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Joshua Oppenheimer’s Masterpieces in St. Louis

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Asia, Doc, Genocide, History, Human Rights, Ideas, Media, Politics, Review, Spectacle, STL, Time, US, Violence |

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.” — Oscar Wilde. Instead of writing a regular review of “The Look of Silence” – I will only mention that it won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival – it is better NOT to say too much about the things we care about. There is nothing worse than to introduce a film by saying it is great…” […]

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Darwin’s Dangerous Idea

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Action, Care, Death, Doc, Eco, Food, Future Tech, Genocide, Human Rights, Ideas, Idées, Native, Sci/Nat, Time, Violence, Wars, World |

“It is estimated that every hour three species are lost forever; that’s 70 a day, 500 a week, 27,000 species ever year… which would make it the fastest mass extinction in our planet’s history. There is no doubt about the cause, it’s us. ” — Andrew Marr – “The sixth global mass extinction…” “We are into the opening stages of a human-caused biotic holocaust – a wholesale elimination of species – that could leave the planet impoverished for at least five million years. — Norman Myers —> the BBC 2 series […]

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Salgado & The Salt of the Earth – a review

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Art, Care, Death, Doc, Eco, Film, France, Highlights, Human Rights, Native, Now, Peace, Photo, Politics, Racism, Review, Spectacle, STL, Travel, Wars, Women, World |

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau. My review: Like Don McCullin, another photographer who has been on the alert for a very long time, Sebastião Salgado cares very much about the entire planet. SalgadoSML Salgado with the statuesque features of a Greek oracle figure looks straight at us; what is to be revealed?
As he plunges over and over into the “heart of darkness” without renouncing its splendor, it is as if his own heart’s chambers expand each time. […]

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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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Timbuktu, The Film

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Film, French, Human Rights, Music, Now, Politics, Review, Violence, Wars |

LAST DAY IS THURSDAY! IN ST. LOUIS: 1. My review (an excerpt): As in an African griot’s tale, much simplicity hides much complexity, and as in many African films, time seems to have stopped. The barrenness of the landscapes brings forth the many tragedies of the lands where killing and taking Islam hostage have become the norm. It is not an accident that Timbuktu, beyond having been nominated for the Foreign Film Academy Award and having competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, received seven French Césars, like best film and best director (AND best sound, cinematography, editing, music and original screenplay!) – it is a memorable film. AND 2. GETT 3. WILD TALES […]

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