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Homo-Say-What (*)/Land Of Little Rivers (*both 2019/Cinema Libre)/Nazi Junkies (2019/Film Movement)/The Sequel (2018/Bulldog**)/System Error (2018/**both Icarus/all DVDs)

Picture: C+/B-/C+/C/C+ Sound: C+/B-/C+/C+/C Extras: C-/C/D/D/D Documentaries: B/B/C+/B-/B

Here's another group of intriguing, even important documentaries for you to know about...

We start with Craig Bettendorf's Homo-Say-What (2019) about how the current form of ultra-hateful, hatemongering and murderous homophobia was started by ultra-conservative political forces, particularly in the 1960s, leading to the AIDS epidemic unstopped, endless murders, hate, lies and much more. A solid companion to The Celluloid Closet, the strong, rich 76 minutes identifies the worst of this now in a new ugly, hysterical peak as we post this in mid-2020. Starting with propaganda films, political incidents, hate-advocates hiding behind things like the Bible and U.S. flag, it shows it all up for what it really is with relentless accuracy.

I had forgotten some of this history and did not know how bad other parts were, but you can see why it led to a Civil Rights Movement early on (i.e., the Christopher Street riots) and how sad more people did not reach out, step up and fight and defend persons who were just being themselves and had done NOTHING wrong. Oddly, some of this rings of White Supremacy, but also goes far beyond that. This one is as timely as possible and worth going out of your way for.

The title refers to a gay-baiting trick to insult and even hurt people, so it is a perfect title for this release.

Trailers for other releases are the only extras.

Land Of Little Rivers (2019) is a very interesting documentary about New York's Catskill Mountains - a place where many fly fishermen call their second home. The doc is informative and entertaining with insightful interviews and a group of people truly passionate for the sport.

Directed by Aaron Weisblatt, the film interviews several fishermen (and women) including Dave Brant, Bruce Concors, Rachel Finn, Rob Lewis, Ben RInkler, Joan Salvato Wulff, Cathy Beck, Barry Beck, Gary Borger, Joe Demalderis, Captain Adrian LaSorte, and Bob Popovics.

Special Features include:

Deleted Scenes and a Trailer

If you have an interest in fly fishing, then this is the documentary for you! Very well done and recommended.

Made in two parts for TV, Nazi Junkies (2019) may be a little exploitive in its slick 'reality TV'-like approach and unintentionally funny (on line with a piece we reviewed a few years ago about Hitler being gay) and yet, it discusses the kinds of drugs Hitler was using, having other soldiers (ala the SS) use and how it helped hype them up to kill and believe in his radical vision of genocide and war. The stock footage is not bad, even if its condition can be rough, but even with a few parts being speculation (more than a bit), this is all mostly believable or at least feasible.

As Nazis have become more 'tolerable' to and mainstreamed' by certain extremists in the last 3.5 years, it is a reminder of the madness that they represented from day one and always will so, thus they were ahead of their time in depravity, hate, murder and this shows enough why they had to be stopped. History is repeating itself, so its timely enough.

There are no extras.

Peter Armstrong's The Sequel (2018) features just over an hour of excellent, timely, vital observations by scientist, scholar, historian, expert David Fleming on how the planet developed millions (NOT a few thousand) years ago and how that amazing stretch of progress, EVOLUTION and natural growth is now being horrifically erased in only recent decades, especially since the Industrial Revolution. Now we know how we have been severely lied to since the environmental movements of the later 1960s and the criminal suppression that followed.

Fleming is extraordinarily smart, thorough and on the money about everything he is talking about here, especially since the current political situation made things even severely and swiftly more critical in killing the planet and all life on it in the mere two years since this this was released. How the U.S. Government has blatantly killed all protections, like lead into the drinking water (the economy in the face of the pandemic is the excuse this time) and the war against it all is so arrogantly now up front. Fleming is extremely accurate indeed.

There are no extras.

Finally, we have Florian Opitz's System Error (2018) shows how share-the wealth capitalism from the post-WWII era became hateful late capitalism via globalism, oppressing all kinds of people who were lied to and/or had no true say in their lives, with corporations and too many government people worldwide doing what they could to kill unions, wages, worker protections and any hope of a living wage to protect some very wealthy people and create ignorant new rich people who could care less what happened to anyone else.

Part of this was to start focusing on economic 'growth' and not what was really going on, which is why the United States as of 1980 went from the greatest creditor nation to the greatest debtor one. Now, could we be on the verge of total collapse? A fine companion with the Capitalism TV mini-series documentary we reviewed elsewhere on this site, the usual suspects show up telling what they think as they rob and pillage, while experts who know they are full of it point the finger at them with more accuracy than they themselves could have imagined. No one knew about the pandemic and partial-collapse just ahead in a few years, but it is interesting to see them do their best to explain their positions. Be sure to check this one out too.

There are no extras.

Land of Little Rivers is presented here in anamorphically enhanced, standard definition on DVD with a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio, while the rest are here in 1.78 X 1 anamorphically enhanced, standard definition and all look about as good, though Little has the most new footage and polder footage in them can have digititis form digital or analog video sources, plus analog videotape flaws including video noise, video banding, telecine flicker, tape scratching, cross color, faded color and tape damage. This is par for the course in all such documentary releases.

As for sound, Land has both lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 English audio mixes. There some nice photography here with sweeping aerial shots and great footage of the fishermen in action. The rest of the DVDs only offer lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (save Homo with PCM 2.0 Stereo and some vintage monophonic sound).

- Nicholas Sheffo and James Lockhart (Land)



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