TV review: The good, the bad and the ugly at the heart of human nature

The King of Porn: The Rise and Fall of Ron Jeremy Channel 4, Tuesday 10pm

Atlas of moods
RTÉ1, Monday, 8:30pm

Horse water
RTÉ1, Tuesday, 7pm

Meitheal: The Story of a Search
RTÉ1, Tuesday, 10:30pm

Ron Jeremy, “the biggest porn star in the world”, is an ugly guy. In the words of erotic scientist Seymore Butts, he looks: “Like a penguin. Or a walrus. Which is close to the penguin family. I mean I think they are cousins”.

It’s a good thing that Seymore works in porn, not in zoology. His observations of the animal kingdom provide the only humorous moment in The King of Porn: The Rise and Fall of Ron Jeremysomething else entirely, and fittingly, grim.

Later known as a walking oxymoron, mainstream porn star Jeremy ugly inside as well as not. Last August in Los Angeles, he was indicted on 34 counts of rape and sexual assault; the indictment lists four decades of horrific crimes.

Manufacturers of Porn King tried their best to balance the scales of evidence when they interviewed Ron’s supporters, as well as his victims.

Supporters include Ron’s personal assistant, Moss Krivin, who has vehemently defended his former employer, while displaying the repressed hysteria of a man who always suspected he was wasted. his life.

It was the victims who convinced. “I was asked this question: how do you rape a porn star?” said former porn star Alana Evans, who went on to point out that consent rules apply to sex workers just as they apply to others. It doesn’t need to be said. But we are here.

Atlas of moods struggled to get the dramatic footage of a man’s leg sticking out of an MRI machine. Or rather, it doesn’t, because its subject matter is compelling enough that it doesn’t need bells and whistles.

Mia Mullarkey’s short film follows Shane (36), who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2010, as he volunteers for a clinical trial at NUIG. Shane ventured into the icy white interior of the Human Biology Building to submit herself to tests and interviews. He’s clearly, openly vulnerable, incredibly admirable. And fragile. But not all of us? Who teaches us to process our emotions, especially men?

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And if you’re a man with bipolar disorder, you’re doubly disadvantaged. Training – growing a pair – won’t cut it off. It never did, anyway.

The disorder is “characterized by mood swings”. It pushes you violently from despair to despair. Very difficult to treat; there is not even a way to test it yet. This is one of the things NUIG researchers were looking for, with Shane being a willing lab rat.

Neuroscientists consider the brain to be itself. Dr Fiona Martyn said: “Here you are, give Shane an MRI image of his brain. Selfishness is distilled into the image of a monochrome cauliflower: there is something beautiful about that. We are simple creatures; and in our simplicity, completely uncomplicated.

The horses stood there blinking, utterly indifferent to the fantasies of human love.

Peter Shaffer’s classic play Equus (1973) is about a teenage boy who falls in love with a horse. Opposite, Horse water is about the junior riders of a Kildare horse club preparing to compete for the championship of the three-day event in Co. Meath.

However, there are striking similarities. A young equestrian said: “I would choose my horse before any of my friends. Another young rider said she would choose her horse over her sister. Hippomania of young people (meaning too fond of horses) is by nature loyal but fervent.

Through all this, the horses stood there blinking, utterly indifferent to the vagaries of humanity.

Based on Horse waterVoiced by: “Horses have always had a special place in the Irish imagination.” It’s a line that works equally well if you replace “horse” with “pin,” “Zig and Zag,” or “Protestant.” I’m a city boy, I like to keep my animals at a manageable size. But maybe I haven’t met the right horse.

Documentary by Fergus Sweeney Meitheal: The Story of a Search brought us to Baron Erris, Co. Mayo: one of Ireland’s westernmost lands, and a place of bleak beauty and a deep sense of community (more or less literally “the ethos of neighbors helping neighbors”).

Erris’s events unfolded in the months following March 14, 2017. This is the 116th Night Rescue Coast Guard helicopter, which was en route to conduct a cover operation, that crashed near Blackrock Island, a short distance from the point. Its refueling stop was six miles away at Blacksod Lighthouse.

The crew was killed: captain Dara Fitzpatrick, captain Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winch operator Ciarán Smith. All four have “dedicated their lives to search and rescue.” As of late morning on the 14th, Paul, Mark and Ciarán had not been arrested. “What comes next will be the largest search in the history of the Irish state.” It went on for 42 days.

The community has mobilized all resources; they are looking for “our friends, our colleagues, our saviors”. But you get the feeling they would do it for anyone. Meitheal tells a story without a real happy ending, but Sweeney’s perspective is not about the pain of loss, but about what happens when people believe in the community’s actions.

When was the last time a documentary made you feel better about the totality of human nature? “In coastal communities, they are very discriminating,” said Mary Greeny, a resident of Erris. “They support each other.” Yes, Mary. So are all of us. TV review: The good, the bad and the ugly at the heart of human nature

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