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Friday, August 07, 2020

Greg Montine

Featured flick: The Baader Meinhof Complex

Director Uli Edel's 2008 film "The Baader Meinhof Complex" recounts the exploits of some of the most notorious anti-reactionaries of the Red Army Faction -- the prominent West German terrorist organization.

Featured Flick: 9

"Our blind pursuit of technology only sped us quicker to our doom." So speaks No. 1, a pontiff-dressed ragdoll and one of a collection of burlap heroes at the center of director Shane Acker's post-apocalyptic tale, "9." Remarkably, that line of dialogue, one that feels lifted from the science fiction pantheon ("The Terminator," "Mad Max" and Terry Gilliam come to mind), works better as a commentary on the state of Hollywood filmmaking than any great insight into humanity. Yes, "9" is another narrative "raking over" that familiar scenario: What would happen after the end of the world?

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