Archive for January, 2011

 
DVD review:  “I was better for having watched it.”

DVD review: “I was better for having watched it.”

Dan Deevey of The BlueRaySource.com rode an emotional roller-coaster on the way to giving “What’s the Matter with Kansas?“ a very favorable review:
He opens his review, dangling over of a cliff of despair:
I watched this movie with my mouth agape for most of it. The monumental level of ignorance and the power that it holds [...]

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How Obama could win over the public in 30 seconds

How Obama could win over the public in 30 seconds

What will Obama say in tonight’s State of the Union speech?
If history is any guide, nothing particularly surprising or interesting.
Nothing that will change the public’s very low opinion of government, according a recent Gallup Poll.
Thomas Frank and his colleagues at Harpers have an idea:  can the long speeches, stick to a 30-second spot, and run [...]

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Basehor, Kansas screening, Monday, Feb 21, 2011

Basehor, Kansas screening, Monday, Feb 21, 2011

Before appearing in Emporia, KS the following day, director Joe Winston will take “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” to screen in Basehor, KS (in the Kansas City area) for one night only.
Here are the details:
Monday, February 21, 2011
6:30 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION
Basehor Community Library
1400 158th Street
Basehor, KS  66007
(913) 724-2828
www.basehorlibrary.org
After the screening, director Joe Winston will talk about [...]

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Special Screening in Emporia, KS February 22, 2011

Special Screening in Emporia, KS February 22, 2011

On Tuesday, February 22 at 6:30 pm, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will have a special, free screening at the historic Granada Theatre, 807 Commercial St., in Emporia, Kansas.
Emporia State University is one of the main sponsors of the event, part of a series of discussions which honor Kansas’ 150th year of statehood.
Pulitzer Prize-winning [...]

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Review: no better time for this movie than right now

Review: no better time for this movie than right now

John Ott, film reviewer and native Kansan, weighs in on the new Special Edition DVD of the “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”, debuting Jan 25, 2011:
What’s the matter with Kansas? As a Kansan, born and raised, one who has lived on both coasts, I’m often asked this question. Usually the question [...]

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Special Edition DVD – coming Jan 25, 2011

On Wed, January 25, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will debut a Special Edition DVD of the film. Sporting a crisp new wide screen transfer, the disc offers a host of extras which add richness and depth  to the movie itself.
EXTRA FEATURES:
Audio Commentaries – with filmmakers Joe Winston and Laura Cohen, and author Thomas [...]

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U.S. House Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)

Gabrielle Giffords shooting and political violence

When Jared Loughner shot and very nearly killed Arizona Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, the U.S. media had an overwhelming, immediate response:  fiery right-wing anti-government rhetoric has finally prompted a political murder.  Paul Krugman stated it most succinctly in the New York Times, two days after the shooting:
When you heard the terrible news from Arizona, were [...]

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