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Is Paul Ryan the new MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE?

Article: Is Paul Ryan the new MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A buff, young Congressman with a peninsular hairline unexpectedly earns his party’s nomination for Vice President, but he’s really just a puppet of global corporate forces who want to install him in the White House so he’ll implement their nefarious agenda. No, it’s not THE PAUL RYAN STORY—I’m talking about Jonathan Demme’s eerily prescient 2004 remake of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, airing on Sundance Channel tonight at 9P.

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE: Jonathan Demme remakes a political thriller — and himself

Article: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE: Jonathan Demme remakes a political thriller — and himself

When Jonathan Demme remade THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE — airing tonight at 10P — in 2004, many people were perplexed: Why remake a film that was such a perfect time capsule of Cold War pop culture? Indeed, John Frankenheimer’s 1962 original, about a politician who has been brainwashed by the enemy, feels perfectly placed in history: It’s a film that both embraces Red Scare paranoia while satirizing McCarthyist histrionics. Demme probably felt that the post-9/11 political climate in the U.S., what with the enigmatic War on Terrorism and the controversial Patriot Act, warranted a revisitation of this premise. But the original was, in essence, a tight and effective suspense flick with political overtones — more Hitchcock than Sherwood Andersen. Demme’s politically pointed remake is darker, more modern and more despairing, with an A-List cast to match its ambitions, featuring Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber and Meryl Streep.

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE: Jonathan Demme remakes a political thriller — and himself

Article: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE: Jonathan Demme remakes a political thriller — and himself

When Jonathan Demme remade THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE — airing tonight at 10P — in 2004, many people were perplexed: Why remake a film that was such a perfect time capsule of Cold War pop culture? Indeed, John Frankenheimer’s 1962 original, about a politician who has been brainwashed by the enemy, feels perfectly placed in history: It’s a film that both embraces Red Scare paranoia while satirizing McCarthyist histrionics. Demme probably felt that the post-9/11 political climate in the U.S., what with the enigmatic War on Terrorism and the controversial Patriot Act, warranted a revisitation of this premise. But the original was, in essence, a tight and effective suspense flick with political overtones — more Hitchcock than Sherwood Andersen. Demme’s politically pointed remake is darker, more modern and more despairing, with an A-List cast to match its ambitions, featuring Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber and Meryl Streep.

AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE

Article: AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE

When you name your child Spalding Gray you might as well drive straight from the maternity ward to the theatre because you have sealed his fate. A Spalding Gray cannot remain unknown; he will not settle for unfamous, uncelebrated or unreknowned. Of course, in this case the kid lived up the name and became one of the most sought after, most admired and best loved writers and performers of the century, if not of all time. Yeah, you could say I’m a fan.

The musical stylings of Robyn Hitchcock

Article: The musical stylings of Robyn Hitchcock

Known for his offbeat humor, absurdist lyrics and stream-of-consciousness riffs, singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock returns to Sundance Channel in this original concert film shot in New York in late 2008. Here the cult favorite — dressed in a polka-dotted shirt and matching guitar — is joined by Terry Edwards on keyboards, horns, bass and piano and Captain Tim Keegan on guitar to perform songs from his 1984 album I OFTEN DREAM OF TRAINS, including “Cathedral” and “I Used to Say I Love You.” John Edginton directs.

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Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: James Wells

Article: Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: James Wells

The beginning of an ECO-HERO can often be a humble one. James Wells was looking for a job. He decided to work for the small non-profit organization Sustainable South Bronx. James started training to be a green steward for the organization; the responsibility of this particular station was to lead a team of volunteers and…

Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Joanna Opot

Article: Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Joanna Opot

Joanna Opot runs a fellowship program that helps students of any discipline link their studies to environmental factors. The fellowship program goes one step further than education by also providing career opportunities and contacts for their fellows to further environmental works around the globe. Working at an organization that annually provides the needed resources for…

Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Robert AF Thurman

Article: Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Robert AF Thurman

Robert A.F. Thurman lives to make the teachings of the Buddha interesting and meaningful to people from all over the world. In doing so, he has been recognized as one of America’s leading voices for sanity and peace in the new millennium. In 1997, Time Magazine chose him as one of its 25 most influential…

Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Adam Green

Article: Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Adam Green

Adam Green spends time on boats. He enjoys using sustainable materials like recovered wood to build boats. He started an organization “Rocking the Boat,” which invites kids to build and sail boats. Being a part of this experience helps these kids experience a working environment while also helping them notice the importance of creatively using…

Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Jonathan Demme

Article: Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme believes that “film and literature can change a mind.” If a film causes a human mind to consider questions that it has not encountered before, therein lies a great possibility to influence that one person. The idea is that awareness allows people to make better decisions in their life. Jonathan warns people from…

Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Sherry Strong

Article: Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Sherry Strong

Sherry Strong believes that food and nutrition are the gateways to living a healthier life in a cleaner world. In her work as a chef and a nutritionist, Sherry educates people about the benefits of organic food and non-processed meals. Food dominates many issues of public concern these days, as obesity, diabetes and malnourishment are…

Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Ira Ehrenpreis

Article: Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Ira Ehrenpreis

Ira Ehrenpreis is a General Partner at a company called Technology Partners, which primarily invests in what they call “Cleantech Companies” as well as select life sciences companies. Cleantech refers to any technology which is at worst carbon neutral and at best, actually promotes a cleaner environment. One of the problems that Cleantech is poised…

Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Jerry Fiddler

Article: Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Jerry Fiddler

Jerry Fiddler, Chairman of Solazyme, is a huge advocate of algae. All the Popeye comparisons aside, algae really can make you strong, or more precisely, can make your diesel engine run like a workhorse. Mr. Fiddler’s company ferments algae in enormous tanks, thereby refining the vegetable into a biodiesel fuel that can fuel your car.…

Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Sarah Gitlin

Article: Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Sarah Gitlin

Sarah Gitlin is a senior at Dalton High School in New York City. She strives to be a environmentalist throughout her life, and is getting her start by motivating her school to be more environmentally friendly. She led the way for a senior class gift consisting of solar panels for the roof of the school.…