Episode 99: Burden of Dreams

Welcome, Doccalos to the 99th episode of the Documenteers. This week we hit up a Herzog Month documentary that Werner didn’t direct. Les Blank returns with co-director Maureen Gosling to make the documentary “Burden of Dreams”. The story of the Werner Herzog feature film “Fitzcarraldo” is about a would-be rubber tree baron who does whatever it takes to do the seemingly impossible task of dragging a steamship through a jungle. The documentary “Burden of Dreams” is about Werner Herzog doing whatever it takes to do the seemingly impossible task of completing “Fitzcarraldo”. Including dragging a steamship through a jungle. Eldridge and Bob go all over Peru with Werner and the gang to discuss the troubles and ramifications of a weird German man amongst indigenous Peruvians.
Oh, and also a stank-faced Klaus Kinski is wandering around and there’s yuca booze made with human spit. There’s also threats, attempted homicide, and a world made of murder and fornication. Even the stars are a mess. But Werner will do whatever it takes. So will we. We will step up and drink the yuca spit liquor. Keep on Horkin’.

“Burden of Dreams” trailer.

“Fitzcarraldo” trailer.

Hol deinen Partyhut raus und schüttel deinen Arsch.

Ooh! A listicle! ROFLMAO.

Whoa…hot takes machine.

Shorties 32: The Herakles

Hey ho, Doccalo! It’s our second annual Herzog month, but our first year of Herzog month Shorties! We open up the Werner Shorties with his earliest know film. The first artistic attempt of a barely legal Werner Herzog was a little short film called “The Herakles”. It’s full of yolked German muscle hunks and a variety of other, destructive, images. Will these hunks save us from the machines? Werner wants to know and Bob and Ginger want to know as well. SAVE US, HUNKS! SAVE US!

Werner’s first film “The Herakles”.

Werner discusses this.

Kraftwerk song of the week.

Episode 98: Grizzly Man

Here we go, Doccalo! The second annual Herzog month officially begins and we hit Akil with his first ever Werner Herzog documentary and it’s one of his most prolific. Timothy Treadwell loves bears. I mean reeeaaaalllllyyyy loves bears. So much that he spent years on the Alaska peninsula hanging around bears and befriending foxes in order to protect them from poachers that don’t seem to come around. Unfortunately Timothy and his companion Amy, would find their end by a bear attack when they stayed a little too far into the autumn one year. Bob and Akil discuss the one and only “Grizzly Man” and we may or may not have struck that fine balance between humor and tragedy. We go a little hard on this documentary that can be quite difficult in moments. You gotta give this to Timothy…he was one of a kind. Depending on the situation, that might not be a good thing. His actions maybe had more consequences than he realized at the time and many folk have different ideas about it. Let’s dive into this mess. Keep on leaving Grizzly bears alone.

The trailer.

Timothy on Letterman.


Shorties 31: Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

Here we go, Doccalo. The Herzog month pre-show is here and Bob and Angela discuss what can be considered “extra content” for their Gates of Heaven discussion earlier this week. Werner Herzog bet Errol Morris that he would eat his shoe if Errol completed his first film. Errol accomplished that task to critical acclaim so Les Blank brought a camera to document Werner keeping up his end of the bargain. This short doc is true motivation for the arts, and we’re not talking about some bullshit hallmark meme instagram motivational baloney. What goes well with shoe? Should you steal for your art? Does Werner slurp his shoelace like sketti? Didn’t Chaplain eat a shoe? Don’t be afraid to listen. Werner hates cowards. Let Herzog month begin!

Here’s a Spanish subtitled version with bad audio on Dailymotion.

Peep this knowledge.

Episode 97: Gates of Heaven

Yo, Doccalo. After over a year and a half of the greatest documentary themed podcast in the universe, we FINALLY get to an Errol Morris film. It just so happens to be the one that started Errol onto the path that we all know. Angela and Bob pave the road on the way to Herzog month by watching the Errol Morris classic “Gates of Heaven”. Because it exists, Werner Herzog had to eat his shoe. More on that later. Let’s go into this geriatric culture of the pet cemetery business. All the love and heartache and gossip and motivational speeches and sick-ass guitar jams overlooking quaint patches of beloved pets laid to rest that your over-fed heart can handle. Angela has had this on her mind for a long time and now her pet-lovin’ ass gets to discuss it and cry. Watch out for “Fondling” and “Three-Way Explosions”. Old folks are funny…and sad. Keep on Doccin’.

Oh shit! Here’s the whole flick! Sweet! 

Werner Herzog eats His Shoe. This will come up later.

Here’s that Ramones song

Learn what the old man was talking about.

Episode 96: 30 for 30: Straight Outta L.A.

STRAIGHT OUTTA PODCAST! Welcome to the Documenteers podcast and we are up in your face with our most musical 30 for 30, yet. During the Raiders NFL team’s 13 year run in Los Angeles, a burgeoning new rap style was becoming representative of crookedness and corruption of the city. It doesn’t hurt that Raiders gear is black and happens to go with everything. Bob and Drew hit up Ice Cube’s contribution to the ESPN 30 for 30 series with “Straight Outta L.A.”. It’s a cavalcade of 80s California Football and Gangsta Rap alumni. Bob and Drew desperately wanted to look mad fresh in the Starter Jacket era. Imagine Bob in a bright orange University of Tennessee Starter Jacket pullover. Imagine Drew wearing an Orlando Magic Shaq jersey with no shirt on underneath. It was hard in those streets. I mean literally. Streets are made of a very hard material. Keep on Doccin’.

Here’s the trailer.

Here’s David Bowie grilling early MTV.

A classic video.

Here’s Drew’s sports talk radio show.

Learn something.

Episode 95: The Image Revolution

Yo Doccalo! Call Bob a Giving Tree because he continues to give back to the little people. Akil got to pick, especially after that episode of Bill Murray docs we did, and he picked some hot nerd shit. A story of our childhood. Back to an era that might have been the first time that a pack of comic dorks were considered cool. Now nerd bullshit is everywhere, but this nerd bullshit was EDGY, bro! An era completely inaccessible to women. For good reason. It’s the story of a comic book company that isn’t the first two comic book companies you think of. Akil and Bob watched Patrick Meaney’s “The Image Revolution”. Seven comic artists that made Marvel a lot of money decided to bail and start a company that consisted of a collection of seven independent publishing companies. Mostly bad comics, Drama, Mistakes, and an evolution into some of the best comics on the shelves today. Bob and Akil actually know waaaaay too much about this. I think this can be found on Prime or Tubi. Keep on Doccin’.

Here’s the trailer. Not a woman in sight. 

Here’s that Rob Liefeld commercial with Spike Lee.

Learn something.

Shorties 30: George Dillman: Phony Karate Master

HAI-CHA, Doccalo! Are you ready to feel the force of NOTHING?! Eldridge and Bob end their “Shorties” cringe-trip with a visit to a fellow by the name of George Dillman. George has a 9th degree black belt in Karate braggery. George can use “Chi” like a weapon. He claims he can put you on your back without touching you. He can move Starbucks lines with Chi. He can grope just about anybody with a hot hand full of Chi. National Geographic’s 125 pound skeptic has been sent in to test if his head can be exploded with Chi. Yeah, this is a clip of a National Geographic show. We will do an actual short documentary next week, ok? STOP SCREAMING AT US! Bob and Eldridge will now lay out the ugly truth. Is Chi punching real? Chi deez nuts if it’s so real. Keep on saying things you shouldn’t say on camera. Chi wisely.

Here’s ol’ George “Chi Grope” Dillman.

Here’s that thing we talked about in the episode.

Here’s that “Babes in Toyland” style we were talking about.

Oh Shit…Courtney Love WAS briefly a member of Babes in Toyland.

Episode 94: I Like Killing Flies

Step into our kitchen, Doccalo. It’s time for another hot ‘n’ ready episode of the Documenteers! This month, Bob continues to concede to the wishes of his co-hosts by hitting up a documentary that Stuart has been wanting to do for a long time. We watched this documentary way back during the early days of Netflix. Back when Netflix streaming was mostly documentaries and we actually got discs in the mail like a goddamn cavemen. Stuart and Bob pull up a seat at the original Shopsins restaurant in Greenwich Village, NYC where the guy who runs it is unlike any other. We discuss the 2004 film “I Like Killing Flies” by Matt Mahurin. Kenny and Eve Shopsin have since passed on since Matt Mahurin captured the closing of the original Shopsins less than a year after 9/11. We reminisce on our own times in kitchens and eclectic eateries growing up in and around the Nashville area and even reminisce of time spent at another iteration of Shopsins. A kitchen can be a very personable place and this episode serves as an homage to Shopsins, and great kitchens everywhere that aren’t trying to do some trend sucking bullshit that will be irrelevant in three years. In the words of Kenny, “Go Fuck Yourself”. We mean that in the nicest way possible. Keep on Doccin’.

You can watch the whole thing here.