Tag Archives: political

Paul Manafort ripped from the headlines in GET ME ROGER STONE

So this week’s biggest news has been the indictment of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort.  The indictment comes out of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe of the Russian hacking of last year’s presidential campaign.   Earlier this year, Netflix released … Continue reading

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MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE: American history’s greatest mystery with the excitement sucked out

In the sagging docudrama Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, Liam Neeson plays the title character – the man at the center of modern American history’s most compelling mystery. The Washington Post source known as Deep … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: ZERO DAYS – cyberwar triumph? maybe not

My Stream of the Week is a movie that has actually become MORE topical since its release last year.  The important and absorbing documentary Zero Days traces the story of an incredibly successful cyber attack by two nation states upon … Continue reading

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Cinequest: THE TEACHER

In the superb drama The Teacher, it’s the mid-1980s and the Iron Curtain is still defining Czechoslovakia; (The Teacher is a Czech movie in the Slovak language). The title character’s position as a high school teacher makes her a gatekeeper … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT – a crazy dictator makes for a crazy story

The documentary The Lovers and the Despot tells one of those you-would-never-believe-it-if it-were-made-up stories.  The late North Korean nutcase Kim Jong-Il, dissatisfied with the cinematic element in his propaganda machine, sought an upgrade by KIDNAPPING a top South Korean director … Continue reading

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It’s Election Eve…

It’s the eve of the Presidential election, and we need to find some relief from the current soul-sucking campaign in historical or fictional politics.  So here are three great movies about political campaigns: The Candidate (1970):  Probably the best political … Continue reading

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AQUARIUS: spirit, thy name is Sonia Braga

In the Brazilian character-driven drama Aquarius, Sonia Braga plays Clara, the last owner of a beachfront condo who hasn’t sold out to a developer who owns the rest of the condos.  The conflict is between Clara, who refuses to sell … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: WEINER – behind the punchline

This week’s recommendation couldn’t be any timelier, given Anthony Weiner’s disgraceful collapse into yet another texting scandal, resulting his getting dumped by his wife, Hillary Clinton confidante Huma Abedin.  Don’t miss the political documentary Weiner, probably the best documentary of … Continue reading

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UNDER THE SUN: a wackadoodle regime subverts its own propaganda

The subversive documentary Under the Sun is a searing insight into totalitarian North Korean society, all from government-approved filming that tells a different story than the wackadoodle dictatorship intended. The North Korean regime gave filmmaker Vitaly Mansky permission to film … Continue reading

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WRESTLING JERUSALEM: it’s complicated

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has inspired both documentary and narrative movies, but none is more imaginative than Wrestling Jerusalem. This year’s San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SJFF36) will host Wrestling Jerusalem’s world premiere. Wrestling Jerusalem is a one-man play written and … Continue reading

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