Monthly Archives: May 2008

The horror, the horror…

Apocalypse Now Redux Well, it's taken me years, but I finally got round to watching Apocalypse Now (the Redux cut – I still haven't seen the original). I'm glad I read Heart of Darkness recently – and watched the 'making … Continue reading

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Charlie Wilson’s War

Charlie Wilson’s War What a strange film this is! Superbly acted and directed, enormously entertaining, but oddly thin and bloodless. Ostensibly this is the "true" story of congressman Charlie Wilson's role in the 1980s Afghan War – but don't expect … Continue reading

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The Human Behaviour Experiments

Trailer: The Human Behavior Experiments This engrossing documentary by Alex Gibney (director of Taxi to the Dark Side, among other things) screened on CBC, followed by a rip-roaring discussion that included Janis Karpinski, the commander of Abu Ghraib, US soldier … Continue reading

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9/11 Truth or Lies?

OK, so I finally gave in and watched a bunch of "9/11 Truth Movement" (aka "9/11 conspiracy theory") documentaries. Some of these are very well made, a testament to the way digital technology has put high quality professional film-making within … Continue reading

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American Drug War – the Last White Hope

American Drug War: The Last White Hope Another in the many doco's and books I've been exploring on this topic over the last few years. American Drug War is a personal investigation of the topic by filmmaker Kevin Booth and … Continue reading

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What’s Britain’s most dangerous drug?

Horizon – Britain’s Most Dangerous Drugs Part 1/5 BBC Horizon on a study by scientists which ranks Britain's 20 most dangerous drugs in order of harm. Raises serious questions about the outdated classification system and – as any serious investigation … Continue reading

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Bottle Rocket, directed by Wes Anderson

Bottle Rocket poster Watched this yesterday – Wes Anderson's first feature and one of Martin Scorcese's 10 favourite films from the 1990s. It's a treat: sheer pleasure! Now I've just gotta watch The Darjeeling Limited and I'll be up to … Continue reading

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