AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


CRITICAL WOMEN HEADLINES

7/9/08

Wackness: Jonathan Levine: Writer/Director

If you are 70 years old and younger this film will delight, horrify and remind you of years gone by, hopes lost and new beginnings that might still be possible.
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It is l994 when Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) graduates from high school and the world of drugs is in full swing even though Mayor Giuliani’s war on the people has taken over New York City.

The Shrink was coming of age, no longer dedicated to the Freudian analysis of his patients with whom he was isolation from the real live therapist and the therapist’s life. He is the father figure, the one Luke seeks out to talk to since no one else is there for him. It is a service provided on a barter system, Luke talks and Dr. Shapiro (Sir Ben Kingsley) listens and then reacts.

This is a story filled with love, with hope, with the remembrance of the horrors of living on the edge economically, emotionally. Close relationships seem to be spontaneously developed and as quickly lost and yet into this mix of tension there triumphs the life of this coming of age teenagers who has just graduated high school and is on a summer time mission to make a lot of money(selling drugs) before settling down to the real world of college and a profession.

This film will provoke memories and define a world that is no more and yet, through the divorces and the lack of parent/child communication there is a strong bond formed, captured by an expert filmmaker and unforgettable actors doing what they do best. Acting.

I know you will see Wackness because this is a film not to be missed.


Linda Z
WBAI Women’s Collective

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