Tag Archive: Activism

Mar
10

Lucien Castaing-Taylor on LEVIATHAN

LEVIATHAN'S view in the midst of fishing.

LEVIATHAN is being called a documentary. That’s as much for convenience’s sake as anything else — it’s clearly not fiction, so what else could it be? Except in no way does the film hew to conventional notions of documentary storytelling. Filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel brought a multitude of cameras onto a commercial fishing …

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Mar
08

Keith David: The CFQ Interview

Keith David (left) and Roddy Piper fight the power in THEY LIVE.

Quick, when I throw out the name Keith David, what’s your first thought? Him casting a suspicious glance towards Kurt Russell in THE THING? The fistfight with Rowdy Roddy Piper in THEY LIVE? Maybe it’s the noble and ferocious Goliath from GARGOYLES or the nefarious Dr. Facilier from THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG? Face it, …

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Feb
10

Pablo Larrain on NO

Speaking Upbeat Truth to Power: Gael Garcia Bernal confronts tyranny with a smile in NO.

Turns out the will of the people rather closely resembles that of the Pepsi Generation. In 1988, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was forced to stage a plebiscite on his administration, allowing his subjects to vote YES or NO on continuing his rule for another eight years. When Pinochet briefly opens up the television airwaves to …

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Jan
04

Temple of Bad: MARS NEEDS WOMEN

Oh, the Sixties, was there a way in which you weren’t one of our most fraked-up decades? War, assassinations, riots in the streets, MY MOTHER THE CAR on TV — never was there a time when it more seemed that society was shredding at the seams. Fortunately, director Larry Buchanan, the mastermind behind such cinematic …

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Nov
16

Victor Ginzburg on GENERATION P

Vladimir Yepifantsev gazes into Russia's brave, consumerist future in GENERATION P.

Eve bit the apple, Pandora opened the box, and for a certain generation of young Russians, the first taste of a certain, ambrosial nectar that we in the West call Pepsi did close to the same thing: unleash a desire that, once freed, could not be contained. In the caustic, Russian satire GENERATION P, one …

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Nov
14

BUFFALO GIRLS Opens in New York

Buffalo Girls

Had I but world enough and time, I’d be interviewing the director of this fantastic, disturbing documentary about child boxers in Thailand. (Had I the discretionary income, I’d be taking a plane to that country just to scream at the parents, “WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?“) Unfortunately, I’m not going to be …

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Nov
09

Dick Cavett on DUCK SOUP

The Warmongers of 1933: The Four Marx Bros. celebrate armed conflict in DUCK SOUP.

The late sixties had its share of momentous events: Nixon attaining the presidency; the manned moon landing; and most important of all, Dick Cavett interviewing the 78-year-old, and still blisteringly funny, Groucho Marx on his late-night TV show. So when the Forum on Law, Culture, and Society at Fordham Law here in New York invited …

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Oct
26

David Strathairn on GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK

David Strathairn is Edward R. Murrow in GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.

Released at a time when America’s faith in journalism was undergoing serious turmoil, George Clooney’s drama GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK was a stirring reminder of the importance of the institution. Focusing on TV newsman Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and his producer, Fred Friendly (Clooney), and the risks they took in turning their spotlight …

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Oct
23

The Forum Film Festival in NYC Closes with DUCK SOUP and Short Film Awards

I had to do it. The Forum Film Festival, run by the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at Fordham Law School was screening GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, George Clooney’s dramatic reenactment of the clash between broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow and the commie-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy, and had invited me to interview actor …

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Sep
29

George Takei and ALLEGIANCE – A NEW MUSICAL

After a preview performance of ALLEGIANCE

By Anna Kaplan With Alexander Kaplan-Reyes If you are wondering what a musical review is doing on here, wonder no further. ALLEGIANCE – A NEW MUSICAL is a production that exists because of George Takei, known to STAR TREK fans everywhere as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Enterprise and Captain of the Excelsior. His sense of …

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