Tag Archives: iraq


Welcome (Director: Philippe Lioret): The title of Philippe Lioret’s latest film drips with irony. The French coastal town of Calais, where the film is set, resembles a fas­cist police state, at least when it comes to illegal immig­rants and any­one … Continue read­ing

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The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker (Director: Kathryn Bigelow): I have only seen one other Kathryn Bigelow film, the oddly mis­cast Strange Days (1995), so I’m far from an expert on her work, but other crit­ics have poin­ted out that she’s a first-rate … Continue read­ing

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Heavy Metal in Baghdad

Heavy Metal in Baghdad (Director: Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi, USA, 2007): Documenting the band Acrassicauda in Heavy Metal in Baghdad was a “risky, dan­ger­ous, and really fuck­ing stu­pid” under­tak­ing, accord­ing to journ­al­ist Suroosh Alvi, and those words are cer­tainly … Continue read­ing

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No End In Sight

No End In Sight (Director: Charles Ferguson, USA, 2007): First-time dir­ector Charles Ferguson decided to make this film at a time when a num­ber of books were being pub­lished about the Bush administration’s dis­astrous hand­ling of the Iraq war. In … Continue read­ing

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Oscar Nominations: Documentaries

The nom­in­a­tions were announced for the Oscars yes­ter­day. I’ve been see­ing fewer fea­ture films lately, but I do man­age to catch more doc­u­ment­ar­ies. Of the five nom­in­ees, I’ve only seen two so far, but I plan to try to see … Continue read­ing

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