Tag Archives: US of A

#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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The Fourth and Fifth Estates

My favourite line from Mars Attacks comes from the President after Congress has been wiped out by the Aliens – “I want the people to know that they still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for … Continue reading

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Gideon’s Army [2013]

It is not common for documentaries to make me feel angry, but the longer I think about Gideon’s Army, the more annoyed with it I get. The reason is that I think it is intending to advocate for a group … Continue reading

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Terms and Conditions May Apply [2013]

Dirty Wars was enlightening, but unsettling, in a rather distant way. After all, whatever views I might or might not hold about the USA, my country is extremely unlikely to be directly affected by JSOC, or Drone Strikes, or anything … Continue reading

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Dirty Wars [2013]

This is an illuminating documentary about the way that the USA conducts its foreign adventures. Like most documentaries, the audience responds on a number of different levels, broadly based around their engagement with the content and representation of that content. … Continue reading

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Going Right in America- Observations Part 7

It’s all-too-easy to get involved with niggly discussions about traffic. Everyone’s got some pet anxiety or irritation. Mine is the Webb & Taranaki intersection. It’s linked to Karo Drive, so that if you turn left off Karo Drive you can … Continue reading

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Postcard from America – Part 6 of my casual observations

I decided on this trip that I would send back postcards, as a kind of combination of correspondence and memento. The knick-knacks that I’ve usually foisted on people always seem both tacky and irrelevant, but a post-card is like a … Continue reading

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