5 items from 2012
Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is now in theaters (and doing pretty damn well for an R-rated Western), but the outspoken director is still on the publicity circuit, and as ever, he's causing a stir wherever he goes. The film is causing furious debate thanks to its subject matter (Tarantino's old adversary Spike Lee weighing in most recently), and now the director has laid into one of cinephiles' most sacred cows, in the form of legendary Western director John Ford. In an excellent, extensive interview with Henry Louis Gates Jr. of The Root (via Movieline), Tarantino talks about his dislike of D.W. Griffith's "Birth Of A Nation," saying "it really can only stand next to 'Mein Kampf' when it comes to just its ugly imagery," and explains that Ford's role as an extra in the silent epic inspired a scene in "Django Unchained." "Oddly enough, where I »
- Oliver Lyttelton
This well-meaning Norwegian-German co-production is based on the true story of two British airmen (an upper-class pilot from the Royal Marines and his working-class Raf air gunner) shot down over northern Norway in April 1940 and forced to share a remote, snowbound cabin with three members of the Luftwaffe, who have also crashed in this wilderness. The initial suspicion and aggression, the subsequent breaking down of prejudices and ultimately the recognition of a shared humanity in the face of danger and imminent death are fairly familiar movie territory. And it's predictably handled, even down to guessing what will be the fate of a callow young Nazi's autographed copy of Mein Kampf when the patriotic, no-nonsense Scouse airman is looking for lavatory paper. But the performances are more than adequate.
DramaWar filmsRupert GrintSecond world warPhilip French
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- Philip French
It’s spring, that magical time of year when the flowers bloom, birds sing, and school libraries publish the list of books most frequently banned or attempted to be banned.
This year’s list is a mixture of new best sellers and timeless classics. You’ve got your Hunger Games, your To Kill a Mockingbird, your Brave New World and your Gossip Girl. There is a guide that explains to kids about what happens to mom when she is pregnant, and the reason it’s listed is because it is “sexually explicit.”
Look, I understand that most school libraries have limited budgets and limited shelf space. They can’t stock every book in the world. Someone has to make decisions about what gets purchased and where it gets shelved.
The problem is who gets to decide.
I’ve been the mother of a first-grader, and if there arose a ridiculously »
- Martha Thomases
So how’s the resurrecting going in your neighborhood? Despite a very warm March, it’s pretty much on schedule here in Rockland County. Oh, most of the trees are still barren, but here and there, some of them are getting beleaved; the dogwood in the front yard is growing buds and wow! – the forsythia bush in the back is covered with bright yellow flowers. So fecundity is returning to southern New York and I guess Gaia will make it through another growing season.
I’m thinking of death and resurrection partly because I’m typing this the day after Easter – a real holiday, this, because it acknowledges and celebrates something real and vital, the aforementioned fecundity. The proof, I guess, is that it – the return of the fecund – is reflected in a lot of myth/religion, the area in which we humans often attend to stuff like this. Give a quick Google to Persephone, »
- Dennis O'Neil
March 1st, 2012, 10:40Am– Zentropa International Norway has released yet another clip from Into the White – and this time it is a highly dramatic clip that includes some humour as well. In this one, we see Rupert Grint finding a very useful and creative way of using chapter 2 of Mein Kampf. Take a look at it here: And remember to keep an eye out for future exclusive clips and other Into the White goodies at the Zentropa International Norway Facebook page – click Like and enjoy! Make sure to check back here for more exciting news as we get closer and closer to the world premiere in Oslo. Of course, we will update the site extensively on all the Into the White events in Norway »
5 items from 2012
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