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Review: Trumping Democracy

— by BEV QUESTAD —

I don’t mind advertisements. I know advertisers are trying their best to convince me to buy their product. Maybe they will even use a favorite pop song or celebrity. It’s okay. It’s an ad. But what if the ad is a lie? What if Pepsi said Coke causes cancer? What if Coke said Pepsi funded Putin’s election in Russia?

Paul Horner, admittedly a prankster, was the author of such false headline stories in the 2016 campaign as “In ABC News: The Amish in America Commit their Vote to Donald Trump: Mathematically Guaranteeing Him a Presidential Victory.” He said that most people just read the headline, not the article that got more and more ridiculous as it went on. Another Horner spoof was “I Was Paid $3,500 to protest Trump’s Rally,” a story picked up by Donald Trump’s son who relayed it on Twitter. (CONTINUED)


Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.

— by RON WILKINSON — Martin McDonagh’s latest has more in common with his brooding “In Bruges” than with star Francis McDormand’s signature “Fargo.” As she did with her North Dakota persona, she does with Mildred in Missouri. Only this time it is in spades. The sing-song, live and let live attitude of the northern […][...]


Review: The Divine Order

— by BEV QUESTAD — With footage of Gloria Steinem and the Women’s Liberation Movement, anti-Vietnam War protests, Hendrix posters, and Janis Joplin, this 1971 dramatization of the battle for women’s suffrage in a little village in Schweiz is a reminder, especially true with today’s havoc in Hollywood and politics, that power corrupts. “The Divine […][...]


Review: Kedi

— by RON WILKINSON — The best movie ever made for cat lovers opened this year around the world. The setting, deep in the city of Istanbul, is simply magnificent. Filming from the point of view of the city’s roaming cats amplifies the grandeur of one of the greatest nations in the world. Every frame […][...]


Review: The Work

— by RON WILKINSON — The best documentaries take on a life of their own. Some spiral out of control into territory unknown to the film makers. Some draw the crew too far into the story for their own good. Some reveal truths that no one anticipated. This super gritty look into Folsom prison gave […][...]


A look at Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

“Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” debuted at No. 1 in the US, making $22 million in its first week. The movie was released on Oct. 20 and Tyler Perry’s fans couldn’t wait to watch yet another movie directed by the well-known director, actor and writer, who is as versatile as pokies online, and again he […][...]


Review: Loving Vincent

— by RON WILKINSON — There is nothing more difficult to make than a great biopic, and the more powerful the subject the more difficult the film. Choosing to somehow pay homage to Vincent van Gogh was an awe-inspiring task. The resultant work is as beautiful and heartfelt as the work of the artist himself. […][...]


Interview: Filmmaker Daniel Miller

— by BEV QUESTAD — In “Discovering James Blue” (2014), created by students and supervised by Daniel Miller, filmmaker and professor at the University of Oregon, Blue is shown in teacher-mode with a bookcase lined up with video cassettes. He says, “Now what I thought … that if we could probe through all of this […][...]


Review: Citizen Blue

— by BEV QUESTAD — Who produced James Blue’s first films, where they were shown and in what ways he became a ground-breaking filmmaker are just some of the surprises in this bio-doc that make you stop and go, “What the heck?” James Blue was an innovative filmmaker, a charismatic professor of media and an […][...]