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.


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11/7/09

Tattoed Under Fired: Fort Hood Inked For War


...Much will be written in the days to come of the mind-set of the alleged Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist who counseled military personnel and was reportedly distressed over his own imminent deployment. Though Schiesari's film predates the horrifying violence at the fort yesterday, it reveals a military culture rarely seen. By following both returning and deployment-bound young soldiers and the stories told on their bodies, she gets under their skin...


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Mary Elizabeth Williams
Salon.com


...As Tattooed Under Fire gets past the skin of these soldiers and into their heads, and their raw and psychologically wounded inner recesses, the film concludes by drifting out along the roads around Fort Hood, the largest military base in the world. Where more soldiers die in drunk driving crashes than in war zones, and wreaths where these lives ended stateside line the highways. And as one emotionally damaged survivor bitterly remarks of the vehicular fatalities, 'Just because you didn't shoot yourself or jump off a bridge, doesn't mean it wasn't suicide'...

CONTINUE TO READ REVIEW HERE

Prairie Miller

11/6/09

Woody Harrelson Worries About The World


The Messenger: Woody Harrelson and director Oren Moverman talk horrors of war, raw and unfiltered. And, Woody on broadcasting the end of the world, in 2012. Plus, Screening Room soundbites, and movie review haiku.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO WOODY HARRELSON AND OREN MOVERMAN INTERVIEWS

Daughters On Dads, Disturbing The Universe


...Do you blend into the crowd and lead an unexceptional life, or dare consider DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE: The life and times of William Kunstler, a documentary. And a conversation with the filmmakers, Emily and Sarah Kunstler.

CLICK TO LISTEN TO EMILY AND SARAH KUNSTLER INTERVIEWS HERE

11/1/09

HE SAID, SHE SAID...Precious


Rolling Off The Bill Cosby Assembly Line School Of Smug Anti-Ghetto Moviemaking?

SHE SAID....

...Precious boasts exceptional performances, but is social pornography at its worst, festering in racial self-loathing and oblivious to an economic system that routinely neglects its neediest and most vulnerable. And making those inbred white trash screen caricatures look like family values filmmaking at its finest in comparison. While certain to reinforce white prejudices related to African American criminality, ghetto mothers as conniving, evil and violent welfare cheats, and habitual eating disorder fast food binges as sources of bad bodies and bad behavior alike...

CONTINUE TO READ PRECIOUS REVIEW HERE

Prairie Miller

HE SAID....

...Mo'Nique's strong supporting character of Mary took center stage. Her performance is a disturbing account of life on the edge. She embraced her role dynamically as the so-called welfare queen who lacks motivation, and exposes herself as a disgusting unethical person. The dimensions of her work on screen are superb...

CONTINUE TO READ REVIEW HERE

Gerald Wright
HDFEST.com
Film Showcase

HE SAID, SHE SAID....Mothers, Mistresses And Mentors

An Education
Olivia Williams As The Invisible Woman

SHE SAID....

'I knew nothing about Lynn Barber before seeing your film: “Based on a Memoir by Lynn Barber.” But I would say now, having seen AN EDUCATION twice and read up on her in the interim, that it's the Lynn Barbers of the world—the women who created new paths for women in the 60s—that she’s one of the women who made my own life possible...'

Jan Lisa Huttner
Films For Two
The Hot Pink Pen

CONTINUE READING INTERVIEW WITH AN EDUCATION DIRECTOR LONE SCHERFIG HERE


HE SAID....

The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee

First time novelist of the book with the same title, screenwriter, director and wife of Daniel Day-Lewis, Rebecca Miller brings a smart film of a middle-age woman whose enigmatic life must find meaning to the screen...

CONTINUE TO READ REVIEW HERE

Gerald Wright
Rotten Tomaotes Film Showcase
HDFEST.com