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Josh Bolotsky

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On Our Own With Sunshine Cleaning

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2009 | 12:07 PM

Screening Liberally Big Picture

Sunshine Cleaning, the new film by Christine Jeffs and Megan Holley, has been done a great disservice, and that's as good a place to begin as anywhere. A deeply moving, fiercely intelligent film about a working-class family struggling to stay afloat has been falsely...

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Milk, The Biopic and The Lesson

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2008 | 11:01 AM

We know what's going to happen almost from the very beginning, because the film tells us: Dianne Feinstein, long before she becomes a Senator, back when she was President of the Board of Supervisors for San Francisco, will speak at a press conference on November 22nd, 1978, and announce that...

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Walking, Literally, In Dr. King's Footsteps: A Photo Itinerary.

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2008 | 4:18 PM

Traveling Liberally Passport To Change
by Josh Bolotsky, Living Liberally

My family is not rich, but I'd be willing to wager that I received the greatest graduation present of any college graduate in the United States last year, hands down.

A months-long trek...

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Cinema and Pop Music Therapy for a Valentine's Day Spent Alone: Films For Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance, Plus a Few B-Sides

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2008 | 11:43 AM

Screening Liberally Big Picture

Are you holding the razor at your throat this very instant? Take heart, comfort is at hand. This is the hour that stretches. Djan karet. We are the cavalry. We're here. Put away the pills. We'll get you through this bloody night. Next time, it'll...

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Screening Liberally Big Picture: What The Candidate Got Right - And What It Got Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2008 | 1:15 PM

They said this day would never come. They said our sights were set too high. They said this country was too divided...You have done what the cynics said we couldn't do.
- Presidential candidate Barack Obama, Iowa victory rally

They said when we got into this we didn't have...

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Screening Liberally Big Picture: Empathizing with Margot At The Wedding

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2007 | 1:54 PM

Just don't take me seriously! Well, take me seriously, just not the fucked-up parts.
- Malcolm (Jack Black), towards the end of Margot At The Wedding

It's a curious feeling to be glad that a good film is over. Typically, when we breathe a sigh of relief at...

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Screening Liberally: Rendering Jimmy Carter Voiceless

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2007 | 2:11 PM

Rosalynn Carter looks us in the eye and tells us the following story: it's the final grueling days of the Camp David peace talks, and things are looking very, very bad. Her husband Jimmy, the President of the United States, tells her privately that all hope is lost for a...
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Rendition and the Modern Issue Film in an Era of High Broderism

(15) Comments | Posted October 19, 2007 | 5:05 PM

There are several things you might expect a review of  Gavin Hood's new film Rendition, out today, to begin with. Perhaps a discussion of Reese Witherspoon's first role since 2005's Walk The Line; maybe a mention of how it is the first piece of popular culture to really deal...

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When I Came Home: The Best Iraq Film in a Pool of One

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2007 | 6:28 PM

My situation is right now! Not five years from now, not two years from now, not next year, not next month, it's right now!
- Herold Noel, a homeless Iraq War veteran, roughly 5 minutes into When I Came Home

If No End In Sight is the...

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