An Encounter with Guillermo Del Toro

Posted by The G on August 10, 2011 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Guillermo DelToro and Geoffrey Dicker

Guillermo Del Toro and G

A tale of 2 G’s!  I love director Guillermo Del Toro.  His movies such as “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy” are so great!  He was in New York at a pre-screening of the latest film he produced – “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.”  Being totally honest, I didn’t care much for the film.  It will make you jump out of your seat a few times, and it is certainly well produced.  The creatures in the film also are very cool looking, but the story is very predictable and isn’t very strong to begin with, according2g.  What matters most to me; however is that when I spoke with Guillermo Del Toro, he was very nice!  Thanks Guillermo!  After the film was over, the stars of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” Katie Holmes and Bailee Madison took a few questions from the audience.  Guillermo is hilarious!  He likes to use the F word a lot and as you’ve gathered from this site, we are big fans of the usage of that word.  And when children are around – BONUS!  Why sugar coat life?! Good times!

Guillermo Del Toro, Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison

Guillermo Del Toro, Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison

Doug Liman Directs “Reckoning With Torture”

Posted by The G on May 25, 2011 under The G Spot | Comments are off for this article

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Doug Liman

Doug Liman

On May 24, 2011 at the Walter Reade Theater in New York, Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Go, The Bourne Identity, etc.) directed a special program called “Reckoning With Torture,” featuring writers, artists, the former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo and a former CIA agent in a reading from documents, memos and testimonies from ‘the War on Terror.’  It was utterly horrifying to hear how prisoners were captured (often for no reason), detained and tortured.  Tactics such as sexual abuse, starvation, water torture, sensory deprivation and beatings were used on prisoners.  Hearing the accounts of these inhumane acts was pretty sobering, but making it even worse, US officials have publicly denied this abuse ever taking place. 

Dianne Wiest

Dianne Wiest

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has unearthed over 130,000 pages of government documents related to President George Bush’s post 9/11 interrogation and torture program.  You can view the database and take action on the ACLU website.  I guarantee you, these documents will make you sick to your stomach – but guess what – if we don’t speak up against these atrocities, they will continue to happen!

Lili Taylor

Lili Taylor

You can also learn more and take action on the PEN American Center’s website.  PEN American Center is a fellowship of writers dedicated to defending the freedom of expression and persecuted writers and journalists, advancing literature and literary translation, and fostering international literary exchange.

Backdrop by Jenny Holzer

The time is now to do your part.  Educate yourself.  Pass the information along and get involved.  It seems that globally people are starting to familiarize themselves with this unacceptable behavior, whether it’s in regards to Bush’s post 9/11 torture programs or the wool that governments are trying to pull over people’s eyes so they can rob us blind to keep us in submission.  The problem is, while people recognize it and it is discussed in private, people en masse are not speaking up publicly.  Until this happens, we will not see any changes.  Until the people stand up and say “we are not going to take this anymore,” we will continue to be abused by the people who are supposed to be protecting us.  Please please please please please stand up and do your part! 

G Meets “Restrepo” Directors Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington

Posted by The G on June 21, 2010 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Sebastian Junger and G

Sebastian Junger is a writer/journalist/director who most famously wrote the novel The Perfect Storm, which became a worldwide smash hit at the box office when adapted into a movie.  Sebastian Junger teamed with film-maker Tim Hetherington on an assignment in Afghanistan for Vanity Fair magazine and the result is the new documentary film “Restrepo,” which is an apoliticial and first hand account of what war is really like.  It’s a must see film!  You can read my review here.  I attended the New York premiere of “Restrepo” and I was fortunate enough to meet both film makers and they were extremely nice. Thanks guys. I am doing my part in spreading the word to the masses to see this excellent film!

Tim Hetherington and G

“Restrepo” is released in selected theaters on July 2, 2010.  Go see it!!!

Restrepo – Must See Film!

Posted by The G on June 20, 2010 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Restrepo. A film by Tim Heatherington and Sebastian Junger. In theaters July 2, 2010.

On June 20, 2010 at the Walter Reade Theater in New York, I attended the premiere of the documentary “Restrepo.”  The film chronicles the 15 month deployment of a platoon of US soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley.  The footage, shot literally in the middle of cross-fire, is a 90 minute journey that is definitely the most accurate portrayal of what actually happens in war that you will ever see.  Directors Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger put their lives on the line to obtain this first hand footage and though it’s extremely sobering, it’s a film that everyone should see.

Restrepo is the name of the outpost a group of 15 soldiers were stationed at in one of the most dangerous places on earth and it was named for a fallen soldier.  Watching footage of these soldiers getting shot at, strategizing their next plan of attack, missing their families, seeing how soldiers live in a war zone, becoming a brotherhood and dealing with those who were lost in battle will give you so much to think about long after the film is over.  The film has already won the Best Documentary Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and though it is not an easy film to watch, it is a necessary film to see.

After the film was over, we were treated to a question and answer session with film-makers Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger and they discussed the making of this movie.  Some of the stuff that did not make it into the film were the graphic depictions of people being killed.  I think it’s admirable that they did not resort to shock value to sell tickets as there are so many scenes that will leave you on the edge of your seat as you wait to see whether or not this platoon will make it out alive.  “Restrepo” is being released in select theaters on July 2, 2010.

Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

Purple Rain on the Big Screen – Tonight!

Posted by The G on July 3, 2009 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

Purple Rain is great, but this is the Ultimate Prince!

Purple Rain is great, but this is the Ultimate Prince!

I am going to see Purple Rain at midnight to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary tonight.  You can purchase tickets for this once in a lifetime event here.

I was fortunate enough to work on Prince’s last album for Warner Bros. called “Ultimate” and it was truly a golden experience.  The 2-cd set features greatest hits and rare 12″ versions, a lot of which appear on cd for the first time on this set.  You can read an interview I gave to PopMatters about my work on the project here.

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