Category Archives: Film

Accept the Fact That You’re Livestock and Move On

A Review of Snowpiercer By John Stiller “What but design of darkness to appall?— If design govern in a thing so small.” –Robert Frost, from his poem “Design” “Soylent green is people! We’ve got to stop them, somehow!” –Charlton Heston, from … Continue reading

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The Neocon Plan for Iraq is Working Perfectly

–A Review of Errol Morris’ film The Unknown Known By John Stiller “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which … Continue reading

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Antiwar Animation: A Lost Art?

By Joe Scarry, originally posted on Scarry Thoughts I’m just back from a retrospective of the animations produced by John and Faith Hubley at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago. I’m breathless over the short animation from 1964 called “The … Continue reading

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“The Hunger Games is about war…”

by Ellen Finnigan In his Day of Peace message on January 1, 1979, Pope Saint John Paul II said: “To everyone, Christians, believers, and men and women of good will, I say: Do not be afraid to take a chance … Continue reading

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Did Bill O’Reilly Shoot a Man in the Face?: Musings on the film Redacted

By John Stiller When the Brian De Palma film Redacted was released in 2007, many conservative critics were outraged. Michael Medved was one. So was Bill O’Reilly. If you’re unfamiliar with the film, it is a fictionalized account of a real-life … Continue reading

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The World is Going to End Because of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: A Review of Ajami

by John Stiller “Many talk about a solution to Ulster’s political problem but few are prepared to say what the problem is. The reason is simple. The problem is there is no solution.” –British political scientist, Richard Rose, concerning the Troubles … Continue reading

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Are American Soldiers Pure Evil? (Review of Valley of the Wolves)

By John Stiller No, they aren’t. No. No. No. No. I don’t think U.S. soldiers are just serial killers hiding behind the mask of Old Glory. Many Americans sacrificed a lot to fight and die in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. … Continue reading

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