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With all the talk of the world ending that’s been going on recently, I decided to check out a documentary about the Bible Code. I thought it would be a good way to refresh my memory, since the last time I actively read or watched anything about the Bible Code was nearly ten years ago, shortly after 9/11.

Part of the “Decoding the Past” series produced by the History Channel, the documentary “The Bible Code – Predicting Armageddon” was, to put it nicely, a little disappointing.

I feel as if it focused a lot of its energy on the “shock” value of the Bible Code, but didn’t really discuss how the Bible Code supposedly works, other than saying that you put certain words and phrases into different matrices and get all sorts of predictions that have been right time and time again. (They cite 9/11, Napoleon, and countless other examples as reasons why the Bible Code works.)

While I did appreciate the fact that the filmmakers featured some naysayers who didn’t quite buy the Bible Code (even going to so far as to feature one professor who supposedly plugged different values into Moby Dick and came up with results similar to that of the Bible Code), I didn’t feel as if the documentary was as well rounded as it could have been. I was looking for a better understanding of how the Bible Code supposedly works, but I feel as if I got an hour of two sides trying to out-argue one another.

If you’re interested in finding out what the Bible Code has supposedly predicted, this is the documentary for you. If you, like me, were looking for a more scientific view of the Bible Code, I would suggest that you look elsewhere.

I watched the documentary here, but have also embedded it below for your convenience.

Know any great documentaries about the Bible Code? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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This is a review I wrote for the Hesed Books and Gifts blog a while back, but I couldn’t help but share it here too as I really loved the documentary. Enjoy!

While I would never have gone so far as to call myself a Sherlock Holmes expert, I felt pretty comfortable in my knowledge of everyone’s favorite detective as well as the lore surrounding Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the writing of the Holmes stories.

That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across the documentary Sherlock Holmes: The True Story, which outlines the life and times of Dr. Joseph Bell—the real-life individual who inspired the character of Holmes.  Previous to watching this documentary, I thought the idea of Holmes being based on a real-life counterpart was a myth.

Less than an hour in length, I would say that this documentary is a must-watch for any Holmes fan. While there have been some comments that it’s a very Americanized look at Holmes, I still think it’s worth viewing. I know that I learned a lot, both about Bell, and about Doyle, who I think may have based the character of Watson partly on himself, since Doyle was an assistant to Dr. Bell for a year before he completed medical school.

You can watch the documentary for free on the site TopDocumentaryFilms.com, or you can watch the embedded version below. Either way, enjoy, and be sure to tell me what you think of it!

Seen any other great documentaries on Holmes or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? If so, I’d love to hear about them! 🙂

I have a bad habit of skipping around in documentaries that have multiple episodes/sections to them, and The History Channel’s America:The Story of Us was no exception.

Covering many of the major turning points of American history, I decided to start with episode 10—which focused on WWII—to see how the series would cover the impact of WWII on America as a nation.

While it was definitely an enjoyable watch with good cinematography, it was more of an overview of the war as a whole,with roughly half the documentary spent discussing how the war impacted those left on the home front. Some of those topics included women in the workforce, how it was America’s economic output that won the war (in that Japan and Germany were unable to keep up), and the role of African-American soldiers in the army.

While I learned a few new things and appreciated the quick pace that was kept, I wouldn’t recommend this documentary to those of you who are looking for a heavy or detailed look at WWII. I would, however, recommend this episode for the classroom, as it looks a little bit beyond the war and how it ushered America into being the superpower it became.

You can watch the entire series on Netflix, or you can watch the WWII episode here.

Have you seen this episode or watched America: The Story of Us? If so, what did you think of it? Discussion is always appreciated!

Since the Starz documentary I watched yesterday was so good, I figured that I would try my luck at another.

Alas, it was not to be, as my stomach was a bit too weak for this one.

Called In the Gutter, this documentary was looking at which gross-out films/comedies pushed the envelope, and featured interviews and movie clips from films that really made a ‘splash’ (eww) in the gross-out genre, with their penchant for vomit and other bodily fluids winding up all over the place. (Again – ewww…)

I got about 10 minutes in before having to call it quits. But for those of you brave souls who like these kinds of movies or would like to see how long you or your friends can manage to watch this documentary without running to the nearest toilet, here’s a more detailed summary of it from Netflix:

Movie critic Richard Roeper hosts this hilarious look at the best boundary-pushing gross-out comedies in film history, including Superbad, The Meaning of Life, Animal House, American Pie, Blazing Saddles, Porky’s and many more. Along with classic (and outrageous) film clips, this special includes interviews with John Waters, Jason Biggs, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegert, Lin Shaye and a slew of other actors, writers, directors and film critics.

I’m off to try and find another documentary… maybe one with bunnies, to try and cleanse myself from seeing the hot dog scene from Van Wilder. *shudders*

It’s been awhile since my last Starz documentary, and their 2008 documentary Ladies or Gentlemen didn’t disappoint.

Discussing the role of cross-dressing in film, this documentary was more than just random movie clips set to music. It included everything from Hollywood directors to academics discussing how cross-dressing in film challenged (and still challenges) the roles of gender in our culture, and how it forces audience members to confront ideas and issues surrounding their sexuality.

I hadn’t seen most of the films featured/discussed in this documentary, but I don’t feel as if I missed out on anything they were saying because of that. They did a great job of summarizing the films and the actors who played in them, and I feel as if I walked away with a firm understand of each film and its culture importance. If anything, this documentary made me want to go out and watch all of the films featured, as I now understand just how risky/groundbreaking many of them were.

However, the thing that I really loved  about this documentary was just how level-headed it was. I feel as if some documentaries will become so obsessed with spinning a certain viewpoint that they will forget to present their information in a logical, cohesive manner. Ladies or Gentlemen doesn’t fall into that trap and gives watchers a wealth of factual information presented in a thoroughly entertaining way.

I would highly recommend Ladies or Gentlemen to any documentary lover, but it’s an especially great watch for film buffs and those who are interested in gender issues/gender studies.

For those of you who have Netflix, here’s the link where you can watch it.

Have you watched Ladies or Gentlemen? If so, what did you think of it? Discussion is always appreciated!


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