Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Arts Express: Oscars 2017, War And Peace - A Tale Of Two Medics

** "A man on the battlefield who refuses to take a life so he won't touch a gun - I think that's really relatable and prescient today, in the world we're in."
Producer David Permut Talks Oscars, Hacksaw Ridge. Along with Roger Corman, Richard Pryor, Dragnet, and Punching Henry. And, in contrast to Hacksaw Ridge, did Al Qaeda just clean up at the Oscars with that other war medic movie, The White Helmets?

** "If you think that Amazon is above the fray, remember that each film they finance is not only seen as a film, but as a product that will induce people to join the service to use it to order toilet paper..."
Bro On The World Film Beat: The Oscar Wrap-Up Report From A Global Perspective. Arts Express Correspondent Professor Dennis Broe phones in from Paris to also talk about The Hollywood Unconscious, fluff, the big versus small screen cinema standoff, and film predictions in the new year worth mentioning - or maybe not!


** "Entities like the NSA, FBI, CIA, Department Of Defense, and sometimes the White House, attempt to influence film scripts."
Matthew Alford On What's Going Down With 'National Security Cinema' Today: How it's done, and why. The UK media analyst, author, professor and filmmaker talks 'How Independent Is Hollywood.' The Arts Express Best Of The Net Hotspot this week.

**What's Up With The Oscar Award Accolades For The White Helmets - Medics suspected of being aligned with terrorists in Syria. RT's Nadira Tudor and UK independent media reporter Vanessa Beeley weigh in.


** "Geisha Ink is really a story of rebellion, and what one would want to do without the consent of society."
Art Corner: Photographer Reka Nyari phones in. Exploring through her Geisha Ink works on exhibit, female tattoo storytelling body art, and as the visual life journey of a woman from an exclusively female perspective.


Mood tends to dominate over momentum in the somewhat revisionist millennial noir, Road To The Well. Writer/director Jonathan Cvack steers audiences down this metaphorical road primarily devoid of destination, and more a journey inward than otherwise.

A sullen, stagnant California landscape finds despondent small town bottom feeder corporate working stiff Frank (Laurence Fuller) crossing paths with an old acquaintance, mysterious drifter Jack (Micah Parker). And while life circumstances could not seem capable of deteriorating further for Frank, that well progressively deepens even more, as the presence of suspiciously malevolent omen Jack precipitates an unfathomable array of wild and wicked events. As murder, mayhem, shallow materialistic tendencies, suicidal impulses, secretive sex for sale, and rejection of the illusive American dream for a symbolic dispossessed generation all fatefully kick in. And not necessarily in any particular order.

And while conventional noir is primarily dramatically dependent on climactic narrative shock and awe, thwarted millennial pessimism here would appear to emotionally favor a lockdown, been there done that gloomy, fractured despair. Though this twisted ride to nowhere and back, serves up intriguing and impressive detours along the way.

Prairie Miller

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