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Jennifer Epps is a peace, social justice, pro-democracy, environmentalist and animal activist in L.A. She has also been a scriptwriter, stage director, actor, puppeteer, and film critic. Her political film reviews are collected at: http://jenniferepps.blogspot.com
"12 Years a Slave" and the Oscars
Why the film "12 Years a Slave", now the Golden Globe Award winner for Best Picture - Drama, should win the Academy Award for Best Picture on March 2nd.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Secrecy and Surveillance in "Closed Circuit" -- film review
Film review of the new British spy movie "Closed Circuit," a fast-paced, cerebral thriller about the national security state in Britain post-9/11. The courtroom/espionage fiction feature exposes the dangers of allowing governments to engage in both surveillance and secrecy. In theaters now.
Star Trek and the War on Terror
Analysis of the political commentary in "Star Trek Into Darkness" with regards to the 'War on Terror' and the policies of both Bush and Obama.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012(14 comments)
LINCOLN: Making History
Film review of Steven Spielberg's new film "Lincoln" and a commentary on its relevance to our times: Obama, the 2012 election, and the current movement to amend the constitution to return democracy to the people and take it out of the hands of corporations.
Saturday, October 13, 2012(5 comments)
Iran, Politics, and Film: "Argo" or "A Separation"?
Review of "Argo", Ben Affleck's film about the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979; review of the award-winning Iranian film "A Separation", now out on DVD; and a discussion of the history and politics of U.S.-Iranian relations.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012(6 comments)
"The Dark Knight Rises", Media Violence, & Social Change
An essay on "The Dark Knight Rises" and a society so inundated with media and high-tech diversions it is almost living in a virtual reality. The analysis looks at the impact of violent imagery and political messages like those in the Batman movie, and suggests we take action.
Feminist analysis of how both the Hollywood and Swedish films of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have been promoted via the context of the novel, author Stieg Larsson's agenda, the character of Lisbeth Salander, and the actual content of the new film. The critique of female imagery in mass media proposed by the documentary Miss Representation is the lens.
US Media Accused of Racist Gaza Coverage
Lack of coverage, and inaccurate reporting, of large U.S. protests against the assault on Gaza draws further protests and critiques against the media itself from peace activists.
THE IMPEACHMENT FILES: Isn't It Too Late?
Preface to several pieces to come about Rep. Dennis Kucinich's Articles of Impeachment for President George W. Bush. Prepares the way for further pieces by extending the timeline; raises the notion that impeachment is valid even beyond Jan. 2009.