I thought I’d take this opportunity to update my culture journal with three documentaries.
On Saturday I finished watching A Faster Horse on Netflix. I fell asleep my first time through, so I picked up where left off, and got through the whole thing. I realized quickly that the documentary was a propaganda piece for Ford Motor Company as they filmed the process of designing and building the 2015 Mustang.
They went into some history of the company. Touched on a few skeletons in their own closet, but nothing so revealing that it would give shareholders pause. It was their attempt to balance the piece, but ultimately it came off as insincere. The subject matter was interesting to me, so I got through it. I rated it 3 out of 5 stars.
A far more interesting documentary was 30 for 30: Four Falls of Buffalo. It was the story of the Buffalo Bills’ four straight trips to the Super Bowl (where they lost all four times). The documentary had me thinking muchly about the vitriol directed towards the previous regime of the Saskatchewan Roughriders by some fans. That regime did everything to give fans the most important Grey Cup victory in franchise history. In Buffalo, the regime that turned up four straight Super Bowl loses was welcomed and loved at every opportunity.
The final documentary I watched this weekend was 30 for 30: Elway to Marino. It was about the agent who represented John Elway and Dan Marino in the 1983 NFL draft. A lot of the story was about Elway’s refusal to play for the Baltimore Colts, and the negotiations that resulted from that. The other part of the story was on Dan Marino’s perceived fall from grace in the eyes of NFL scouts, only to be proven so completely wrong, they all wound up looking stupid. Through it all was this agent/lawyer working diligently to represent his clients. It was a lesson in the art of negotiation. It was a peephole into the world of NFL draft day. It was actually the second time I watched this documentary in a year – I enjoyed it that much.
2016 Culture Tally;
Feature Scripts Read: 2
TV Scripts Read: 2
Movies Watched: 8
TV Seasons Watched: 4
Documentaries Watched: 5
Documentary Series Watched: 1
Audio Books: 1