Movie Beat – 05.16.14

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case – Reactionary and revolutionary Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei is out on bail. Apparently the Chinese government is taking cues from The Untouchables, because Weiwei was thrown in solitary confinement for 81 days due to Tax Evasion. Ai Weiwei tries his best to dismantle the system from the inside, but the battle is taking its toll. Andreas Johnsen directs the documentary that follows China’s infamous political activist. International Film Circuit gives it a limited release.   Chinese Puzzle – Marriage can sometimes be very complicated. Especially when you toss lesbian-lovers, green cards and psychotics into the … Continue reading Movie Beat – 05.16.14

COMPLIANCE

Compliance is the second feature from writer/director, Craig Zobel. It is a movie of faceless authority and how helpless we can be to it. Right out of the gate, we are told that it is “inspired by true events”. The events that this story pulls from are specific but also stand-in for greater and more expansive events in human history. I just wanted to help out. I was just following orders. I just did what I was told. Excuses we tell ourselves to absolve us of our actions. Compliance is not a film of entertainment, it is a film of propaganda. Not one … Continue reading COMPLIANCE