9.30.2011

NA 343 Film

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Adam played a clip from an ITV documentary that has already been pulled from YouTube and ITV.  John mentioned the fascinating documentary Trekkies.  In case your are wondering, I've only watch one Star Trek film and this documentary kept me quite entertained. 
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While it isn't a real film, the trailer Adam mentioned for Zombin Ladin is AWESOME! Quite gory though:


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9.26.2011

NA 342 Film

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I have no idea what Adam was talking about at the start of the show when he said that the film Abduciton was the movie tie in to his theory about the war with the Grey's.  Abduction is about a kid who finds out that the people he thought were his parents kidnapped him when he was a baby and his real identity somehow puts him in the middle of an international espionage battle between the CIA and the Russians.
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John played an equally odd clip from Start Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn at the end of the show.
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The House of Rothschild (1934)

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I would describe myself as a fairly hardcore film geek, yet this weeks NA Films Monday Movie is a film I had never heard of until a few days ago.  The House of Rothschild (1934) is an early sound film that chronicles the rise of the Rothschild banking empire.  It was one of the first production of the then independent film studio Twentieth Century Pictures (later to merge with Fox Film Corporation) and was even a nominee for Best Picture at the 7th Academy Awards show.

I've been unable to find a trailer for the film, but it is free to watch/download at Archive.org.  The film runs a very brisk 88 minutes and I'm sure it will entertain any No Agenda listener.  The dialogue is incredibly blunt (even though it was based on a play), the camera style is predictably minimalist (it was 1934 after all), the acting is quite theatrical and the actual biographical content of the Rothschild family is simplistic.  That said, it is a very entertaining watch.  I can not figure out who the intended audience was for this film or what the agenda behind it might have been back in 1934.  Enjoy!

Hollywood certainly doesn't make poster like this anymore:























Free film download at Archive.org

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9.19.2011

NA 340 Film

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Adam mentioned watching POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold in relation to there supposedly being no billboards in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The film seemed to me to be about 5 years too late, but if you are completely unfamiliar to the concept of product placement and branding in general...then it's a decent primer.  Better yet, read the book No Logo by Naomi Klein.



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The College Conspiracy

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Adam and John have briefly touched on the scam of higher education here in Gitmo Nation on several shows.  I've watched a few documentaries over the years that also touch on this topic as well.  The NA Films Monday Movie for this week is one that tackles this topic head on. Unfortunately, this post comes with a rather large warning.  I'm not to sure about the source for this particular film. 

The organization that "released" this film is call the National Inflation Association (NIA).  The domain name is registered to Gerard Adams (who appears at the end of the film).  The NIA website has dozens of articles, blogs and charts about how inflation is coming and we're all screwed...but not a single author is cited for anything.  It's always credited at "Editor".  Not even their "About" section has any mention of who this group is.

The film is directed by Greg Parker and written by Jonathan Lebed (yes, that Jonathan Lebed).  I have not found any information about Greg Parker so I have nothing to like his name to other than this documentary.  Anyway, there is still some great information and a lot of claims in this documentary.  Enjoy it with an open mind.

College Conspiracy (1:02:47)


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9.12.2011

NA 338 Film

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Adam and John have been tracking the film Contagion which finally came out in Gitmo Nation this weekend.  The film definitely promotes some CDC and WHO memes of "vaccines are awesome" and "trust only the medical establishment".  There is even a discussion of adjuvants in one scene!  That said, there are several scenes in the film that blatantly address how the CDC and WHO are in bed with pharmaceutical industry and even has one of the main characters (played by Jude Law) promoting a homeopathic cure to the disease.
Full Disclosure: This film is directed by Steven Soderbergh who is one of my favorite working American directors, so I was a little biased going into this film.  He is in pretty tight with George Clooney and his crowd, but Soderbergh also directed a two part biopic of Che Guevara...so I'm not sure what to think.  Contagion is an above average studio film that is very well written.  The one sentence critical quote from me would be: "It's like Traffic, with a virus instead of drugs, but not quite as good."
Here are some other Soderbergh films I would recommend: The Limey (1999), Traffic (2000), Full Frontal (2002), Che (2008), The Girlfriend Experience (2009), and The Informant! (2009)

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Adam also pointed out the upcoming film Chimpanzee:


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The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom - We Will Force You to be Free (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 III, We Will Force You to be Free, Adam Curtis focuses on the concepts of positive and negative liberty introduced in the 1950s by Isaiah Berlin. Curtis briefly explains how negative liberty could be defined as freedom from coercion and positive liberty as the opportunity to strive to fulfill one's potential. Tony Blair had read Berlin's essays on the topic and wrote to him in the late 1990s, arguing that positive and negative liberty could be mutually compatible. He never received a reply, as Berlin was on his death bed.

The programme began with a description of the Two Concepts of Liberty and Berlin's opinion that, since it lacked coercion, negative liberty was the safer of the two. Curtis then explained how many political groups who sought their vision of freedom ended up using violence to achieve it. (Description from "the Book of Knowledge" aka Wikipedia).

Part III: We Will Force You to be Free (59:17)


Download for free at Archive.org.


Or buy the All-Region DVD


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9.05.2011

The Whistleblower (2011)

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This week's NA Films Monday Movie is one of those where I have to apologize to readers who live outside of Gitmo Nation.  Actually, I have to apologize to anyone not in 70 cities here in Gitmo Nation.  As of this writing The Whistleblower is only playing in 70 theatres, but will be on DVD/Blu-Ray shortly.  It is playing at the theatre I work at and I saw it just before listening to NA #336.  Adam mentioned the news article about the UN sexual assault allegations going on in Haiti right now. I had just watch a film that chronicles a different UN sex abuse scandal that Kathryn Bolkovac exposed in post-war Bosnia.  The timing was too weird and the film really stuck with me so I'm getting it off my chest.

The trailer for The Whistleblower plays like most "award winning" star vehicles do when they come out in the fall - highlight the main actors performance, hope for Oscar buzz, but don't spend too much on it just in case.  This particular film ended up opening in very few cities and in some cases played on Blu-Ray (meaning there wasn't even money for more film prints to be made), so it isn't long for the world of the movie theatre.  After its first month of release it has grossed just under $800,000.  While that amount of money would feed a lot of hungry people, it's not too much in Hollywood terms.

Since it's based on a true story that involves DynCorp employees (a private military company that receives more than 96% of its revenues from the US government) and UN officials engaging in a child sex slave and human trafficking operation, my guess is that this film may have slipped thru production and into theatres only due to the fact that it came from an independent company, Samuel Goldman Films.  Even "The Book of Knowledge" rates Samuel Goldman Films as "lower tier independent".

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