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Thursday, June 15, 2006
Hitler begot "The Great Dictator". Stalin begot "Animal Farm". The colonialists and imperialist adverturers begot "Burn". They and their successors begot "Dr. Strangelove" and "Being There". Now in our age, if filmmaker Robert Edwards has his wish, there is "Land of the Blind".
Here is the description of the film by its producers:
ABOUT THE FILM -- LAND OF THE BLIND is a satiric political drama about terrorism, revolution, and the power of memory. In an unnamed place and time, an idealistic soldier named Joe (Ralph Fiennes) strikes up an illicit friendship with a political prisoner named Thorne (Donald Sutherland). Through their conversations in the high-security military prison where Thorne is held, Joe slowly begins to question his allegiance to the country's brutal but clowinsh dictator (Tom Hollander) and his Machiavellian wife (Lara Flynn Boyle). Eventually Thorne succeeds in recruiting Joe to the revolutionary cause, culminating in a bloody coup d'etat. But in the post-revolutionary world, what Thorne asks of Joe leads the two men into bitter conflict, spiraling downward into madness until Joe's co-conspirators conclude that they must erase him from history.
Robert Edwards is an American filmmaker based in New York City. LAND OF THE BLIND, his feature debut, starring Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland, will have its US Premiere in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, May 1, 2006. Its World Premiere was in VPRO Tiger Competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on January 31, 2006. The film was also the Opening Night Benefit Gala film at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, London, March 15, 2006, and the festival's public premiere the following night, March 16.
Edwards's screenplay for LAND OF THE BLIND, his first scriptwriting effort, won the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2001. His screenplay TRUST is currently in pre-production, to be produced by Michael London and directed by Neil Labute.
Among the reviews of this new political send-up are these:
"Acerbic as Dr. Strangelove..." -- Times of London
"A fantastic film: darkly humorous, intelligent....satirises with excruciating accuracy the kind of story we have seen played out all over the world, from Haiti to Afghanistan." -- The New Statesman, London
Rated "O" for "Morally Offensive" by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
That last one should tell you what you need to know.
I have not seen the film yet, but plan to do so this weekend as the film has a limited engagement run in New York. It will be playing in Manhattan at the Village East at 11th St. and 3rd Ave., and at the Empire 25 in Times Square.
The film has a page on MySpace with more information at http://www.myspace.com/landoftheblindthemovie.
And Robert Edwards noted in a bulletin sent out Wednesday to MySpace members:
We had a sneak preview of LAND OF THE BLIND last night that threatened to turn into an episode of Jerry Springer. Some people in the audience were so angry at the film that they shouted at the director throughout the Q&A. (Perhaps they agree with the Catholic Church's which gave the film a rating of "Morally Offensive.") Meanwhile, others in the audience who loved the film shouted at the first group to shut up.
Never a dull moment.
If you want to see what all the excitement is about, and you live in NYC, come see LAND OF THE BLIND, starring Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland, when it opens on Friday.
And he added:
Tickets are now available at 1-800-Fandango or www.fandango.com OR copy and paste this link:http://www.fandango.com/MoviePage.aspx?date=6/16/2006&amp;mid=96224&source=moviesearch
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
It is called “An Out-of-This World Weekend” and is about events, some of which did happen and some of which, just maybe, didn’t, or haven’t yet.
We hear the small but enthusiastic crowd cheering at the closing ceremony for the wrestlers who were victorious that night. We spoke with Jeff Daniels, COO of Big Boy Productions which produced this event and tour, about how it has been going for the World Sumo League. We spoke with wrestlers Sidney Carty of the Netherlands, Hans Borg of Norway, and Avtandil Tsertsvadze of the Republic of Georgia, who finished in third place on June 9. And we spoke with our colleague Cynthia Chaplin of Cyn City Promotions and BE Magazine to get her take on the entertainment value provided by the World Sumo League.
We also have posted the full results of the June 9 World Sumo League show on the ADCC News in an article entitled “Does Size Matter? Not Always in the World Sumo League”.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006
On this week’s edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman reviews this past Saturday’s card at New York’s Madison Square Garden and previews this coming Saturday’s middleweight title fight between champion Jermain Taylor and Winky Wright.
We spoke with the still-undefeated WBO 140-pound champion, Miguel Cotto, shortly after he won a 12-round unanimous decision to hand a game but overpowered Paulie Malignaggi his first loss as a pro in the main event at Madison Square Garden. We spoke with rising undefeated middleweight John Duddy, who scored a TKO win at the end of the seventh round over veteran Freddy Cuevas. And we spoke with Notre Dame football star Tommy Zbikowski, who in his pro boxing debut needed only 49 seconds to dispatch Robert Bell, also at the Garden, Sat. night, June 10.
We also spoke with the principals in the biggest fight of this coming weekend. In his first fight since his two victories over Bernard Hopkins, the undefeated middleweight champion of the world, Jermain Taylor, takes on the consensus top challenger in the middleweight division, the crafty veteran Winky Wright. They fight this coming Sat., June 17, at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
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So I covered the International Fight League mixed martial arts show in Atlantic City on June 3, the World Sumo League show at the Meadowlands on June 9, and the Madison Square Garden boxing card headlined by Miguel Cotto's overpowering of Paulie Malignaggi on June 10. I have also been working on SecondsOut Radio, the new edition of which should be posted very shortly and both reviews the Cotto-Malignaggi card and previews this Saturday's Jermain Taylor-Winky Wright fight, and the next edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, which will discuss the June 9 World Sumo League show. And I'm working on my weekly column for TheSweetScience.com, as well as still writing for three magazines (one new one to be announced shortly) and still doing the Combat Sports News on KingoftheCage.com.
And we will probably officially announce in a few days my return to regular duties at the ADCC News (http://news.adcombat.com/). I am already sending in articles there.
Because of this glut of activity, I not only missed most of the reunion activities for my class at Columbia (which I would have missed anyway), but also a demonstration of tenants on June 10 in upper Manhattan against greedy landlords as well as Columbia's expansion plans, which would displace many tenants and local businesses. More information on that is at Project Remain (although that is a dreadful web site).
So that's what I've been doing: Just about everything.