Censorship, Freedom of Expression, Movies

China does not want you to see this film

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The title of the film is “A Touch of Sin”. I saw this film and I really liked it. It has 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 78 reviews. The movie won best screenplay at Cannes Film Festival.

Synopsis:

A Touch of Sin was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world’s fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination.

Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke, this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends.

Notes:

Synopsis was copied from official site of film. Click here to go to official website of the film.

The film is composed of four different segments. The four incidents depicted in the segments are not directly related. If you don’t like one particular segment, you can skip to next segment. I personally liked all the segments.

Click here to read article published by The New Republic. The article is titled “China does not want you to see this year’s best Chinese film”. When you go to The New Republic website, you might see a pop up asking you to subscribe. You don’t have to subscribe to read the article. Click the close button at top right hand corner of the pop up to close it.

Unfortunately, this movie is not available on Netflix. Check your local libary. They might have it. You can borrow the movie from Toronto Public Libary. This movie could not be found in the Markham Public Library catalogue.

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Animals, Movies

The Wild Horse Redemption

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Great documentary. Highly recommended. The film was nominated for three Gemini Awards. I taped this movie on the Documentary Channel a while back on my PVR. This film is available on the Toronto Public Library system.

Synopsis: Wild horses have long roamed the American West. To keep populations stable and sustainable on public lands, thousands of these magnificent creatures are taken from their herds each year and trained, sold or put out to pasture.

Some of the horses end up in the “Wild Horse Inmate Program,” through which inmates at the East Canon Correctional Complex learn the non-coercive methods of horse whisperers to tame and train the horses for adoption. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky, the film traces the incredible stories of both the horses and the inmates, masterfully intertwining their parallel fates and their mutual struggle towards rehabilitation.

Beautifully shot in the rugged foothills and big skies of southern Colorado, the film takes viewers on an intimate and uplifting journey of freedom, discipline and redemption.1

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  1.  Synopsis was adapted from this website. I edited parts of the synopsis. Visit the website for the full synopsis. It is a well written synopsis except for the part about the horses being rehabilitated. The horses do not need to be rehabilitated. They did not do anything wrong.
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Movies

Two Days, One Night

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One of my favorite movies. It has 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Plot Summary: Sandra (Cotillard) has just been released from the hospital to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can hope to regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. Now, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out. With Two Days, One Night, the Dardennes have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom.

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Movies

Foxcatcher

I was watching some wrestling at the Rio Olympics on TV earlier today. As I was watching the action, I was reminded of the great movie about two brothers who were Olympic wrestlers. Dave and Mark Schultz both won Olympic gold medals at the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles.

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Brothers Dave and Mark Schultz.

The name of the movie is Foxcatcher. It examimes the relationship between the two brothers and John Du Pont. John Du Pont was heir to the Du Pont fortune. He was a sponsor to USA Wrestling. The movie is based on true events.

Foxcatcher Farm is the name of the training facility where Mark Schultz trained for the 1988 Olympics. The facility was owned by John Du Pont.

The movie is not really about wrestling. Wrestling is the backdrop for the study of the psychology of two elite athletes and the power dynamics between them and their sponsor.

The movie received 88% Rotten Tomato rating. I highly recommend this movie. The movie is available on Netflix Canada.

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