Tumblr-ing through Exams

It’s been a while since my last review and I fear it will be longer still…I’ve just  begun the descent into finals season (my final finals season!).  In the interim time since my last review, I saw a score of films which … Continue reading

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Inside An American ‘Torture’ Chamber: Somali Pirate Who Hijacked Captain Phillips Speaks Out From Prison

Originally posted on Radar Online:

As Captain Phillips continues to rack in millions worldwide, there is one player in the story who’s not basking in the spotlight. Abduwali Muse, the only surviving Somali pirate involved with the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama is currently locked away in federal prison in Indiana, and only has obtained an exclusive look inside the horrific conditions he has suffered for the past several years — some say, unjustly.

Lesotho filmmaker Kaizer Matsumunyane, currently developing a film about Muse called The Smiling Pirate, has corresponded with Muse for years, and shared his insights on the situation with Radar.

“There is a saying that until the lion tells his story, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter,” Matsumunyane tells Radar. “There are many versions to the story [of the Maersk Alabama] and I just want to tell a version that is not on…

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If NPR was a sketch-comedy show, I have a feeling it would look like Portlandia. Starring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, Portlandia is almost  entirely set within the parameters of the city of Portland, Oregon. Through various sketches, Brownstein and … Continue reading


Jane Austen 2.0

I realized after my last post reviewing “The Autobiography of Jane Eyre,” I should probably also discuss the  following web-series. So, What about “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” or “Emma Approved?” “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” (LBD) and “Emma Approved” are modern-day web-series retellings of … Continue reading