Arts & Entertainment


Today in history: Mark Twain, antiwar polemicist, is born in 1835

Twain was also active in the anti-imperialist movement around the turn of the 20th century, as the U.S. embarked on building a far-flung global sphere of influence.


Latin Grammy Awards: Don’t vote for racists

 The Latin Grammy Awards started out as a typical music awards show, until Los Tigres and Mana held  up a large sign that read "Latinos Unidos No Voten for Racistas!"


War and anti-war films at Zürich Film Festival

NGO workers entangled behind the lines of a combat zone during the final days of former Yugoslavia's warfare; Danes embroiled in Afghanistan.



A book of considerable consequence: "Chasing the Scream"

"Why did the drug war start and why does it continue and what happens if you choose a radically different policy?"


Today in history: Beethoven's opera "Fidelio" in Berlin, 1945

"A political prisoner's wife goes undercover, infiltrates the family of the prison guard and frees her husband from a secret dungeon just as the tyrant is about to kill him."



This poem is a response to the refugee/migrant crisis now engulfing Europe.


"Cartel Land" reviewed, and Mammoth Lakes Film Festival awards

"Cartel Land" deservedly won the Bravery Award; this is yeoman filmmaking, done at great risk to the filmmakers as well as the participants.


"The Water Diviner": A farmer's post-war search for closure

We saw this film because we've consistently been impressed with Australian movies. We weren't disappointed.


Big Muddy movies: The top ten Vietnam War films

Today is the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War; a great way to reflect is through 'Nam war movies.


Seventy years since the end of WWII: "A Generation"

The struggle of Polish people after the invasion of Nazi Germany is portrayed well in this 1955 film.

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