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Best of Enemies – A Review

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in History, Media, Politics, Review, Site, Spectacle, STL, US | 4 comments

My review: Thinking is not to agree or disagree. That’s voting. — Robert Frost – It may be odd to like what disturbs us but it is clear that Best of Enemies is meant to provoke, and in that sense it is most successfully engaging. In 1968, while trailing NBC and CBS – to debate the Democratic and Republican national conventions – ABC hired two commentators, the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and the liberal Gore Vidal Vidal; the strategy worked and the ratings jumped way up! Almost every night the sparks were flying all over, not by the fireplace but on the small screen: two of the most articulate public intellectuals – in the days when such individuals still existed – were brilliantly sparring around the politics of those conventions. And then everything blew up. […]

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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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Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia Series

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Afri, Death, Doc, Now, Politics, Racism, Violence, Youth |

BBC’s Reggie Yates: “With almost a 90% approval rating Putin is one of the most popular leader in the world.” – “How young Russian national pride manifests can take several forms and to be clear, what I witnessed wasn’t consistently extreme nor by any means threatening in its entirety. The scary thing I found was the pull and growing influence of the groups that are.” […]

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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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DOC: Chechnya Now/La Tchétchénie Maintenant

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Death, Doc, French, Human Rights, Now, Politics, Violence, Wars, Women |

“Tchétchénie, Une Guerre Sans Traces.” Manon Loizeau retourne en Tchétchénie 20 ans plus tard. Un film avec beaucoup de courage, devant et derrière la caméra. – “Chechnya, A War Without Traces.” Manon Loizeau returns to Chechnya 20 years later. A film with much courage, in front and behind the camera. Highly recommended too: Nino Kirtadze’s Chechen Lullaby.[…]

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