One of the most interesting documentaries I came across recently is the “Iceman” series. It follows a so-called “Mafia Hitman”, Richard Kuklinski, in several interviews before and after his trial. He shares several very personal stories of his childhood and family life and also how he became the killer that he was. This is not your typical saturday night, 2 am, serial killer documentary but very thought provoking and interesting.
After years of silence, “The Iceman” speaks. In two interviews a decade apart, Richard Kuklinski, a notorious top enforcer for the Gambino crime family, tells his unusual and gruesome story. Raised on—and immune to—violence, he kept his unorthodox job and tactics a secret from his adoring family. In 1986, after a long investigation, Kuklinski was betrayed by “the only man I didn’t kill” and is serving multiple life sentences.
The Iceman – Confessions of a Mafia Hitman and The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer were produced by HBO in 1992 and 2002 respectively. So if you want to watch it chronological start with “The Iceman Tapes” – if you want to watch the more recent one, have a look at “The Iceman”.
The two documentaries tie into each other very well with little redundancy. So I recommend you just watch both. Very worthy of your time.
Maybe everybody of you has seen this masterpiece of documentary filmmaking, maybe you haven’t.
This film is one of the most important flicks ever made – and more relevant than ever. The Century of the Self from 2002.
Adam Curtis is the man behind this work and he is widely acclaimed to be one of the best documentary-makers out there.
So the documentary is basically about one thing. Sigmund Freuds Psychoanalysis.
Sounds awesome doesn’t it?
But don’t leave me right here. In the smallest nutcase I can find, his theories are about one basic thing: People have primal instincts which they try to pursue as much as they can. Fucking, fighting… you name it. Animal Insticts.
The documentary follows the evolution of Public Relations and how the manipulation of the masses formed the world the way it is right now. It describes how consumerism is linked to our basic instincts to fuck to eat and to kill.
They coined the phrase: sex sells. And you know it does. But there is much more that sells.
I can’t emphasize how important this documentary is to understand our consumer-society today. So watch it and understand how companies, politicians and society change your unconscious thoughts and needs. After the break. Oh yeah. The next one will be a little more light-hearted again
“Oil Smoke & Mirrors” offers us a sobering critique of our perceived recent history, of our present global circumstances, and of our shared future in light of imminent, under-reported and mis-represented energy production constraints. Through a series of impressively candid, informed and articulate interviews, this film argues that the bizzare events surrounding the 9/11 attacks, and the equally bizzare prosecution of the so-called “war on terror”, can be more credibly understood in the wider context of an imminent and critical divergence between available global oil supply and increasing global oil demand. The picture “Oil, Smoke & Mirrors” paints is one of a tragically hyper-mediated global-political culture, which, for whatever reason, demonstrably disassociates itself from the values it claims to represent. While the ideas presented in this film can at first seem daunting, it’s ultimate assertion is that these challenges can indeed be met and perhaps surpassed if, but only if, we can find first the courage to perceive them.
The Congo – even now in the 21st century, the Congo is known as one of the last unexplored regions in the world. A region that has a dark impenetrable jungle, tribes of pigmy’s who don’t have cell-phones, and a dinosaur – or perhaps a family of dinosaurs – that has survived the ice age and still lives in Lake Tele and other large lakes in the region.
Reports of a suarapod-like creature stomping around the lake region have been fairly regular since the turn of the century. Most describe an animal that is brownish gray with a smooth skin, its size approximately that of an elephant, or at least that of a hippopotamus.
In times of crisis people seek strong leaders and simple solutions. But what if their solutions are identical to the mistakes that caused the very crisis? This is the story of the greatest economic crisis of our age, the one that awaits us.
Since we all inhabit the Earth, all of us are considered earthlings. There is no sexism, no racism, or speciesism in the term earthling. It encompasses each and every one of us, warm or cold-blooded, mammal, vertebrae or invertebrate, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, and human alike. Humans, therefore, being not the only species on this planet, share this world with millions of other living creatures as we all evolved here together. EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity’s absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called “non-human providers.” The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR) and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby.
Ten thousand times a minute, in the united states alone, a food animal is killed. We consume more chicken on this very day, than we did in the whole year of 1930. Where do all the animals come from? And how are they treated?
With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animals shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession, EARTHLINGS uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals, and human economic interests. There are many worthy animal rights films available, but this one transcends the setting.
I am not a vegetarian – and most likely will never be – but I can completely understand anyone who chose to be one. After watching this documentary I was crying. This is very hard to swallow.
I can hardly describe the horror that is the treatment of food-animals today.
This documentary is NSFW. If you want your life to stay the same, do not watch the documentary. Anyone who wants to know where their food really comes from click the “read more” button below. This documentary is highly recommended though and will probably change your life.
I don’t want to get all apocalyptic here but there are some topics that need to get adressed.
Peak Oil is the point in time when oil production reaches its maximimum. After this “Peak” oil production declines dramatically. If you take into account how much around us is made out of oil, you realize how devastating living on earth without oil would be.
We reached this point years ago. Wether this is a problem for humanity or not is up to your decision. Watch these Videos and decide for yourself.
If you want to watch only one documentary this year, let it be “Collapse” by Michael Ruppert.
Documentaries, videos and speeches on the subject of Peak Oil after the break.
In the U.S. more people are now abusing prescription drugs than cocain, heroin and ecstasy combined. The most used drug is Oxycodone and its basically heroin, made in lab, delivered by your trusted dealer: Your doctor. “They are drug dealers with degrees.” In Florida alone pills are involved in 75% of drug related deaths.
In this Peabody Award-winning edition of Vanguard, correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to South Florida–the “Colombia of prescription drugs”–to expose a bustling pill pipeline that stretches from the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale to the rolling hills of Appalachia. “The OxyContin Express” features intimate access with pill addicts, prisoners and law enforcement as each struggles with a lethal national epidemic.
Yeah thats him. Sitting in a shower of lighting. The most important man who ever walked this earth and you most likely didn’t know who he was. For me electricity is the most important invention ever made and he is the master of sparks, bolts and lightning.
Well maybe Ammonium Nitrate as a fertilizer may be the most important invention ever made because it is pretty much responsible for the population explosion in the 20th century but lets put that argument aside. Electricity is everywhere.
But who do you think invented the groundwork for electricity as we know it today? Edison, Einstein? Nobody I asked knew the correct answer. Even two teachers of my little brothers high school physics class didn’t know the answer: It’s Nikola Tesla.
He layed the foundation of what we may know today as alternating current. Even though Edison is the the father of direct current, the direct current system is in very limited use today. Alternating current is just superiour in many ways. One of them being the most important: You can transport it over miles and miles with little loss in power.
So why does every child in Cumberland Kentucky know the name of Edison but nobody the name of Tesla? There may be some that recongnize the name from the famous video game series Command and Conquer where his “Tesla Coil” zapped foes to bits and pieces. And as you can see in this video you can have lots of fun with a tesla coil:
Still his genius is quite unknown, so lets put it in one sentence: “He invented a fucking wirelessly controlled electric submarine in the 19th century when most people didn’t even have a freaking lamp at their bed to read at night.” Yeah you read right; in the 19th century. Some of his other inventions are: FM Radio, the induction motor (!) an Atomic Death Ray and Wireless Energy. Wireless energy, like wifi , for your fleshlight. His inventions are so awesome that you read over the word Atomic Death Ray. In his own Manhattan Project he invented a huge coil, which in his own words would destroy “armies of soldiers”.
He may also be related to more than 1200 additional patents.
Yeah and he was batshit insane. Some claim he took his “manhood” (whatever that exactly means – sounds painful) and had a strange obsession with pigeons and numbers. He was also disgusted by human hair and was asexual but that only makes him more interesting. There are several texts and videos out there. Have a look at the sources I have collected and make your own conclusions. Regardless of how much you watch and read about him today. Just remember his name.
To understand why you didn’t knew Nikola Tesla in the first place; watch the videos and read the links on Nikola Tesla’s badassery after the break.