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Requiem for the American Dream

July 4, 2016

Requiem for the American Dream

Someone has uploaded a copy of the film Requiem for the American Dream. In it Noam Chomsky explains the process by which wealth inequality destroys democracy, how fantastic riches are not just intense concentration of wealth but of power, which then further speeds up the cycle of returning ever greater wealth to the rich through the deregulation of the economy that the rich demand.

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Textile design animation by Gavin Edwards, sound by Thomas Williams

November 2, 2013

Textile design animation by Gavin Edwards, sound by Thomas Williams

The short film “Textile” was inspired by the exhibition Post War British Textiles at Copenhagen Design Museum. Gavin Edwards, the filmmaker, tells me that the idea was to bring the patterns to life with the aid of motion graphics in a dynamic and intriguing way.

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Parties

July 17, 2013

Before the stock market crash, London in the 1920s. From Stephen Fry’s film Bright Young Things, based on Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies, 1930

Oh Nina, what a lot of parties… Masked parties, Savage parties, Victorian parties, Greek parties, Wild West parties, Circus parties, parties where you have to dress as somebody else, almost naked parties in St.

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“Coast Modern” – film screenings in Vancouver this week

August 1, 2012

“Coast Modern” – film screenings in Vancouver this week

This film has been very difficult to see, consistently selling out (I saw scalpers at the last showing). The Vancouver International Film Fest is hosting this new set of screenings, based on the popular demand. 

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McCabe & Mrs. Miller by Robert Altman: shot in Vancouver, soundtrack by Leonard Cohen

December 3, 2011

McCabe & Mrs. Miller by Robert Altman: shot in Vancouver, soundtrack by Leonard Cohen

McCabe & Mrs. Miller, released in 1971, was one of Robert Altman’s earliest feature films (after M*A*S*H*, That Cold Day in the Park, and Brewster  McCloud).

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Hiyao Miyazaki and Spirited Away

September 28, 2011

Hiyao Miyazaki and Spirited Away

Hiyao Miyazaki, one of my favourite filmmakers, is the Japanese director of the animated movies Spirited AwayPrincess Mononoke and Totoro. Of all his films these three are favourite, probably because they are the most Japanese in their aesthetic.

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