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The End of America (film)

CinematographyMichael Barro
CountryUnited States
Directed byRicki Stern Anne Sundberg
Distributed byIndiePix Films and Snag Films
Edited byPatricia Sunshine
LanguageEnglish
Music byDaron Murphy
Produced byAvram Ludwig, Michelle Ngo, Laura Dawn, Michael Mailer, John Buffalo Mailer
Release date2008 ( 2008 )
Running time73 minutes
StarringNaomi Wolf
Written byNaomi Wolf, Michelle Ngo, Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg, Patricia Sunshine

David Byrne has long been a master of perfect design worlds. The 1984 concert Film Stop Making Sense, With his band Talking Heads, captures how carefully he stag his shows, bringing in band members one by one to emphasize how each contributes to the harmonies of the song. Byrnes latest tour, American Utopia, was documented by Spike Lee in the Film of the same name, due out October 17 on HBO. In it, Byrne again tries to construct a new musical universe, making jolly music and dancing in lockstep with shoeless artists in natty Gray suits. But as the FILMS title suggests, he wanted to create a better world beyond the concert venue too. American Utopia was the opening-Night feature at this month's Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off the fall movie season every year with big premieres and awards-friendly projects. Thanks to coronavirus and general hibernation of industry, TIFF screened just 50 new FILMS this year. But even in its compact form, Festival offers a preview of what moviegoers can expect in the next few months as Hollywood navigates pandemic. Give that the United States is in the midst of fraught Election season, it is unsurprising that some of the most compelling new FILMS confront idealistic notions of Americaand how promises of progress and justice are so often blunt by grim realities of racism, poverty, and polarization. This tension is at the heart of American Utopia, as is Byrnes ' distress over our disconnected modern world. Throughout the show, he champions the joys of collaboration and communality. At one point, he notes that most of the performers are immigrants. At another, he decry Americas low voting numbers and informs audience members that they can register to vote on-site once the concert is over. The film builds to cover of Janelle Monaes protest song Hell You Talmbout, during which performers chant names of Black people who were killed by police or die in their custody, including Freddie Gray and Sandra Bland; Lees camera cuts away from the theater and shows victims loving ones holding up photographs of those they lose. Through each beautifully choreograph song, Byrne demonstrates the thrill of watching people perform in sync. But he tempers that glee with stark reminders of how much remains broken outside of his theatrical space, and how much work remains to be doneby others and by himself. The FILMS premiere came shortly after Byrne apologized on Twitter for the newly resurfaced clip of him appearing in blackface in a 1984 video: Like I said at the end of our Broadway show American Utopia, I need to change too and I believe I have changed since then. In an interview with Variety, he addrest responsibility he has as an artist talking about racial justice to own up to his mistakes. If I am going to talk about this stuff, I ca talk about giving advice to other people if I ca do it myself, Byrne say.

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One of the reasons Get Out took off so readily with online theorists was that every single piece of it was crafted to add up to the film's central revelation about elderly white people literally possessing the bodies of young black people. It was potent commentary on racial relations, yes, but Peele seed hints about a big twist in the plot as well. He had clearly thought through every little detail of the movie world. You cant really say the same for the US. Every time you think youve get movie pin down to say, It about this! It slips away from you. Its central metaphor of meeting literal evil twin of yourself certainly can be read as commentary on race, but Its also pretty brilliant commentary on class, on capitalism, on gender, and on lasting effects of trauma or mental illness. You can probably add your own possibilities to this list. All of these concepts keep informing one another. If you want to read what happened to Red and Adelaide as commentary on how differently traumatic incidents weigh on children of means versus children who grow up with little money, doing so can support both interpretation of a film as being about mental illness and one where it is about class. Whats more, US doesnt seem to want to be read as social commentary in the same way Get Out was. That middle hour is so fun precisely because it never really bothers to stop and makes you think about movies deeper themes. It too busy killing off tethers by chewing them up in boat motor. Now, grant, my experience of the US was pretty different from a lot of folks ' experiences, because I guess from the first flashback sequence that Red and Adelaide had switched places as kids. I assume the movie wanted me to figure this out, because it was essentially the only way movie's larger plot idea that everybody has a Tether, and not just this specific family could make any sense. Something had to have caused this breach in reality, and the connection between Adelaide and Red seems the most likely culprit. Yet it is honestly remarkable that the movie works as well as it does when you figure out Its big twist early on, because Peele does a terrific job of teasing you in ways that make you think maybe you didnt figure it out, or that the twist is something else entirely. Still, set twist aside, and let take Red AT her word when it comes to the origin of Tethers. Some strange experiment produced them, and now theyre kind of national id, barely check shadow self that every American has. Natural pushback to this is preposterous. By giving so much information but still so little, Peele created a situation where it feels like hes going to answer all our questions and then just doesnt. And yet. Is twist that preposterous?

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Confronting Russia

Donald Trump was right. He inherited a mess. In January 2017, American foreign policy was, if not in crisis, in big trouble. Strong Forces were putting stress on the old global political order: rise of China to power with more than half the productive capacity of the United States; partial recovery of resentful Russia under skilled and thuggish autocrat; discrediting of Western elites by the financial crash of 2008, followed by roiling populist waves, of which Trump himself was part; turbulent Middle East; Economic dislocations worldwide. American leadership that has partly discredited itself over the past generation compounded these problems. The Bush administration's War against jihadist Islam had been undermined by reports of mistreatment and torture; its Afghan campaign had been inconclusive; its invasion of Iraq had been deeply compromised by what turned out to be false premise and three years of initial mismanagement. The Obama administration's policy of retrenchment makes matters worse. The United States was generally passive as the War that caused some half million deaths rag in Syria. Ripples of conflict reach far into Europe, as some 5 million Syrians fled country. The Red line about use of chemical weapons turned pale pink and vanished, as Iran and Russia expanded their presence and influence in Syria ever more brazenly. Debilitating freeze in Defense spending, meanwhile, leave two-thirds of US Army maneuver brigades unready to fight and Air Force pilots unready to fly in combat. These circumstances would cause severe headaches for competent and sophisticated successor. Instead, United States got a President who had unnervingly promised a Wall on the southern border, dismantlement of long-standing trade deals with both competitors and partners, closer relationship with Vladimir Putin, and a ban on Muslims coming into the United States. Some of these and Trump's other wild pronouncements were quietly walked back or put on hold after his inauguration; one defense of Trump is that his deeds are less alarming than his words. But diplomacy is about words, and many of Trumps words are profoundly toxic. Trump seems incapable of restraining himself from insulting foreign leaders. His slogan America First harks back to the isolationists of 1940, and foreign leaders know it. He can read speeches written for him by others, as he did in Warsaw on July 6, but he cannot himself articulate a worldview that goes beyond teenagers ' bluster. He lay out his resentments, insecurities, and obsessions on Twitter for all to see, opening up a gold mine for foreign governments seeking to understand and manipulate the American President. Foreign governments have adapt. They flatter Trump outrageously. Their emissaries stay at his hotels and offer the Trump Organization abundant concessions. They take him to military parades; They talk tough-guy-to-tough-guy; They show him the kind of deference that only someone without a center can crave.

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On Iran, a Resurgent Crisis

China Middle East approach, at least for now, is purely transactional. The Chinese are ready to provide money, whether for oil purchases or investment and infrastructure projects. In return, they stand to get needed energy supplies, as well as greater presence in the region. As for politics, theyre not taking sides, limiting themselves to supporting diplomatic efforts aimed at preventing conflict-notably bid, however unlikely, to rescue remnants of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal of which it was co-signatory. Ironically, one main strategic gain for China could come from Mr. Trumps decision to pull out of the nuclear deal, and the US-Iranian confrontation that has follow. Two years ago, new US National Defense Strategy identified strategic competition with China as top priority. Mr. Trumps insistence that he would like to get American troops out of the Middle East may in part be a reflection of that new strategy. But regional tensions have Force administration to stall moves to draw down its military presence. It has brought back aircraft carriers and other vessels that had been deployed to the Pacific. Since the Soleimani attack, further 3 000 American troops have been sent to the area. How long theyll stay is impossible to say. So is pretty much anything about the future of US-Iran showdown, especially with Iran threatening further retaliation, and resurgent street protests against the regime inside Iran. President Trump does still seem to want to reduce the US military presence, freeing him to focus on getting necessary trade and economic concessions from China to end their tariff war. His hope appears to be for European countries in NATO to take over the bulk of the Mideast Security burden. The problem is that, like Saudis, some NATO partners have begun to question the strength of Washingtons ' own commitment as an ally. That concern was starkly on view this past weekend, with unprecedented remarks from the Defense Secretary of America's closest European partner, United Kingdom. Referring to Britain own strategic policy review, first in a decade, Ben Wallace said he was being kept up at night by concern over possible American withdrawal from its International leadership role. Assumptions of 2010 that we were always going to be part of the US coalition, he say, is really just not where we are going to be.

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1. Momotaros Sea Eagles

In March 1943, Japan finished its first feature-length animated film, Momotaro no Umiwashi, or Motomaros Sea Eagles. If that year sounds familiar and seems important but you ca quite place it, that right during the middle of World War II in the Pacific. The US had just rout attempted Japanese invasion of New Guinea at the Battle of Bismarck Sea, but war was far from over. This children's animation retells the story of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor from a Japanese perspective. American Sailors are depicted as cowardly and drinking on the job as they slide to their deaths at the bottom of Harbor.

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