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Jodorowsky’s Dune’ is a compelling treat for movie fans
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Sunday, 27 April 2014
By Michael Calleri

The new documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," which is now playing in Buffalo and around the country, is a must-see work, especially if you are completely in love with motion pictures.

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born on February 17, 1929 in Chile to Ukrainian parents. He spent much of his adult life in Paris and Mexico City. He was a published poet at age 16. He took his first steps into the entertainment scene in Santiago as a puppeteer and circus clown. He studied mime in Paris with the legendary silent French master, Marcel Marceau.

Jodorowsky has also been a street performer, theater actor, movie extra, stage manager, costume designer, props master, photographer, cartoonist, and philosophical writer about the arts. He was a friend of Spanish surrealist Fernando Arrabal. In the mid-1950s, He was hired to stage the return to music halls of France’s beloved Maurice Chevalier.

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New American movie recalls the energy of the French New Wave
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Monday, 10 June 2013

By Gautier Coiffard


In April, Ebertfest took place in Champaign, Illinois. It was film critic Roger Ebert’s very last legacy. The movies shown in his beloved Virginia Theater were his final goodbye. The selection, including classics, indie films, and UFO, was delightful. Each movie had its own universe, but one of them was, in my humble opinion, particularly outstanding.


It’s written and directed by newbie Randy Moore and is called “Escape From Tomorrow.” The horror fantasy stars Roy Abramsohn as a man who suffers from increasingly more disturbing visions and frightening experiences during the last day of a family vacation to Walt Disney World.


I had actually heard a lot about this feature before the festival, but I had no idea it would be there. It was without a doubt the Everest of my Ebertfest(!).


Watching the movie I had the impression I was back in 1960 (okay, I was born in the ‘80s but you get the idea), when the French New Wave was emerging from the battlefield. Before then, movies were slow, academic, following every rule and, in fact, boring. A bunch of filmmakers said, “FUCK THAT SHIT,” and I almost literally quote, so it’s cool.


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Should you sell your Verizon stock? All about the company’s new sleazy outreach to customers.
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Thursday, 02 May 2013

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By Parker Whitley

By all accounts, Verizon Communications should be sitting pretty. With social media the dreary buzzword for everything and anything, and “what’s your platform” the sort of  rchaic catch-phrase for how you get your information, one would think that a company as big and as powerful as Verizon would not have to scrape the bottom of the barrel to lure new customers and sell services to those it has.

But scrape that barrel it has. And, it’s not just Verizon. Believe it or not, it’s now possible to think of Verizon as an old media company. Just like some newspapers and magazines, and, it seems, Time Warner Cable. Well, at least according to a recent announcement of TWC's which is trapped and being choked by expensive and lousy programming on increasingly lousy cable channels.

Cable television is now primarily a source of watching re-runs of bad broadcast network television shows you didn’t watch in the first place.

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‘Olympus Has Fallen’ continues the ultra-violent trend that is failing at the box office.
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Sunday, 24 March 2013
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By Michael Calleri


Blood is the new currency in Hollywood.


But it might be a currency that needs to be recalled. The recent crop of action movies are riff with bloodletting. However, if the lukewarm audience reaction to these films is any indication, this pumping up of the flow of blood is a plot device that needs to be seriously reined in.


When a masterful visual stylist like Quentin Tarantino approaches violence, the result is much different from how less-talented directors attempt to score points by ramping up the carnage. Tarantino advances his stories with blood and madness. Others take delight in merely offering slaughter for slaughter’s sake, more often than not throwing aside the story to mistakenly concentrate on bullets and bombs.

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It is not “sequester” that is the problem.
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Friday, 08 March 2013

It is the GOP’s war of attrition.

 

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  By Parker Whitley

Here’s something that might surprise you.

In the 1964 presidential election, Senator Barry Goldwater received only 6% of the black vote. In the 2012 presidential election, self-styled corporate wizard Mitt Romney received the exact same number, 6% of the black vote.

Call that 6% vote from “African-Americans” or from “people of color,” call it whatever you want, but facts are facts. The Republican Party has a problem appealing to a vast swath of the electorate for two key election positions: the White House and the United States Senate.

 

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Senator Lindsey Graham may not think he's a racist, but he plays one on TV
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Thursday, 21 February 2013

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 He is also a traitor.

 

By Parker Whitley

 As American political discourse spirals into the abyss, the complete and total destruction of racial harmony seems assured. The amity that has existed among equally intelligent whites and people of color is threatened to its very core. Anyone with his or her ear to the ground hears daily the drumbeat of “no no no” to the Presidency of Barack Obama from a cadre of allegedly loyal Americans, most of them elected Republican officials.

President Obama may have been re-elected with stunning numbers, but there are hardened Neanderthals in the Republican Party who still can’t accept that he is the titular leader of the Free World. It’s almost as if the white Protestant bigots and wealthy virulent haters of the Know Nothing Party of the mid-1800s have returned to Earth as zombies of racial destruction.

 The Know-nothings were men who hated immigrants, hated Roman Catholics, hated anything that went against the British roots from which they were descended. These Anglo-Saxon sycophants are now being mirrored by a group of political thugs who seem not to have read American history. Or, if they read it, learned nothing from what they read.

Forget the rudderless simplicity of the Tea Party, a joke at the beginning of its stay and a bigger joke now. The Tea Party’s silliness will seem like a fond memory compared to what could be coming down the road. There are any number of Republican goofballs who could head a revitalized Racist Party, but it seems to me that the key candidate would be one of three United States Senators.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 February 2013 )
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