“I’m OK, You’re Dead”: I review “The Act of Killing”

at AmCon: ...This surreal documentary, which feels more like Variety Hour in Hell, began when filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer found that it was impossible to get survivors of the brutal 1965-6 anti-Communist campaign in Indonesia to describe their experiences. He settled for what he considered the next best thing: interviews with the perpetrators. And for the reason Jean-Luc Godard gives here, that turned out to be the key to making one of the most eye-opening documentaries I’ve ever seen. more … [Read more...]

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A Vindication of the Rights of Clip-Joint Girls

Recently watched "Marked Woman," an early Bette Davis/Humphrey Bogart flick in which Davis is a nightclub hostess who tries to go up against the toughest gangster in town after he kills her sister. Bogart is the crusading, by which I mean lecturing, DA. It's actually a startlingly powerful film, largely because it takes everything about the clip-joint girls' lives so seriously: their friendships, their families, their courage, their distinctive personalities. It's about the compromises they made … [Read more...]

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“Deadline–USA”

in which I watch a movie. … [Read more...]

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“Choosing poorly in your friends”

A great interview with Dan Barden, author of The Next Right Thing, which I reviewed (glowingly!) for the Weekly Standard. I love his line about "earthly justice" as well. Link via HEAR. … [Read more...]

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Red, white and blue

In which I watch Tycoon: A New Russian. … [Read more...]

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“Addicted to Murder”

I have a review of The Next Right Thing in the current Weekly Standard. Review is subscribers-only for now. I liked the book a lot (you can read more about it here) and I'm pretty pleased with the review as well. … [Read more...]

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