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Black Panther Revives 1960s Memories

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February 23, 2018
Black Panther Revives 1960s Memories

Black Panther, the box office wonder of the moment, is garnering praise from many quarters and it deserves the kudos. . .for a super-hero flick, that is. Ignoring my usual tendency to avoid super-hero anything, I bought tickets to a theatre with those comfy reclining seats, slapped on a pair of 3D goggles and...
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Tarkovsky – The Poetic Russian Filmmaker

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February 19, 2017
Tarkovsky – The Poetic Russian Filmmaker

Andrei Tarkovsky, one of the great Russian directors (1932-1986), brings a poetic vision to his films that has both entranced and frustrated viewers since his first film Ivan’s Childhood won accolades at the Venice Film Festival in 1962. The maker of Alexei Rubylev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1974), Stalker (1979) and Nostalgia (1983)...
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Labour magazine reviews Joe Hill and Remembering Salt

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October 8, 2015
Labour magazine reviews Joe Hill and Remembering Salt

Our Times, Canada’s labour magazine, has included a two-page review essay on my films in its fall 2015 edition. Headlined “Rekindling Resistance,” writer Rachel E Beattie provides a wide-ranging assessment of the short films and concludes that the “triumphant note embedded in those stories” helps inspire action today and “remind labour activists of that spirit...
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Hollywood Turncoat – A Memoir

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March 28, 2015
Hollywood Turncoat – A Memoir

Edward Dmytryk, the 1940s Hollywood movie director, was both famous and infamous in his time but few people may know that he has a Boundary region connection. The one-time Hollywood Ten member was born into a poor Ukrainian Catholic family in Grand Forks, B.C., on 4 September 1908. Not only did this vital statistic...
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Remembering Salt – A history booklet and video

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October 18, 2014
Remembering Salt – A history booklet and video

Sixty years ago, the blacklisted Hollywood movie Salt of the Earth showed to 900 curious viewers at the Castle Theatre in Castlegar, B.C. On November 16, 2014, in a celebration of this heroic battle against the spread of McCarthyism, about  150 people of the West Kootenay region again saw Salt in the very theatre that showed it...
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Moneyball hits a homer

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October 18, 2011
Moneyball hits a homer

My wife is not, decidedly and emphatically not, a sports fan. She’d rather watch her garden grow, which it was slow to do this past late-starting summer, than watch a baseball game…even a World Series game. So, when she agreed to join me for a showing of the new movie Moneyball, I was surprised....
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