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  • Documentaries - Reality TV in one easy dose

    I LOVE documentaries. And I'll watch just about anything. PBS? All day long. Even Ken Burns: Making History More Boring by the season!

    I watched Born Rich last night. It's showing on HBO as part of the America Undercover series.

    At the end of the movie I turned to Mr. Is and said: OMG! John Hughes was right ALL ALONG! And I may possibly owe Brett Easton Ellis an apology. I bet he really did go to to college with a bunch of soul-less pricks!

    WOW, are these people assholes! And I'm not sure you're supposed to think they're assholes. At least, I don't think the maker of the movie sees them as assholes. Anyway, I guess it's just SO beyond anything I've experienced that it just sort of shocked me.

    When you're born uber-rich you just get all the money you want all the time. It's amazing!

    Anyway, I thought it was a good documentary and an interesting glimpse into how that top percentile lives.

    The royalty guy was SUCH a freak! And the model? What an asshat! Ivanka Trump seemed like one of the nicest kids, weirdly enough. Heh. And I liked the Conde Nast kid okay. But the gaming heir? WOW. He was assy but brutally honest. I respected his candor in spite of finding him repulsive.

    Y'all should check it out if you get the chance.
    Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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    I actually saw this a couple weeks ago! I thought it was good, and I actually really liked the Johnson & Johnson kid's dad. Was the gaming heir the guy who ended up suing him?

    It's really amazing how some people live. And I second Is' recommendation...see it if you have the chance.

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    • #3
      Yes, the gaming heir did sue.

      I his bit about the prenup.
      He basically says:
      "Pre-nup, pre-nup, pre-nup! It's been drilled into my head since I was a little kid. And if some ungrateful bitch questions it and says it isn't romantic then I don't want to marry her anyway."

      Hee.
      Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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      • #4
        Dammit! I fell asleep while it was on. Ivanka did seem like a nice girl and I 'ed her early 90s time capsule bedroom. I can imagine me and Is playing Barbies in there are rocking out to some Poison and Bon Jovi!

        Did you notice that all the rich kids kinda looked...like there was a chromosome mixup somewhere along the way? I can't pinpoint it other than to say they had a Touch of Don Swayze Genes. Do you know what I mean? If they didn't have money, they'd never get any.

        I did love the assholish blond guy that went to Brown, just because I've known so many guys like him. But the one kid? Totally in the closet.
        "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.Ē---Kanye

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        • #5
          The Whitney-Vanderbilt heir? The one who had like a nervous breakdown when he went to college? Totally!

          How about the model guy that was talking about lapels, and (i think) said that Bill Clinton was a crappy dresser?

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          • #6
            He said Clinton's suits were "vulgar!"

            Every time the Whitney-Vanderbilt kid talked about his internal struggles I kept adding: "Because he's SO GAY."

            Hee!
            Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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            • #7
              I know *someone* who knows that Whitney heir, but I can't for the life of me remember who it is! It's making me kerrazy!

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              • #8
                Is it a gay man that he used to have sex with while dressing up in mommy's dress and heels?
                "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.Ē---Kanye

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                • #9
                  I did finally remember who it was. And no, it wasn't, Neo. Hee. Supposedly he didn't know he was of "the" Whitneys until he was a young teenager -- and his grandpa took him downtown and said something like "that's YOUR museum." My friend had some whole thing about how it is really hard for him to be rich, no, really, but somehow I'm not exactly buying it.

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                  • #10
                    He tells that story in the movie!

                    His uncle takes him out and tells him he owns everything! Basically confused and possibly frightened him. Sounds like his parents were trying to keep him normal (didn't work).

                    He seemed the most conflicted out of all the rich kids.
                    Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                    • #11
                      Even Ken Burns: Making History More Boring by the season!
                      Wasn't it Ken Burns who made the docos on the American Civil War? I *loved* that series!

                      We just watched a documentary on the Coen Brothers. Funnily enough, it was called The Coen Brothers. I'm not sure what crazy genius came up with the title. It was made by the BBC. (Sorry, Is, that's all I noticed.)

                      So a doco promising the Coens doesn't need to do much to impress me. They are *so* un-Hollywood. They make movies. It's their job. They enjoy it. They seem normal. End of story. I loved it.

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                      • #12
                        Ken Burns's American Stories (A PBS series) just showed The West in a million two-hour segments. I missed the first two so I skipped the rest. I'm not so much with the documentary series. I don't know why.
                        Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                        • #13
                          Again, a documentary about Easter Island doesn't need to promise much for me to be glued. We saw a BBC one last night called The Mystery of Easter Island. Their theories on why the statue building was so suddenly abandoned and what happened to the original Easter Islanders sounded like something I could believe in. No namby pamby aliens involved.

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                          • #14
                            No aliens? I don't but it. I always go with the version of events presented on Leonard Nimoy's "In Search Of..."

                            Dude! Those are showing in History Channel? *adds to TiVo*
                            Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                            • #15
                              Leonard Nimoy? Docos? Hee. But, I shouldn't scoff until I've watched one!

                              I'm so pissed off I missed one last night called The True Meaning of Pictures. Apparently it was stories of the Appalachians over the last 30 years as seen through the lens of Shelby Lee Adams. Those Deliverance-y people fascinate me!

                              I only found I'd missed it because mum phoned today to say she had a nightmare after watching it. Hee.

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