Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese
... If you like music and you like good film making - i.e. if you're human
Life isn't about finding yourself or finding anything. Life is about creating yourself.
Does the name 'Bob Dylan' spark your interest? What about Martin Scorsese? What about a Bob Dylan documentary made by Martin Scorsese? Then today is your lucky day, dear friend! Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story is available to stream on Netflix right now.
Following Dylan on his tour through middle America in 1975, this incredible film is described as "a one-of-a-kind movie experience: part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream." Well worth checking out.
The 'This Land' Podcast
... if you love true crime podcasts
Crooked Media, the folks behind the acclaimed Pod Save America, have dipped their toes into the true crime podcast genre with the multilayered story of a murder in Oklahoma, 20 years ago. This is not your usual 'whodunnit?' or 'Are they innocent?' type of true crime story, it's much more than that.
It focuses on the murder of George Jacobs, for which Patrick Murphy was convicted and sentenced to death. However both men were members of the Muscogee Creek Nation and Murphy's lawyers have been arguing that the crime took place on reservation land and therefore puts it outside the Oklahoma state's jurisdiction. Their case has now made it to the Supreme Court and should they win, it could have enormous reprocutions for the reservation territory within Oklahoma, and result in largest restoration of tribal land in US history.
While this may sound a little bland on the surface of it, the podcast does a brilliant job of using this to explore the philosophies and history of land apportioning, something that has defined not just the history of America but also here in Ireland too.
Dead Poets Society - Movie and Podcast
... if you're looking to be inspired
We've got two for the price of one in this recommendation as we dive back into one of Robin Williams' greatest movies.
First of all, it celebrates its 30th birthday this month and if that wasn't reason enough to rewatch it, TheRinger.com's 'The Rewatchables' podcast have featured it on this week's show and it makes for essential listening.
If you have never seen Dead Poets Society before then it is an absolute must-watch, with incredible performances from the likes of Williams, Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard. For many it was a formative movie, tugging at the heart strings and featuring Williams as that life-changing school teacher many of us were lucky to have. It's available on YouTube for just €2.99 now.
In terms of the podcast, Bill Simmon and co. explore their favourite scenes, characters and lines from what is still to this day a highly quotable movie - Carpe diem!