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SLIFF BUZZ 2015: 3 GEMS

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Cancer, Care, Corporations, Death, Doc, Dollars, Eco, Film, Food, Hispanic, History, Human Rights, Native, Peace, Popular, Review, Sci/Nat, Spectacle, STL |

The best St. Louis International Film Festival in memory! Three of my favorite films: “In Transit” – The last of the great direct cinema documentary filmmakers, the recently deceased Albert Maysles (Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens, Running Fence…)… an eloquent love letter to humanity.
With a rarely seen fragility and gentleness, this tour de force of a film allows us to sense how precious each life is. Each individual’s aspirations and vulnerability is magically brought to light: one of the most touching film experience at this festival! — “The Fool/Durak” – … In the midst of the squalor of a small Russian town, through its understated acting and gritty realism, a suspense as worthy as that of a James Bond film, slowly but surely, takes shape. How institutions and the self-serving individuals that populate them can hold onto their morally bankrupt power… — “Embrace of the Serpent” – By following their actual diaries, this sumptuous and sensual film – some would call it an hallucinatory trip – pays tribute to two explorers and their guides as they venture into unknown regions of Colombia. One of the most astonishing and luminous film at the St. Louis International Film Festival! […]

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The Land of Many Palaces

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Art, Asia, Doc, Dollars, Health, Human Rights, Site, Spectacle |

An excerpt from my review: “As of July 1 2014, China’s population was estimated to be 1,393,783,836, about 20% of the world’s population, one in five people in the planet are Chinese nationals. Now and for the next twenty years, 250 millions of peasants are to move to the cities – existing ones or brand new ones like Ordos, the one featured in this film. There, as some of the characters in the documentary state, they are to become “more civilized.” A must-see film if you want to experience one of the many Chinese dreams, already set into motion.” […]

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St. Louis Internet? A Terrible Situation

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Corporations, Dollars, Human Rights, STL, The Future |

It seems that in St. Louis, AT&T has the monopoly of the internet business. They definitely act like it! What six months ago was a “promotion” for $42/month does not exist anymore. The single current “promotion” is $79/month for 45 Mbps. They move you up to a speed twice as fast, but they also get you to spend TWICE as much, and that’s their ONLY promotion available! … So what needs to happen? Does Next Century Cities need to happen here too? The mayor, the citizens of St. Louis need to get involved?… The Washington Post in January 2015 states that “The most popular residential plan is $45.50 a month for download speeds of 50 megabits per second.” Not in St. Louis! Something needs to change fast. Is it the same everywhere else in the U.S.? […]

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