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review 2017-01-30 12:23
Behind the scenes of B-movie's silver age
It Came from the 80s! Interviews with 124 Cult Filmmakers - Francesco Borseti

If the 1950s and 1960s were the golden era of the exploitationist "B-movie," the 1980s was its silver age. Thanks to the growth of both cable television and home VHS players, low-budget productions had new outlets for their films, and producers leaped at the opportunities that they provided. While many of these movies were forgettable, some have attracted followings by those who enjoy their charms or for whom the films are a nostalgic artifact of their lives back then.


It is this audience to whom Francesco Borseti's book is directed. It is a collection of interviews with the men and women involved in making 28 English-language films from the decade. The interviewees are a range of people from writers and directors to actors and technical personnel. The main criteria for their inclusion seems to be a willingness to speak with Borseti about their memories of working on the film, which offers a unique glimpse into the process of creating a B-movie back then. While the eclectic nature of interviewees and their responses (some of which tend more towards self-promotion than recollection) doesn't provide a systematic account of their production, fans of these films will find this an entertaining glimpse behind the scenes of the movies they enjoy.

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url 2017-01-17 12:54
Natasa Pantovic Nuit and Mindfulness Training on Stumbleupon
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Natasa Pantovic Nuit is the Author of Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training. Interviews with Nuit about Conscious Parenting, Mindful Living, Mindful Living, Spiritual Growth and Development.


Stumbleupon link is a collection of pages, articles, free resources on self-development, mindfulness, conscious-parenting, mindful eating,

Source: www.stumbleupon.com/lists/1789836772036069520/natasa-pantovic-nuit
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review 2016-11-26 23:26
The Nuremberg Interviews - Leon Goldensohn

The chief value in "The Nuremberg Interviews" comes from the views, perspectives, and at times, candid reflections offered by the 33 defendants and witnesses whom Dr. Goldensohn (then a U.S. Army psychiatrist) interviewed during 1946. In reading this book, I felt as if I were in company with Dr. Goldensohn and his interpreter as he carried our his enquiries of each person. Hermann Goering, nominally the Number 2 man in the Third Reich, didn't strike me as a person given to much introspection or regret. Rather, he came across as a man who enjoyed wielding power and showed no contrition about the Holocaust and several of the other crimes committed by Hitler, whom he regarded largely as a genius.

On the other hand, Rudolf Hoess, the commandant of Auschwitz, showed no evasiveness when speaking about his responsibility for the extermination of 5 million people. He fully accepted his guilt and the likelihood he would be hanged for his crimes (which took place in Poland in 1947).

For any reader interested in understanding the mindsets and philosophies of individuals who served a totalitarian state, I strongly recommend this book.

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review 2016-09-26 18:04
Dot Con - James Veitch

I was laughing so hard when I was reading this that I thought everyone on the train was staring at me. But I didn't care. James Veitch is just so awesome and so funny when he writes back Winnie Mandela or Princess Mina whose uncle has stolen her inheritance. I think we should have the James Veitch movement. Let's go people!

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review 2016-08-17 19:20
Out at the End of the Year
Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution in Modern Turkey - Kaya Genç

Disclaimer: ARC courtesy of I.B. Tauris via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.


                What makes a movement?  What leads to protest?  Why do some people who seem sympathetic to a movement yet not join a protest?   These basic questions are not just confined to the political situation in any country, yet Genc uses the basic questions to shield more light on the protest movement in Turkey, and in particular those young people behind it.


                For the average American who has no real connection to Turkey, most of the news about the country is limited to sound bites on the news, and the average American international news broadcast is pretty bad.  When the recent coup attempt happened, it made the nightly news and CNN broadcasted heavily for a bit, but outside of mentioning where the accused coup inspirer lives, nothing.  Very little about the arrests that occurred after.  When the protests were occurring in Taksim square, there was very little context.   Genc’s book does something to readdress this for the American public.


                Genc’s book is more a series of profiles and interviews with people –ranging from student protests to business men, to filmmakers, to journalists.  The topics include the protests at Taskim but also the closure of magazines and other forms of censorship.  Because of timing, the book obvious could not examine the most recent coup attempt, though Genc’s introduction does include it.


                One of the book’s strengths is the use of the interviewees.  While the book does start with an interview of a protestor in Taskim square, Genc includes an interview with those who chose not to join the protest or even saw it as little more than a protest of the middle class.  This allows the reader into the varying and conflicting political views.  Perhaps the most telling is the chapter concerning the filmmaker Evrenol and his experience of censorship, a story that does make one think.


                There is also a discussion about the police officers, in particular the actions of the police during the protests combined with the police in everyday life.  In some ways this section shows that conflicting views are sometimes simply conflicting views and speaks to the human condition.


                Genc is aware of her book use as a starting point for trying to understand Turkish politics.  She includes a further reading list at the end of the book so the reader can further her knowledge.

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