Movies I've watched recently:
This film is succinctly different from most others that are about serial killers in the sense that it's using silence and music well. Apart from that, this is a b-movie in several ways: apart from the two main actors, there's not much to use. The plot is quite simple, but at times I - a serial killer fan, so to speak - drifted away because the film didn't entice me more; the flow of the film feels contrived, making me feeling something that's very different to what often comes naturally when seeing works of directors such as Terrence Malick, Woody Allen and Richard Linklater. Also, the name-dropping of serial killers and such is more effect-seeking than anything else, more about trying to spook the viewer than create solid characters. Still, as a low-budget film, it works in creating a kind of solemn street-life atmosphere, the kind that came natural to director John Cassavetes, that very few high-budget films have. All in all this is not a particularly well-made film, but it's memorable.0.3
Complete. Waste. Of. Life.0.3
A sane, eye-opening view on how the production of farm animals for slaughter and food is the greatest threat to global climate, and why very few people are conversing about the issue.0.3
The trailer for this film doesn't spoil anything: it tells almost everything about this film, which (surprise) doesn't pass the Bechdel test. Read my entire review here: http://niklasblog.com/?p=191110.3
This film is actually worse than the first one, leaving no care behind; actually, if "no care left behind" would be the title, I'd given it higher grade out from courtesy. There's just nothing in here, not even anything little that aids or progresses action, for the sake of action. Even tipping a jar of paint onto the street would be more actionable and less questionable, than anything that goes on in this film.0.3
October 21st, 2016
I love Romain Gavras’ older vids, like “Stress” by Justice.
The above video is also brilliant, and just won a few prizes at the UK VMAs. Very nice.
October 17th, 2016
From the official description:
An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST […] offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. […] puts viewers in the center of the action – from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments – before exploring where controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms, could lead the field next.
I will see this documentary when it hits.
The trailer – found below in this post – is beautiful, making me hang suspended, almost like I was waiting for shock but received little of what usually is expected from documentaries on authority and/or fascistic structures.
This reminds me of reading “Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror” by Matt Kennard, where the levels of acceptance to become part of the state-employed military becomes easier and easier, lowering demands for anybody willing to join; similarly, this happens in the police. Sweden – where I live – is no exception.
The documentary also reminds me of Jill Leovy’s absolutely brilliant “Ghettoside: A Story of Murder in America“, where American police are examined into modern-day society. This book is both vital and one of the best non-fiction books that I have read in the past years.
Based on substantial on-the-ground reporting, “Do Not Resist” is both unsettling to watch and necessary to see. The film begins in Ferguson, Missouri, on a rainy night of protest in August 2014 that erupted into a melee of tear gas and screaming. It then quickly moves to a seminar with Dave Grossman, a law enforcement guru who gives trainings on lethal force and the application of a warrior mentality in the name of the law.
“The policeman is the man of the city,” Grossman begins, before explaining that cops he’s spoken to routinely describe their first on-the-job kill as a prelude to the best sex of their lives. “Both partners are very invested in some very intense sex,” Grossman says. “There’s not a whole lot of perks that come with this job. You find one, relax and enjoy it.”
Grossman believes that a violent reckoning between law enforcement and critics of police militarization is fast approaching. “We are at war,” Grossman tells the crowd, “and you are the front-line troops in this war.”
The language reflects a theme that runs throughout “Do Not Resist.”
Here’s the first official trailer:
October 16th, 2016
Even though the documentary itself displays the imagery in a completely different light, I felt I had to save the imagery and the dialogue together as pictures, as the stills say so much.
This film is from 1974, just as the USA was in the Vietnam war. The documentary displays both gung-ho pro-USA sentiments and contrasts them with what the southern Vietnamese populace experienced in the shape of what the military industrial complex of the USA hit them with, combined with how very young American males were thrown into the unknown, fired on by jingoism and orders from old, white males.
I’ve never seen a moving image sequence that better shows the effects of the patriarchy, jingoism, propaganda and war: those killed live far away, but at home, we really don’t see that.
The USA is not the only place where this happens. Where I live, in Sweden, we produce so many weapons that our country is actually the biggest arms-supplier in the world, considering the amount and breadth of arms we created, in contrast with the number of people that live here.
The end of the documentary is enormously breathtaking to me: as Uncle Sam walks around saying “it’s not all bad”, it naturally begs the questions “what does he mean by that?” and “why doesn’t he instead say “almost everything is good”?
As for General William Westmoreland, his words speak for themselves; as Donald Trump is ready to take the White House and the USA on as his next tragicomical building project, the distance between 1974 and 2016 has seldom been smaller.
Westmoreland’s words were almost universally condemned when this documentary was released, 42 years ago. Today, Donald Trump has a voter base that consists of tens of millions, who side-step his patriarchal, racistic, jingoistic, stupid and further his politics, if you can call them that.
Randy Floyd, a Vietnam veteran who throughout the documentary sits on a porch in Norman, Oklahoma, and talks about his time in the military, how he dropped bombs on the south Vietnamese citizens (both military and civilians), and how that contrasted with what he was actually learned before being shipped off to war, also speaks volumes.
I guess I’m trying to say: take the power back. Remember the resistance of the 1970s, of rebels in France, of the underground resistence in some countries against the nazis during the 1930s and 1940s, critizise everything you hear from both our politicians and fellow peers and remember that just one person can do something about almost anything, once their mind is in place – as Noam Chomsky once said, “Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it.”