All posts filed under: movies

Honor Flight the Movie

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A new documentary from Dan Hayes about the efforts to send World War II veterans to Washington, DC, to see the WWII memorial is receiving accolades. Honor Flight is about the veterans who gave their best for their country, and the efforts to send veterans to DC just as many of that generation were passing on. My grandfather served in Italy during WWII, and he went on an honor flight to Washington, DC, in September […]

Bill Cunningham New York

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Bill Cunningham in Manhattan. Flickr photo: Shawn Hoke Richard Press made a documentary on New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham a couple of years ago and called it Bill Cunningham New York. I watched it recently and highly recommend it. Mr. Cunningham is in his 80s and still going strong. He’s had quite an amazing and long career. The film focuses mostly on the present moment and follows Bill as he bikes and walks around Manhattan […]

Digging deep on Netflix DVD

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Last year, Netflix decided to split their DVD and streaming businesses. Their initial plan was to completely separate the two and spin-off the DVD service into something with a different name. Netflix backtracked on that decision, but they still issued their ultimatum: choose DVDs or streaming or both. I was one of the couple of million people who opted for the DVD service. It came down to a simple equation. I like to watch a […]

Seeing beat culture through film

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Electronic dance music isn’t really called EDM anymore, and it’s more popular than ever. The rave and warehouse culture of the ‘80s and '90s has morphed into something much, much bigger. Drop Bass in Milwaukee would hold warehouse parties that would easily pull in 10,000 people. You’d hear about an event through flyers. You’d call a phone number the day or evening or the event to find out where it was being held. Now the […]

A Prairie Home Companion: The Movie

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Whilst in Alexandria, Virginia, we took a little time out to see A Prairie Home Companion: The Movie. As a listener of the excellent radio show of the same name, I had high hopes. Well, okay, I sort of didn’t because Garrison Keillor is an odd looking man, and I seriously wondered how he would make the transition to the big screen. On that count, Mr. Keillor made the transition wonderfully. Unfortunately he seemed to […]

David Lynch explores the Frontiers of Consciousness (in Iowa)

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Well, David Lynch has decided to come to Iowa again. You’ll recall his 1999 movie entitled The Straight Story about the man who drove his riding lawn mower from Iowa to visit his sick brother in Wisconsin. He went from that to doing Mulholland Dr., which was more like his usual self. This time though Mr. Lynch is coming to Explore the Frontiers of Consciousness. It’s the upcoming weekend March 24-26, 2006 an hour south […]

The Corporation

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We watched a fine, fine documentary the other night called The Corporation. It’s a lesson in what’s wrong with the current corporate power structure. Very interesting thesis. Basically the film makes the point that multinational corporations are more powerful than governments in effecting their will to power, but that the corporation is today devoid of social responsibility and ethics. The film also takes issue with a fundamental definition of a corporation in the law as […]

Culture Clash in Arizona

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In the continuing copyright saga taking shape on the internet and elsewhere, an Arizona student will be doing hard time for copyright infringement. News blurb via Edupage, an electronic publication of Educause. ARIZONA STUDENT SENTENCED FOR COPYRIGHT VIOLATIONS A student at the University of Arizona who pleaded guilty to unauthorized possession of copyrighted movies and music has been sentenced to three months in prison, three years’ probation, and 200 hours of community service. The 18-year-old […]

Betty Blue on DVD this Tuesday

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One of my all-time favorite French movies is being released on DVD in the U.S. on Tuesday. Not only are they releasing the film, but it is the famed director’s cut, which is three hours long. Betty Blue is the story of Zorg and Betty. Zorg is a mechanic and would-be writer and Betty his girlfriend. It’s a great film. I’m anxious to see the film again. A local video shop has it on VHS, […]

Eternal Spotlight on the Sunshine Mind

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We went to a matinee of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind this afternoon. I’ve read some people’s comments about the ending—how it’s a powerful statement of love. I guess so. More captivating to me were those moments when Jim Carrey’s character is trying so desperately to hang onto his memories as they’re being erased. It was this—and not necessarily the ending—which was the true statement of love. I liked the scene in the book […]