Review: Theo Who Lived


“Theo Who Lived” is a documentary about a quirky journalist who was tortured and prepared for death by hanging. He returns to re-trace his steps for this documentary, re-enacting his exhilarated run across the Turkey-Syrian border as well as the self-imposed placement of a noose around his neck.

Theo Padnos (legal name Peter Theo Curtis), who spent almost two years as a prisoner in Syria, participates in a brave and probably therapeutic documentary on his experiences which began in October 2012. He blames himself for walking into the trap that led to his painful torture and laments the suffering of his mother. Luckily, his uncanny Robin Williams humor delivery, good a capella singing, excellent Arabic, and a positive outlook kept him somewhat sane, alive, liked by his captors and hopeful. (CONTINUED)

Review: Do Not Resist

— by BEV QUESTAD — Remember the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, protest for the police shooting of Michael Brown? Craig Atkinson, filmmaker and the son of a SWAT team officer and a participant in SWAT trainings, reveals that times are a-changing when it comes to police tactics and ideology throughout America. Snowden’s revelations are just the […][...]

New Blade movie won’t happen any time soon

It’s pretty much an accepted fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe basically prints money. With a whopping 13 wildly successful films under its belt and another nine on the way (that we know of), it’s safe to say that the MCU is one of the most successful film franchises of all time. As Marvel continues […][...]

Review: Aquarius

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Review: Snowden

— by BEV QUESTAD — “What is it about this job that’s worth more than your life?” shouts an exasperated Lindsay Mills’ to her boyfriend, Edward Snowden. Oliver Stone, whose controversial films have won nine Academy Awards, lays out a story about a man willing to give up everything for his beliefs. Stone has said […][...]

Review: Among the Believers

— by RON WILKINSON — Directors Mohammed Naqvi and Hemal Trivedi (written by Jonathan Goodman Levitt) somehow obtain amazing access to the extremely powerful, and heavily armed, Muslim cleric and Taliban ally Maulana Aziz. Although one has to wonder how much they dared record, their spontaneous and open discussions with the cleric, always surrounded by […][...]

Review: When Two Worlds Collide

— by BEV QUESTAD — Starting out as if it was going to be a National Geographic special, the gorgeous footage of sounds and sights in the steamy Peruvian Amazon region aims to delight. Then our hero appears and says he is about to become Tarzan. He disrobes and jumps into a murky body of […][...]

Review: Go Home

— by BEV QUESTAD — Arriving as an ex-pat now from Paris, hauntingly beautiful Nada returns to her war-torn Lebanese village to find her abandoned old home ransacked and its property full of garbage. “Go Home” is written on the inside of the walls after she returns from hearing a noise outside. She’s sure that […][...]

Review: The Lovers and the Despot

— by RON WILKINSON — “The Lovers and the Despot” is a movie about a fascinating story. It is a story of love, betrayal, hero worship, international politics and film making. Unfortunately, although the story may someday be told, it is not told in this movie. Presumably, writer/directors Ross Adam and Robert Cannan did the […][...]