BBC Jazz 625: Thelonious Monk at the Marquee Club

2 November 2013 

Believe it or not, I was actually at this gig at the Marquee Club in March of 1965, I think with my brother, sitting a couple of feet from the master himself. And, I was at his funeral in NYC at the ‘Jazz Church’, St. Peter’s in the Citibank Building at which Charlie Rouse played, along with a host of other jazz greats. In the quartet are Charlie Rouse tenor saxophone, Larry Gales bass and Ben Riley on drums. Unfortunately this not the entire programme but maybe half of it (35 minutes). There’s so little of Monk on record let alone on film, but one, the best movie about jazz that I’ve seen is ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’, directed by Bert Stern. And for an excellent book on Monk see, ‘Thelonious Monk – The Life and Times of an American Original‘ by Robin D.G. Kelley. Free Press 2009. 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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History Commons New 9/11 Timeline Entries

17 Jul, 2013 — History Commons

WTC Evacuation Orders, 9/11-Style Movies, and More

A large number of entries have been added to the Complete 9/11 Timeline at History Commons, most of which provide new details about the events of the day of September 11, 2001. Other entries are being posted in the US Civil Liberties project on campaign finance, voting laws, and the 2006 US Attorney purge

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“We Steal Secrets” The New Movie About Wikileaks Infuriates Wikileaks By Danny Schecter

1 June 2013 — Global Research


Every documentary filmmaker begins with deciding on the story to be told, and, then, how to sustain audience interest. 

If your goal is to inform the public or take a stand on an important issue by explaining its origins and exposing wrong doers then you go one way. If your goal is to entertain and shroud your motives by exploring murky personality contradictions, you go another.

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Fracking Industry Goes After Promised Land Film by Meher Ahmad

18 January, 2013PRWatch

[Don’t how many readers are aware of PRWatch yet another excellent resource, US-based of course. Here’s a taster. WB]

Before Gus Van Sant’s latest film Promised Land even premiered, the energy industry was up in arms, gearing up to counter the film’s apparent anti-fracking stance with a barrage of “community” responses (read: thinly veiled corporate PR). James Schamus, chief executive of Focus Features the distributor of the film, expressed shock about the attacks on Promised Land: “We’ve been surprised at the emergence of what looks like a concerted campaign targeting the film even before anyone’s seen it.” Continue reading

Director Kathryn Bigelow defends her indefensible Zero Dark Thirty By David Walsh

18 January 2013 — WSWS

Director Kathryn Bigelow took to the pages of the Los Angeles Times Tuesday to defend her pro-CIA film Zero Dark Thirty which has provoked opposition inside and outside the film industry. Bigelow’s column, which reveals her as a slavish admirer of the US intelligence and military apparatus, only sinks her—deservedly—deeper in the mire.

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The CIA’s Hollywood Release: “Zero Dark Thirty”, or How People Lose Their Humanity By Annie Day

10 January, 2013 —

I was shaking as I walked out of Zero Dark Thirty, the new film about the CIA’s 10-year search for Osama bin Laden. Shaking and queasy. Wanting to hear from others in the audience, I asked people questions as they streamed out… What did they think of the film? Overwhelmingly, people answered positively… with smiles.

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Movie Review: Django Unchained: Great Vengeance and Furious Anger By Jordy Cummings

6 January 2013 —

[WARNING: Contains spoilers]

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Wikileaks Newslinks 21 December 2012

21 December


Julian Assange: WikiLeaks to release 1 million new documents


(CNN) — WikiLeaks is preparing to release more than a million documents next year, the controversial website’s founder said Thursday. Julian Assange did not provide details about their contents but said they “affect every country in the world.” He …


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