Archive for 2012

THE FISCAL CLIFF IS A DIVERSION

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

It's the four banks "too big to fail" stupid. Paul Craig Roberts explains what's really ailing the US and world economy and why public opinion is diverted away from the banksters. The “fiscal cliff” is another hoax designed to shift the attention of policymakers, the media, and the attentive public, if ...

SMALL BEER

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey gives viewers the intimacy behind Tolkien's novels; nuanced characters and eccentric humour but as Critic After Dark Noel Vera asks, do we really need all these, however improved? Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) has received at best mixed reviews, so imagine ...

ROGER WATERS AT THE U.N.

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

On November 29, 2012, the UN's official day of solidarity with Palestine, Roger Waters was invited to address the General Assembly Committee on the inalienable rights of the Palestinian People, including their right to self determination. This is the speech he delivered. [On that day, the United Nations General Assembly ...

WHAT THE BEATLES MISSED ABOUT RAVI SHANKAR

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Ravi Shankar died on December 11, 2012 at a hospital near his home in Encinitas, California, aged 92. Tariq Ali remembers the Indian sitar maestro. Ravi Shankar was a virtuoso sitar player long before he became a cult for a drug-fuelled hippy generation that found the exquisite music he plucked from ...

BABY’S NO SURE THING

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

A woman thinks a baby will bond her man stronger to her but in Park Seong-il's Love Her (2001), that cannot be further from the truth. Stephen Tan reviews. In the Sherlock Holmes story, The Three Gables, the cold and ruthless Isadora Klein will do anything to get what she wants ...

MALAYA DURING WORLD WAR II

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Malaysian Tan Twan Eng's The Garden Of Evening Mists (shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize award) gets the thumbs up from Charles R Larson, who says that the book levitates above the surface reality of war and its terrible atrocities and floats, hauntingly, like a Japanese lantern up into ...

REVISITING THE PURPOSE OF THE COPYRIGHT MONOPOLY: SCIENCE AND THE USEFUL ARTS

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

If there’s one thing that needs constant reminding, it’s the explicit purpose of the copyright monopoly. Its purpose is to promote the progress of human knowledge. Nothing less. Nothing more. By Rick Falkvinge. While the copyright monopoly has many different origins that have come together under this umbrella of hodgepodge different ...

HIGH, FLYING, ADORED

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Robert Zemeckis' Flight (2012) surprisingly manages to lift its wheels off the ground and soar as often as it does scrape the ground, furrowing the tarmac, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera. Judging from the previews I was ready for the worst: a drugs-and-alcohol parable of the most inspirational sort, ending ...

ROGER WATERS IN THE U.N. ON PALESTINIAN PLIGHT

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

On December 3, 2012, Roger Waters posted the following note on his Facebook page: "Last Thursday on the 29th of November, the UN's official day of solidarity with Palestine, I was privileged to be invited to address the General Assembly Committee on the inalienable rights of the Palestinian People, including their ...

EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

When satanists invoke Lucifer to try and dominate the world, who do you call? Shimako Sato's Eko Eko Azarak: Wizard Of Darkness (1995) offers a fun ride that takes in a teacher who molests students; another woman teacher who hits on girls and a gory showdown where students are trapped ...