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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
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 13, 2012 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 14, 2012 "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.
(12 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 27, 2011 Miss-Dragon Tattoo-Representation
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.
(14 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 20, 2012 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 5, 2013 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 4, 2008 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.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 25, 2009 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 12, 2014 "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.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 19, 2008 BROADCAST FAILURE: the ABC Debate
The deplorable state of corporate media, as shown by the questions ABC did NOT ask in the Weds. April 16th Democratic debate.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 18, 2008 The Gender Card
Political essay about Hillary's campaign: her stand about the war, her failure to truly oppose the Republicans, and the unfair allegations that to criticize her is to be sexist.