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Monday, February 04, 2013

Looking for Richard and other stuff

- the body of Richard III has been found. He was the last of the Plantagenets, who supposedly killed his way to the top but then lost the Battle of Bosworth Field to the future Tudor king, Henry VII. He's mostly known through Shakespeare's play and guys from Laurence Olivier to Kevin Spacey have portrayed him. Someday I have to rent Looking for Richard ...

- I've been playing a new game lately ...Flow Free ... pretty colors ;)

- Protests for censured Irish priest, Fr Tony Flannery

- Alex Gibney’s ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’: Sex, Lies, and the Catholic Church ....

Some popular documentarians—like Michael Moore and Ken Burns—allow themselves years to obsess over a project, shooting hundreds of interviews and endlessly tinkering with edits. That’s not a method that interests Academy Award–winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, the director of such critically lauded documentaries as Taxi to the Dark Side, about the death of an Afghan taxi driver at the hands of American soldiers, and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which delves into the backstory of the firm’s scandalous collapse. In 2011 alone, Gibney directed four feature-length films. He’s currently promoting two of them: the forthcoming We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, which debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival—and has already been denounced by mercurial WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange—and Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, premiering tonight on HBO ......

- from the Episcopal Cafe ...


Blogger William D. Lindsey said...

The story of finding Richard's body: what intrigues me, Crystal, is that the news stories say they verified its identity through DNA analysis. They apparently tested known descendants of the Plantaganet family. This seems amazing to me, to verify the identity of someone so long dead through DNA analysis.

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

I saw Mea Culpa.. last night. It is powerful and compelling, I can't imagine that it will not have an impact. There is a scene where a now adult victim finally confronts the priest that assaulted him using American sign language which I found incredibly moving. See it when you can.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Re: Flow Free... addictive... must stop now!

11:52 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi William,

Yes - surprising that the bones still had enough DNA search-able stuff left in them. And I see that the bones also show he wasn't a hunchback, which is how he's so often portrayed in the play. Interesting :)

1:03 PM  
Blogger crystal said...


Thanks for the recommendation. I've just seen the trailer so far. I'm glad that the guy who made it is so well known - maybe that will help it be seen by more people.

Flow Free :)

1:05 PM  

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