When Politics Enters Your Monitor

Why does the Israeli Defense Forces feel the need to publish YouTube ads about Hamas and Operation Protective Edge when it both has the upper hand in the offensive and all the political support required? Alarming.

Fact-Checking: ‘Hamas is Israel’s Frankenstein’

As you traverse social and mainstream media to understand the current Israel-Gaza war, you won’t be able to hop far on one foot before you stumble or fall over or get in the hit in the face by a barrage of conspiracy theories, myths, and urban legends that have become ‘accepted fact’. (In the Middle…

ABC Australia’s Stone Cold Justice report misses the mark

A friend shared this report on my Timeline yesterday. It talks about the IDF’s arresting of young Palestinian children in the West Bank and two lawyers – one Australian and one Israeli – involved in their defense, and towards the eventual lobbying and end of this practice. I watched the report with a critical eye and despite…

OLR – “Where the Wild Things Are”

This film, although lush with Spike Jonze’s dedication to detail for the dream world, is a little weak. It gets lost in the world of the giant creatures – beautifully made and astutely brought to life -, which drags on until a fairly predictable resolution. Film is intelligent and appealed to my emotions through its…

OLR – “Black Book”

I’m glad I discovered this absolutely priceless gem. Black Book is Europe’s answer to Inglorious Basterds, taking a more stark and less moralistic approach to revenge. The acting is measured but very powerful. The story breaks away from the three act structure without getting lost in the subplot of Ellis’ inner turmoil. Although I flinched…