K. Gordon

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 342
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The Suspended Step of the Stork - THEO ANGELOPOULO&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Marcello Mastroianni
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
On first viewing, this was not an Angelopoulos film I loved. Of course it looks great, that's a given. But the first time around, the seeming central story line seemed almost tacked on. A journalist is tracking Marcello Mastroianni, who may or may not be a famous politician and philosophic author who simply vanished one day, to a refugee zone on the edge of the Greek border, where he lives in squalor with the others there. The problem, for me, was that the Mastroianni mystery was far less powerful and interesting then the stories of those around him, who aren't refugees by choice, but in order just to survive. So, for me, it felt we were focused on the wrong plot, or certainly the more… Read more
The Suspended Step of the Stork [Region 2 IMPORT] <b>DVD</b> ~ Theo Angelopoulos
On first viewing, this was not an Angelopoulos film I loved. Of course it looks great, that's a given. But the first time around, the seeming central story line seemed almost tacked on. A journalist is tracking Marcello Mastroianni, who may or may not be a famous politician and philosophic author who simply vanished one day, to a refugee zone on the edge of the Greek border, where he lives in squalor with the others there. The problem, for me, was that the Mastroianni mystery was far less powerful and interesting then the stories of those around him, who aren't refugees by choice, but in order just to survive. So, for me, it felt we were focused on the wrong plot, or certainly the more… Read more
Ken Burns: The Central Park Five [Blu-ray] [US Imp&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Antron McCray
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Any story of justice denied, of people wrongfully imprisoned is inherently dramatic. But Ken Burns uses this case of five frightened teenaged boys prodded and manipulated into confessing to a crime they didnít commit to dig into some larger societal issues as well. Yes, the police and prosecutors look bad for the way they mislead the kids into confessions, and then steadfastly refuse to look at other evidence. But the press also comes off badly for exploiting the case to sell papers and satisfy a frightened cityís desire for law and order, instead of asking questions when it became clear things simply werenít adding up. And politicians for expressing condemnation and outrage at these… Read more