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Fowler’s Flix 8.19.19: What’s Up, Doc?

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The crew of the Deep Space 9 reunite in the documentary "What We Left Behind."
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This week, I’ve managed to collect a real interesting—to me, at least—mish-mash of true-life captured on film, from classic Dutch surrealist painters to a master of Japanese animation, all of them offering daring insights into the life of heroes—whether they are real or fictional—but truly inspired and inspirational all the same.

While I was never a true fan of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine like I was of, say, The Next Generation, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it; however, the documentary What We Left Behind (Shout! Factory) is definitely giving me the inclination to start streaming the series and soon. Hosted by DS9 showrunner Ira Steven Behr, he gives us a very unorthodox look—with bravely candid help from the stars, writers and so on—into not only the making of the series, but to challenge fan’s perceptions that it was nothing more than a knock-off of sorts.

Not a true documentary so much as it’s mostly a comedy show, George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy (MPI Home Video) starts off as a great retrospective of the history behind the words of Carlin—all seven of them—before moving into a short stand-up set that proved, four decades later, that he was just as keen as ever in his observations, especially when talking about his absolute love for his pets and his searing bitterness against advertising. Filmed in 1997 and broadcast live on HBO, it’s a great tribute and an even better comedy show.

Even though master animator Miyazaki retired a few years ago, the film Never Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (Shout! Factory) shows that the genius couldn’t stay away from creating and crafting for too long. Embarking on a short film, because of his own personal ailments, he hires a team of CGI artists to help with the making of it. This leads to many problems and prophecies that even Miyazaki couldn’t anticipate but deals with it in his, as you’d hope, very grandfatherly way.

Fearing that he might have inherited the horrific ailment known as Huntington ’s Disease, local eccentric Brian Pfeifle changes his name to the far more aristocratic Felix Etienne-Edouard and seeks out to befriend a member of the Habsburgs. In Felix Austria! (IndiePix), this obsession never turns sick or depressing the way so many of this ilk tend to; as a matter of fact, when he goes to Austria to meet with this member of royalty he’s obsessed over, it’s impossible not to cheer him on in his personal endeavors.

Finally, few painters and their works have ever mesmerized me the way the hypnotic works of Hieronymus Bosch has, with painting such as “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” as well other memorable triptychs and such. While very little is actually known about the Dutch artist from circa the 1400s, the memorably interesting doc Bosch: The Garden of Dreams (Film Movement) tries very hard to break down who this renowned artist was and what his work meant, not only to him but to the millions of people who, I bet, feel like I do when looking at it.

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Louis Fowler

Güicho. Gadfly. Chicano. Choctaw. Cristero. Freelancer. Leftist. Activist. Vilified. PKD....

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