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Combo Obituary & Film Review: Bright Lights

Combo Obituary & Film Review: Bright Lights

It’s a Mother and Child Reunion (as Carrie’s ex would say). In the recent HBO documentary, “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds,” a film that depicts the most famous (and most notorious) mother-daughter duo of all time, Carrie Fisher, weary from the ongoing self-examination (and public scrutiny) of a complicated life that included fame from birth, bipolar disorder, addiction, sensational stardom in her own right, impressive amounts of both accomplishment and ridicule, and a spectacular array of variously disastrous and glorious events, all survived with her renowned wit and tenacity… Carrie Fisher says “You know what would be really good? To get to the end of my personality and just lie in the sun.”

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2016 IDFA Review: Nowhere To Hide

Hot off its best feature length documentary win at the 2016 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Zaradasht Ahmed’s ‘Nowhere to Hide’ is the story of a male nurse named Nori Sharif who worked in a hospital in Jawala, part of the country’s “triangle of death” in its central region, from the time the U.S. army left

IDFA 2016 Review: Siberian Love

Feminism? What’s that? Director Olga Delane migrated from a Siberian village to Berlin with her family when she was 16. Twenty years later, she decides to go back to her roots, looking for something she could not find: love. Her relatives find it strange that she is still childless, laughing every time the German capital is

Review: Women Who Kill

Ingrid Jungermann’s debut feature ‘Women Who Kill’ is a suspenseful yarn about a commitment-phobic lesbian who might be dating a serial killer. But the film, which won Best Screenplay at this year’s Tribeca, also offers a savvy satire of Park Slope lesbian culture and a salient critique of fear of intimacy in the 21st century.

More About Command and Control: Arms Race in Space

This bomb is not from my childhood. This bomb is in the future, and it’s heading straight toward us all. “It’s politically sensitive, but it’s going to happen. Some people don’t want to hear this, and it sure isn’t in vogue, but absolutely we’re going to fight in space.” He explains further, “We’re going to fight from space, and we’re going to fight into space. That’s why the U.S. has development programs in directed energy and hit-to-kill mechanisms. We will engage terrestrial targets someday – ships, airplanes, land targets – from space.”

Command and Control Commentary Continued: Helen’s Own Highly Explosive Nuclear Crisis

Command and Control film by Kenner and Schlosser: Commentary Part 2. A Nuclear Bomb Explodes in My Childhood. I was a space age baby. That’s what my mother wrote in my baby album. I grew up being told the story of when we were in the hospital after she gave birth to me: There was this amazing few minutes when all the infants were left alone, even if they were crying, and all the nurses and mothers (along with millions of other Americans) turned to the TV to watch The First American be Launched into Space. It was a spectacular, patriotic event, and my father helped to make it possible.

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