Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

I haven’t seen a lot of documentaries, but I have seen some good ones. I’m including both movie documentaries and TV documentaries in this list. Best of the best The Battle Over Citizen Kane Bowling for Columbine Capitalism: A Love Story The Corporation Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner Fahrenheit 9/11 The Fog of War Guns, […]

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (season 1)

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of TV shows

{4.5/5} “Stars die and reborn… They get so hot that the nuclei of the atoms fuse together deep within them to make the oxygen we breathe, the carbon in our muscles, the calcium in our bones, the iron in our blood. All was cooked in the fiery hearts of long vanished stars… The cosmos is also […]

The Institute

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4/5} “The more I pulled on threads, the more the lines were blurred between what I viewed as the insanity I was… experiencing and the insanity of the real world.” A few years ago in San Francisco something unusual happened. Posters started appearing that led people to a particular building where they would be “inducted.” […]

Other TV shows I’ve watched lately

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These are shows I’ve seen a fair number of episodes of but not all. {4.5/5} Blue Bloods “They are the finest police department on the planet but they carry guns and shields not magic wands.” Season 4 has finished — I don’t think I saw any of the first 2 seasons but have occasionally watched […]

The Captains

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{4.5/5} “The deep strains of love — it’s the only mystery that is infinitely important.” — Kate Mulgrew The Captains was released in 2011. It’s a documentary about the captains from the various Star Trek series. William Shatner had previously worked with Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Generations but he didn’t know much about the […]

Project Nim

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4.5/5} “Chimps aren’t humans. You have to… understand chimps to be able to understand how to work with them and be with them.” In 1973 Herbert Terrace, a professor at Columbia University, decided to do an experiment to see how much sign language could be taught to a chimpanzee. Nim was given as a baby to […]

The One Percent

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{4.5/5} “There’s nothing wrong with nepotism as long as you keep it within the family.” The One Percent was released in 2006. It’s a documentary about the huge gap between the rich and the poor in the US. The title refers to the fact that one percent of the people in the US control roughly […]


Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4.5/5} Samsara was released earlier this year. It’s playing at a limited number of theatres, and I encourage you to seek it out — it’s one to see on the big screen. This is a movie with no dialogue and no plot. It’s a collection of images from around the world, set to music. It’s […]

Capitalism: A Love Story

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{5/5} “This is capitalism, a system of taking and giving. Mostly taking. The only thing we didn’t know was when the revolt would begin.” In the US corporations have gained an absurd amount of control over the government. How did this happen? When the financial crisis happened, the banks were bailed out. Why didn’t the […]

For more information on apes

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

The classification “great ape” consists of bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, humans, and orangutans. These are our closest relatives in the animal kingdom — we share 99% of our DNA with chimpanzees and bonobos. Bonobos were only identified as a species distinct from chimpanzees in 1933. Louis Leakey sent three women into the field to learn about […]