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12 Years a Slave: Lost in Space

12 Years a Slave: Lost in Space

by Jake Kring-Schreifels The local cinema is currently housing several movies that are about spaces grand and beautiful as much as they are about isolation and detachment. Without even considering Robert Redford’s latest venture in All is Lost, Paul Greengrass’s Captain Phillips and Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity tackle both the infinitudes and limits of water and

‘The Informant’ – Who is Brandon Darby?

Who is Brandon Darby? That is the question director Jamie Meltzer seems preoccupied with in his latest documentary entitled ‘Informant‘, about a radical left-wing activist turned FBI informer, now right-wing tea party constituent. The answer of course varies with each person Meltzer interviews: former friends, mentors, and Darby himself, who opine about this transformation and

‘The Act of Killing’: Transforming Documentary Exposing the Banality of Terror

‘The Act of Killing’ Plays in New York City at Landmark Sunshine Cinema – TICKETS Alternative documentarian and genocide scholar Joshua Oppenheimer’s latest foray into the metaphysical origins of an Indonesian intimidation culture is the genre transforming representation of personal catharsis ‘The Act of Killing’ (currently in limited release). With unquestioned international respect, the film

“How We Are Connected”: ‘Hank and Asha’ and the New Age of Digital Romance (Spoilers)

“My sweet Girl—Your Letter gave me more delight than any thing in the world but yourself could do; indeed I am almost astonished that any absent one should have that luxurious power over my senses which I feel.” — John Keats in a letter to Frances “Fanny” Brawne, July 8, 1819. Over the last three

‘High Tech Low Life’: Generational Disparity of the Surveillance State

Twenty-six year-old rural Chinese vegetable merchant “Zola” sees personal opportunity mixed with his unique journalistic integrity around virtually every corner of his home country, known as much for its “Great Firewall” as it is for its long-standing universally recognized landmark, The Great Wall.  Fifty-seven year old “Tiger Temple”, the country’s first recognized “citizen journalist”, stresses

Ideological Sustainability In ‘Follow the Leader’ @ IFC Center: Stranger Than Fiction – Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Photo credit Nick Troiano, participant in ‘Follow the Leader’ “Follow the Leader” is a phrase as common to the contemporary American experience as apple pie is to its cuisine.  Most frequently heard within the friendly confines of schoolyard play, the phrase is an ideology in and of itself, unequivocally engrained into youthful minds by the