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New Book on Interviewing and Listening by James R Martin

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Arts, Film, News, Reading | 0 comments

Actuality Interviewing and Listening techniques allow the subject or subjects of a documentary or nonfiction film to tell their own story in a first person narration.

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Eight Days A Week -The Beatles – The Touring Years Review by James R (Jim) Martin

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Arts, Film, Music, News | 0 comments

Eight Days A Week asks why, and looks at how the Beatles became such a huge sensation and success. Many possibilities are explored using actual footage of the young Beatles, combined with performance, studio sessions, film clips with behind the scenes from Help, Hard Days Night, and coverage of events, as the Beatles phenomenon grows. Some interviews appear to have been recorded back in the sixties and pulled from archival sources, although there are also good contemporary interviews in the film with Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and others.

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Meditation On A Mountain

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Arts, Contemplation, Photography | 0 comments

"The birds have vanished into the sky,

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THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD – A Way Of Life & The Great Liberation – Review by James R (Jim) Martin

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Contemplation, Life | 0 comments

The Tibetan Book Of The Dead has a mysterious, even ominous sound to it conjuring up thoughts of mystical contact with dead spirits in some sort of secret way. The Canadian Film Board two-part documentary film, The Tibetan Book Of The Dead – A Way Of Life – The Great Liberation, narrated by Leonard Cohen explores the actuality behind the mythical title. The Dali Lama makes an brief appearance in the film to help explain the connection to Buddhist thought. The realities of death cannot be disputed or avoided. The Tibetan Book Of The Dead is an ancient archive of guidance and strength. It remains a source of wisdom and teaching beginning with the spiritual cultures of the Himalayas. This documentary is an authentic, insightful look at these traditions.

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Meet The Patels Review

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Film, Life, Observations, Relationships | 0 comments

This documentary is about Indian Americans, but it is also representative of what happens with other ethnic groups that have resettled in North and South America over the years. All ethnic groups coming to the United States have experienced the pressures of assimilation.

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Women And Spirituality — The Goddess Trilogy

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Contemplation, Film, Spirituality | 0 comments

WOMEN AND SPIRITUALITY THE GODDESS TRILOGY is a three-hour, three-part series made between 1987 and 1992 sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada. Part 1 – GODDESS REMEMBERED looks at prehistory and evidence, beginning with stone age culture, where carved Goddess sculpture and cave paintings are found in France. The Mother Earth creation story, along with the nurturing role of women in peaceful hunter gather groups is established.

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Republicans Create DysfunctionalGovernment and Pathological Donald – by James R (Jim) Martin

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Politics | 0 comments

The notion that Donald Trump some how represents the interests of working and middle class people is ludicrous since he is a billionaire, son of a millionaire. Donald Trump is not a pull your self up from the bootstraps, entrepreneur, businessman billionaire. He's a member of the so-called “One Percent” of super rich billionaires. But he represents himself as an outsider, entrepreneur because he knows Americans like self-made people. It appears that Donald scores high on "the psychopath test" as it is profiled in a book by Jon Ronson entitled “The Psychopath Test-A Journey through the Madness Industry.” © 2011. While it may be that many top executives and CEO’s would also score high on this test, the question remains, do we want someone who seems to mirror most of these attributes to be President of the United States? Here is the famous twenty-point Hare PCL-R Psychopath Checklist as reported in the book (pg. 97) How many appear to fit "The Donald?" Seems like he would get an A+ in a huge way.

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