I would be alone if not for you
Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (2013)
A pretty ho-hum documentary about a sprawling network of ballsy international jewel thieves from the former Yugoslavia.
A Band Called Death (2013)
A pretty incredible story but without the drama of say, Searching for Sugarman, this documentary is a solid watch. The band’s music is awesome and they’re good people, but the content is a little thin (hovering through the same photos gets a little stale).
Oh, my Dear Friend, my heart was trembling as I walked into the post office, and there you were, lying in Box 237. I took you out of your envelope and read you, read you right there.
Christmas Favorites - The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Best holiday movie. Period.
Wondrous Place - Billy Fury
I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
The title of this noir is pretty compelling and while the story doesn’t live up to the name, it’s still highly watchable and Victor Mature’s eyebrows sure are pretty wonderful.
Police on my back - The Equals
London: The Modern Babylon (2012) dir. Julien Temple
An exciting documentary where history, music, editing and archival footage come together into something energizing, witty and so well told. The amount of research must have been dizzying & the editing is brilliant. A must see & available at VPL.
Nebraska, the new Alexander Payne movie! Can’t wait.
New figures show the number of visible minorities in Canadian prisons has increased by 75 per cent in the past decade, while the number and proportion of inmates who are Caucasian has declined significantly.
As well, Canada’s prison population is now at its highest level ever, even though the crime rate has been decreasing over the past two decades. Ten years ago, the number of inmates in federal prisons was close to 12,000. It’s now more than 15,000.
These are just some of the statistics expected to be examined Tuesday, when the annual report of Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers is tabled in Parliament. His report is widely expected to be a scathing indictment of federal correctional policy.
“You cannot reasonably claim to have a just society with incarceration rates like these,” Sapers said Sunday in a speech he gave at a church in Toronto.
Sapers gave his audience a litany of grim figures. He pointed out that close to a quarter of all inmates are aboriginal even thought they make up only four per cent of the population. The rate of incarceration of aboriginal women increased by 80 per cent in the past decade.
Sapers said the situation is particularly critical for black and aboriginal inmates.
Wanna know something? Editing used to be a “woman’s job” during the days of the old hollywood studio system, because it was done in an assembly-line fashion and seen as menial and boring. But as soon as editing began to be recognized as an art form, men swarmed the position