Pull Up a Chair: Blade Runner

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00 am

Blade Runner gives a peek at a capitalist society that has left its former home to be slowly abandoned and fall into ruin; where capitalists have finally found the ideal slaves and ideal peasants.

 

HBO Doc “The Newburgh Sting” Asks Terrorism or FBI Entrapment?

By: Monday July 21, 2014 4:09 pm

In 2009, with television cameras rolling, the FBI triumphantly busted a domestic terrorist ring from Newburgh, NY. The men, known as the Newburgh Four, are each serving a 25-year sentence for plotting to blow up two synagogues and shoot down military supply planes. FDL reported on the story and case; read Kevin’s take on it for more background information.

What happened in Newburgh continues to attract attention although perhaps not in the way the FBI intended. Instead, it serves as a cautionary tale in post-9/11 America. An uneasy story about what happened when the FBI went into an impoverished community and offered a large sum of money to people in exchange for their agreement to participate in a fake bombing plot. This case inevitably raises questions about our rights as Americans, what constitutes terrorism, and the definition of entrapment.

Movies the Koch Brothers Don’t Want Us to See

By: Friday June 27, 2014 6:30 pm

Citizen Koch is a documentary by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, who co-directed the Hurricane Katrina movie Trouble the Water. It was filmed during the battle between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and organized labor that culminated in the unsuccessful attempt to recall Walker, and an earlier version premiered at the Sundance Festival in January 2013. We’re now seeing Citizen Koch in commercial theaters more than a year after its debut at Sundance.

The film originally was to be titled Citizen Corp, focused on the aftermath of the Citizen’s United ruling that allowed nearly unlimited corporate spending on issue campaigns, and was intended for broadcast on PBS.

Pull Up a Chair: Summer Movies

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 4:00 am

Seen any good movies lately?

Born To Fly: Extreme Action Heroes (#SXSW)

By: Friday March 28, 2014 10:30 am

What comes to mind when you think of dancers? Elegant, graceful ballet? An experimental, intellectual modern dance routine? Swing and other forms of big band dance?

Then there’s the Streb Extreme Action Company, led by Elizabeth Streb, a uniquely talented and passionate choreographer. Using Streb’s “Pop Action Technique,” her “action heroes” defy death by climbing, spinning, dancing with swinging steel I-beams and hurling themselves through the air.

SXSW 2014 Film Highlights

By: Friday March 7, 2014 2:24 pm

While I plan to drop in on a number of other movies if the opportunity arises, here are a few highlights — with a focus on documentary.

Filmmakers Recommend Movies You Must See This Year

By: Thursday January 9, 2014 3:57 pm

To celebrate the New Year and kick off the conversation in FDL’s new Arts & Culture space, I thought it would be interesting to put together a resolution watch list for all of us interested in great films. And, who better to curate recommendations than people who make movies themselves?

God’s Not Dead? Maybe He’s Just Not Feeling Well

By: Sunday December 22, 2013 4:00 pm

Is God dead? The very existence of this movie proves that God, while not yet dead, is at least coming down with a really bad case of the flu.

God’s Not Dead gives top billing to a cameo appearance by Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson (the one with the business degree), who appears as himself with his wife Korie, playing herself.  Hold onto your willing suspension of disbelief: Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo stars as a Shakespeare-quoting philosophy professor who demands all his students write the phrase “God is dead” as part of their first day of class exercises.

The Wachowskis’ “Jupiter Ascending” Trailer

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 5:44 pm

Jupiter Ascending looks amazing! I don’t really like sci-fi but I would see this in an instant. We’ll have to wait until July 25, 2014 for the Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski written/directed space epic to open, though. Jupiter Ascending stars Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a Russian immigrant janitor with the same genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe, which grants her immortality and other cool powers.

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