Creativity

Cinema as therapy

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Israeli director Ari Folman, a draftee during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982, wanted to tell a story about his wartime experiences, but he…

Ripping tales

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Intellectual property rights is one of the most vexing issues of the digital era. People on different sides of the planet exchange music, software,…

From scarcity to abundance

by Geoff Olson Many of us consider philosophy to be a specialized field of study, with little real-world application. Yet we’re all philosophers of one kind or another. We all…

Break out and break ins

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead There was not a preview of the teenage rites-of-passage comedy Growing Op before we went to press, but the film should garner more interest than the…

Remembering War

by Geoff Olson On December 24, 1914, strange things were happening in the battlefield trenches. In the region of Ypres, Belgium, German troops propped Christmas trees on their parapets and…

The plastic prison

by Geoff Olson In a 2007 Saturday Night Live skit, a book-selling huckster appears before a couple sitting at a kitchen table, picking through their credit card bills. “You’re not the only…

Let me share a secret

documentary screenings at the Vancouver Internationlal Film Festival FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Among the 100 or so documentaries at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (September 25-October 10)…