Stealth Attack

Director Michael Moore begins his reconnaissance mission in bella Italia armed only with an American flag in his delightfully funny new documentary Where To Invade Next (USA) 2015.

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This one-person venture plus the requisite film crew is undoubtedly a bargain compared to the huge Pentagon budget and no lives were lost in its execution. However, the value of what he brings back is priceless and of benefit to many rather than just the few war profiteers currently benefiting from the endless wars and bloodshed funded by US taxpayers.

The openings of the film are strategically scheduled to impact the 2016 primary election campaign.

Moore makes one embarrassing mistake, confusing Slovakia and Slovenia. Aside from that slipup, I highly recommend it. Most of the treasure he uncovers has surprising origins.

Where To Invade Next opens 12 February 2016 in over 200 US theaters lncluding: Angelika, Kips Bay, and Lincoln Plaza in New York, Westlake Village in Los Angeles, River East in Chicago, Sundance Houston in Houston, Bijou at Crossroads in San Antonio, Angelika Carmel Mountain in San Diego, Look Cinemas Evolution in Dallas, Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Tinseltown 20 in Jacksonville, Metreon, Sundance Kabuki, and Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco.

See Where To Invade Next for a complete listing.

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Greek Giant

Film director and screenwriter Theo Angelopoulos (1935-2012) was a major force in world cinema.

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Several of his 14 dramatic features were grouped as trilogies: Trilogy of History, Trilogy of Silence, Trilogy of Borders, and Trilogy of Modern Greece.

My introduction to his work was a 1975 film, The Traveling Players, about a troupe of itinerant actors performing in villages throughout the country during one of many Greek dictatorships. While I understood the general thrust of the story, I undoubtedly missed the fine details because there were no English subtitles during its screening. I left during intermission.

I enjoyed his 1984 film, Voyage To Cythera, about an old man who returns home after a long absence only to realize he can no longer live in the place he left.

Landscape In The Mist (1988) is another one of my favorites. It follows the adventures of two young children who set out to find their father living somewhere in Germany.

Exile is a familiar theme in modern Greece because many of its people left to escape political persecution or poverty. Austerity and high unemployment forces young people to work abroad, while ongoing war brings ever more refugees through the country on their way to richer northern nations.

Angelopoulos died four years ago after being hit by a motorcycle driven by an off-duty policeman. He was making a film about the Greek economy at the time. The Other Sea was never finished.

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