Hauntings and Nail Bars
I’ve mentioned documentary maker Adam Curtis here before, and over the last year I’ve managed to track down all of his extraordinary polemics-on-film that seem to have a very polarising effect on his viewers (argument is a good thing – there are too many tentative opinions on websites).
Now he’s assembling a vast amount of BBC footage from the war in Afghanistan, here. He’s particularly interested in the material we haven’t seen that helps to expand our ideas about the situation. These are US soldiers having their nails done in a Bagram beauty salon. Go to the site and check out some of his extraordinary finds. I warn you, though – if you go back to his main site, you won’t get any work done for the rest of the day.
Curtis has a lighter side, too. He created a fascinating documentary here about the way ghosts moved from castles and historic homes into the suburbs. It’s funny, bizarre and rather poignant, here. Another warning; it contains examples of extreme wallpaper.