I’ve never been one to favor the incompetence argument when it comes to our present day administration. I’ve always figured they’re doing exactly what they want, and that it must take considerable skill to do that in Washington, even if it’s not readily apparent to the layman. But a good documentary film can jar a […]

Yesterday the rains fell, so we made our way to Sea Turtle Cinemas for a Saturday matinee. The draw was a new Coen brothers film, No Country for Old Men. I didn’t realize until the credits rolled that it was an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel of the same name. My bad. Here’s how […]

courtesy of The Pussy Ranch In a celebrity-obsessed culture like ours, writers can benefit from the creation of a personality that fits and enhances their writerly identity. Of course, it takes a special talent to pull it off. Many writers are simply too shy and otherwise focussed to enter these waters. In today’s Arts & […]

Yemassee—Hundreds of sightseers got an eyeful on this crisp November weekend, as history and architecture buffs from as far away as Virginia and Florida made their way to the rural northwest corner of Beaufort County. The reason for their journey? Auldbrass, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterworks and his only project in the Lowcountry. see […]

Media critic Norman Solomon’s book, War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death has been made into a movie by Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp. It’s narrated by Sean Penn. Guided by Solomon’s meticulous research and tough-minded analysis, the film presents disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity from the present […]

Independent documentary film, One Bright Shining Moment, offers a compelling look at the 1972 Democrat Party nomination, which went to the rogue Senator from South Dakota George McGovern. It’s uncomfortable and sad to realize the issues the nation faced in 1972 are exactly the same issues we face today—total and utter corruption of the executive […]

We watched Oscar-nominated documentary Jesus Camp last night. It was frightening to see just how serious the radical right is about the ongoing Culture War in this nation. There are many poignant (or scarring, depending on one’s point of view) moments in the film. One of the most telling is the scene from New Life […]

Do animals merely mate? Or do they also love? This question (and the answer) is at the center of Academy Award wining documentary, March of the Penguins, a moving portrayal that makes the story seem much larger than “a nature film.” Prior to watching this film, I had never given much thought to the habits […]

If you enjoy wine, Mondovino, a documentary by Jonathan Nossiter, is a must see. The film has a fascinating cast of characters, and its central theme explores the mounting tension between local producers and global behemoths like Napa’s Robert Mondavi and Sons. Aimé Guibert of Languedoc and Hubert de Montille of Bordeaux, both determined believers […]

“The Color of Paradise” is a fable of a child’s innocence and a complex look at faith and humanity. Visually magnificent and wrenchingly moving, the film tells the story of a boy whose inability to see the world only enhances his ability to feel its powerful forces. As I watched this stunning film from Iran […]

“Virginia Madsen’s character (Maya) has a radiant paean to wine: she leans forward in her chair, has a soft light on her face and proceeds to share her passion for wine, how it is expressive of the place from which it came, how the tastes move her, and how it changes over time in the […]

Darby and I watched the documentary Revolution OS tonight. It’s a low budget film written, directed, produced, shot and edited by JTS Moore. Prior to this project, Moore, a Hollywood screenwriter, had little knowledge of hacking, open source politics or the characters involved. A friend suggested the idea for the film. The level of discourse […]

Whether we like to admit it or not, most of our political arguments–between family, and friends, and co-workers–are informed by the corporate media, thus they are often misguided from the get go. What do I mean by the corporate media? I mean five companies: ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and Fox. All systematically feed viewers a […]

“We need a fascist government in this country…to save the nation from the communists who want to tear it down and wreck all that we have built in America. The only men who have the patriotism to do it are the soldiers, and Smedley Butler is the ideal leader. He could organize a million men […]

“What we intend to accomplish is to make sure that history records that we did not go silently, and I perceive that silence is consent.” -U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings For me, the most compelling and dramatic part of Michael Moore’s sensational political film, Fahrenheit 9/11 (it’s also been called an informercial and several worse names), […]

Paul Pena is a blind Bay Area musician who taught himself the arcane techniques of Tuvan throat singers. This is but one remarkable fact of his extraordinary life. For more about Paul’s throat singing abilities and his journey to Tuva, see the documentary film Genghis Blues. Paul also put out a record on the Capitol […]

Paul Pena is a blind Bay Area musician who taught himself the arcane techniques of Tuvan throat singers. This is but one remarkable fact of his extraordinary life. For more about Paul’s throat singing abilities and his journey to Tuva, see the documentary film Genghis Blues. Paul also put out a record on the Capitol […]

Last night Evil Vince busted out Music Is The Weapon, a documentary from the BBC on Nigerian musician/politician, Fela Kuti. I’ve seen his son Femi Kuti perform as an opener for String Cheese Incident. But I really knew nothing about his radical, “James-Brown-of-Africa” father until last night. And I did not know much about Nigeria, […]