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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. In the film Curtis argues that since the 1970s, governments, financiers, and technological utopians have given up on the complex “real world” and instead built a simple “fake world” that is run by corporations and kept stable by politicians. From the conflict in Syria and Libya to the path to Trump, Curtis weaves a stark picture of the terrible problems…

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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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Blonde, Atomic Blonde

Has the world discovered its next big action hero? It may come as a surprise to audiences and film industry observers alike that Charlize Theron is laying claim to the title of Hollywood’s biggest, baddest, kick-ass star. The statuesque (5’10”) South African actress was looking particularly energised and enthusiastic – not to mention sublimely beautiful – when she attended the recent SXSW Festival in Austin where she dazzled fans on and off the screen. Her…

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Come on Baby Drive My Car

  AUSTIN, TEXAS – It would be hard to imagine a more polite and affable young man than Ansel Elgort. He’s also tall (6’3″), handsome and refreshingly modest. Meeting up with him at the recent SXSW Festival, Ansel gives the impression that he’s almost embarrassed that anyone would want to ask him questions about his life and work. But even though he’s just turned 23, he’s already racked up impressive credits in The Fault in Our Stars and…

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