Sunday, August 17th, 2008 by
Menarche, for those of you who do not know, is the name of the time when women first begin menstruation. Since any topic even vaguely related to sex is considered embarrassing for many American parents to discuss with their children (though not too embarrassing to do to get children in the first place), public schools have stepped in to educate children on these important facts. Since many teachers are just as squeamish, industrial filmmakers put together films that teachers could easily show to a class and then answer questions (or refer questions to provided booklets), leaving all the awkward heavy-lifting to the film.
Plus these films cut down on weird loner telekinetic teenagers destroying the entire senior class after being doused in pig’s blood.
Films Discussed (all with links for online viewing): The Story of Menstruation / Molly Grows Up / It’s Wonderful Being a Girl / Naturally… a Girl / All Women Have Periods
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 by
Director: Mark Hartley
Writer: Mark Hartley
Release year: 2008
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation, is the movie’s full title and that’s exactly what this documentary is all about. Witness the history of Australian exploitation cinema as you could not have dreamt it to be.
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 by
Director: George A. Romero
Writer: Neil Fisher
Release Year: 1974
My mother liked O.J., he really knew what he wanted.
Yes, this is a documentary on footballer O.J. Simpson directed by George A. Romero between The Crazies (1973) and Martin (1977) that was shot by Bill Hinzman. Yes, really.
Sunday, September 16th, 2012 by
Director: J.T. Petty
Writer: J.T. Petty
Release Year: 2006
The horror of voyeurism.
A documentary on the way that movies in general and horror in particular is an outlet for our voyeuristic tendencies. There are interviews with author Carol J. Clover, well-known low-budget gore filmmakers Fred Vogel and Bill Zebub as well as some lesser-known folks in the industry or experts on psychology. The interviews are quite interesting, though I do find Carol J. Clover to be annoying, and we get a lot of time with several interesting directors and one actress, Debbie D, but one of the most interesting and creepy is an underground director who makes naturalistic films about a man who stalks and kills young women….
Friday, March 4th, 2016 by
Directors: Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp
Writers: Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp
Release Year: 2014
The Secret Garden
Stop watching the skies. Prepare to enter a world unlike you’ve ever encountered, as documentary makers Jasper Sharp and Tim Grabham invite you to look down into the weird and fascinating realm of… Well, simply read on and discover for yourself.