Everyone struggles whether financial, emotional, or just struggling to zip up those skinny jeans. It’s something everyone can relate to on a certain level, but this week on the WETA Saturday Night Movies, discover the struggles of three specific groups of people: soldiers, parking lot attendants, and musicians. Tune in for our Hollywood movie of the week and two PBS documentaries beginning at 9:30pm on Saturday January 5!
Platoon – Struggling to Fit In
Experience the brutality of guerrilla warfare: the heat of the jungle, the brushes with wildlife, and the powerful presence of the unseen enemy. Charlie Sheen stars as Chris, a raw recruit, or "new meat" who serves as the film's narrator. At first he wilts under the rigorous conditions of jungle life and wonders whether he'll be able to survive. But he gradually adapts and begins to see that the platoon is divided into two groups. As the conflict between these two reaches a tragic climax, Chris must decide what he really values.
Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday January 5 at 9:30pm!
Independent Lens The Parking Lot Movie – Struggle for Respect
Locally relevant to our viewers, this documentary is about a parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The film follows an unconventional brotherhood of parking lot attendants consisting of grad students, overeducated philosophers, surly artists, middle-age slackers, and others. Although they aren’t fond of the people they serve, they hang out at the lot in their spare time just because they like it there. They play a private “war” game against disrespectful and arrogant customers to pass the time. Take a look into this unique way of life.
Take the Bumper Sticker Philosophy Quiz on the Independent Lens website to find out which bumper sticker best suits your own outlook on life.
Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday January 5 at 11:30pm!
Independent Lens Copyright Criminals – Struggle for Musical Rights
Can you own a sound? This documentary examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling. Delve into the debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and money through many of hip-hop music’s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul and Digital Underground, as well as emerging artists such as audiovisual remixers Eclectic Method. But samplers are only half the battle, see interviews with artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield — James Brown's drummer and the world's most sampled musician. Read this interview with filmmakers Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod about the making of Copyright Criminals!
Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Sunday January 6 at 12:30am!
Want even more on this unique musical topic? Check out this interactive timeline of sampling!