The Immortals are solving all of the world’s issues with this episode! They begin talking about real world biases in data in Sarah and J.C.’s real work. Then they fix the legal system alongside Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line. They fix 90s music while listening to The Holy Bible. They learn the plot of the Dr. Dre’s song Deep Cover. Then they fix all the sexism in The Big Bang Theory. And it’s a shorter episode than last week!
Werner Herzog was so convinced that Errol Morris could not finish making his first film, he vowed to eat his shoe if proven otherwise. Herzog did eat that shoe and cinema was better for it. The guys look back at the films they covered of Errol Morris and his lasting impact on the medium. They discuss films of his they didn’t cover like The Unknown Known and they reveal their next subject of the podcast. Get excited!
With history it feels easy to assign someone as a hero or a villain. The Vietnam War still haunts and angers many Americans and one of the men seen as its central figure was Robert McNamara. He was the Secretary of Defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. In the film The Fog of War, he gives a cinematic interview where he discusses everything. The build-up, the reactions and the mistakes of the Vietnam War in this complicated and fascinating film.
Genius is mysteriously hard on film. It’s too easy to make the subject seem less than human as you cheese up their greatness. Errol Morris found the right balance as he made A Brief History of Time, a look at the life and work of Stephen Hawking. He blends his interview style to get into the humanity of Hawking and his recreations to play out his discoveries.
Many documentaries have made major political shifts in policy and perspectives, but very few documentaries can achieve what The Thin Blue Line did. In its examination of the killing of a police officer in Texas, director Errol Morris was able to bring forth the truth. The result got an innocent man off death row. Not only that, it’s also a damn good movie!
While they have covered a few documentaries, the guys have never taken on a full documentarian. Enter Errol Morris who instantly made waves with his fascinating and odd documentary about the people who make pet cemeteries. Gates of Heaven examines the people who are looking for closure for their loved ones, the success and failures of making such a business, and gives us one of the greatest film monologues. They are joined by Zach Bundy, an actor who worked with Eric at an animal hospital to share their unique perspective.