Another Version Of You

A well paced and imaginatively put together walk through American television history with one of its most influential writers producers, Norman Lear, the doc “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” is well worth a watch for cultural and entertainment history fans. While Lear is famous for being the godfather of topical television in the form of All In The Family and Maude, he remained a pioneer in many aspects of life both in politics and art. Moving through America’s shifting cultural and political landscape through the 60s and 70s, the documentary touches upon so many fascinating parts of American history. Feminism, bigotry and inter-generational conflict were put under Lear’s satirical lens that aimed to open minds through laughter and empathy. Not always perfect, he …

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Moonlight Must See

They’re right. Moonlight is a masterpiece. It starts out small but compelling and with each mounting scene reveals a true mastery of film-making and story-telling technique. Director, Barry Jenkins, behind the camera is maestro-like, conducting a beautiful and powerful classical suite. Moonlight is visually musical and extremely moving. That this film emerges from a poem is not a surprise, and its power has away of sneaking up on you. Jenkins command of the story’s emotional rhythms, and his ability to evoke such power and tenderness through subtly from scene to scene, really demonstrates a true cinematic artist has entered the pantheon, I am excited to see what he does next. To fully feel this film it does require one’s full uninterrupted attention where you allow …

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Merchants of Doubt

Why if we have 97% of scientist agree with human caused climate change do we still have debate even in the highest levels of government. Well in the light of know thy enemy, the documentary Merchants Of Doubt puts a face on these industry defending “experts” and their techniques. All the main players are looked at, and it is important people know who they are and the methods they use. The documentary looks at the how and why a small number of high-profile talking heads have repeatedly pushed against scientific knowledge from one industry to another. Familiarize yourself with this rotating cast of spokes men whose main job is to argue against overwhelming science for big tobacco, big industry and big oil clients. Some surpassing …

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Hemlock-Grove on Netflix

Hemlock Grove: Silly, Gory, Netflix Filler

The last thing I was looking to watch was another vampire or werewolf drama but there was something about the Twin Peaks meets True Blood set-up, alongside the scare powered production credentials of horror director/actor/producer Eli Roth, that made me curious about Hemlock Grove. All twelve episodes of season one dropped April 2013 on NetFlix but in my world though it failed to net any of the buzz of say House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, I discovered Hemlock Grove long after the fact but it seems just in time before season two. Lack of an instantaneous fandom is not necessarily an immediate reflection on the quality of a show. It’s all too easy to get lost in the binge watching shuffle …

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