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The Underwoods' single-minded pursuit of power is the story of House Of Cards season 4, which paves the way for a truly exciting season 5...
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There was a very telling moment towards the end of this season of House Of Cards. It involved Claire Underwood and a question that, were this real life, would have dogged her campaign to join her husband’s presidential ticket. It came from Hannah Conway who, as the wife of Republican challenger William, might have been better prepared to withstand pointed comparisons with the First Lady. "Do you regret not having children?", asked the younger woman. Claire’s response was politely acid. "Do you regret having yours?". It was a line that was meant to shock, which it did, but only because it broke one of our society’s mild taboos, in which procreation is seen as a universal good and choosing not to, »
Billed as taking place “five minutes” in the future, writer-director Benjamin Dickinson’s dry comedy "Creative Control" isn’t the first to use a science fiction setting to satirize current culture. More serious works like “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” “The Handmaid's Tale,” and much of Philip K. Dick’s bibliography have commented on their creators’ current experience through the lens of an imagined world. “Creative Control” takes a similar approach, though the distance between the present and future is far smaller than many of its predecessors, and it relies far more on the comedy inherent in its near-future situations. Read More: Watch The Trailer For Acclaimed Sci-Fi-Ish Tech Industry Satire 'Creative Control' With its focus on augmented reality and its immersive capabilities, Dickinson’s film is fully aware of its audience. It premiered at tech-centric SXSW in 2015 and offered content exclusives to Mashable and The Verge, rather than the more traditional entertainment. »
- Kimber Myers
A future-set love story in a world where emotions have been eradicated, Nicolas Hoult and Kristen Stewart participate in the long tradition of this idea in the history of pop literature, and cinema, from the big dumb action of The Island and Equilibrium, to George Lucas' cooler ideological Thx-1138, the flower-powered Logan's Run, ll the way back to George Orwell's seminal novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is good happenstance that Ridley Scott, who famously re-purposed the iconography of Orwell for Apple Inc. as a TV advertisement to launch their Macintosh computer, acts as the producer on Equals, a handsome looking indie from director Drake Doremus.I dug the film quite a bit when I caught it at Tiff last year. Maybe it is the sound track, but...
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Where do I get my Big Brother campaign pin and yard poster? Michael Radford's elaborate Orwell adaptation sticks closely to the original book, even after decades of deriviative dystopias have stolen its fire. John Hurt is excellent as Winston Smith, and Richard Burton is his inquisitor. Nineteen Eighty-Four Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Ship Date December 8, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher, James Walker, Phyllis Logan. Cinematography Roger Deakins Production Designer Allan Cameron Art Direction Martin Hebert, Grant Hicks Film Editor Tom Priestley Original Music (2) Dominick Muldowney / Eurythmics Written by Jonathan Gems, Michael Radford from the novel by George Orwell Produced by Al Clark, Robert Devereux, Simon Perry, Marvin J. Rosenblum Directed by Michael Radford
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
George Orwell's pessimistic 1948 novel 1984 is probably the most important political book of the last century. »
- Glenn Erickson
4 items from 2016
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