"Art is not a thing; it is a way."

Elbert Hubbard

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Birthday, Georg Holm!

The Passage
Justin Cronin

This post-apocalyptic vampire tale is the first in a projected trilogy about the outbreak of a virus developed during tests to prolong human life. Centred around the tale of a young girl, Amy, and her role in the fight for human survival, this convoluted but mostly enjoyable romp is a long - 963 pages long - but, for the most part, snappy read.

The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers
Judith Ehrlich & Rick Goldsmith

Despite painting him as the perfect and definitive whistleblower, which is arguably correct in some cases, the film escapes a sense of pandering by trying desperately hard to get to the bottom of what was going on during this incredibly tumultuous political and social time in the United States. Questions abound as to the level of information the public needs and should know and they're all brought around to the simple point that they need to know the truth without any sense of manipulation or miscalculation of what they can and cannot understand. It's really effectively put together and even with some slightly unnecessary animated sequences - they jar, considerably - the film highlights a point in American and world history that many younger generations will not know about. It's, again at risk of damning praise, an important film.

Which Side Are You On?
Ani DiFranco

Typically political, unashamedly so in fact, and buoyed by an earnestness that stays just the right side of self-righteous, this collection from the prodigious offerer that is Ani DiFranco ends up being towards the better half of her now seventeen albums. It doesn’t entirely work but when she’s on in the likes of 'Life Boat', she’s really on. It’s another interesting addition to her already interesting canon.

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