Stonewall Uprising leads to NY gay marriage equality

Nearly 42 years to the day since the Stonewall Riots of June 27, 1969, New York State becomes the 6th and largest state to legalize gay marriage. Congratulations, New York! (and thanks to all the straight folks around the country helping celebrate by playing with their 4th of...
Posted On 24 Jun 2011

Page One Asks Us to Take a Hard Look at Ourselves

Pete Hammond interviews David Carr and the LA Times’ Jim Rainey If Microsoft never saw the internet coming, and Google never saw Facebook coming, and Facebook never saw Twitter coming, it is chilling to imagine what newspaper publishers never saw coming: all of the above...
Posted On 24 Jun 2011

Page One: Inside the New York Times Trailer

Featuring our lifelong pal, David Carr. Oscar doc race is already looking, once again, like the category featuring the best films of the year. It’s usually the doc race or the foreign language race, or the shorts. ¬†Very rarely is it the Best Picture category, although last...
Posted On 02 May 2011

PBS Alert: Waste Land and Stonewall Uprising

Oscar-nominated documentary Waste Land aired on PBS Independent Lens last Tuesday, but I didn’t notice the listing in time give a heads up. Luckily, Independent Lens re-broadcasts Sunday evening in many areas, so check your local schedule for another chance to catch it....
Posted On 24 Apr 2011

Females Rule the Jungle in Disneynature's Powerful doc, African Cats

To watch DisneyNature’s African Cats is to celebrate the roar of the female cat who not only is responsible for raising all cats, male and female, but also must protect her young and hunt for food. They rule. This documentary wisely focuses on two mother cats – a...
Posted On 21 Apr 2011

Down the Rabbit Hole with Banksy and Mr. Brainwash

[notice]Banksy’s Livin’ the Dream[/notice] When the dust settles of Oscars 2010, which is mercifully in eleven long days, what will remain the most interesting thing about the season isn’t that Roger Deakins might win his first Oscar, and it isn’t the...
Posted On 16 Feb 2011

FYC for Exit Through the Gift Shop

AJ Schnack over at All These Wonderful Things makes a pretty good case urging the Academy (this never works) towards Exit Through the Gift Shop: But if I had to vote, if I were a member of the Academy, I’d make my mark for Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz’ landmark work...
Posted On 09 Feb 2011

Oil and Gas Industry Tries to Block Gasland from Oscar

The New York Times is reporting that the big and powerful oil and gas companies have contacted Academy members urging them not to vote for the film: “The filmmaker alternates between misstating and outright ignoring basic and verifiable facts related to the impact of these...
Posted On 01 Feb 2011