Hot Docs 2019: The Pickup Game

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

There’s this weird assumption that dudes are somehow supposed to make it through life intuitively knowing how to save money and treat women properly and you know…be a man. Like it’s some sort of obvious concept: that males would effortlessly mature and evolve as smoothly as you move from room to room in your home.

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Pantsworthy: Hot Docs – April 30, 2019

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Day 5 of the 2019 Hot Docs festival. How are you holding up? The following are Pantsworthy documentaries from corporate coups to selling lies. We got dogs to people who treat other people like dogs. Here we go!

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Hot Docs 2019: Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

There’s a freshtastic Ron Artest documentary currently playing at Hot Docs: Quiet Storm. S’really well done like 30 for 30 well done…it covers all the hip hop that flows outta Ron’s Queensbridge projects right up to that HUGE 3 with the Lakers. Storm is directed by Johnny Sweet whose previous doc Vick was on another polarizing athlete: Michael Vick.

The basic premise of the Ron Arterst documentary?
“In the world of professional sports no American athlete ever came back from a mental health disorder….until Ron Artest, now known to the world as Metta World Peace.”

You know? There’s this thing we do; it’s not a particularly bright thing but we do it often enough that we have a pattern. We…as in us as a society.

Someone steps forward shares something with vulnerability and…is instantly vilified. However as the years unfold that uncredited and often unrecognized individual will be proven right.

About a year ago Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan released statements about their mental health status and anxiety struggles. We all held hands, called them brave and established the bold narrative that this was the start of a significant revolution.

Thing is before Love and before DeRozan there was Kendall Gill…for some of you that’s a who? In 1995 Gill who played for Charlotte Hornets and Seattle SuperSonics openly talked about his mental health experiences following his diagnosis of clinical depression and was promptly…vilified. Sports reporters at the time label Gill as a malcontent.

And yet the mental health discussion Gill ignited culminated with the infamous Malice at the Palace where on November 19, 2004 Ron Artest climbed in the stands to begin punching Detroit Pistons fans.

Because after Gill and before Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan there was Ron Artest. Quiet Storm is the aptly named and fascinating exploration of Ron Artest’s career and an examination of his character. For you can’t know somebody until you understand them.

The proliferation of quality sports documentaries has forced us to reexamine the narratives we associate with the players. All good documentaries just as all good lives are prompted by asking key questions and fueled by a dogged determination to get answers. It’s evolution in thinking, growth…maturity. It’s what narratives are not good at doing because they’re time-locked; maturity makes narratives like ill-fitting hand me down clothes.

If you don’t wanna put on pants or can’t come to Hot Docs…it’ll be on Showtime on May 31. Which is Mental Health Month.

Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story Trailer:

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Trial by Trailer: Including…Always Be My Maybe

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.

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Hot Docs 2019: Memory: The Origins of Alien

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Movies are our hieroglyphics. They are the most convenient way we immortalize myths and dreams and fears though over time the semiotics become convoluted.

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Hot Docs: Assholes: A Theory

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Watching Assholes: A Theory I thought about Kanye West.

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Golden Wonders

Couple night ago I attended The Toronto Magic Company show at Super Wonder Gallery in Little Italy. So good!

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Trial by Trailer: Including…Swamp Thing

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.

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TV: Brené Brown: The Call to Courage

You know the thing is I’ve slowly and intuitively figured out a lot of what Brené Brown is saying just from my interactions with people especially in business. She just has the research to back it up and prove it.

That’s the beauty of listening to your gut…you know something to be true; you just can’t explain it.

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TV: Brené Brown: The Call to Courage

You know the thing is I’ve slowly and intuitively figured out a lot of what Brené Brown is saying just from my interactions with people especially in business. She just has the research to back it up and prove it.

That’s the beauty of listening to your gut…you know something to be true; you just can’t explain it.

What I really appreciated in The Call to Courage was the distinction she made between fitting in and belonging.

Social media is conditioning a lot of people to just fit in…that’s why if you don’t like Black Panther you’re racist. Which…doesn’t make any sense.

Political correctness is just as corrosive as social media…it eliminates nuance and thinking which may deviate from the norm or the established narrative.

(There’s this weird threat packaged with political correctness that goes like this: “When someone is complaining about “political correctness” ask them, “Well, what is it you want to say that you feel you cannot say, out loud, because of political correctness? To help me understand, you must tell me specifically, what are the things you feel you cannot say?”

The gasp shudder implication is that somebody desperately wants to be racist or like throw the n word around instead of being treated like a child and having to say phrases like the n word. It’s a popular “logic” but it’s so embarrassing because it’s so flawed. For one there is no consistent agreed upon definition of political correctness: as I said I’m more concerned with the lack of nuanced thinking not the racism, two that threat is about control (i.e. correctness!!) while I’m happy to give people more freedom and less control and three as we’ve learned from the West Wing: “If you don’t like what they’re asking, you don’t accept the premise of the question.” Right. Ultimately that threat is an updated version of what will the neighbours say!! Ummm it doesn’t matter which bring us full circle back to Brené Brown.)

I’ve watched a lifetime of 80s movies and I know when the loser kid suddenly starts fitting in with the cool kids it’s never…good. He fits in; he doesn’t belong.

He belongs with his tribe of nerds and losers and geeks sitting in that one dank corner of the school’s caff. I understood that she just articulated it.

Because again from my avid 80s movies watching makes it easier to reject fitting in.

Thankfully we’re not in high school anymore…I got options. I don’t want to fit in with your group because it’s not fun; it’s not good for me and I won’t enjoy it. In the bigger picture our society doesn’t benefit from notions like if you didn’t like the Black Panther you’re racist. That’s flat out stupid. Which understandably generates ire. I’m not saying I’m better than you I’m saying you can’t offer me any life.

So yeah truly if you don’t enjoy beach vacations…well then don’t book beach vacations. The Instagram likes for your Sunset photos are not worth it.

It just makes sense doesn’t. Like if somebody thinks you are not pretty it doesn’t automatically mean you are ugly right??

Duh!

I understand the social pressure and rejection always hurts…it’s human nature. It’ll always hurt. Brown even acknowledges that in the special.

But again and more important than that hurt: it doesn’t mean it’s true. That rejection is…well it’s a good thing.

Oh I’ve been called stupid, racist, retarded, jerkface etc. and I’m none of those things: it’s so easy to reject.

I’m like everybody else I have blindspots and biases but that doesn’t make me stupid. The freedom I’ve willingly chosen means I don’t have to get it right. Just because I’m at bat doesn’t mean I hafta hit a home run. I’m cool with striking out.

It’s fine…I will continue to strike out and I will continue to hit home runs and I will continue to be erroneously labelled that’s this modern life.

(My fav criticism is I’m doing this/saying these things to be cool!! LOL!!!! There are countless ways to be cool…I wouldn’t pick this path if that was true. I haven’t gotten that one for a while…I miss that criticism.)

All of this of course only hinges on knowing who you are and being comfortable with that. That’s why fitting is a trap. It’s like settling for a tinder date instead of patiently waiting for the one. Fitting is dollar store cheap. Belonging is priceless; it’s a high end luxury brand. And that is so worth it.

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