Archive for the 'Movies' Category

The Girl in the Cafe — A Movie Not to Miss

Filed under: Movies — by Will Kirkland 12/17/2011 @ 1:49:44 PM
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The Girl in the Cafe is one of those wonderful, little-heard of films that you nearly click away from, the start is so slow, with such eye-averting awkwardness. Then it … [Keep reading >>]

The Arch of Triumph: Love in Paris, 1938 — A Short Take

Filed under: Movies | War — by Will Kirkland 11/18/2011 @ 9:55:27 AM
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Ingrid Bergman looks her fabled, youthful best and Charles Boyer dark and dashing as her handsome, older lover in The Arch of Triumph a forgotten minor gem of WW II … [Keep reading >>]

Hula Girls: Japanese Coal Miners’ Daughters — A Movie

Filed under: Asia | Movies — by Will Kirkland 09/9/2011 @ 3:42:52 PM
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Around our house there are two streams of movie selections: dark, meaningful films, preferably by “auteurs,” about people overcoming terrible odds immersed in worldly cruelty, or those that are light … [Keep reading >>]

Alhaam: A Film from Iraq — 2005

Filed under: Iraq | Middle East | Movies | War — by Will Kirkland 09/3/2011 @ 12:33:36 PM

Alhaam, a movie shot in Iraq in 2004 — during the full catastrophe of the US invasion and related Iraqi insurgencies– is the rawest, hardest to watch movie of war … [Keep reading >>]

Inch’ Allah Dimanche: Algerian Immigrants to France

Filed under: Africa | Europe | Middle East | Migration | Movies | Women — by Will Kirkland 06/16/2011 @ 1:53:07 PM
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Immigration is big in the news these days – mostly the opposition to it– around the world. It is absolutely the case that most people welcome immigrants when … [Keep reading >>]

Cave of Forgotten Dreams – Werner Herzog

Filed under: Movies — by Will Kirkland 05/7/2011 @ 2:29:14 PM
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For a wonderful excursion away from the shattering sights and sounds of the here-and-now take a friend and an understanding of how long ago 35,000 years was to see Werner … [Keep reading >>]

Buffalo Boy — A Film of Vietnamese Herders

Filed under: Asia | Movies — by Will Kirkland 04/11/2011 @ 2:11:35 PM
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The incredible, beautiful green of trees, grasses and rice against the blue rivers, blue skies and white clouds at the beginning of Buffalo Boy, seem like postcards of paradise. Bucolic … [Keep reading >>]

The Kite — over the Lebanese-Israeli Border, a Film

Filed under: Middle East | Movies — by Will Kirkland 04/7/2011 @ 2:17:05 PM
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Many years ago I translated The Manuscript of a Crow, a short story by Spanish author Max Aub, the protagonist of which was a crow relating its observations of human … [Keep reading >>]

Potiche – Trophy Wife, a frothy French Labor Film

Filed under: Movies — by Will Kirkland 04/2/2011 @ 12:13:43 PM
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We took a flyer last night on Potiche – Trophy Wife, based on Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu being the leads. Neither are in their glorious prime but … [Keep reading >>]

Omar Sharif — Egyptian Resistance Fighter

Filed under: Art & Culture | Middle East | Movies — by Will Kirkland 02/28/2011 @ 5:03:09 PM
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Yep. Omar Sharif in a 1961 Egyptian movie was cast as having helped ignite the Second Egyptian Revolution, as it is sometimes called, in 1952.  We’ve been witnessing the Third … [Keep reading >>]

Background Egypt: The Yacoubian Building – A Novel and Movie of Cairo

Filed under: Books | Movies — by Will Kirkland 02/10/2011 @ 10:04:44 AM
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I rushed home last night to watch the Egyptian movie “The Yacoubian Building,” just arrived from Netflix.  It was released in 2006, based on Alaa Al Aswany’s  2002 novel of … [Keep reading >>]

The King’s Speech and the Silence of Kings

Filed under: Europe | Movies — by Jim Hirst 01/28/2011 @ 2:16:11 PM
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The King’s Speech, Hollywood’s moving story of how King George VI of England was helped to overcome a debilitating stutter by an unorthodox Australian, ascended the throne when his older … [Keep reading >>]

Words for Acts

It is impudent in the extreme for this man to go around Europe haranguing people on their duties to civilization when his own country presents one of the most lawless aspects of modern life the whole world affords.

Roger Casement
Irish Human Rights Champion

commenting on Teddy Roosevelt's 1910 Guildhall
speech telling Great Britain to either rule Egypt or get out.

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