Reviewing the 2015 Oscar Nominees: Who Will Win Tonight

By: Sunday February 22, 2015 5:30 pm

This year’s Oscars will be remembered for the righteous outcry against Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters for nominating primarily white male nominees and snubbing people of color, particularly those involved in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma. The overall group of 6,028 Academy Awards voters is over 90% white and 76% male. [...]


‘The Interview’ for Christmas: Where is the Inquisition When We Need It?

By: Thursday December 25, 2014 2:00 pm

I never had any intention of seeing The Interview after seeing the commercials for it. It seemed like Dumb and Dumber go assassinate the Most Ridiculously Insane Dear Leader Ever. I couldn’t even sit through Dumb and Dumber, so I just dismissed it from my mind as a moviegoing choice this holiday season and left [...]

Pull Up a Chair — and putting your feet up

By: Saturday October 25, 2014 4:00 am

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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?

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