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  • Colin Powis
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    It actually says alot about the Academy that they would ignore  an important , political and historical Doc for a frivolous VH1 -like  documentary such as ”20 Ft from Stardom” …this is what happens when the voting pool expands from a small ,specialized , well informed group, to the vacuous  popularity contest of 6000 

    The ”Act of Killing ” was a formidible  and devastating peep inside the dark corners of the human mind to where our primitive and evil ancestors dwell; it was truly about the ”banality of evil ”

    ANWAR CONGO and his Gang (freemen) were not zealots and true believers such as the NAZIS and Communists , but simply small time Hoods that stumbled on an opportunity ; they were thugs , pimps and husslers  that suddenly found themselves with imunity from the Law  to kill ,rape  and steal …no wonder they wanted to make a movie about themselves , to star in their very own movie , Gangster Noir 

    Congo really does have a MANDELA -like appearance ,  a genteel , rather dapper charm and  Grandfather-esque appearance that disguises the evil within , unlike some of his more obvious thuggish cohorts; he is a fine example of the ”banality of evil ”

    The fact that these creeps would proudly and shamelessly make a movie about mass murder  speaks volumes about their frame of mind , their complete lack of remorse and empathy … they are, in fact , moral morons, who could , I  suspect ,   claim ”Dimiinished Responsibility ” in a Court of Law 

    The kitschy and gruesome   movie scene they shot at the waterfall with the background music of ”Born Free ” was simply unbelievable  and unforgettable…it’s just a pity that they all couldn’t be hauled off to THe Hague to face Genocide charges where their ”movie ” could be used as evidence against them  …it would surely be poetic justice, richly ironic   and a grand finale if they could be HANGED  to the sound of , say , Frank Sinatra’s ”strangers in the Night ” , or better still ,”MACK THE KNIFE  ”

    Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear
    And it shows them pearly white
    Just a jackknife has old MacHeath, babe
    And he keeps it, ah, out of sight
    Ya know when that shark bites with his teeth, babe
    Scarlet billows start to spread
    Fancy gloves, oh, wears old MacHeath, babe
    So there’s never, never a trace of red
     

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I never saw 20 feet but I thought The Act of Killing was very good. My choice among the nominees would actually have been The Square.

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    Logan
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    I have a film professor that was hesitant about watching The Act of Killing because she didn’t know if she wanted to watch a movie that gave these guys a platform – I told her to check it out, but I knew that if she’d have a problem with it, there’d be plenty of Academy members that would have an issue too.

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    babypook
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    I was happy to see this miss the Oscar. It’s cold, repellent, and worse, I found it dull. Even boring. Still, it’s vital that it was made at all, as it gives us a glimpse of just how mundane perpetrators like these can be.

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    Riley
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    Either this or Blackfish was my favourite documentary of the year.  This was more ambitious and creative, but there is something to be said for just hitting the mark.

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    Colin Powis
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    ”HERE COME THE ASSASSINS  , STAINED IN THE COLOURS OF THEIR TRADE ”

    Civilisation is a slow taming process , not unlike the domestication of farm animals , a process of trial and error of two steps forward , one step back , a thin veneer where barbarism is never far away ….with us there will always be the potential for a ”Lord of the Flies” , for Conrad’s ”Heart of Darkness” and Cormac Macarthy’s ”Blood Meridian ”

    To live , is to suffer  and to endure , as is the fate of all living creatures , but the right way is usually the hardest way and we , naturally , like to take the path of least resistance , and as such will always be seduced by temptation
    In a broader historical and philosophical sense we humans are indeed sinful creatures who need to fear the LAW or fear the ”LORD”, both preferably ,…after all , ”Fear of the Law/Lord  is the begining of all wisdom” ….Anwar Congo and his Gang were given immunity from the Law and so we shouldn’t be surprised on what happened next

    From our vantage point of the 21st Century it does look increasingly like the whole expanding Universe has a secular explanation ;after all ,only  Atheism  makes sense of the cruel randomness of life , of child cancer , road accidents , hurricanes, tropical diseases  and bizarre ironic events ; it only makes sense if the Universe came about accidently through a series of coincidences , but as Churchill wisely commented ”When truth is destructive it may well  be necessary to protect it with a bodyguard of lies ”…there is such a thing as a necessary lie , or even a noble lie 

    In a long evolution of human conciousness and intelligence we humans have long thought about the existance of ”GOD” …the evolution of the concept and idea of God , but not just any God , surely not the cruel and barbaric God of the ancient Hittites or those frivolous and capricious  A moral Gods of the Greeks and Romans ,  or the cannibalistic God of the Aztecs, nor those terrible Viking sons of Odin , but the moral and wise God of the Hebrews , of ETHICAL MONOTHEISM  , a quantum leap forward in the moral evolution of God  ….it is in fact  Juda/Christianity that has provided the West with it’s moral and ethical framework , it’s values , it’s sense of purpose and meaning …after all , we humans crave meaning in life and will not suffer a vacuum of nothingness without sinking into existential despair and moral anarchy…. and let’s face it , we humans have a duel nature of good and evil , of Dr Jeckl and Mr Hyde and to use a Lincolnesque term , it will always be necessary to bring out the” better Angels of our  nature”  

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    One of the backing singers (I won’t reveal who) on 20 Feet From Stardom is good friends with someone I know, and even they say that The Act of Killing deserved awards recognition. 

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