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ladychapel: Blue Moon (Default)
Saturday, August 6th, 2011 12:51 am
Geez, what a dour movie but it's a dour subject. This was made before Oliver Stone toned down some of his conspiracy-mindedness so it's full of innuendo and speculation, especially regarding Nixon's possible ties to the JFK assassination. It all feels muddled.

I like his biopic of Bush better, but I like that Stone tried to portray Nixon as a complex human being. I even felt moments of sympathy for him, particularly in his obvious difficulty connecting with people. One scene that stuck in my mind was the depiction of Nixon's visit to the Lincoln Memorial. You could see him longing for the adulation that Lincoln receives but uncomprehending about how to attain it.
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Saturday, January 16th, 2010 03:54 pm
I saw Paranormal Activity just before the holidays last year at The Bridge in University City. It’s a horror film but not a typical one. In the style of The Blair Witch Project, the story is seemingly told in the surviving video tape the two characters, Micah and Katie, had been filming of each other.

Full Review )

Ok, that's my last film review of the day. I'm all caught up.
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Saturday, January 16th, 2010 03:50 pm
Whatever happened to the little black dress? Has it fallen out of favor lately? I went to a wedding, and it seemed to be missing from the fashion choices. A quick Google tells me not to worry. The LBD is still a perennial classic.

Coco Chanel would approve. I saw the recent biopic of her life at the Ritz. The film concentrated on her early life, but it was enough to pique my interest about the woman who changed fashion. She really was a revolutionary and a fascinating woman. I wonder if the nuns who taught her the art of sewing could have imagined it.
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Saturday, January 16th, 2010 03:06 pm
Speaking of Michael Moore, I saw his new documentary Capitalism: A Love Story at the Ritz last year. It chronicles America’s infatuation with free markets. Not surprisingly, Moore focused extensively on the financial crisis. He also included a discussion about one bit of corporate sliminess that I had never heard of before, something called “dead peasant insurance.” It’s a corporate practice where a company takes out a life insurance policy on an employee naming the company (not the employee’s family) as the beneficiary without ever informing the employee. If the employee dies, it’s the company who collects, not the employee’s family. The employee’s family is never informed that the company is making money off their “dead peasant.” Nice.
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Saturday, January 16th, 2010 02:59 pm
I attended a screening of How to Fix the World, a documentary by The Yes Men , late last year at the Painted Bride. What it’s about is best explained in the promo:

Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are filmmakers and political activists who impersonate corporate figures as a means of skewering greed and corruption. Their criticism of capitalism, free trade, and the destruction of our planet produces comedic entertainment that calls for serious action.

I recommend it. It was entertaining and infuriating. If you like Michael Moore films, and I do, this will probably be right up your alley.