2.27.2012

The Child Sex Trade (2003)

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One of the topics I'm very grateful that No Agenda covers is the Pedobear news.  It is obviously a difficult topic, but I literally hear no other news source talking about this deplorable behaviour.  I'm even more appalled now that I have two kids of my own.  It's a type of human behaviour that just doesn't compute in my brain.  So consider this your "heads up", this weeks NA Films Monday Movie will make your stomach churn.  It was originally broadcast in October 2003 on the BBC 4 program Cutting Edge, so kudos to them for running this content in the first place.
 
Here is the description from Hardcash Productions website (the folks who made the documentary):

Liviu Tipurita returns to his homeland of Romania to investigate stories he has heard that there has been a sudden rise in the trafficking of children into the sex trade. He meets an old friend, fifteen-year-old street kid Laurentiu, who tells him he’s been selling sex to foreign pedophiles since he was twelve, and that a wealthy German has bought him a passport so that he can be trafficked to the West. Laurentiu introduces Liviu to his gang of street kids, some as young as eleven, being preyed on by the pedophiles.
Liviu follows up stories of kids trafficked to Italy, and on the streets of Milan films a fourteen year old boy being pimped by his own father. Over weeks of investigation, several more cases of families selling their own children for sex are documented.
Back in Romania, he hears about an English pedophile/trafficker called Tom. Co-producer/director Andrew Smith infiltrates Tom’s pimping network, and films damning evidence of how underage boys are preyed upon and trafficked to wealthy pedophile clients in the West.

Full Film (1:04:40):


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2.20.2012

Professional Revolutionaries (2012)

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I usually try to pick feature length films for the NA Films Monday Movie, but this weeks is an exception.  It's a 15 minute news piece that traces the protest tactics of the Arab Spring back to Serbia and a group called Optor!, as well as another group called CANVAS, Srdja Popovic, a American German freelance journalist, Gene Sharp and his book From Dictatorship to Democracy (PDF), the CIA and there are even some Hilary "Clippity Clop Lucifer" Clinton clips used it the piece. 

Some of the reporting is a bit sketchy in the Alex Jones style of making assertions without using any documentation to back them up, but the overall picture this bit of news reporting paints illustrates several assertions that John and Adam have been making since Tunisia, Egypt and Syria started making headlines over a year ago.  Mainly the shocking revelation (sarcasm) that people can be manipulated by outside forces.



Here is a slightly better quality version from Archive.org.

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2.13.2012

NA 382 Film

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Adam played the audio from a hilarious new German film that is coming out shortly called Iron Sky.

Trailer:


Adam was also talking about a documentary coming out about former president Bill Clinton.  I can't find anything on his IMDb page that sounds like a biographical film, but he is interviewed for a film called Fire in the Blood about how Western governments work with pharmaceutical to keep low cost AIDS medicine from African nations.

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An Unreasonalble Man (2006)

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This weeks film takes an in depth look at the career of Ralph Nadar.  I've been listening to No Agenda since the beginning and I think I've heard him mentioned on the show, but not in any detail.  As a film and as a political activist, Ralph Nadar fits the No Agenda mold - calling out douche bags and liars as he sees them.  He definately has no love for the two major politcal parties here in Gitmo Nation (anyone remember the 2000 election?) 

An Unreasonable Man is something of a standard documentary in form; talking head interviews inter cut with archival footage and/or photographs of the incidents discussed.  But, since the filmmakers chose a very public and in some circles controversial figure, it remain engaging and fascinating all the way through.

Here is the synopsis from The Book of Knowledge:

"The first half of the film examines Nader's advocacy for auto safety features, such as federally mandated seat belts and air bags, as well as his rise to national prominence following an invasion of privacy lawsuit against General Motors. It also examines the formation of independent advocacy groups (termed "Nader's Raiders") during the 1970s; organizations which carried out independent research on various federal agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration. Over the next thirty years, the film argues, Nader "built a legislative record that would be the envy of any modern president."


The second half of the film traces Nader's shift to a grassroots form of organizing focused on citizen power, including his disillusionment with the two-party system following the rise of Reaganism. In assessing Nader's effect as a third party candidate, the film examines Nader's role as a spoiler in the 2000 presidential election.

The film presents interviews with current and former members of Nader's Raiders, including Joan Claybrook and Robert Fellmeth, as well as politicians and political analysts such as Phil Donahue, Pat Buchanan, and Eric Alterman. The film takes its name from the George Bernard Shaw quote, "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

Thanks to Producer David for this weeks NA Films Monday Movie suggestion.

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2.12.2012

NA 381 Film

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John recommended revisiting Robocop (1987) in relation to the continuing saga of "Win, Loose or Drone". 

Trailer:


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2.06.2012

This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006)

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Being a film geek and a No Agenda Show listener, this weeks Monday Movie encompasses both of these worlds.  Kirby Dick drew some controversy when he hired a private detective to investigate the Motion Picture Association of America (big, big supporters of SOPA and PIPA).  In fact, Chris Dodd (former Senator from Connecticut) is the current head of the MPAA and is raking in over a million dollars a year as salary.  Anyway, Dick was criticised for the use of the private detective because the members of the MPAA Ratings Board are notoriously secret and clearly push a conservative, straight and at times quite Christian agenda when rating films. 

This documentary mainly deals with the was in which the MPAA directly censor motion pictures via the ratings system.  From their web page: The film discusses disparities the filmmaker sees in ratings and feedback: between Hollywood and independent films, between homosexual and heterosexual sexual situations, between male and female sexual depictions, and between violence and sexual content.

Trailer

This is in the film and explains how the MPAA rating system "works":


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2.05.2012

NA 379 Film

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Well, Adam and John go for like a dozen episodes without mentioning a film and them start rattling them off like crazy.

Adam mentioned the "Bin Laden film", which is titled "Untitled International Thriller" on IMDb right now.  I can't find the trailers he was referring to as being "everywhere right now".

John is still raving about Hugo 3D, and I will join him in that praise.  One of the best American films to come out in 2011.


Adam praised The American President after playing a clip of an Australian politician quotes the film verbatim.


My Week with Marilyn


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