The Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) is in charge of protecting the State of Israel from terrorists both foreign and domestic. Their primary target, and the primary enemy of Israel is the Arab nation. The strife between Israel and the Arabs has been one of the most volatile and ongoing conflicts since The Six Day War in 1967. The Gatekeepers is a documentary length interview with the six surviving leaders of the Shin Bet: Avraham Shalom (1981-1986), Yaakov Peri (1988-1994), Carmi Gillon (1994-1996), Ami Ayalon, (1996-2000), Avi Dichter (2000-2005), and Yuval Diskin (2005-2011), who was still head of the Shin Bet during production. The documentary consists of talking heads, some archival footage, and computer animation to recreate the events discussed. The animation blends seamlessly into archival photography, and gives the viewer a sense of place. You don’t need to know a single thing about Israel, Palestine, Hamas, Judaism, and Islam to understand what they are talking about. Everything is clear and concise.
As Luck Would Have It – With echoes of Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole, comes a very dark comedy from Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia about a man who will go to great lengths to take care of his family. Roberto (José Mota) is having a terrible time and his wife, Luisa (Salma Hayek), is trying to help out, but doesn’t have a clue how bad the situation is. Roberto has a terrible car accident, and finds himself with an opportunity on his hands. Because of the freak nature of the accident, Roberto becomes the center of a wild media … Continue reading Movie Beat – 02.01.13