movies

June 12, 2011 – La Muneca Fea (The Ugly Doll)

May 18, 2011 – simple and sweet

May 1, 2011 – It’s 2011 and there are still too many folks alive who don’t realize we are all ONE. President Obama makes light of the events this past week:

April 24, 2011 – Movies I’ve enjoyed lately – check it out:

Mother and Child (2009) – Fifty-year-old Karen (Annette Bening) regrets giving up her daughter, Elizabeth (Naomi Watts), for adoption; years later, Elizabeth questions her own approach to life. Their stories intersect with that of Lucy (Kerry Washington), who hopes to fulfill her dreams of motherhood through adoption. Rodrigo García writes and directs this drama about parenting, sacrifice, romance and self-fulfillment. Eileen Ryan and Samuel L. Jackson co-star.

The Human Experience (2008) – In a world fraught with hostility and violence, an altruistic group of young men endeavor to understand the true essence of the human spirit by visiting forgotten souls such as homeless New Yorkers, Peruvian orphans and isolated Ghanian lepers. By spotlighting heartwarming stories from around the world, this uplifting documentary shows viewers that every single person, no matter his or her lot in life, is beautiful.

Herb & Dorothy (2008) – Chronicling the story of unlikely art collectors Herb Vogel and Dorothy Vogel, filmmaker Megumi Sasaki demonstrates that it’s not necessary to be wealthy in order to build a significant collection in this fascinating documentary. A postal clerk and a librarian, the Vogels share a passion for art, which they pursued over decades, becoming two of the most important collectors of minimalist and conceptual art with more than 4,000 pieces.

The Art of the Steal (2009) – A gripping tale of intrigue and mystery in the art world, this film traces the history of the Barnes collection of Post-Impressionist paintings, which was worth billions and became the subject of a power struggle after the 1951 death of the owner. Dr. Albert Barnes collected 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos and many other valuable paintings. But the political wrangling over the collection eventually led to its division.

The Freebie (2010) – In this sexy indie comedy from actress-turned-writer/director Katie Aselton, a young couple in a bit of a relationship slump make a pact that they’re each allowed to have a one-night stand with another person, no questions asked. Naturally, this kind of thing always sounds easier and a lot more fun than it actually is, as they both soon discover. Ever-reliable comic actor Dax Shepard plays the male half of the equation.

Which Way Home (2007) – In 2006, Rebecca Cammisa received a Fulbright Scholar Grant to travel to Mexico to document the plight of the children left behind when their families travel to the United States to find work. This Oscar-nominated film is the result of her journey. Cammisa and her crew follow a trio of children who set out on their own from their Latin American abodes on a dangerous trek through Mexico en route to the U.S. border and — they hope — their families’ embrace.

April 11, 2011 – not a movie but a poignant speech from valedictorian, Erica

March 26, 2011 – Teach your child how to be an entrepreneurs

http://www.ted.com/talk/cameron_herold_let_s_raise_kids_to_be_entrepreneurs.html

March 8, 2011 – International Women’s Day (1ooth Anniversary)

I must have gotten rid of the political page during the blog re-design…therefore, I am placing the link to a speech given by Michael Moore here:

Read, Realize & Get Energized!

http://theuptake.org/2011/03/05/michael-moore-the-big-lie-wisconsin-is-broke/

February 25, 2011Night Catches Us is NOW playing on Netflix Play Instantly! YAY! Please support this first time writer and filmmaker, Tanya Hamilton. Incredible work for some one with a very limited resources…well done.

January 26, 2011 – haven’t watched Zeitgeist III yet but I know it’s going to be a great one!

January 21, 2011

Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment – watch by clicking here.

Our System Our Structure Our Illusion – this is most certainly NOT a stellar documentary but I learned a great deal more and laughed with the featured comedians. The soundtrack is the pits but again, watch and I’m sure you’ll learn a thing or many.

January 19, 2011

January 18, 2011

Watch America’s New Chapter hosted by Tavis Smiley here (3 hours in length)

January 2, 2011

Who needs a television when you have google video or documentary heaven:

1. Racism: A History (3 part series) absolutely mind-blowing and confronting

2. The Hasidic Drugdealer (via Documentary Heaven – gracias Jamil 🙂

3. The Pathology of White Privilege – a presentation by Tim Wise

4. Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story – Netflix (thanks Bryant 🙂

December 8, 2010

not sure why I haven’t put this INCREDIBLE FILM on the MUST SEE list but here it goes:

Inglorious Basterds (2009)A Jewish cinema owner (Mélanie Laurent) in occupied Paris is forced to host a Nazi movie premiere, where a radical group of American Jewish soldiers called the Basterds, led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), plans to roll out a score-settling scheme. The face-off is about to go down — that’s if Col. Hans Landa aka “The Jew Hunter” (Christoph Waltz, in an Oscar-winning role) doesn’t get in the way. Quentin Tarantino directs this World War II-set spaghetti Western.

The Kellogg Brothers: Corn Flake Kings (1995) – There’s not much drama to a box of corn flakes — or is there? As this intriguing installment of “Biography” reveals, the creation of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, the quintessential American breakfast, is an epic tale rife with sibling rivalry, competition and passion. Learn how John Harvey Kellogg, a visionary who longed to find a way to keep people healthy, and his astute businessman brother, Will Keith, built one of the country’s biggest businesses.

December 6, 2010Happy Birthday Jona!

Dar shared this with me weeks ago, Stealing a Nation:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3667764379758632511#

December 1, 2010

The Universe of Keith Haring (2008) – Filmmaker Christina Clausen’s admiring documentary explores the remarkable life and works of pop artist Keith Haring through archival footage, audio excerpts from Haring and interviews with Madonna, Yoko Ono and many others. Clausen chronicles Haring’s life from his early years through the 1980s as he rocketed to fame with solo exhibitions, collaborations and public works, leaving behind a prolific legacy.

November 25, 2010

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) – on Netflix Play Instantly

November 6. 2010Honey Pie … not just a sex doll… presented by California is a place.

AND please, please watch The End of Poverty? 2008 (documentary) on Netflix play instantly now:

Exploring the history of poverty in developing countries, filmmaker Philippe Diaz contends that today’s economic inequities arose as a result of colonization, military conquest and slavery, with wealthier countries seizing the resources of the poor. Narrated by Martin Sheen, this absorbing documentary includes interviews with numerous historians, economists and sociologists who shed light on the ongoing conditions that contribute to poverty.

October 31, 2010 – I haven’t watched that many films over the past two months but here are a few to check out on Netflix:

1. Food Matters 2008 (documentary) – With a staggering number of Americans suffering from obesity and other food-related maladies, this film takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health, and what we can do to live (and eat) better. Nutritionists, naturopaths, scientists, doctors, medical journalists and more weigh in on everything from using food as medicine to the value of organic food and the safety of the food we consume.

2. Breaking Upwards 2009 (romantic comedy) – Breaking up is painful — but does it have to be? Subdued individually by their relationship yet scared of life apart, Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein set out to meticulously orchestrate and manage their split into painlessness in this indie romantic comedy. The New York couple’s struggles attain an extra air of authenticity as they expose — pretty much uncensored — every bit of their four-year, complex and codependent union for audiences to witness.

3. National Geographic: Inside the U.S. Secret Service 2004 (documentary) – With unparalleled access to one of the world’s most protective and enigmatic government organizations, National Geographic takes you to a place few outsiders have been: inside the United States Secret Service. In the inner sanctum, you’ll witness what it takes to protect the president of the United States from all enemies — foreign and domestic. It’s a huge job that blends technological sophistication with practical street smarts.

4. Bread and Tulips 2000 (foreign romance, drama) – A cosseted, unhappy housewife (Licia Maglietta) who’s taken for granted by her philandering, self-centered husband (Antonio Catania) finds bella fortuna when she hitchhikes to Venice and starts to construct a brand-new life for herself. Blossoming with newfound independence, the woman begins a tentative relationship with a lonely, suicidal waiter (Bruno Ganz) that seems to bode well for both of them.

August 15, 2010

Straight Time (1978) – After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer. Written by Andrew DeLaVergne <ajd2@acsu.buffalo.edu>.

August 12, 2010

The Kids Are All Right (2010) – i shed 4 tiny tears … maybe i was sleepy that night – in a theatre near you!

American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2007) – documentary – With commentary from soldiers on both sides of the conflict, filmmaker Kevin Booth‘s incisive documentary wades into the murky waters of the American war on drugs, the longest and costliest war in U.S. history. Taking viewers from prisons and inner-city streets to the halls of Congress and his own kitchen, Booth attempts to sort out the intricacies of the national drug policy — and the reasons for its unmitigated failure.

June 24, 2010

Exit through the Gift Shop (2010) – a documentary in theatres now – Go see it! Plus there is an exhibition in Chelsea NYC by the artist, Mr. Brainwash:

June 10, 2010 – Just as I thought my flick fetish had disappeared, I am finding more interesting documentaries to keep me up late at night:

1. Rising Son: The Legend of Christian Hosoi (2006) – Dennis Hopper narrates Cesario Montano’s documentary on the roller-coaster life of skater legend Christian Hosoi. Earning the awe of his peers in the mid-1980s, Hosoi then hit rock bottom with crystal meth use and imprisonment for drug trafficking. He found redemption in Christianity and now strives to be a positive influence. Interviews with skaters such as Tony Hawk, Jason Lee and Tony Alva, and never-before-seen home videos, are included.

This man and artist lived with no boundaries or hang-ups! It is admirable and inspiring to me.

2. Champion (2005) – It probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn that Danny Trejo (a tattooed character actor featured in such films as Desperado, Con Air and From Dusk Till Dawn) has a checkered past. But this gripping documentary (featuring Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Steve Buscemi and Antonio Banderas) reveals a lot of things you wouldn’t expect, including Trejo’s troubled childhood, his brush with armed robbery and his ultimate triumph in turning his life around.

Almost the opposite of Christian Hosoi’s story but both have happy endings:)

June 7, 2010 – Jim Carey is a great actor! Check out this major sleeper, I Love You Phillip Morris, a feature length film based on a true story. It is crazy! Watch it!

June 6, 2010 – I have down graded my Netflix account b/c I just haven’t been watching as many flicks. However, I stayed in bed a little longer to watch this film yesterday morning (well, earlier today since I haven’t gone to sleep yet).

Pulp (1972) – Classic Dark Comedy – Hack novelist Mickey King (Michael Caine) is hired to ghostwrite the autobiography of fading film star Preston Gilbert (Mickey Rooney), who’s known for having mob ties. When Gilbert is mysteriously murdered at a party, King tries to stay out of harm’s way while attempting to uncover the reasons for the killing. This comic crime caper reunites actor Caine with his Get Carter director, Mike Hodges, and producer Michael Klinger.

April 7, 2010 – I recommend these two movies – the first is an easier find (on Netflix), the second I saw at a screening last night so good luck!

1. Owning Mahoney (2003) drama based on true story – Quiet and unassuming Dan Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman), an assistant bank manager with a penchant for gambling and a talent for embezzling, is the unlikeliest of men to rise up against two of the most powerful financial institutions around: the bank and the casino. But that’s precisely what he does — right under his girlfriend’s (Minnie Driver) nose. John Hurt co-stars in this crime drama that Roger Ebert ranked one of 2003’s best movies.

2. happythankyoumoreplease (2009) – Last night Sam Wexler went out and had a good time. He made a friend. He brought her home. Last night Sam was on top of the world. Today he’s hungover, and late for a make-it-or-break-it meeting with an editor at a major publishing house. Today, he’s at the bottom. Or at least he thinks he is. When Sam stumbles down to the subway, he’s as just another writer with a nasty headache. Two stops later, he’s the suddenly sober guardian of a lost foster child named Rasheen. This is New York, and another life is always a ride away.

March 13, 2010 – 2 Netflix Movie Recommendations (1 documentary and 1 foreign drama respectively)

1. In the Realms of the Unreal (2004) – eaturing the voices of Dakota Fanning and Larry Pine and the work of talented animators, this documentary tells the story of Henry Darger, a reclusive janitor by day with few — if any — friends, but by night a literary artist with a unique vision. Darger’s resulting 15,000-page epic is a wonderland of imagination as it details the exploits of seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against men who enslave children.

2. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (2002) À la Folie… Pas du Tout – With the streets of Bordeaux as backdrop, this thriller paints a picture of love gone awry. Angelique (Audrey Tautou), an artist and student, is in love and claims that her paramour, Luic, a cardiologist (Samuel Le Bihan), is just as enamored of her. But is he? He’s married, for one, and he and his wife are expecting a baby. Brokenhearted, Angelique decides her love should conquer all.

March 5, 2010 – sent from my “French Papa” – beautiful beautiful!! Thanks Hervé.

February 17, 2010 – Clever Storytelling

The Burning Plain (2008) Drama – Charlize Theron plays a depressed, sex-obsessed restaurant manager in this moody, fragmented drama — screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga’s directorial debut — that weaves together four seemingly unrelated stories separated by time and space. A New Mexico housewife (Kim Basinger) begins a torrid affair, two teens mourn the death of their parents, and a young girl tries to mend her life in a Mexican border town.

February 13, 2010 – Seven Movies to Rent or See – Try Netflix or Fandango, and Hulu has some movies such as: Manufacturing Consent.

1. After the Wedding (2006) Drama – To save the failing orphanage he runs in India, Danish transplant Jacob Petersen (Mads Mikkelsen) returns to his homeland to meet a self-indulgent businessman named Jørgen who’s offered a generous donation — and represents everything the noble-minded Jacob abhors. Complicating matters further are the unusual strings Jørgen has attached to his so-called gift. Rolf Lassgård co-stars in this Oscar-nominated emotional powerhouse of a drama.

2. It’s Complicated – (2009) Comedy – Ten years after their divorce, Jane (Meryl Streep) and Jake (Alec Baldwin) enjoy an amicable friendship. When the two unite for their son’s college graduation, their romance is rekindled. But Jake is married, and Jane’s architect, Adam (Steve Martin), has a thing for her. Now cheating on the younger woman for whom he left Jane, Jake wants his ex-wife back. But Jane’s busy getting to know Adam. Nancy Meyers(Something’s Gotta Give) wrote and directed this Golden Globe-nominated comedy. I laughed an awful lot:)

3. Rachel Getting Married (2008) Family Drama – Longstanding family conflicts resurface when drama queen Kym (Anne Hathaway, in her first Oscar-nominated role), a former model who’s been in and out of rehab for 10 years, returns to her parents’ home just before her sister Rachel’s (Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding. Debra Winger co-stars as the girls’ emotionally distant mother in director Jonathan Demme’s critically acclaimed portrait of family angst and unrest.

4. Persepolis (2007) – Animated Family Drama – Not sure if I have ever listed this one, but it is one of my favorite animated films. Marjane (voiced by Chiara Mastroianni) just wants to be an ordinary kid, but that isn’t easy in 1978 Iran. This profound animated film follows Marjane’s childhood in a repressive society, her adolescence in France and her return to Tehran as an adult. Based on Marjane Satrapi‘s autobiographical graphic novel, this Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film also features the vocal talents of Catherine Deneuve and Simon Abkarian.

5. Up in the Air (2009) Dramatic Comedy- Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) racks up miles flying around the country firing employees on behalf of companies. But he faces losing the job he savors to recent college grad Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) — and losing the ability to escape emotional ties to anything. A connection he builds with Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga), however, might change his outlook on the future. Golden Globe winner Jason Reitman‘s smart comedy also stars Jason Bateman.

6. Something the Lord Made (2006) Mockumentary – This Emmy-winning HBO film based on a true story follows white surgeon Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and his black assistant, Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), who teamed in the 1940s to develop a procedure to save children suffering from a heart defect. But Thomas’s status as a second-class citizen prevented him from getting recognition, as Blalock took all the credit. Their relationship, while close, was complicated by the social realities of the time.

7. Humpday (2009) Comedy – During a getaway at a sex-positive commune, best pals Andrew (Joshua Leonard) and Ben (Mark Duplass) find their friendship tested in strange new ways when a dare leads them to contemplate filming a live sex scene for an amateur porn festival. As the shoot date looms, our heroes must contend with two major logistical difficulties: Ben’s wife, Anna (Alycia Delmore); and their heterosexuality. The indie comedy screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

February 10, 2010 – It’s been awhile since I have shared my movie list. I need to work on this but in the meantime, if you have a computer. Check out P Star Rising.
This documentary is non-scripted, genuine, and was a bit troubling for me.

http://video.pbs.org/video/1401824233/ – Available online until Feb 14th. Airing on PBS television at various times depending on your location.

November 12, 2009William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe coming to Cinema Village in NYC this weekend

November 11, 2009 – To my father who died of cancer 9 years ago – Today is his birthday – Thank goodness he had healthcare !

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundtheworld/view/

October 16, 2009 – sometimes it pays to check your FB page – found this posted by Bintou – SALUTE!

September 20, 2009 – a beautiful tear jerker … created with Love.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008) – Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne‘s poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between the baby’s grieving grandparents and Shirley Turner, Bagby’s pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer. Initially, Kuenne made this documentary as a memorial for Andrew’s loved ones, but it morphs into an emotional legal odyssey when Turner goes free on bail and is allowed to raise her son.

and after you wipe the tears from your face, go to the web site for more info: http://dearzachary.com/

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September 12, 2009 – Fifty People,One Question – How would you answer this question ?

http://www.fiftypeopleonequestion.com

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August 30, 2009 – this morning Mr. X and i woke fairly early for a Sunday morning in order to catch a matinee show at the IFC Theatre on 6th Avenue and West 4th Street. It was excellent with a capital E ! If you missed the live performance, make it a point to see Spike Lee’s PASSING STRANGE the MOVIE. Thank you.

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August 21, 2009 – Trailer for Michael Moore’s upcoming movie – due out in October 2, 2009

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August 17, 2009 – Movies to see/watch…2 Features and 1 Docu 🙂

Ok so I was blown away by 2 films in particular and both of these films can be viewed via Netflix™ Play Instantly….yay! They should pay me for marketing & promotions.

1. London to Brighton (2006) – Feature film. Employing a nonlinear flashback structure, writer-director Paul Andrew Williams delivers a BAFTA-nominated feature debut that incorporates five main characters into 24 hours and one riveting plot. The action unfolds as two girls (Lorraine Stanley and Georgia Groome) burst into a public bathroom with visible, unexplained injuries, and another man lies bleeding to death. How they got that way forms the basis for this tense and tangled thriller.

2. Surfwise (2007) – Documentary. Doug Pray‘s documentary delves into the often inspiring, sometimes shocking life of 85-year-old Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, a renowned surfer, surf camp owner, doctor and sex guru who, together with his wife, brought up nine children. Paskowitz raised his family in a camper on the beach, home-schooling them and requiring them to follow a strict lifestyle regimen. Now, his grown children speak out about how their unique upbringing affected them.

And lastly, I went to see (500) Days of Summer in the theatre this past weekend. Love the soundtrack and characters! I had fun while watching this film – not the sort of fun I had while watching The Hangover, but a light-hearted fun!

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August 1, 2009

Home (2005) – Netflix™ Play Instantly film
It is unlikely that I would have known about this film if it wasn’t for meeting a relative of the producer at a dinner party three days ago. Low budget but don’t let that stop you!

Single mother Sheree Farmer wants nothing more than to escape her gang-infested neighborhood and find a decent home for her six kids. Her only support comes from an activist named Mary Abernathy. Though Sheree knows the odds are stacked against her, foolish as it may be, she dares to hope for a better life. Directed by Jeffrey M. Togman, this heartbreaking documentary examines the uphill battle many face in chasing the American Dream.

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July 12, 2009 – another touching Netflix™ Play Instantly film to watch is:

Mario’s Story (2007) – such a beautiful story (i cried)

Shot over the course of seven years, this documentary from filmmakers Susan Koch and Jeff Werner relates the inspiring true story of Mario Rocha, an East L.A. teen who unlocked his talent for writing while serving out a murder sentence behind bars. As his family and a team of pro bono attorneys labor on the outside to clear his name for a crime he didn’t commit, Mario keeps himself grounded on the inside by writing poems, short stories and plays.

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July 9, 2009

Movies to watch instantly on Netflix™

1. Micki & Maude (1984) – Pretty old yet still funny (too me)
TV reporter Rob Salinger (Dudley Moore) is so lucky he’s about to become a father … to babies born to two different women. With his marriage to lawyer Micki (Ann Reinking) unraveling due to their hectic careers, Rob starts up a dalliance with Maude (Amy Irving), a cellist. When Maude announces she’s pregnant, Rob decides to divorce Micki; but when she returns from a trip and says she, too, is expecting, he tries to juggle both relationships.

2. Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)
Founded in 1974 and based in Los Angeles, the Z Channel was the nation’s first pay-cable station, preceding HBO or Showtime. At its pinnacle in the early 1980s, it served only 100,000 viewers, but nonetheless inspired and influenced the movie industry with its eclectic fare, securing a unique place in film history. IFC Films and director Xan Cassavetes celebrate the Z Channel and its founder, Jerry Harvey, with this captivating documentary.

3. 2 Days in Paris (2007)
On their way home from an ill-fated Venice vacation, Marion (Julie Delpy, who also directs) and Jack (Adam Goldberg) stop in Paris to visit Marion’s parents. But their sojourn in the City of Lights turns out to be just as disastrous as their “romantic” trip to Italy. Culture shock, run-ins with Marion’s myriad ex-lovers and uncomfortable encounters with her belligerent parents conspire to make Jack feel even more estranged from his worldly paramour.

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Movie to watch on Hulu – The Future of Food.
http://www.hulu.com/watch/67878/the-future-of-food

Also, check out Food, Inc. in theatres – http://www.foodincmovie.com/ (very comprehensive film about what we call “food” today)

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tuesday, may 26, 2009. i am a movie junkie. on average i watched 2 movies per day but often times, a few more depending on how late i can stay awake at night or how much work i have during the day. there are 6 films, i have recently rented or watched using the Netflix™ play instantly feature. i am so happy they have added this new feature and i trust that they are working on going completely digital (aka streaming media) in the near future. this will save time, paper, and money for sure. anyway, there are 6 films that i wish to share with you. i feel as though they are very well done documentaries with a great deal to share:

1. King Corn
In Aaron Woolf’s thought-provoking documentary, friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move back to America’s Corn Belt to plant an acre of the nation’s most-grown and most-subsidized grain in an attempt to follow their crop into the U.S. food supply. What they discover about genetically modified seeds, powerful herbicides and the realities of modern farming calls into question government subsidies, our fast-food lifestyle and the quality of our food.

2. Without the King
In this provocative documentary about Swaziland’s ruling family — the last absolute monarchy on the African continent — King Mswati III faces myriad challenges as he governs a troubled, poverty- and AIDS-stricken country where the average life expectancy is 31 years. The film contrasts the royal family’s lavish lifestyle with the meager existence of most of Swaziland’s people, whose discontent has created the seeds of a revolutionary movement.

3. Nanking
Co-directors Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman helm this Sundance selection chronicling the story of “the Rape of Nanking,” a World War II-era tragedy in which more than 200,000 Chinese citizens were murdered and tens of thousands were raped at the hands of Japanese soldiers. Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway and Stephen Dorff portray some of the Westerners who rose to the occasion with quiet acts of heroism.

4. the beautiful truth
This documentary follows the journey of Garrett Kroschel, an animal-loving teenager raised in Alaska. After reading a book by Dr. Max Gerson, Garrett is inspired to investigate its premise that diet can cure cancer and other diseases. Garrett travels across the country, visiting with physicians, scientists and cancer survivors to discuss Gerson Therapy — and Gerson’s claim that the medical industry has suppressed natural cancer cures for years.

5. Plan Columbia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure
Ed Asner narrates this documentary about U.S. involvement in Colombia’s drug trafficking and civil unrest. The film examines the impact of chemical spraying and military funding and reveals alternate U.S. interests. Features interviews with Noam Chomsky, the late Senator Paul Wellstone, Colombian Presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, Congressmen John Conyers and Jim McGovern, U.S. State Department officials, guerilla leaders and others.

6. Mr. Untouchable
Known as “the black Godfather,” Nicky Barnes was one of the most powerful drug lords in the history of New York City, transforming himself from a down-and-out junkie to an infamous multimillionaire kingpin. Marc Levin’s fascinating documentary recounts the rise and fall of this notorious figure, with Barnes himself breaking a 23-year-long silence to share his perspective on his legendary story.

If you have a Netflix™ account and a computer, you can watch any of these films right now! Enjoy !

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yesterday (april 14, 09) some friends were at my place. one of them asked me if i watch The Wire. just before leaving for brasil, i had begun to rent episodes from netflix™ and in my bedroom another red envelope awaited (season 2 – episodes 5-7). my friend does not watch the show but was concerned about the number of caucasian friends who expressed their love for The Wire. we discussed the portrayal of the black community in relation to crime and drugs and the message it was sending to both the black community and the liberal white community. i had not given it much thought since most television series play on stereotypes but last night as i watched episode 5, it was apparent that the writers were taking a new direction. episode 5 introduced whiggers on the baltimore scene. whiggers referring to white niggers, white boys who act black selling dope in their neighborhoods, dressing the part, talking shit, etc. hhhmmm. i must say i am in shock. when did it become okay to say the word nigger on the airwaves? and when did white people start calling each other niggers as a term of endearment? although i am still a fan of The Wire, i am not so sure i’ll watch season three. i realize that the premise is based on factual events but i believe sensitivity and compassion should be exercised in all art forms. this country is full of ignorant people who will swallow anything the tv dishes out. perhaps that is the whole point. it is about viewership and the bottom line.

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last wednesday, i took the bus to a cinema located along the water just before entering Pelo. i went to a 9:20 screening of the film, Ninho Vazio, an Argentinian film in spanish with portuguese subtitles. i managed to keep track of the basic premise. a married couple struggles with being together again after the son leaves the home. husband (and well known book author)has an affair and wife ( a graduate student) thinks about it all the time. i was happy to be in a movie theatre again after 6 weeks — the Espaco Unibanco de Cinema is a beautiful theatre with book shop and small cafe in the grand corridor space and plush seating inside. had to leave before the film finished though so i could make the last bus to Barra. the onibus usually stops running at 11 o’clock every night. and just because it says Barra on the front of the bus does not mean that it is going to Barra. make sure you asked before boarding.

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the last movie i watched was Slumdog Millionaire – http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/slumdogmillionaire/ and i have a feeling that i am going to see it again. tonight a red envelope awaits with a movie called Curse of the Golden Flower – http://www.sonyclassics.com/curseofthegoldenflower/.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. lbone777
    Dec 19, 2008 @ 20:00:01

    i see huge snowflakes soaring the friendly skies. i am both excited and frightened all at once because it is cold and because people do not behave when the streets are wet and slippery in New York City.

    Check out this site devoted to Freak Snowstorms – http://www.newser.com/thread/1289/1/freak-snowstorms.html .

    Take your time people! and be sure to make an angel on your lunchbreak and it is safe and fun to do!

    Reply

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