2.18.2013

TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard (2013)

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Filming for TPB AFK started back in the summer of 2008 and didn't wrap up until August of 2012.  It takes a look at the lives of the founders of The Pirate Bay and the various legal issues they have dealt with over the past five years.  This film premiered in an odd way on February 8th of this year.  It opened the documentary section of the 63 Berlin International Film Festival and was put up on The Pirate Bay (and YouTube) at the exact same time.  The filmmakers are also using the value for value model in that you can download the film for free and donate whatever you think the film is worth.  Or, if you are like me and still like having a physical DVD case, it is also available to purchase.

TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard (1:22:07)

2.11.2013

NA 486 Film

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Adam and John both referred to the documentary Inside Job (2010) as they were discussing the "no bankers have gone to jail" meme.
Adam then discussed meeting and talking to Mitch Schultz, the director of the documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010).

Inside Job trailer:


DMT: The Spirit Molecule trailer:

Burma VJ (2008)

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Adam and John have been quite critical of the mainstream news coverage of events from the Arab Spring up through Libya and the current situation in Syria and now Mali.  Their usual comments are along the lines of "where is the footage?".  Anderson Cooper playing unsourced YouTube clips that look suspiciously like the footage created in Wag the Dog is what is passing for "news" theses days.  Burma VJ came out in 2008 and documents a social uprising from the inside with the kind of footage Adam and John are always looking for.

From the films website:
"Going beyond the occasional news clip from Burma, Burma VJ brings us close to Burma’s video journalists who insist on keeping up the flow of news from their closed country despite risking torture and life in jail. Armed with small handycams they make their undercover reportages, smuggle the material out of the country, have it broadcast back into Burma via satellite and offered as free usage for international media."

Trailer:

2.04.2013

They Live (1988)

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We just played They Live as part of a cult film series at the theatre I work at and I'm embarrassed that it hasn't previously been posted as a NA Films Monday Movie.  It's cheesy.  It's full of horrific 1980's synthesizer music.  It stars a wrestler who is only capable of fight sequences and one liners.  It's got aliens.  It has a poorly choreographed fight sequence that last about 3 minutes too long.  It's got a very young Keith David.  It is awesome!

The Wikipedia description and the short trailer below should sell any No Agenda fan who has not seen this film:
"The film follows a nameless drifter referred to as "Nada", who discovers the ruling class within the moneyed elite are in fact aliens managing human social affairs through the use of a signal on top of the TV broadcast, concealing their appearance and subliminal messages in mass media."

Trailer:

2.03.2013

NA 483 Film

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Adam started off the show with a review of Lincoln and how the filmmakers are doing a "culture creation" with the film.  He also recommended Silver Linings Playbook.

Lincoln trailer:



Silver Linings Playbook trailer: