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Salinger – New Trailer

Salinger – New Trailer

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The critics are hating the new doc Salinger with an unbridled passion not seen since The Lone Ranger. Most of them keep saying “it’s a film Salinger would have hated,” neglecting to also add that not only would Salinger hate the film but he would hate any film. He would also hate everyone who ever saw or wrote a review about the film. He would hate anyone who presumed what…

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The Blackfish Problem for SeaWorld – Sales Down … 6%

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That sales are down only 6% is not nearly enough to make SeaWorld grow a conscience. But it is a start. Blackfish is now available on iTunes and DVD – if you haven’t seen it, you really ought to. Most people will want to avoid it, especially animal lovers. But I would say that’s the least we could do, considering the worldwide damage to the animal population we humans have…

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Telluride Review: Salinger

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Who hasn’t been captivated at one time or another by J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, one of the greatest American novels ever written. Probably we shouldn’t need to know much about the genius behind the book because, as the genius himself admits, the work should speak for itself. And indeed, Catcher in the Rye has spoken to many for decades, in ways good and bad. Is it Salinger’s fault…

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Blackfish Wows the Critics – Nudges World Towards Change

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It does seem kind of hopeless to imagine that SeaWorld really will do the right thing and end their killer whale circus act. I’d say they ought to end the dolphin show too but the more pressing matter are the whales, Tilikum in particular, who is still living in a bathtub, exiled away from the other whales, used only to milk semen from to breed yet more whales so SeaWorld…

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Blackfish – Revealing Look at Orcas in Captivity

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Official site for Blackfish, with screenings and info is here. Most of us don’t know what goes on behind the Sea World propaganda curtain. For over twenty years they’ve been selling the animal stunts at Sea World like it was Disneyland — they sell stuffed whales and tiny bursts of happiness to children. In Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s unforgettable new documentary Blackfish we come to know one whale, Tilikum, a giant, 4…

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The People Step Up Because PBS Wouldn’t – Citizen Koch Nears $100k

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Strange things are happening to our democracy. Maybe we saw them coming, maybe we didn’t but Capitalism has led to a sharp divide between the haves and the have-nots.  It wasn’t supposed to be like this. It was supposed to be about the free market and competition. But labor was sent overseas, factories closed, the middle class began to disappear. What do we have, though, that many other countries don’t?…

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Trailer Debut for Dirty Wars

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It’s a controversial subject, to be sure, but it’s one most of us Americans had better face sooner rather than later. Pic won Best Cinematography at Sundance: It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes. We have fundamentally changed the rules of the game and the rules of engagement. Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government–condoned torture occur in…

Room 237 Poster and Trailer

Room 237 Poster and Trailer

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The doc around Kubrick’s The Shining will be available on VOC and released theatrically March 29, 2013. Poster debuted exclusively on EW. Trailer after the cut.  

Tony Kushner Praises How to Survive a Plague

Tony Kushner Praises How to Survive a Plague

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On Angels in America and How to Survive a Plague:

Documentary Feature: the important v/s the entertaining

Documentary Feature: the important v/s the entertaining

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By Brian Whisenant It has been a couple of years since I have written about the Documentary Feature category. Last year it was because I didn’t see “Undefeated” until the very morning of the Academy Awards. I can remember quite clearly coming down the escalator of the monstrous AMC 42nd St in Manhattan last Oscar morning and texting my friend Brett that I had seen the winner for Best Documentary…and…