Freedom means different things to different people. “Freedom for the Wolf,” a new documentary from director Rupert Russell, takes a worldview on what liberty means for people in places where democracy is a new concept.
Drawing its name from philosopher Isaiah Berlin—“Freedom for the wolves has often meant death to the sheep.”—the film travels to Hong Kong, Tunisia, India and America to examine the reaction to the rise of a toxic mix of dictatorship and democracy called illiberal democracy. It’s an academic idea that comes to life once filtered through the experiences of Hong Kong’s Occupy Movement, #BlackLivesMatter in America, Tunisian rappers and Indian comedians.
Democracy, the film tells us, is experiencing an erosion of the freedoms that once were its cornerstones, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. We are shown how pro-Beijing forces in Hong Kong actively worked against the Occupy movement to squash the fundamentals of freedom. It’s a potent glimpse at how governments impose rules on freedom that erode the potency of the core idea.
“Freedom for the Wolf” takes large ideas and, by humanizing them, showing the people involved in the struggle for freedom, creates a vivid and thought provoking portrait of the struggle for the most basic of human rights.
Welcome to the House of Crouse. Patti Cake$, a story of big dreams and hip hop glory, stars Danielle Macdonald as a walking, talking attitude in plus size clothes; a woman with a way with words and a dream of bettering her circumstances through hip hop. We talk with her about dropping the Aussie accent to play Patti. Then Penelope Cruz drops by to chat up her new film The Queen of Spain, which sees her play Spain’s most glamorous political heroine, Macarena Granada. It’s good stuff, so c’mon in and sit a spell.
NewsTalk 1010 midday host Jim Richards asks Richard if some of the summer’s most anticipated movies are worth sidestepping the Scotiabank’s broken escalators–Roger Ebert called the vertigo-inducing staircase the “escalator of terror”–and climbing 75 steps to get upstairs instead.
From Sotheby’s International Realty RESIDE Magazine: “Anthony Lemke’s reach is worldwide. As cocky mercenary Marcus Boone on the hit space opera Dark Matter he is seen in 160 countries around the world. Off screen he travels the world as an Official ambassador in Canada for Handicap International. Recruited by a chum from law school—that’s right, he’s also a lawyer—he lobbies for reducing the impact of armed conflicts on innocent civilians in regions ravaged by the use of explosive weapons…” Read the whole thing HERE!
Welcome to the House of Crouse. We welcome two film directors to sit a spell at the HoC today. William Friedkin is a legend, the director of The Exorcist and The French Connection among many others. We don’t talk about those. Instead I asked him about one the most trangressive movies ever made, The Devils. Listen in to hear his opinion on why naked nuns may have cost Ken Russell a box office hit. Then Christopher Nolan brings his big brain over to talk about Dunkirk and why cinema matters. It’s good stuff, swing by.
Richard will host a panel with the stars and producers of “Superior Donuts” at Just for Laughs in Montreal on Saturday July 29 at 3:15 pm.
More details here: CBS’s SUPERIOR DONUTS is a comedy about the owner of a small donut shop that’s located in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood and the enterprising employee who’s determined to bring his shop into the 21st century. JFL brings star/executive producer Jermaine Fowler, stars Judd Hirsch, and Katey Sagal, who will be joined by executive producers Bob Daily, Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan for the CBS presentsSuperior Donuts Cast and Executive Producers panel on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 3:15pm in the Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.