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It's Hard Getting Lectured by Brits Given Their Colonial Records, but It Doesn't Slow Them Down
Postmarks  August 9, 2006


Deadly Currents
Presented for delegates attending recent Middle East peace negotiations, and awarded the Grand Prix at the 23rd International Documentary Festival of Nyon, Switzerland, this Canadian film by Israeli-born director Jacobovici...
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Film Review  June 18, 1993, by Pamela Bruce
"...Another problem is scant historical information about why there is a conflict in the first place. Aside from a few short sentences at the beginning of the film, there is no mention of how the League of Nations (controlled by Great Britain and France, the leading colonial powers of the time), after World War I, carved up the former Ottoman Empire (which is now Israel, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Jordan) and placed it under semi-colonial control of the British..."

Indochine
In the last year or so, French cinema has taken a retrospective look at its country's colonial legacy in Southeast Asia through such films as The Lover and (the not-yet...
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Film Review  March 26, 1993, by Pamela Bruce
"...Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Henri Marteau, Vincent Perez, Linh Dan Pham and Jean Yanne. In the last year or so, French cinema has taken a retrospective look at its country's colonial legacy in Southeast Asia through such films as The Lover and (the not-yet released in the U.S.) Dien Bien Phu..."

Cotton Mary
Like a premium Courvoisier label slapped on a 40 of Olde English 800, Cotton Mary's tastefully burnished Merchant-Ivory packaging adds a patina of class without really improving the contents' prosaic...
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Film Review  April 21, 2000, by Russell Smith
"...From the first scene, that familiar stately, umberish radiance fills the screen with the M-I promise of aesthetic refinement through well-crafted middlebrow entertainment. But as director Merchant -- normally the team's producing half -- unfolds his soap opera-ish tale of class conflict and resentment in the post-Colonial India of the early 1950s, it becomes all too clear that what we're watching is, all pretenses aside, nothing but tarted-up melodrama..."

The AggreGAYtor: July 15
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY The Gay Place  July 15, 2014, by David Estlund
"...Obama's fist-bump terrorism victim would have choice words for Perry, Singapore may get a little less colonial, and 'ex-gay' reparative therapy claims another victim, as your AggreGAYtor takes to feeling queer and gay...."

Choke
Choke, a forgettable adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s 2001 novel, features Sam Rockwell as a man of many hats, all of them off-putting.
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Film Review  September 26, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...Rockwell plays Victor Mancini, a man of many hats, all of them off-putting. He’s a sex addict who goes to a recovery group mostly to score fresh meat; a medical-school dropout who pays the bills as a Colonial America re-enactor, with a sideline scam as a choking victim in restaurants; and an unloved, oft-abandoned son who's trying to lay the cute doctor (Macdonald) attending his Alzheimer's-addled mother (Huston)..."

Water
This film which examines the second-class status of women in traditional Hindu society is beautiful yet sad, a tale drenched in centuries of stagnant, holy water.
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Film Review  May 12, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Water, which examines the second-class status of women in traditional Hindu society, concludes director Mehta’s “elemental trilogy” (the other two films in the series are Fire and Earth). Although the story is set in colonial India of 1938 and coincides with Gandhi’s rise to power, the film paints a picture of religious fundamentalism that remains intrinsically unchanged despite secular social advances that have occurred during the intervening decades..."

Project A -- Part II
Apparently quite a few people think this is one of Chan's best films. I guess I'm not one of them, because I still think that honor goes to Police Story...
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Film Review  April 9, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Nevertheless, Project A -- Part II manages to provide opportunities for a number of excellent gags, with the eternally bemused Chan acting more like a refugee from an early Chaplin film than any of the martial arts ubermensches we have here in the West. As Dragon Ma, Chan is a maverick coast guard officer in turn-of-the-century Hong Kong, a time when British colonial rule all too often meant the victimization of ordinary citizens by bribe-taking toadies and well-intentioned Brits who just didn't get it..."

Spices
This 1989 film is set in 1940s colonial India and tells the story of the women of a particular village's rebellion against male tyranny....
Film Review  July 19, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah. This 1989 film is set in 1940s colonial India and tells the story of the women of a particular village's rebellion against male tyranny...."

Mister Johnson
Director Beresford has a way with actors. Many of them win Oscars under his guidance (Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy, Robert Duvall in Tender Mercies). He also has a...
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Film Review  May 17, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...He also has a way with stereotypes. As with Driving Miss Daisy, the racial stereotypes presented are somewhat cliched, though Mister Johnson's setting in British colonial Africa in the 1920s makes the portraits understandable..."

The AggreGAYtor: December 11
What happened today in gay? Here's your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY The Gay Place  December 11, 2013
"...Texas Lady Democrats team up, India may yet break colonial rule, and John Cornyn's opponent serves up serious weird, as your AggreGAYtor hangs with Gandalf...."

"Tesoros de la Catedral de Saltillo -- Treasures of the Cathedral of Saltillo"
Mexic-Arte Museum's exhibition of "Tesoros de la Cathedral de Saltillo -- Treasures of the Cathedral of Saltillo" displays repositories not only of spiritual meaning and practice, but of the intertwining history of the Catholic Church and the indigenous peoples of Mexico.
Arts Review  November 29, 2002, by Madeline Irvine
"...Earlier this year, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston put on "The Grandeur of Viceregal Mexico," a terrific show of Spanish colonial art from Mexico's renowned Museo Franz Mayer, which houses one of the best collections of its kind. That show whetted my appetite for more such work..."

The Patriot
Inexplicably, “we, the people” have never been big fans of movies about the American Revolutionary War. The Patriot, however, appears to be the movie that will break that historical jinx....
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Film Review  June 30, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Still, his participation is based on personal vengeance rather than political ideology. And here's where the movie begins taking the shape of Braveheart: The Colonial Years -- the story of a man who fights to avenge a dead family member and goes on to become a great patriotic leader of his people and mythic bogeyman to his opponents..."

Cookbook Reviews
Eating Between the Lines
Food Story  December 31, 1999, by Ronna Welsh
"...Gourmet American food seems like a modern concept and a hard one to stake original claim to. We may be tempted to credit contemporary chefs with creating the genre of American Gourmet, but, in fact, today's top menus, filled with everything from wild game to rustic berries and oysters offered any which way are sometimes inadvertent recastings of classic -- even Colonial -- American food..."

Cultural Coolness Around Texas This Month
Arts Story  December 18, 1998
"...In October of this year, the San Antonio museum opened a new 30,000-square-foot addition to house the 2,500 pieces in the collection. The Rockefeller Center, the first state-of-the-art facility in the nation devoted to Latin American art, includes an orientation gallery with six computer stations that run programs about the collection and Latin America, an atrium, and four galleries for pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, folk, and modern art, each of which has distinct features that elegantly showcase and complement the works...."

The Comanche Empire
This hugely important volume is not intended to be the end-all of Comanche histories but rather a starting point
Books Review  June 20, 2008, by Ed Baker
"...The Comanche Empire is a hugely important documentary survey of the Comanche Nation, as known from documentary sources between the late 17th and the late 19th centuries. For these two centuries, author Pekka Hämäläinen has repositioned Comancheria as a Central North American empire, rather than painting them as peripheral colonial hangers-on, noble savages, or unknowable illiterates...."

The Death of Brad Will
An American reporter films his own murder in Oaxaca, and Mexican and U.S. authorities look the other way
News Story  August 10, 2007, by John Ross
"...Throughout the summer and fall of 2006, the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca was on fire. Death squads, the pistoleros of a despised governor, rolled through the cobblestone streets of this colonial state capital, peppering with automatic-weapon fire the flimsy barricades erected by masked rebels..."

Love in the Time of 'Green Darkness'
Don't judge Anya Seton's reissued biographical novels by their romance and bad covers
Books Story  September 29, 2006, by Margaret Moser
"...The next three books further delved into Seton's fine sense of history. The Winthrop Woman (1958) crossed from Puritan England to Colonial America..."

No Family Is an Island
The Piersons on 'Reel Paradise'
Screens Story  September 30, 2005, by Spencer Parsons
"...The film's premise itself brings the issue to the fore, telling the story of a fairly ordinary (if louder than average) family reversing the American immigrant experience, and revealing some of the imperial and colonial tensions in our relationship to the world that we could probably stand to consider more closely. And the relationship is complex and reciprocal..."

The Battle of AlgiersAlso Out Now The Battle of Algiers
In the wake of this country's most recent exercise in colonialism, Criterion has released, on three DVDs, Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 masterpiece, a film so rich in aesthetic and political relevance as to be almost uncanny
Screens Review  November 5, 2004, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...In the wake of this country's most recent exercise in colonialism, the Criterion Collection has released, on three DVDs, Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers, a film so rich in aesthetic and political relevance as to be almost uncanny. Telling the story of the Arab insurgency in French-controlled Algiers in the 1950s, the film is at once explosive and elegiac, exploring in the most direct terms the violence and moral ambiguity endemic to a system of colonial rule and the confusion of despair and hope that guides the lives of colonized people, both in Algeria and around the world...."

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