Tag Archive: Court System

Sep
11

Pamela Yates on GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR

Justice Does Not Sleep: The brutal crimes commited in 1982 are avenged in Pamela Yates' GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR

Listen, there’s nothing particularly wrong with a documentary about the war between two Donkey Kong champions; it’s very good, actually (it’s KING OF KONG, in fact). It’s just that you have to admit that there’s a considerable span between that and a film that has a tangible effect in seeing a man responsible for genocide …

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Aug
24

Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz on THE INTERRUPTERS

Steve James (with camera), Alex Kotlowitz (to James' right), and Zak Piper (with microphone) capture "violence interrupter" Ameena Matthews on the job for THE INTERRUPTERS.

In the movies, one man and one gun is all it takes to keep the peace. In reality, when you’re talking about the fear, anger, and frustration generated from poverty and exacerbated by drugs, territorial conflict, and just plain ego, a more empathetic approach is probably better. In the new documentary, THE INTERRUPTERS, director Steve …

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Jan
06

THE TIME THAT REMAINS and IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE

The Moment of Desperation: Prisoner Silviu (George Pistereanu, left) holds a social worker (Ada Condeescu) hostage in IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE.

For the first show of 2011, how about a little international perspective? We’ve got interviews with two directors whose latest films deliver gripping, cinematically daring glimpses into worlds rarely examined from our side. First up is Romanian director Florin Serban, talking about IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE, a stark, naturalistic drama about an …

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Oct
27

Jeffrey Tambor and Thane Rosenbaum on …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

When the Real Gets Too Real: Jeffrey Tambor confronts the moral quandries of ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

When you’re offered the opportunity to talk with Jeffrey Tambor — a.k.a Hank Kingsley, a.k.a. George Bluth Sr, a.k.a. Sid Garner for those who really keep track of these things — do you say no? You do not — of course, you do not. Jeffrey was in town to participate in the closing night of …

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Aug
14

David Michod on ANIMAL KINGDOM

Man and Boy, Both Driven: Ben Mendelsohn (left) and James Frecheville share a family moment in ANIMAL KINGDOM.

Finally, the family film we’ve been waiting for this summer. Okay, that’s an obvious joke, sorry. ANIMAL KINGDOM is about a family, but one that, if you’re lucky, you’ll never have as next door neighbors. Set in crime-ridden Melbourne, Australia, the film focuses on the Cody clan, a criminal unit that’s fallen on hard times. …

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Jun
22

Kate Davis & David Heilbroner on STONEWALL UPRISING

Liberation's Forge: A tense moment from STONEWALL UPRISING.

And so now we catch up on a couple of very good films that opened last week, but — because there’s only so much podcasting I can do before my ears start to bleed — had to wait a week to be covered. In the case of the film featured in this episode, STONEWALL UPRISING, …

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Apr
16

Juan Jose Campanella on THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES

Public Threat: A criminal (Javier Godino, left) delivers a not-so-subtle message to public servants Soledad Villamil and Ricardo Darin in the Oscar-winning foreign language film THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES.

Seems to be some confusion about the title of this. For the record, according to the front page of the production notes, it’s THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES. Not THE SECRET OF THEIR EYES or even THE SECRET IN HER EYES, which is the way the video file for the trailer is labeled. So I …

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Mar
06

Moeller and Jacoby on HARLAN – IN THE SHADOW OF JEW SUSS

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It’s typical in these circumstances to say, “I don’t know what came over me.” But I do know what came over me: I was going to interview Felix Moeller about his new documentary, HARLAN – IN THE SHADOW OF JEW SUSS — the film about German director Veit Harlan, his infamous, anti-Semitic 1940 creation JEW …

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Feb
26

THE ART OF THE STEAL Interview

It's Beautiful, Now Give It Up: Dr. Albert C. Barnes with his collection in THE ART OF THE STEAL

At one point in the new film THE ART OF THE STEAL, one of the people protesting the moving of Dr. Albert Barnes’ art collection (Picasso, Modigliani, Renoir, C├ęzanne, amongst others) from its home outside Philadelphia into the city proper stands outside the gates of the museum’s eventual home, screaming, “Philistines!” The art world occasionally …

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Feb
12

Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher on OCTOBER COUNTRY

Hanging on with a Wing and a... uh... oh: Desi in OCTOBER COUNTRY

A tangent here, but stick with me: At the beginning of the animated film, MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMATAS, director Isao Takahata envisions the world of his titular family as an ocean voyage, complete with pounding waves and raging storms, but arriving eventually at a safe port. If the analogy was transferred to OCTOBER COUNTRY, the …

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