6.25.2012

Hackers (1995)

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Every once in a while here at NA Films, we need something a little lighter.  Given the tech backgrounds of both John and Adam, I thought I go back to the 1990's and look at some "computer films".  Hackers came to mind after trying to watch The Net (also from 1995) and only being able to stomach 15 minutes.  Hackers is slick and dated and full of rollerblading and 1990's fashion mistakes, but, also makes for a great drinking game amongst computer geeks.

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6.23.2012

NA 419 Film

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Adam recommended the documentary Catastroika

Full Film (1:27:23)


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6.18.2012

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace - The Monkey in the Machine and the Machine in the Monkey

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A new Adam Curtis documentary! This is cause for excitement here at my house and this will come as no surprise to longtime readers/watchers of NA Films.  In fact the third post on this site was for Mr. Curtis' The Power of Nightmares (still in my top 5 documentaries ever made) way back on July 12, 2010.

His new series, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a three part documentary series which "argues that computers have failed to liberate humanity and instead have distorted and simplified our view of the world around us".  In his signature style of deadpan narration and unbelievable archive footage, Mr. Curtis continues to go deeper and deeper into the matrix of modern society and uncover those in power who are trying to pull out strings.

Part III (from BBC website):
This episode looks at why we humans find this machine vision so beguiling. The film argues it is because all political dreams of changing the world for the better seem to have failed - so we have retreated into machine-fantasies that say we have no control over our actions because they excuse our failure.

At the heart of the film is one of the most famous scientists in the world - Bill Hamilton. He argued that human behaviour is really guided by codes buried deep within us. It was later popularised by Richard Dawkins as 'the selfish gene'. It said that individual human beings are really just machines whose only job is to make sure the codes are passed on for eternity.

The film begins in 2000 in the jungles of the Congo and Rwanda. Hamilton is there to help prove his dark theories. But all around him the Congo is being torn apart by 'Africa's First World War'. The film then interweaves the two stories - the strange roots of Hamilton's theories, and the history of the West's tortured relationship with the Congo over the past 100 years.




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6.11.2012

The World According to Sesame Street (2005)

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Adam recently brought up the news story about USAID helping to fund Sesame Street in Pakistan and I flashed back to an interesting documentary I caught at a film festival a few years back.  The World According to Sesame Street was out on the film festival circuit for quite a while before landing on...wait for it...PBS.  Here is the description from the Book of Kowledge:

"The World According to Sesame Street is a 2005 documentary film created by Participant Productions, looking at the cultural impact of the children's television series Sesame Street, and the complexities of creating international adaptations.[1] It focuses on the adaptations of Sesame Street in Bangladesh (Sisimpur), Kosovo (Rruga Sesam, in Albanian; and Ulica Sezam, in Serbian), and South Africa (Takalani Sesame). The film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in the documentary competition."

It's not the trailer, but this clip is better than a trailer:


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6.04.2012

Deliver Us From Evil (2006)

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I've had this weeks NA Films Monday Movie in my Netflix Queue for about a year and a half now, so I don't blame you if you don't run right out and watch this one.  However, I must say, it is a phenomenal documentary.  It tackles the Pedobear subject, which comes up every now and then on No Agenda, like nothing I've ever watched.  This is mainly due to the candid and terrifying interview with Oliver O'Grady, a priest who server seven years (you read that right-a whole seven years) for molesting and/or raping approximately 25 children over a 30 year period.  Upon release from jail, he was deported back to Ireland, which is where director Amy Berg interviewed him for this film. 

According to Wikipedia, O'Grady has even been active around children recently:

"After the documentary was shown on Dutch national TV in April 2010, members of a parish in Schiedam recognized O'Grady as an active volunteer in the parish until January 2010. His background was unknown to the parishioners. Apart from that he was active in the Netherlands as an organizer of children's parties."

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6.01.2012

NA 413 Film

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World War Z (trailer):



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