This review, originally written in May 2019 has been reposted in Jan 2020 for the screening of the “Slay the Dragon” documentary at the NYC CineMatters Social Justice Film Festival. Please pardon the dated TV references, but the gerrymandering issue is more urgent than ever as we approach the 2020 elections.
Soleimani Stress Shopping Guide. Whatever political party you claim as your own, no one feels good about the recent escalation of tensions with Middle Eastern countries. Iran vows violent retaliation for the American drone strike that killed top Iranian military commander, Qassim Soleimani. The world is up in arms, literally, and as we wait to see what form retaliation will take, our anxiety rises. Recent surveys reveal the majority of Americans say the future of our nation and the current political climate is a significant source of stress. Symptoms can include emotional irritability, headaches, insomnia, stomach problems, depression, fatigue and high blood pressure. What to do? Here are some products that can help alleviate the pressure:
Helen Highly Vindicated. In the last two days I’ve heard at least two pop-culture references to an ancient play by Aristophanes. As someone who can’t seem to stop writing commentary about popular culture by comparing it to classic theater, it is refreshing to hear someone else finally do it – two people no less! Alyssa Milano and Bill Maher, thank you very much for making me feel less out of touch with the world.
This documentary has become Real News, as filmmaker Morgan Pehme is testifying to serious news outlets about the all-too-relevant relationship that he was privy to while making his film “Get Me Roger Stone.” What Pehme heard and saw while filming that documentary may be shedding light on the shadowy relationship between Trump’s campaign advisor Roger Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, helping to connect the dots between Trump, Stone, Assange, Wikileaks, Cambridge Analytica, Paul Manafort and the Kremlin. Is it all a conspiracy theory? Well, it may be, and if it is, it will delight the spotlight-loving Roger Stone all the more.