5.26.2011

NA 307 Film

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Adam reviews the HBO film To Big To Fail at his blog:

"Yesterday I watched the premier of HBO’s dramatic television interpretation of Andrew Ross Sorkin’s “Too Big To Fail“. It was hard to miss, the marketing budget in the greater Los Angeles area must have been huge. While certainly entertaining to watch and chockerblock with good actors like James Woods, Paul Giamatti, Matthew Modine, Ed Anser and Willam Hurt, I can safely say that this ‘movie’ is a piece of shit.

A total whitewash of those responsible for the financial crisis.

The message: your government is really good, on your side and saved us all from armageddon. Banks are now really too big to fail (the movie ends with this message)

Treasury secretary Hank Paulson is portrayed as a hero, Ben Bernanke is the voice of calm and reason. Neel Kashkari is the genius, Timmy Geithner is a straight shooter.

Give me a break.

I know times are tough in Hollywood, work is hard to come by and money up front has been replaced by points on the “back-end”, but these actors should be ashamed of being complicit to this ficticious account of history. The three days when Paulson, Bernanke, Geither et al literally threatened US representatives in secret meetings into passing a three page bill are conspicuously missing from the entire account.

Throughout the piece there’s an interesting subtext of how these ‘complicated issues’ need to be communicated to the American public, because we’re apparently too stupid to understand the lingua franca of criminals.

Luckily, President Obama’s European Tour 2011 has distracted a lot of attention from this blatant broadcast from the Ministry of Truth.

The creators failed to draw in the big audience they wanted because of a rookie mistake; the didn’t cast Kim Kardashian."

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5.23.2011

The Atomic Cafe (1982)

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I was not alive for the time period in Gitmo Nation history that is covered in The Atomic Cafe, but, if even 50% is accurate then I nominate the 1950's as the most "batshit crazy" era ever.  This is when Duck and Cover was produced and show to children as "instructional".

Duck and Cover (1951):



The Atomic Cafe uses only archival footage with no voice over narration.  This means the words and memes of the time are used to illustrate how absurd the Government propaganda surrounding the atomic age really was.  The entire film is just the images and sounds of TV ads, film shorts, newsreels and government instructional films from the 1940's through the early 1960's. Here are two great quotes from the film to give you a little flavor of what is in store for you:

From a Civil Defense Film:   
"Be sure to include tranquilizers to ease the strain and monotony of life in a fallout shelter. A bottle of 100 should be sufficient for a family of four. Tranquilizers are not a narcotic, and are not habit-forming."

From an Army Information Film:
"When not close enough to be killed, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights in the world."

THE ATOMIC CAFE Trailer - ARTISTdirect Music

Watch for free (with commercials) on YouTube:



Or own it:



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NA 306 Film

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John played a few clips from the film Crime in the Streets (1956) on Sunday's show.  Any fans of Dirty Harry might want to give this one a watch as it's made by the same director, Don Siegel.

Opening Scene:


Apparently, it's only available in a Film Noir DVD collection:


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5.19.2011

NA 305 Film

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John says he's starting up a "Movie Clip of the Week" segment and started off with a clip from the classic western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid from legendary director Sam ("I can't direct when I'm sober") Peckinpah.  If you like westerns and haven't seen this one, you are in for a treat.
My favorite line in the film:
"Hey, you know what she always said about cowboys? She always wished they had a pair of loose boots; she wanted to strap 'em with a little tight pussy and give 'em a warm place to shit for two dollars."
This film also features a very, very young Bob Dylan.  He acts in the film and does the soundtrack, including "Knocking on Heaven's Door".



Trailer:


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5.16.2011

One Day in September (1999)

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I know, I know.  I should have posted this film as the Monday Movie before Munich last week.  My timing is off.  Anyway, the film for this week is One Day in September, the 1999 documentary about the horrific events of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games (the first to be televised live world wide thanks to the use of satellites).  I wasn't alive during this event, but the film does a remarkable job of documenting the entire chronology. 

Keven Macdonald, the director, uses extensive archival footage to place the viewer at the scene in "real time".  He also inter-cuts interviews and a few shots of dramatic recreation (when archival footage isn't available).  I've watched this documentary three times and it always plays more like a thriller then the typical documentary.

Trailer



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5.09.2011

Munich (2005)

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After watching too much footage in the mainstream media of citizens in this country celebrating the "death" of Osama/Usama Bin Laden, as John said on Thursday's show, "like high school football fans who finally beat their cross town rivals" -  I thought it might be appropriate to pick a film that looks at the cost of answering violence/murder with more violence/murder. 

Munich was made in 2005 by Steven Spielberg and is, in my opinion, his best film. The basic plot is the Israeli response to the Black September attack on the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympic Games.  Eric Bana leads a team of "assassins" that sets out to kill the 11 men that the Israeli government deems responsible for the killing.  The screenplay is written by one of the best living playwrights, Tony Kushner (Angels in America), and thus has several layers to the script, besides just the basic function of moving the plot forward.  It doesn't feel too much like a stage play, but you can tell the words and actions of each character were chosen very carefully.  As opposed to the usual drivel that comes out of Hollywood.

A few weeks ago I posted The Siege as the NA Films Monday Movie with the comment that some films made before September 11th now have an added meaning to them that didn't exist when they were initially released.  Munich is the opposite in that the film came out in 2005 and has something very specific to say about September 11th.  In fact, if September 11th hadn't happened, the final shot of this film would never have been shot the way it was.

Trailer:




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5.02.2011

BBC Conspiracy Files: Osama Bin Laden Dead or Alive

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With the Sunday night announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death, it obviously wasn't mentioned on No Agenda show 300.  Something about the official story just seems kind of, well, like shadow puppet theatre.  "We got him, he's dead, we got DNA evidence then buried him at sea"...?  I don't know.  So I spent Sunday night combing thru YouTube looking at different videos and special made throughout the years and came across this BBC Conspriacy Files episode from January 10th, 2010. 

The BBC's description:
"Examining what has happened to the world's most wanted man, Osama Bin Laden. Despite one of the biggest manhunts in history, Osama Bin Laden remains as elusive as ever. Rooted in the facts around Bin Laden's disappearance and the continuing threat of Al Qaeda, The Conspiracy Files looks at the claims that the video messages of Bin Laden are being faked and that he is really dead."

The entire hour program is broken up into six 10 minutes segments on YouTube:

Part I:


Part II:


Part III:


Part IV:


Part V:


Part VI:


This one is a web exclusive, no DVD available thru Amazon.
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