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Back to School!

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Feels like we were just gearing up for summer at  TheArchive  and now we're already headed back to school! But we always have something for the procrastinators...so feed the dog your homework, ditch your responsibilities, and cut class with these throwback high school classics. In  High School USA , a veritable  who’s-who of TV stars join Michael J. Fox and Crispin Glover (pre-Back to the Future) including Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, Tony Dow, Ken Osmond, Bob Denver, and Dawn Wells. An uncredited Brad Pitt plays a bumbling library nerd, and Nancy Mckeon plays off Anthony Edwards before his star turns in Revenge of the Nerds, Gotcha!, Top Gun, ER, and Billions.    In faith based Angel in Training , Desi has problems just like any other teenager but the biggest difference? She gets help from an apprentice angel who's still earning her wings.  Keeping with the faith theme, The St. Tammany Miracle , starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Soleil Moon Frye, features an all-girls Episcopalian

Uncovering Russian Disinformation

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We don't have all the answers but we do have the content that explores the many aspects of what we are currently experiencing. And it is serious. In Shootdown - a chillingly bleak cautionary tale based on a true story - Angela Lansbury is trying to get answers and refers to the fact that, getting information or rather the truth from the then Soviets, was nearly impossible. Lansbury plays the mother of one of the victims of Korean Airlines Flight 007, which was shot down while flying over the Soviet Union in 1983, and is desperately searching for answers regarding the tragedy. When tensions arise and a mystery ensues, and the Russians are behind it, Lansbury's character stops at nothing to get answers.   In the vein of Russian disinformation and propaganda, we also uncovered the Dean Stockwell narrated Phenomenon : a series that examines governments, corporations, and religious groups that have secretly wielded vast power by suppressing critical data or spreading disinformation

Get Back to More Beatles

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In case you live under a rock or wherever beetles crawl out from under, we thought you should know about the mass hysteria and adulation over Peter Jackson's Beatles doc  Get Back,  on of all places, Disney+. While it is objectively mesmerizing and feels like it was shot yesterday, only a fraction of The Beatles' story is portrayed. We do see their dissolution and discomfort but we miss so much of what made them fascinating - the impression of those closest to them. TheArchive has a few up close and personal accounts of the fab four in the form of episodic documentaries featuring many of their closest confidants including John's sister Julia Baird. In case you were left wanting from Get Back be sure to check out: The Beatles: A Long and Winding Road In this five part documentary watch the evolution of The Beatles as they  shake the world, change the course of history, and transcend rock group status and become inextricably connected to our musical souls. This documentary

Charlie Watts: Two Sticks Among The Stones

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One of the great drummers of any generation has passed. Watts leaves behind Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood after more than 50 years behind his kit. Growing up the son of a truck driver in Wembley with a penchant for jazz and a gift for design, little did he know that the children's book about Charlie Parker he published at such a young age would so beautifully foretell his own greatness despite the humble ode he inscribed in the preface: "This story was compiled by one Charlie to a late and great Charlie." Through the decades his greatness ramped up like his many unmistakable rhythms, always playing to a slightly different beat as early as the beginning of the 1960s when he turned down the Stones' first invitations to join them. But despite those first tones of rejection, Jagger persisted and Watts joined the band that took off like a rocket and never cooled down. Into the 1980s with the Charlie Watts Orchestra, Watts finally reached his penultimate ambit