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Margaret: Story of a Teen Girl

By Todd Ford

I won’t go into how I know be­cause it might get me in trouble, potentially operatic trouble, but the lives of teenage girls are filled with drama. Reading their Face­book profiles makes daytime soaps su­perfluous. How often have you heard someone accused of being a “drama king?”

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By Todd Ford

Eva (Tilda Swinton) is working late at the travel agency when a coworker rushes into her of­fice panicked. It seems that her son Kevin’s high school is on the news. Someone is on a rampage, killing stu­dents and faculty and the police have the school surrounded.

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Into the Abyss

By Todd Ford

Werner Herzog and I agree on one matter. We are opposed to capital punishment. For me, it has always been a simple matter. The shadow of doubt is virtually inescapable. If one isn’t pres­ent when the act is committed, one can­not be certain that evidence, testimony, and even confessions aren’t tainted by mistakes, misperceptions, and lies (in­tentional or otherwise).

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Northern Lights

By Sharon Carson

By the time you read the June issue of Prairie Independent, voters in Wisconsin will have decided whether or not to recall Governor Scott Walker in the wake of his aggressive legislative attacks on public employee unions, public education, and critical social services. The Wisconsin vote on June 5th will be historic on many levels, not least as a plumb measure of the current strength of progressive grassroots political organizing in the Midwest.

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Two for the Price of One

By Todd Ford

Sandy and Todd are hanging out around the office coffee pot.

Sandy: “I finally got around to Taxi Driver last night and I don’t know what I thought. When Betsy follows Travis into that porno theater, the movie lost me.”

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Von Trier’s Melancholia

By Todd Ford

My wife often accuses me of being a pessimist. I prefer to think I just have something of a melancholic nature. I’m not a popular picker of movies in my house. A typical exchange on a Saturday night goes like this.

“Let’s watch a movie together.”

“What movie?”

“How about The Last Picture Show?”

“Is it funny or all dreary and depressing?”

“Ummm, never mind.”

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The Secret World of Arriety

By Todd Ford

My daughter came home a month ago and gave me that amazed look of hers. “Why didn’t you tell me Miyazaki had a movie coming out?” She’d seen the poster for The Secret World of Arrietty displayed in the lobby of the Grand Theater. She was so excited she almost sent the stack of Miyazaki DVDs that live on our end table tumbling.

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More than just “Pipe Dreams”

Pipe Dreams is a documentary film produced by Jane Kelly Kosek and Leslie Iwerks. The film was just recently nomi­nated for the shortlist of the Academy Awards. Eight documentary films out of 48 were selected to the short­list and then will be judged in three large cities. T he final announcement for the academy nominations will be announced on January 24.

Photo by EcoWatch

Pipe Dreams is a film about the ongoing debate of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a 40-minute documentary that explores the social, political and environmental impacts of the $7 bil­lion construction of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Hugo is a Magical Adventure

A scene from “Hugo” courtesy of movieviral.com

By Todd Ford
Hugo
is a joy from start to finish. It’s a colorful, delightful evo­cation of 1930s Paris as play­ground for two fanciful, imag­inative kids – both orphans, one living by his own resources in a train station, the other living with her grandmother and grumpy, peculiar grandfather. It’s full of slapstick chases and funny mo­ments involving dogs. Most kids of all ages should enjoy it.

Definitely see it. Grab the DVD right away and curl up with the whole family. It should be available shortly. The crowd was pretty sparse both times I saw it. But, this isn’t really the type of review I wish to write. I’d rather tell you why it so grabbed me and won’t let go.

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