Got your Area 51 facts straight? Your Kennedy conspiracy in order? Then why not adopt one of the more curious conspiracy theories: man never landed on the moon. Produced in 2001, this 47-minute documentary (which aired on the Fox network) has the "facts" to prove Apollo 11 went into space, but never to the moon. While the film starts a bit differently than most conspiracy videos (a Tower of Babel opening, a montage of rocket explosions scored to "Destination Moon"), the film soon goes fast and loose with the facts and quickly plays its "knockout" evidence. Writer-director-producer Bart Winfield Sibrel's first arguments play on hindsight: Kennedy (mired in conspiracy) set a goal of landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade; Nixon (mired in trickery) was in office to pull it off. When Sibrel examines iffy scientific principals (how deadly are Van Allen radiation belts?) and curious facts (Neil Armstrong's guarded private life–is he hiding something?), it puts just enough doubt in the viewer's mind. The vast array of photographic evidence seems sketchy (shadow irregularities easily explained by exposure settings), confusing (newly discovered shots from inside Apollo 11's capsule), and intriguing (shadow discrepancies). The production quality is not convincing, though, especially the odd way the film ends with a clip from the Zapruder film. The video cover is actually a shot from the Hollywood film Capricorn One, a much more fun way to tackle your space conspiracy theories
When Norman Connors made the transition from jazz albums to commercially successful R&B-oriented dates, the drummer found himself being lambasted repeatedly in jazz press (something Roy Ayers, Patrice Rushen, George Duke and George Benson could also relate to). Myopic jazz critics trashed Romantic Journey simply because it contains so much R&B/pop, as opposed to judging its merits as an R&B/pop-oriented album. Though not as strong as its predecessor, You Are My Starship, this decent offering has its strong points, including Philip Mitchell's vocal on the haunting "Destination Moon" and Eleanore Mills' performance on a likable cover of the Stylistics' "You Are Everything."