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Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War Movie Review

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Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War Movie Review
Defying The Nazis: The Sharps’ War CINEMAflix Distribution Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Ken Burns, Artemis Joukowsky Cast: Voices of Tom Hanks, Marina Goldman Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 7/24/16 Opens: September 9, 2016 Princeton University professor Peter Singer, perhaps the best-known philosopher of ethics in the U.S. today, advocates the view that we in this country should not be so centered on ourselves and our fellow citizens and residents. If children in Africa need help more than children in America, then we should consider making our charitable donations to them rather than to our “own” people. This view brings to mind the heroism of Waitstill Sharp [ Read More ]

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Unlocking the Cage Movie Review

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Unlocking The Cage First Run Features Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebacker Written by: Chris Hegedus Cast: Steven Wise, Natalie Prosin, Liddy Stein, Mary Lee Jensvold, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh,, David Favre Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/2/16 Opens: June 24, 2016 Did I hear correctly, that Steven Wise, a lawyer in his mid-60’s, stated that Peter Singer’s 1970s book Animal Liberation need be the only animal rights book in a home library? I could almost agree, since it was Singer, arguably one this country’s foremost philosophers of ethics,who got me thinking about the brutality in which our meat animals are being treated. Singer argued that [ Read More ]

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Unlocking The Cage | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

Breaking Through The Bars: Hegedus & Pennebaker Go Ape In Court With Animal Rights Activist Steven Wise

Having long ago been crowned the king and queen of the concert doc and the direct cinema political campaign, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker have spent the last decade or so cinematically exploring new interests near and dear to their heart in the Meilleur Ouvrier de France in Kings of Pastry and animal rights with their latest, Unlocking The Cage. Quite possibly their most politically overt work as a pair, they’ve been following Steven Wise, an animal rights lawyer and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, as he attempts to officially file for a writ of habeas corpus (literally meaning to free the body) in the name of several domestically imprisoned chimpanzees. The unheard of pretext for such a motion would render chimpanzees themselves a legal (rather than biological) person, and thus should
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Examined Life: Astra Taylor Interview

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In her second feature length documentary Examined Life, which opens today at IFC Center, Canadian born, Georgia bred documentarian Astra Taylor whips around the Tri-State area and beyond with eight of the planet’s most renown contemporary philosophers and probes their ever active brains for answers to questions large and small, elemental and abstract. Engaging a diverse and eclectic group of lauded philosophers and/or public intellectuals to step away from the Ivory Tower and into airports and lakesides, Tompkins Square Park and quaint row boats, Taylor’s subjects include Martha Nussbaum, Avital Rennel, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Judith Butle ...
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Philosophers, Street Fighters and the Jonas Brothers

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This week's offerings include an art film about the biblical, a documentary exploring the philosophical, a thriller espousing the dangers of the technological and a film about a badass dude with claws that kills people. We know which one we're going to see.

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"An American Affair"

We're a country enamored with the marvels of our great democracy while also continuing a nasty habit of cultivating political dynasties, the thrall of which we continue to find irresistible, and there is no finer example of that than the Kennedy family. Put out by tiny indie distributor Screen Media Films, this feature from director William Olsson charts the coming of age of a young boy named Adam (Cameron Bright) who watches and wonders about John F. Kennedy's affair with a woman (Gretchen Mol) living across the street in 1963.

Opens in limited release.
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Astra Taylor Explains the "Examined Life"

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To say that the films of 29-year-old documentarian Astra Taylor are thought-provoking is not such a lofty compliment; it's literally the goal she has in marrying cinema with philosophy. 2005's "Žižek!" trailed Slovenian psychoanalyst, philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek around the world as he expounded on ideology and made eccentric observations on love, revolution and his own self-critique. Taylor's latest feature, "Examined Life," is no less absorbing, an intelligent yet accessible anthology of ideas that sees eight highly influential thinkers of our time (including Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Michael Hardt -- and yes, the wild and wooly Žižek) pontificating while taking walks through modern culture. Kwame Anthony Appiah talks cosmopolitanism from inside an airport, Žižek dissects ecology while digging through a garbage facility and Cornel West compares philosophy to jazz and blues while being driven around the streets of Manhattan by the director herself. When Taylor and I met up over coffee in Williamsburg,
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Interview: Astra Taylor on "Examined Life"

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By Aaron Hillis

To say that the films of 29-year-old documentarian Astra Taylor are thought-provoking is not such a lofty compliment; it's literally the goal she has in marrying cinema with philosophy. 2005's "Žižek!" trailed Slovenian psychoanalyst, philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek around the world as he expounded on ideology and made eccentric observations on love, revolution and his own self-critique. Taylor's latest feature, "Examined Life," is no less absorbing, an intelligent yet accessible anthology of ideas that sees eight highly influential thinkers of our time (including Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Michael Hardt -- and yes, the wild and wooly Žižek) pontificating while taking walks through modern culture. Kwame Anthony Appiah talks cosmopolitanism from inside an airport, Žižek dissects ecology while digging through a garbage facility and Cornel West compares philosophy to jazz and blues while being driven around the streets of Manhattan by the director herself. When Taylor
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Zeitgeist takes stroll in the park with ‘Examined Life'

  • A couple of months after premiering at Toronto International film festival, the documentary film pick ups are continuing to pile in for many film distribs, and after several months of inactivity, NY-based foreign film/documentary distributor Zeitgeist Films has picked up Astra TaylorAstra Taylor
[/link]'s latest doc offering which once again visits with Slavoj Zizek with whom she had visited in Zizek!. Commencing its theater play in January at the IFC Center, Examined Life features the “rock star” philosophers of our time, including Cornel West, Peter Singer, Slavoj Zizek, Judith Butler, Avital Ronell, Michael Hardt, Anthony Appiah and Martha Nussbaum. This interweaves fascinating “walks” with them through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas -- crowded city streets, deserted alleyways, Central Park and even a garbage dump. ...
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