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History’s Kaleidoscopic Amelioration

The world has never been black and white. Every now and then, it’s important to be reminded of this reality. Need proof with grit and undeniable realism?

That’s coming in a minute.

Dating back to history class with our generations-worn textbooks and age-old documentaries, which project major historical events from the mid-20th century and 19th century (primarily) in black and white, we are almost involuntarily conditioned to imagine life “back then” in a simplistic, unrelatable fashion. Of course, a significant reason for this misguided perception has been the determined yet ever-so-gradual development of film (still and motion).

The arc of technological progress moves at various rates.

Speaking of which, famed ‘Lord of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson, in concert with Warner Bros. Pictures, is aiming to rock our world cinematically by taking a large leap forward to showcase when the world was being rocked for real.

Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy the new trailer for the documentary of the Great War (1914-1918) titled ‘They Shall Not Grow Old.’

 

Incredible.

To the disbelief of those born into a fully-immersed technicolor world, life has always been in high-definition.

True story.

Our resolution has always been 4K.

Yes.

And hopefully, the technology used to transform the Great War into a vivid, deeply consequential global conflict will be seen as more of something akin to yesteryear and less of simply a time gone by. This film technology, as painstaking a process as it is, needs to be utilized for more history-altering events in human history that will alter how we live in the present and positively impact what will transpire in the future.

We know that if we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. But what if we learn (well, see) history in ways we never imagined or perceived were possible?

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ will be in select theaters on December 17 and December 27.

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Happy Monday

Fans of Paul Walker have the chance to see him again by way of a new documentary.

Late actor Paul Walker isn’t just remembered for his cinematic portfolio ranging from ‘She’s All That’ to ‘Joy Ride’ to the ‘Fast & the Furious’ franchise. His nice guy reputation was applauded by audience members and co-workers alike in an industry that doesn’t always produce humility and generosity.

Now there’s a documentary about Paul Walker’s life. This is in addition to the 2015 ‘Fast & the Furious’-themed tribute song by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth titled “See You Again” that’s garnered more than 3.5 billion views on YouTube.

Tune into ‘I am Paul Walker’ on the Paramount Network on Saturday, August 11 at 9 p.m. ET.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

A Mind Trip Unlike Any Other

The man’s name was Robin Williams. The man’s occupation was making people laugh. And the formula for comedy is tragedy plus time.

We owe Robin Williams, the man who made us laugh out loud and cry like no other comic (Mrs. Doubtfire, dears), to take the time to hear and understand his personal tragedy that, evidently, was a parallel force pulling at the imaginative, faster-than-lightning comedic genius.

This brand new trailer for the brand new HBO documentary ‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’ will make us laugh and make us cry. Hopefully, HBO has timed the release date of Monday, July 16 at 8 p.m. ET correctly so audiences can appreciate both emotions separately and as one.

One final picture of the art form known as Robin Williams.

The Real Elvis imPERSONAtor

“The King” left the building (so to speak) many moons ago, but we’re getting an opportunity to really see him in a brand new revealing light.

Elvis Presley had (has) a fan-culture akin to the Beatles in many respects. He was an ordinary boy who became a man that could sing, who then not-so-quietly evolved into a musical and performing icon unlike most anybody in recent memory. The latter is not necessarily concerning the pure talent-side of things, as there have been (and there currently are) several living legends across music’s diverse spectrum. However, there is a relentlessly magnetic fandom that, from the outside, appears equally dedicated and passionate about Mr. Presley’s many offerings more than 40 years after his death.

He was (is) a rare force.

This rock n’ roll star delivered a crowd-pleasing electricity every time he hit any kind of stage (music, TV, and movie). The hope is the forthcoming two-part HBO documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher will shine a spotlight on “the King” that might give us hints as to his illustrious, undying legacy.

And why his moves still move people to this day.

P.S. At least we know who taught him those signature dance moves…