Art & Copy (2009)

There was a time, quite recently really, when advertising was a dirty word; the anarcho-lefties went nuts for Adbusters, and Darren from Bewitched was the most glamorous ad man on TV. Boy, things have changed...

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8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)

8: The Mormon Proposition

Not even six months after the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on same sex marriage, the voters of the state overwhelming chose Barack Obama for President, but they narrowly decided "Yes" on Proposition 8. The proposition provides that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

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Between the Folds (2008)

I never knew how little I knew about origami! Some decades ago, a very humble man by the name of Akira Yoshizawa invented a technique of folding paper while slightly moistened (the paper that is, not Yoshizawa-san), allowing him to manipulate the paper in very expressive and textured ways. This sea change in thinking about the medium lead to other revolutionary approaches to folding paper; philosophies based on as diverse influences as music, biology, mathematics, and anarchism. I was honestly amazed at what I saw.

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Wordplay (2006)

What could be another entry in the "look at these nerds, they're weird and funny, but still sorta okay" genre of film making is narrowly avoided. Director Patrick Creadon presents an affectionate look at the fans and creators of crossword puzzles, most notably those associated with The New York Times.

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Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980)

Les Blank directs a love letter to garlic, and simultaneously to the characters of the San Francisco Bay area who worship the ruder cousin of the onion. Blank's treatment of the bulb reminded me of the San Francisco garlic themed (and drenched) restaurant, The Stinking Rose; Beryl and I had the good fortune to dine there last year, and the food was fantastic. The downside is Blank's film reminded me of how delicious the restaurant is, but frustratingly so because it's 10 hours and $2000 away by air.

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Man On Wire (2008)

Holey moley, I'm scared of heights! This terrifying film documents the exploits of Philippe Petit, a French performer who in 1974 walked a high-wire across the newly completed Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.Very deliberately constructed like a heist movie, James Marsh directs this film with high energy and and all the tension you'd expect.

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Grey Gardens (1975)

If you like crazy, drunk old women shrieking for an hour and a half, then this is the movie for you!

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Incident at Oglala (1992)

Michael Apted directs a film that recounts the story and subsequent trials resulting from a shoot-out, involving federal agents and members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Set in the midst of internecine Indian conflict on the Rez, two FBI agents follow a vehicle onto Calvin Jumping Bull's land looking for a pair of stolen cowboy boots, and within a few minutes they are both dead by weapons fire, along with a member of AIM.

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