Film Reviews

American Sniper: Two Views (Excerpts)

by Chris Hedges American Sniper lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society, the gun culture, blind adoration of the military, the belief we have a right as a Christian nation to exterminate the lesser breeds, a hyper-masculinity that banishes compassion, a denial of inconvenient facts. Many, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the "moral renewal" and militarized control the movie venerates. The movie never asks the seminal question: why the people of Iraq are fighting back against [...]

By |2015-03-02T03:55:36-05:00March 2nd, 2015|Chris Hedges, Film Reviews, Lila Garrett|0 Comments

Film Reviews by Dancing Owl

The Theory of Everything: Inspiring biopic on life of Stephen Hawking. Rosewater: Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Science of Sleep) plays true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Bahari who was arrested and tortured in 2009 for reporting on unrest during re-election of Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad. Dir. by Jon Stewart Interstellar: Dir. Christopher Nolan attempts to reawaken the thrilling dream of finding and colonizing a new world, rather than figure out how not to destroy the one we're on. Big Hero 6: Animated. Delightful deconstruction of boyhood machismo. [...]

By |2014-10-31T20:12:43-05:00October 31st, 2014|Film Reviews|0 Comments

Capsule Reviews by Dancing Owl, AKA Chas. Fredricks

FILMS-upcoming, in current release or worthy of catching on the rebound: Mission Blue: Gripping documentary about humanity's global destruction of our oceans, and the effort to stop it. Dolphin Tale 2: In this PR counterattack by the aquarium industry, we get to feel cute and cuddly while imprisoning an animal that has a bigger brain than we do and force it to perform for our amusement. Then we get to pretend we are helping it as it tires of the whole affair and starts to fade away... [...]

By |2014-09-23T17:16:03-05:00August 29th, 2014|Dancing Owl, Film Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments