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  • SydneysBuzz
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    When are Films Political? (Part 2) Taiwan Pulls Films from Shanghai Film Festival

    Films may be political in content covering a political subject or they could have a political affect which polarizes people around issues and causes actions and reactions. The former films might be Doug Liman’s Fair Game, films such as Three Days of the Condor, Battle of Algiers, or the classic films of Costa-Gavras or D.W. Griffith. The latter are most often documentaries which today are filling the vacuum created by TV and print media for in depth news coverage. Everyday there are new instances of the latter. Finally, there are films which are made political by others who want to polarize groups around certain issues. These actions, most recently, are not so much about film as about wishes to censor others’ freedom of expression. As these “political films” arise, I will blog about them here because I see film as an art and I see all art as subversive and I see art as necessary to the ongoing development of democratic freedoms.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    The 2010 FIFA World Cup | Day Two

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Finnish Film 2010

    Topical in Finnish Film is the June 2010 edition of the newsletter of the Finnish Film Foundation, published in the beginning of each month. The aim of this newsletter is to present a short summary of current national news, such as the next premieres and local audience figures, as well as to give some advance information of internationally important events and dates coming up during the next few weeks. The trend of local films outpacing foreign (e.g., U.S.) imports continues in Finland with local films reaching almost 800 000 admissions in 2010. By May 31, local films in Finland reached a total of 798 761 admissions during the year 2010. The number one local hit of early 2010 was Ricky Rapper and the Bicycle Thief by Mari Rantasila with 310 744 admissions by May 31.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Coppola's Somewhere Heads for Venice

    Coppola's Somewhere Heads for Venice

    We know that Sofia Coppola is talented--she already won an Oscar for writing Lost in Translation for chrissakes--but her identity as a filmmaker is still emerging. She has style up the wazoo, on ample display in Marie Antoinette, but what is she capable of? This question is fueling the intense curiosity around her fourth film, Somewhere. (This poster emerged on the internet last week.)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk Summer Edition: Post-Cannes, Box Office Blues

    Oscar Talk Summer Edition: Post-Cannes, Box Office Blues

    In our second Oscar Talk Summer Edition, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I cover his cross-country road trip, award contenders emerging from Cannes, and the disappointing summer so far, with some debate over indie darlings Winter's Bone and The Kids Are Alright, which opens next week's Los Angeles Film Festival.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    The 2010 FIFA World Cup | Day One

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    secret's out: Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work

    Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work | Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin's Secret's Out | Movie Trailers

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Winter's Bone

    Winter's Bone is by far the best film this year, and while that might not be saying much this being June, any film coming in the fall had better be really, really good cause it's going to be hard to top this film. It is close to flawless from the amazing cast that includes many locals from the Ozarks to the realistic script to the directing that is so good that you barely notice it.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Neistats, Round Two.

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  • Enzian Theater
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    Father's Day with "the Boss" at Enzian

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