I did an email interview with “Detsembrikuumus” producer Artur Talvik. (I’ve slightly edited his answers for clarity.) What’s the source for the plot? Different history books are the source of our plot. The problem for the Reds was that all their brains had recently stopped. In the beginning of the film, the newspaper boy shouts […]
Dear Friends, I’ve been informed that my radio piece on movie theaters showing non-movies will be on All Things Considered today (September 8)! It will be available on any of these stations (and their Internet streams). New York – 4 pm to 6:30 pm Eastern – WNYC – 820 AM – www.wnyc.org Washington, DC – […]
While I’m still waiting to see “The Singing Revolution,” it appears that there’s also a new great movie coming out from Latvia as well, “Defenders of Riga.” It tells the Latvian equivalent of the Revolutionary War. While it only came out several weeks ago, it’s the highest budget Latvian movie ever, at $4 mil USD, […]
There’s a new documentary out called “The Singing Revolution” by a pair of American filmmakers, one of whom is of Estonian descent. You can watch the awe-inspiring trailer here.
Longtime readers of this blog may remember that I did a piece on MobMov, a “guerilla drive-in” last summer for The World. Today, the Chronicle decided to do a piece on it as well. I suppose I should have pitched it to the Chronicle myself. A year ago.
Wow, the world has just lost one of its premiere filmmakers, Senegal’s Ousmane Sembène. (Previously: here, and here) I had the pleasure of meeting him once in New York a couple of years ago, and am proud to say that I shook his hand, but the world has been diminished by the loss of this […]
So Senegal just had its presidential elections this past Sunday, and the results are in today: Abdoulaye Wade has been re-elected. Ethan has a great roundup via Global Voices about what various Senegalese bloggers are saying about things. Not sure who’s who or what’s what? You’re in luck, because Ethan’s also found this fantastic three-part […]
Slate decided that four Borat-related articles wasn’t quite enough, so here’s (no joke), No. 5: “The Real Kazakhstan: What does Borat get right and wrong about his native land?” Best line? Borat claims that traditional Kazakh wine is made from fermented horse urine. I have tried Kazakh wine, and I can tell you it is […]
I love how Slate has not one, but FOUR articles about Borat up right now. “Borat Owes Me 97 Dollars: How Sacha Baron Cohen is Jewish vaudeville.” “Not Very Nice: The Borat movie: They botched the joke.” “America Undercover: Sacha Baron Cohen’s disturbing, ingenious Borat.” “Searching for Borat: Journalists descend upon Kazakhstan; hunt for mustaches, […]