4.28.2011

NA 299 Film

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The Alzheimer's vaccine push was brought up on Thursday's show in conjunction with this trailer for the next installment of the reboot of The Planes of the Apes.  The second one is Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Trailer:

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4.25.2011

The Siege

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For this weeks film, we are going back to 1998.  It does seem a little odd that there are cultural lines that change the way we all read a book, look at a painting or see a film.  Such is a case with the film The Siege.  It is a film that seemed a little over the top when I watch it in the theatre, but since 9/11 happened this film takes on a much more interesting tone.  The poster alone looks like it was made for an Alex Jones film.

Then there is the trailer:


You've got to love that there is a version of the DVD that is called the "Martial Law Edition".

Here is the Blu-Ray version:

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4.18.2011

NA 296 Film

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John played a couple of clips from Tarzan Escapes (1936) on Sunday's show.  He mentioned it in the context of Bill Cosby buying up the rights of Amos 'n' Andy, a show he considers racially offensive, so that they won't ever be seen again. 

The entire film is up on YouTube for anyone that has 89 minutes:





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The Yes Men

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On April 13, 2011, there was an interesting AP article (based on a press release) that stated:
"GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt has informed the Obama administration that the company will be gifting its entire 2010 tax refund, worth $3.2 Billion, to the US Treasury on April 18, Tax Day, and will furthermore adopt a host of new policies that secure its position as a leader in corporate social responsibility."

So, it turns out that this was an elaborate hoax staged by two political groups that wanted to draw attention to the corporate tax system in Gitmo Nation; US Uncut and The Yes Men.  While US Uncut is a newer group (although there are active chapters in many countries), the Yes Men (Wikipedia) have been active for quite a while and have made two films to date that chronicle their performance art/theatre/activist hoaxes; The Yes Men (2003) and The Yes Men Fix the World (2009).  They are described as:

"The Yes Men are a culture jamming activist duo consisting of Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno.  Through actions of tactical media, The Yes Men primarily aim to raise awareness about what they consider problematic social issues."

The Yes Men Trailer:




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4.11.2011

Network

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Sidney Lumet passed away on April 9th.   He directed one of my 5 favorite American films of all time and I'm embarrassed this afternoon to realize that it's a perfect No Agenda Film and it hadn't occurred to me to pick it as a Monday Movie until now.  Anyway, Network (1976) will blow your mind if you have never seen it before.

Here is the quick description from IMDb:
"In 1975 terrorist violence is the stuff of network nightly news programming and the corporate structure of the UBS television network is changing. Meanwhile, Howard Beale, the aging UBS news anchor, has lost his once strong ratings share and so the network fires him. Beale reacts in an unexpected way. We then see how this affects the fortunes of Beale, his coworkers (Max Schumacher and Diana Christensen), and the network."

It is also worth noting that both Sidney Lumet and the screenwriter for Network, Paddy Chayefsky, were quite prolific in the early days of live television.  I think this lends even more credibility to this film in that it was the observations and predictions about the medium of television from two people who were intimately aware of what was going on behind the scenes.  If you buy the DVD of this film, the commentary track is enlightening and scary at the same time.

Trailer


Here is the famous "Mad As Hell" speech (still gives me chills). Remember this is from 1976!




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4.10.2011

NA 294 Film

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John recommended the phenomenal film Bigger Stronger Faster* on Sunday's show.  It's a 2008 documentary that takes a quite an in depth look at the whole steroids/performance enhancing "drug" debate.  It's done in the Michael Moore style, where the filmmaker himself narrates and is central to the films narrative, but in a good way.
Trailer:




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4.07.2011

NA 293 Film

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Adam played some clips from No Escape (1994).  Mainly because there are some very odd Libya references in the film.





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4.05.2011

Our Brand is Crisis

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This weeks Monday Movie is being posted on Tuesday as I've been working 70 hour weeks at the Cleveland International Film Festival.  I was able to see several No Agenda style films this years and will post them once they are on DVD or in general theatrical release.  One of them, An African Election, documented the campaign strategies used to get a candidate elected in the 2008 Ghana elections.  It struck me in kind of a "duh" way that any candidate in any country will promise the world to his/her citizens in order to get into office.  The best parts of An African Election echoed a much more in depth campaign documentary from 2005 called Our Brand is Crisis.  NA has mentioned countless times about how US Aid is tied in with the Economic Hitman around the world...well, this documentary looks at the "political strategist for hire" profession which seems equally as dangerous.

Trailer:



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