Tag Archives: Politics

Captain America: Civil War [2016]

A while ago I posted a list of films I’d seen and not reviewed, offering to get down to it on any that were of real interest, and Maksim asked me to “go deep” on Civil War. I recently had the … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: Freakonomics

I tend to describe myself as a communist at the outset of political discussions with strangers as a strategy for tuning them into the idea that I’m not convinced of the inherent and unassailable correctness of any current political and … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: Discourses on the First 10 Books of Titus Livy

My friends’ children are one by one tipping over some kind of invisible cognitive line into what I might cynically call the Age of Reason. I had a quite lengthy discussion with one recently which ranged over a number of … Continue reading

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#ShouldnabeenBernie

My favourite living philosopher is Slavoj Zizek, who I first encountered at NZIFF a few years ago in the film The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology. Since then I’ve read a half-dozen of his books, all of which are challenging and controversial … Continue reading

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General Report 2: the New Abduction of Europe [2016]

This isn’t so much a documentary as a curation of a series of discussions between various kinds of big thinkers on issues of interest to contemporary Spain. There’s a huge amount of interesting thought expressed in an intelligent way by … Continue reading

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All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone [2016]

This was a braided-stream of a documentary, cutting between several major threads: a mass grave in Texas, the effect of I.F. Stone on various journalists, the Iraq War and a few other minor threads. I had never heard of I.F. … Continue reading

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An Insignificant Man [2016]

India is a place I know appallingly little about, which is mainly why I chose this documentary in my festival schedule. This film follows the political career of Arvind Kejriwal, an anti-corruption reformed in Delhi. I felt like I learned an … Continue reading

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