film shows just how far things can go when the right picture is painted.
The Art Of Organized Noize
First off I have to shout out the Flavor Unit, who I haven’t heard from in years for putting this together. I know when i speak on pre Crunk South music ie Atlanta the production of Organized Noize is the highlight. The documentary explores the beginnings of one the most unique crew in Hip Hop. They were the Bomb Squad of the south. This a must to check out for those into Hip Hop and good music.
I didn’t see the Kimbo Da Da fight but I’ve wacthed this documentary three times. The third time was the when it hit me how it reminded me of the stories mandingo fighting slave owners put together. The plus side is that brothers were using hands and not guns to settle whatever. The story of course is as much about Da Da 50000 as much as it is the backyard fighting the fighters featured.
The documentary follows Mitt Romney on the campaign trail in 2012. This in depth look shows the Mitt Romney that could have defeated Obama but being a politician and following the traditional political angle Mitt lost.
Of course I’m going to say watch this one. I’m from Newport “Bad Newz Va and just knowing someone from where I’m from, who lived in the same part of town as me made me a fan, even back when he was playing in Georgetown. If Jordan influenced how players played and changed the way endorsements were handled then Iverson changed the look and vibe as well as forced The NBA to make rules to keep things marketable to those fans not from the hood, like how I said that without saying that. Great Documentary about a Hall Of Fame player who deserves so much more respect from The NBA.
The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?
This is a documentary about all the confusing that went into the making of Superman Lives. The move would have had followed the death of Superman comics and starred Nicholas Cage and directed by Tim Burton. The documentary is great and just watching it makes me want to see actual footage of the film. I don’t think Superman Lives would have been as well received as the Batman movie Burtaon did which brought The Caped Crusader back.
The Other Dream Team
This documentary is about the epic story of the Lithuania team that played in 1992 ‘s Olympics. The story dates back to stunning defeat of The USA team in 88‘ by Russia which had Lithuania players on it. The story goes even beyond basketball as the movie starts out more political and that fight for Lithuania’s independence rides side by side with rise of Lithuania’s players becoming globally recognized so much so that two players from the team were drafted in the NBA.