US ‘Stumbled Into Torture,’ Says NYT Reporter By Adam Johnson

15 February 2018 — FAIR

NYT: That Time the C.I.A. Tried to Recruit Me

Jennifer Lawrence does not actually come up in New York Times reporter Scott Shane’s reminiscence (2/14/18).

As part of a promotion for the upcoming “Look, Evil Russians!” film Red Sparrow (hyping Hollywood films is apparently a thing reporters do now), New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane (2/14/18) wrote a synergistic Cold War 2.0 essay about the CIA’s alleged attempt to recruit him. It included a rather jarring—if not risible—paragraph summarizing Shane’s years of reporting: Continue reading

John Pilger – The Power of Documentary – Selected life works at the British Library

9 November 2017 — John PilgerThe British Library

John Pilger’s films have been credited with drawing public attention to human rights crises, the impacts of wars and abuses of power by governments and corporations.

John will be speaking on both days. Due to demand, tickets are now bookable for single or half days or for the whole weekend:

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Ritzy staff strike for a living wage for the fifth time!

7 October 2016 — Momentum

[To tell the truth, I’m not a big fan of Momentum, or indeed any of the other ‘Corbynista’ support groups, websites, pr agencies, boosters and hangers-0n. Have I missed anything? But I like to keep my eye on things and as the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton is kinda my ‘local’, I actually know a few of the people in the photo below and remember the last time they struck the Picturehouse chain of cinemas. I mean, in London, you can’t even survive on a so-called London living wage. It should be called the ‘existing wage’, and that’s stretching it. I plan to tackle the Corbyn phenom sometime soon and try and explain why I mistrust these ‘fan clubs’. WB]

Cinema Strikes spreading across London.

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Omar – Film Review by Gilad Atzmon

6 JUne 2014 — Gilad Atzmon

imagesOne of the most important Palestinian feature films ever, Omar is, to date, the deepest expose of the diabolical nature of the Israeli occupation and the inhuman situation imposed on Palestinians by the Jewish State. It also throws light on the tragic and depressing Palestinian struggle against a sophisticated, demonic enemy – an on-going battle that so far has led nowhere.

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Movie Review: A confused and contradictory film on how foreigners “help” Palestine By Sarah Irving

 
As a child, Chloe Ruthven declares in the opening moments of this film, she hated the Palestinians. It’s a strong statement to make, especially against a backdrop of newsreel from the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing ahead of Israel’s establishment. Continue reading

“The struggle to tell the truth through stories”: An interview with British film and television producer Tony Garnett—Part 2

24 October 2013 — WSWS

Part 1 Here

In a retrospective this summer, “Seeing Red,” the British Film Institute celebrated the work of veteran film and television producer Tony Garnett. The BFI described Garnett as one of television’s “most influential figures,” who “produced and fostered a succession of provocative, radical and sometimes incendiary dramas.”

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“The struggle to tell the truth through stories”: An interview with British film and television producer Tony Garnett—Part 1

23 October 2013 — WSWS

Part 2 Here

In a retrospective this summer, “Seeing Red,” the British Film Institute (BFI) celebrated the work of veteran film and television producer Tony Garnett. The BFI described Garnett as one of television’s “most influential figures,” who “produced and fostered a succession of provocative, radical and sometimes incendiary dramas.” Continue reading

Why bad movies keep coming out and what to do about it By John Pilger

17 October 2013 — John Pilger

As an inveterate film fan, I turn to the listings every week and try not to lose hope. I search the guff that often passes for previews, and I queue for a ticket with that flicker of excitement reminiscent of matinees in art deco splendour. Once inside, lights down, beer in hand, hope recedes as the minutes pass. How many times have I done a runner? There is a cinema I go to that refunds your money if you’re out the door within 20 minutes of the opening titles. The people there have knowing looks. My personal best is less than five minutes of the awful Moulin Rouge. 

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The Art of Collaborating with the Nazi’s: Hollywood & America Reek of Nazi Influence

6 September 2013 — Boiling Frogs

Hitler’s Propaganda Principles Alive in 21st Century

 

The studio heads, who were mostly immigrant Jews, went to dramatic lengths to hold on to their investment in Germany. Although few remarked on it at the time these men followed the instructions of the German consulate in Los Angeles, abandoning or changing a whole series of pictures that would have exposed the brutality of the Nazi regime….At the center of the collaboration was Hitler himself. Continue reading