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No Direction Home

Martin Scorsese made this film about the early years of Bob Dylan’s career. With the benefit (or not, in some cases) from Dylan’s own reflections, Scorcese examines the cultural waves that were occurring on which Dylan rode to success – the folk music scene, the civil rights movement, rock and roll music, beat poets, the New York art scene. For me, this was where Scorsese worked his best magic. There are lots of still shots of the young Dylan as well as video footage of him and others, such as Joan Baez, Maria Muldaur, and others who rose to fame …

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Earthlings

This documentary examines the ways that ‘humankind’ profit from animals. It starts out examining 3 levels of existence on the planet – animals, nature, and humankind. The ways in which humans brutalize each other is shown, and the remainder of the movies looks at various industries that exploit animals for our benefit, including food and research. The images are shockingly in-your-face brutal in many cases, and they come from what appear to be undercover cameras bringing to light things that most of us will never see nor can imagine. The film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix in a very simple …

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