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MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY –  No Longer Just a Pretty Face

True Detective must be in the top five of the best TV serials ever made. On second thought, it might be the best. It is certainly our subject’s best work and close to the best work of his co-star Woody Harrelson. It is the kind of performance that changes a genre by influencing the tone of other performance and other scripts. It raises the standard.   Matthew McConaughey (MM) stretched himself in various roles getting…

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My Lai: Report on a Massacre from Vietnam

It’s been nearly half a century since the Lt. William Calley led his troops into the hamlet of My Lai and wiped out the inhabitants. Few memories from Vietnam are as nightmarish for both sides. Guerilla Traveler Will Richardsson reports from the site of the massacre.    

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Hypernormalization — the film by Adam Curtis (BBC)

HyperNormalisation is Adam Curtis’ latest documentary film for the BBC released on Oct. 16, 2016. It is perhaps Curtis’s most compelling work to date. Presciently, it was released on Oct. 16, 2016, just prior to the stunning, surprise election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Curtis compellingly argues that since the 1970s, governments, financiers and high-tech engineers have consistently constructed a fake world to replace an unsatisfactory real one. In Orwellian style, that fake world is…

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SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF HAPPINESS:  THE KEYS TO ACHIEVING THE GOOD LIFE

by Harold von Kursk For over two millennia, philosophers, thinkers, scholars, revolutionaries, politicians and psychologists have speculated on the nature of happiness.  We all seem to crave it – yet it remains an elusive and fungible notion. Though the greatest minds in history have all sought to define, elucidate, and explore the basis of what makes us happy, the very concept, like the state of mind itself, often escapes our grasp as soon as we…

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Adam Driver is Lucky

A few years ago when Jim Jarmusch called, Adam Driver, was ready to go even before he’d read the script. That was the measure of his regard for the cult Indie film director.  The film Paterson about a bus driver who writes poetry was universally loved. And the bus driver was as unlikely a sex symbol, as the ex-Marine himself. And yet, Driver is compelling in Paterson as the common man facing everyday challenges with…

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Can’t Beat Beatriz (At Dinner)

Salma Hayek is nice. That is the first thing you realize. Whatever success she has enjoyed, and it has been considerable. She is one of the most pleasant, upbeat, and good-natured individuals you will ever talk to.   But it was much more than niceness, beauty and talent that earned Hayek her place in the film world.  Her turn in Frida as the tragically injured, persistent artist is impossible to forget.   In fact, she…

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