Film Review: ‘Requiem for the American Dream’

Film Review: ‘Requiem for the American Dream’
Requiem for the American Dream” offers a crisp encapsulation of Noam Chomsky’s thoughts on where corporate political influence and expanding economic equality are taking our nation as a whole — in a handbasket or otherwise. Needless to say, the diagnosis is not good, if not quite terminal yet, either. This illustrative lecture of sorts, smartly packaged by the “Split: A Divided America” trio of Peter Hutchinson, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, would be a very useful addition to public discourse at any time. But it’s particularly so during this election year, and the pic has indeed been quietly accessing a significant viewership in variably limited bookings around the country since late January. Expect continued play expanding to non-commercial educational outlets and overseas, as campaign season plows onward.

The renowned linguist and political critic-activist has appeared and even been the subject of numerous documentaries over the last 20-plus years,
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Sundance Review: Hellion

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

Hellion, the new drama from Kat Candler, is one angry and emotional film. From the opening moments till the credits rolled, this movie channels adolescent rage, loss, and the struggles of life into one intense experience that will play with your emotions.

Hellion tells the story of the Wilson clan. Jacob (Josh Wiggins) is a 13 year old motocrossed-obsessed teenager with a wild streak that ends up with him on the path to juvie. He’s idolized by his younger brother Wes and struggles in his relationship with his father (Aaron Paul), who is still reeling from his wife’s death and hasn’t done the best at caring for the boys. One day, Child Protective Services arrives and removes Wes, taking her to live with Aunt Pam (Juliette Lewis), and both Jacob and his father try and deal with their issues in order to bring him back.
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2014 Sundance “Trading Cards” Series: #23. Kat Candler (Hellion)

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…

Kat Candler: The Texas Motocross Community. Pilou Asbæk (Actor from A Hijacking). Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt.

Lavallee: This is your third trip to Sundance in just as many years. At what point did you know that the short was indeed a basis for the feature, and what is it in the character set or the parental abandonment theme that lured you in for a second time?

Candler: I knew I wanted to make a feature immediately after wrapping our three-day shoot of the short. It was the summer of 2011 and I’d fallen head over heels in love with these characters and their world. I wanted to live with them longer and find out what happens next.

The feature narrative expanded from the mother’s absence, what led to this family’s downfall. The short made me reflect a
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