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Review: Wife of a Spy

— by RON WILKINSON —

A loyal warrior once proclaimed he would give his life for his country. “Yes,” his commander said, “But would you give your honor?” The greatest heroes sometimes are called to do exactly that. Risk disgrace and ostracization as well as imprisonment and possible death for an ideal they hold precious. As risky as this is in the USA, it was probably worse in WWII era Japan. While women would later jump off cliffs to avoid being taken prisoner by the Yankees one woman betrayed her country to prevent the ultimate of the most terrible of war crimes, genocide, and the proliferation of the most terrible of weapons, biological infection. (CONTINUED)


Review: Civil War (or Who Do We Think We Are)

— by WILLIAM STERR — “Why do we want to believe one version (of a story) and not another? Maybe because it makes us feel safe at night.” So begins this exploration of how we view the most catastrophic and perhaps most formative event in the nation’s history, after its foundation. How is that story […][...]


Review: The Viewing Booth

— by BEV QUESTAD — When a college student, Maia, views a film clip of a boy around 6 years old apprehended by one policeman and then kicked by another, she cannot just describe this as an incident in itself. She presupposes a context, guessing about what must have happened first so that she justifies […][...]


Review: Small Engine Repair

— by RON WILKINSON — One mistake leads to another in America’s rust belt. There is a profound sense of loss in the setting– lost jobs, lost futures and lost lives. This is the setup for the greatest loss of all, the loss of innocence. What could have been a standard issue revenge flick takes […][...]


Review: Dogs

— by RON WILKINSON — Most of the stories about city people coming back to the country are about conflict. The newcomer does not fit and the locals want him gone. This story is the opposite. The returning city boy only wants to sell his deceased grandfather’s land and return to the city. The locals […][...]


Review: The Meaning of Hitler

— by WILLIAM STERR — This documentary explores the myth of Hitler and the rise of the Nazi Party through commentaries by various historians and visits to some of the notorious locations where Hitler and his henchmen met, celebrated the dominance of the Nazi party, and carried out their atrocities against 20 million human beings, […][...]


Interview: Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs)

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — “Animaniacs” had its debut back in 1993 and most recently it took off again on Hulu, where it is now the platform’s most popular show. I recently got the chance to catch up with one of “Animaniacs” original stars, Rob Paulsen, who has reprised his roles in the classic animated […][...]


Review: 499

— by WILLIAM STERR — “499” is a unique film, and a daring experiment in film making. It begins on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, at Veracruz. A man is struggling in the surf. He is a conquistador, part of the inner circle of the expeditionary force led by Hernan Cortez in 1519. […][...]


Exclusive Interview: Lee Chambers

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — Prolific producer, writer and director Lee Chambers is riding high on another film project that is garnering much attention. In the past six years, he has taken home more tham 20 accolades for multiple films. His latest project is short film “Hell in a Handbasket.” Like his previous films, this […][...]