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  1. Just to let people know...the movie is going to be playing in Seattle beginning this Friday. Here's the info: BOMB THE SYSTEM OPENS IN SEATTLE FOR EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT THIS FRIDAY 6/24/05 'Grand Illusion Cinema' 1403 NE 50th Street Seattle WA 98105 206.523.3935 http://www.grandillusioncinema.org/ Producer Ben Rekhi will be in town to do a Q&A for the Premiere Screenings Friday Night.
  2. Bomb the System opens this Friday, May 27 in New York & LA. It should be running for at least a week, maybe longer. I'm not so sure about the LA info, but you can probably find out more on the website: www.bombthesystem.com In NY it's playing at the Cinema Village: www.cinemavillage.com
  3. Just a few off the top: Augustiner Helles - Germany Aventinus Weizenbock - Germany Schneiderweisse Hefe-weizen - German Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA Brooklyn Lager - classic standby Brooklyner Weissbock - best beer from Brooklyn Brewery, but its only available in the winter Pretty much any Bavarian beer (helles or hefeweizen) is guarranteed to be good: Augustiner, Lowenbrau, Paulanar, Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Schneider Weisse, Hofbrau... Lately I'm really into IPA's and dunkelweizens. There's way too many to list.
  4. In 2000 Bush stole the election and Gore dropped the ball. In 2004 Bush won the election...the American people dropped the ball. 58 million people voted for Bush. I now have 58 million enemies in this country. I have no choice but to re-evaluate my relationship to the United States.
  5. Democrats too far left? Are you joking? The entire US political landscape exists on the right side of the spectrum. There is no real left in America. The Republicans are too far right. Check it out: www.politicalcompass.org
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    peak oil

    This is really important information although Life After the Oil Crash is a bit of an alarmist website. You can get better information from some of the links on this blog: http://www.energypolitics.blogspot.com/ Also, even if "this has been posted about ten times" (and i don't think it has, since a 12oz. search for Peak Oil only returns this thread) it is important enough to be re-posted just because lots of people are sleeping on this info. It is certainly not true that "everyone who cares knows" because I'm constantly informing people about this who care but had no idea...most people don't do the research. *edited to remove out-of-date signature.
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    Here are some Chinese beers, excluding TsingTao: Yanjing Beer Taiwan Beer (Taiwanese, technically not Chinese) Shanghi Beer Haizhu Ale
  8. Political Compass The Libertarian party falls in the lower right quadrant of the political compass. www.politicalcompass.org Personally, I'm not really down with it, but it's better than being for big government regardless of whether your economics are left or right. As for me on the political compass, I'm pretty far in the lower-left quadrant: Economic Left/Right: -7.75 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.38
  9. Bomb the System Nominated for Best First Feature in this year's Independent Spirit Awards: www.bombthesystem.com
  10. so, did anyone go see it last night?
  11. I'll definitely let my friend know what you thought. Your sincerity is appreciated.
  12. Just reminding you to buy your tickets for the upcoming screenings in NYC. Thursday, September 18th 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM Screen 1; Loews 34th Street Saturday, September 20th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Screen 2; Loews 34th Street Call - 800.910.8722 to purchase tickets.
  13. As far as I know, New York & Greece are the only upcoming stops left for this film for a while. If a distributor picks it up, you'll eventually be able to see it on DVD, if not in a theatre near you. But here's how it works: If you live in or near NYC, buy a ticket for a lousy 10 bucks. It doesn't support the director financially (unless he wins the competition), but it does give his movie a bigger chance of getting picked up and eventually distributed. Extra incentive: 85% of the music is brand new from El-P...made just for the movie.
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  15. Here is a review of the film from Variety magazine: Bomb the System by DAVID ROONEY A richly textured drama with an angry poetic edge that gets inside the obsessive subculture of New York graffiti artists, "Bomb the System" signals the arrival of a talented filmmaker in NYU film graduate Adam Bhala Lough.Displaying an incisive sense of place, an unaffected empathy for his impassioned characters, a kinetic visual style and a driving grasp of narrative and pacing, the 23-year-old writer-director provides a fascinating glimpse beneath the surface of the guerilla art world that avoids the prosaic bluster of so many indie street-life dramas. Careful positioning by the right distrib should help the film connect with hip young urban audiences. The New York graffiti art movement peaked in the late 1970s, became semi-legitimized in the '80s with artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, and was pushed further underground in the '90s when the city's transit authority introduced a rigorous subway cleanup campaign and the NYPD Vandal Squad was established. While a number of indie films in the '70s and '80s touched on the phenomenon, Lough's is the first in more than 20 years to really explore that world; helmer uses it as a gritty background for a moving story of friendship, loss, anti-establishment struggle, artistic expression and self-exploration. Despite having lost his older brother under tragic circumstances resulting from his nightly "bombing" forays with a graffiti crew, 19-year-old Anthony (Mark Webber) nurtures the same addiction. He hooks up with his buddy Justin (Gano Grills) and the latter's younger brother Kevin (Jade Yorker) to shoplift spray-paint cans and hit the streets each night, on constant alert for cops and hostile rival crews and compulsively looking for virgin walls in out-of-the-way spots where their work will endure. Not long out of high school, Anthony has no ambition beyond graffiti and getting high, but is pushed by his mother (Donna Mitchell) toward a San Francisco art college where he's been accepted, and by his politicized girlfriend Alex (Jaclyn DeSantis) to leave New York and travel with her. Signing himself "Blest," Anthony is one of the most wanted graffiti writers on the Vandal Squad's list, in particular that of hardass cop Bobby Cox (Al Sapienza), whose coke-and-booze diet makes him increasingly vindictive. A brush with the cop spurs Anthony and his crew to intensify their bombing excursions, earning them greater notoriety. When the inevitable confrontation happens, Cox's more level-headed partner (Bonz Malone) is unable to control the strung-out cop, resulting in tragedy that pushes Anthony to make a decision but then has darker repercussions. Lough's screenplay at times spells out its agenda a little forcibly -- notably in an anti-corporate rant from Alex. But the story conveys a strong sense of graffiti as a self-fulfillment mission, from the 1980s when kids "took the paint or took the pipe" to become artists or gangsters, to the present, when it represents a sense of purpose and belonging in an otherwise aimless existence or even just the glue with which to cement fraternal bonds. It also touches on the evolution of graffiti into other forms, from Alex's more overt political poster art to the gallery-friendly work of a former street exponent. The dirty cop character feels somewhat cliched and is overplayed by Sapienza as a snarling ball of hatred, but performances generally are restrained and affecting, especially the younger characters. Webber creates a sympathetic central character, deftly balancing intelligence, conviction and a certain lost quality. Expanding on an experimental short film that served as his thesis project, Lough brings sensitivity but also an urgent, visceral feel to the gripping drama. Working with accomplished editor Jay Rabinowitz and lenser Ben Kutchins, the director roughs up the visual field with lots of jump cuts, dissolves and freeze frames, playing with film speed, focus, stock exposure and post-synched dialogue. Sharp use is made of heightened colors, often plucking out bold primary tones within the frame to match those of the graffiti art. Soundtrack also is densely complex, powered by a dynamic, extremely varied techno score from independent hip-hop producer El-P.
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