Category: Documentary

“Hysteria”

7.4

Man can’t get his fellow physicians to believe in germ theory. Gets fired from his job at the hospital.

Man joins a women’s medicine clinic, treating “hysteria” by providing orgasms by hand.

Man injures said hand due to a busy practice.

Man develops the mechanical-electric vibrator after his roommate’s electric muscle massager helps cure his hand and sparks an idea.

I kid you not… that’s the premise of this movie. Loosely based on the life of Joseph Mortimer Granville. Wrapped in a tale of women’s rights and progression of liberalization of a traditional, puritan European culture. It’s just as wild as it sounds, and far better than expected at first glance.

Maggie Gyllenhaal absolutely kills it as a revolutionary who takes over every scene she’s in, and delights as the incomparable Charlotte. A rather stimulating film, if I do say so myself.

“Cow”

6.5

True to the title, it’s just 90 minutes of the life and times of a dairy cow.

WARNING – It may not be suitable for children. It includes the beginning and end of the life of a dairy cow, if you catch my drift. It was a much more visceral experience than I expected.

“Pam & Tommy”

7.8

Much better than I was expecting!

I don’t think we learn a lot more about any of the characters involved. Tommy Lee is pretty much who you assume him to be. However, it was in the depth and perspective this miniseries paid to Pamela Anderson where it really shined. The perspective of the differences in the effect on their careers, personal lives, and outlook on life. The differences between being a man or a woman included in a sex tape gone public were deftly handled, which surprised me. It’s perfectly cast and surprisingly well-done. Bravo to the Hulu Originals team.

“A Glitch in the Matrix”

6.9

So… basically the Metaverse?

This was the most fun I’ve had disproving the existence of the world around us since “intro to philosophy” in college. Once you take the red pill and open your eyes, it’s pretty easy to start to untangle the simulation we all live in and separate it from concrete logical proof of existence. Watch if you’re looking for a wild hour and a half of conversation about the meaning, utility, and mechanics of life and the universe in which we live. This made me want to get back into studying theoretical physics and time travel. Maybe I’ll just buy an Occulus, join the Metaverse, and go fishing in Fornite.

“The Dying of the Light”

6.6

A fascinating little documentary. I had no idea what time and expertise went into pre-digital movie projection. Before it went the way of the dinosaurs, the profession of the projectionist was indeed a work of art blended with science. Chemistry expertise mixed with an artist’s touch, all in the name of bringing to life the big-screen movie experience. Now reduced to the push of a few buttons.