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Snowden the movie - absolutely not what I expected

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When you have been following a certain story closely, you may tend to believe you know all there is to know on a certain topic. That's arrogant. Yet, human. So, when I left the movie theater earlier this evening, I was shocked to discover that... I'd actually learned several new details on Edward Snowden!


Based on the real life of the NSA whistleblower, the movie provides details into Snowden's professional and private life that have never been accessible before. Why? Because Snowden has always and only been all about the issues: the US government is spying on us in a way that it is just not Constitutional. And that's putting it mildly.


The movie is also not strictly a fictional piece 'based on a true story'. In fact, it weaves a dramatized version of the truth with the harsh reality of television footage quite seamlessly. Having had Edward Snowden himself revise the script made a great difference in terms of keeping it real. Hearing and seeing other whistleblowe…

Where To Invade Next is an ode to European sensibilities and human decency

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Film maker, Michael Moore holds a special place in my heart. Because he comes from Flint.


I had heard a lot about Flint over the years and when my husband was invited for a job interview in that town, I jumped at the chance to accompany him. We stayed in Detroit for four days and drove around to his various job interviews (he had three at the time) in the area. We fell in love with Detroit's lack of traffic and its absence of rude citizens. He ended up not taking any of the jobs he interviewed for back then, but that's another story. We loved what we saw of Michigan. Flint, in particular, held a very special place in our heart because of its history and what we witnessed ourselves - endless streets of abandoned homes (in North Flint, in particular), where you would not want to park your car and venture out for a walk in daylight. I was left wondering how these people could live there and feel safe. It was then that my husband suggested we watch 'Roger And Me'. It was n…