SIX SICK PICKS – JAN 2019

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  1. THE WESTBROOK ICE DISK
    The Westbrook Ice Disk was a large ice circle that formed in the Presumpscot River and grew to almost 300 feet before coming to an end. From the sky it looked like a photo of earth from space and from the ground it looked like a giant ice record slowing rotating on its watery turntable. The phenomenon drew lookie-loos form far and wide and sparked a small post Christmas boon for local eateries. Like Frosty the Snowman, the Westbrook Ice Disk’s days were numbered, but its end did not come at the hands of warmer weather. The WID was killed by people who could not leave well enough alone. People tried ice skating on it, planting flags into it, finally a “artist” from New Jersey murdered the disk trying to turn it into a peace symbol with a hatchet. Check out the Nat Geo article for more details and pics: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/01/maine-ice-disk-frozen-river-explained/
  2. DEAR STARCHILD
    This send up of Paul Stanley is endlessly quotable and super funny. I would bet dollars to donuts the KISS frontman would not find this at all funny. From Never Not Funny, only 4 episodes were filmed. A YouTube classic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdl7UAOuPL4
  3. HALLOWEEN (2018)
    Every few years the Akkad family releases a new Halloween film and every few years the wife and I watch the entire franchise ahead of the new installment. There have been ups and downs along the way, but overall the Halloween franchise is pretty strong. In September of 2018 we had the return of Laurie Strode in the David Gordon Green directed Halloween (2018), a direct sequel to the original 1978 film. Halloween (2018) brings the scares, jumps, and laughs; while addressing trauma and PTSD. If you missed H2018 in the theaters, it is now available on Blu Ray. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1502407/
  4. SPOSE – WE ALL GOT LOST
    I love Maine. I love Allen’s Coffee Brandy, Moxie, Bert & I, the Wicked Good Band, LL Bean boots, Stephen King, Whoopie Pies, Tim Sample, Big G’s, EB White and Dysart’s. Spose is a skilled writer and rapper. He compliments his storytelling and punchlines with dynamic and inventive rhyme styles. Spose’s new CD WE ALL GOT LOST is a masterpiece. A celebration of hip-hop and Maine musicians. The features on WAGL reads like Mark Curdo’s iPhone contacts. The best of the best bringing varied innovative exciting approaches to each song. Whether backed up by a band or a DJ, Spose and his newest release are swinging for the fences and hitting home runs.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oorV0YylsgA&t=0s&list=OLAK5uy_lgaP0igk9KlQGO6t_4ZeJETFfzV-NWaOc&index=3

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY6AxPh0HtU&t=0s&list=OLAK5uy_lgaP0igk9KlQGO6t_4ZeJETFfzV-NWaOc&index=14

  5. SATANIC PANIC
    “SATANIC PANIC: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s” is a look back at the devil obsessed 1980’s in America. From heavy metal, WM3, satanic ritual abuse, to the McMartin preschool trial; this collection artfully details one of the most unbelievable periods of modern mass hysteria. From funny to heartbreaking, Satanic Panic pulls no punches.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1903254868/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_BkaACbEH0JAWX
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LGG – FFT

I will watch any documentary about a band or musician. I don’t dig the Grateful Dead but loved the doc about Phil Lesh. Same goes for the Foo Fighters doc. Even liked the Katy Perry doc, which I watched because of Johnny Rotten’s review. (So funny.) A good rock doc will make me want to like the subjects music. After watching the 4 hour Tom Petty doc, I listen to TP for a month straight. After watching the ICP special, I spent weeks at the Dark Carnival. Pearl Jam 20, ResErection, The Declines, Bouncing Souls, Oi! The Movie, Los Punks, Truth or Dare, The Mokons doc, The Residents doc, A Band called Death, The Fishbone doc, The Bad Brains doc, The Anvil doc… The story of an artist and their art and the struggle to make that art, is a beautiful universal story. 

I recently watched the Lady Gaga doc, FIVE FOOT TWO, on Netflix. It did not make me want to check out her current or past catalog. It was mostly the story of a rich lady surrounded by her staff crying and smoking weed. Although it may have given the viewer a peak behind the scenes, it was guarded and impersonal. Although physically revealing it revealed nothing emotionally. Compared to Duane Peters scene in The Other F Word which made me cry for a week, FFT is styrofoam. Flavorless and devoid of meat.

This doc could not do in 90 minutes, that a  Complex youtube video does in 20. Then again maybe I was never going to like a doc that used the NFL Super Bowl Half Time Show as its narrative through line.