7.31.2011

NA 326 Film

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John recommended the 2010 Roman Polanski film The Ghost Writer on today's show. 
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Adam was talking about the poster for George Clooney's upcoming The Ides of March, based on a really interesting play called Farragut North.

















The first trailer is also posted for the film.




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7.18.2011

Winnebago Man (2009)

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In honor of the kick off of the "Hot Pockets 2008" tour, this week we're taking a look at this hilarious documentary about the "Angriest Man in America", Jack Rebney.  Winnebago Man (2009) was a hit on the festival circuit in Gitmo Nation, but DVD is where most people are going to discover this gem.  The trailer speaks for itself.




Here is a clip of the viral video that started it all:



On DVD (but no Blu-Ray):


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7.11.2011

The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom - F**k You Buddy (2007)

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Adam Curtis is a documentary filmmaker and artist working in England.  If you have been checking this site for longer than 6 months, then you'll know what a huge fan I am of his work.  The Power of Nightmares (Part I, II, and III) and The Century of the Self (Part I, II, III and IV) were both previous NA Films Monday Movies.

A Quick Recap:
The Power of Nightmares looked at a parallel between the rise of Islamism in the Arab world and Neoconservatism in the United States in that both needed to inflate a myth of a dangerous enemy in order to draw people to support them.
The Century of the Self looked at how Freud's discoveries concerning the unconscious led to Edward Bernays' development of public relations, the use of desire over need and self-actualisation as a means of achieving economic growth and the political control of the population.

In honor of his latest work, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (which claims that computers have failed to liberate us and instead have "distorted and simplified our view of the world around us") today we'll start taking a look at his insightful film from 2007, The Trap.  This film explores the concept and definition of freedom.

In part I, F**k You Buddy,  Mr. Curtis examines the rise of game theory during the Cold War and the way in which its mathematical models of human behavior filtered into economic thought.  Mr. Curtis also suggests that this mathematically modeled society is run on data—performance targets, quotas, statistics—and that it is these figures combined with the exaggerated belief in human selfishness that has created "a cage" for Western humans (Description from "the Book of Knowledge" aka Wikipedia).

Part I: F**k You Buddy (59:36)


Download for free at Archive.org

Or Buy the All-Region DVD


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7.08.2011

NA 319 Film

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John recommended the 1999 body horror/thriller film eXistenZ from David Cronenberg (Scanners, The Fly, Naked Lunch and my personal favorite A History of Violence)

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On DVD (or it is streaming on Netflix)


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7.04.2011

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

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Richard Linklater is one of my favorite (working) directors here in Gitmo Nation. His films include Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, subUrbiaTape, Waking LifeBefore Sunset (the sequel) and Fast Food Nation.  Back in 2006 he adapted the Philip K. Dick novel A Scanner Darkly into an interesting feature film.  He shot the film using a Panasonic digital camera and then a team of animators animated over the footage to create a completely unique look and feel called Rotoscoping.  For all you film geeks out there, this is the technique used to make the light sabers in the original three Star Wars film.

A Scanner Darkly hits on several No Agenda themes as is evident in the first few sentences that "The Book of Knowledge" (Wikipedia) uses to summarize the film:

"In the future ("seven years from now"), America has lost the war on drugs. The highly addictive, debilitating, and illegal Substance D has swept across the country. In response, the government develops an invasive, high-tech surveillance system and puts in place a network of informants and undercover agents."

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7.02.2011

NA 317 Film

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Adam recommended the Paul Greengrass film Green Zone on Thursday's show.  Actually, he liked the film, but loved the book it was based on: Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

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