How Clinton’s most avid supporters can help get her elected now & prevent a 2020 election shit-show recap


blind_chanceThere’s an amazing film by the brilliant Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski called BLIND CHANCE. BLIND CHANCE was the film that inspired the lesser-but-still-interesting film, SLIDING DOORS. The difference between the two was that Kieślowski’s cinematic meditation focused on political ideals and personal happiness and how they might change based on different sets of experiences. BLIND CHANCE explored several different possibilities of one man’s life when chance alterations are introduced, the different paths and belief systems that unfold and are adopted, ways of seeing and interpreting the world, that can be contained in the same person based not just on choice, but on chance.

There but for the grace of god, some might say.

For me, a threat to both our country and our world even greater than Donald Trump is that of intolerance and limited perspective in any form. From wherever it derives and however it manifests. Bigotry, rage, fear, shaming, demonizing, condescension, devaluing, blaming. These are greater threats for me because I believe they are the very things that serve to create and legitimize men who think and act like Donald Trump and the people who respond positively to him. I would add to that horrible picture a political system that favors and rewards corporations over people and places financial success and gain over humanitarian causes and concerns. Trump is not an aberration. He is a culmination.

I, like many liberals, want to see Hillary Clinton win this election so that Donald Trump doesn’t become our next president. Unlike some, I do not share many of Clinton’s voting choices or her approach to governing. I cannot see into her heart, but I am able to give her the benefit of the doubt that she does come from a good place and a desire to make life better for most people. It’s not her motivation that concerns me most. It’s that I believe she is mired in a style of politicking – the one she and her husband helped solidify into the Democratic Party – that favors a particular relationship with corporations, conglomerates and banks, the big-moneyed powers in our country. This is matched by an equal and active cynicism of the kind of Progressive approaches that I deeply believe are not only possible, but crucial to changing not just the course, but the mindset of this country. Continue reading “How Clinton’s most avid supporters can help get her elected now & prevent a 2020 election shit-show recap”

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How Clinton’s most avid supporters can help get her elected now & prevent a 2020 election shit-show recap

Kieślowski’s DOUBLE LIFE Goes Blu.


Krzysztof Kieślowski’s THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE, one of my favorite films of all time by what I consider one of contemporary cinema’s greatest filmmakers, is coming to Blu-ray courtesy of the amazing folks over at Criterion. Months ago I purchased a Blu-ray version released in the UK by Artificial Eye. The transfer looked great, but truth be told, I prefer the color-timing used by Criterion on their DVD release. Now there’s been some back and forth on which version offers a more accurate depiction of the 35mm experience and, though I did see the film theatrically when it was originally released here in the States, my memory is just not good enough to make that distinction. And since Criterion’s Blu-rays have been overwhelming in all the best ways, far superior to any other transfers I’ve seen to date (or, at least, neck and neck with the best out there), I’m gonna be trading my Artificial Eye Blu in for the Criterion version. I did the same with my BFI version of BLACK NARCISSUS, which looked stunning, but the Criterion’s is even a notch above that (again, to this viewer’s eye).

For anyone who has not seen this film or simply wants to see it again in the best transfer possible, I have a strong suspicion that the upcoming Criterion Blu-ray is gonna be the way to go. However, it doesn’t hit the streets until February 1st so we’re just gonna have to sweat it out till then. In the meantime, anyone want to buy an Artificial Eye region-free Blu-ray?

Here is a beautiful scene from the film that will not ruin anything for you:

Kieślowski’s DOUBLE LIFE Goes Blu.