explorernews.com on Facebook
- Video Gallery
- Special Sections
(StatePoint) With classes, sports, homework and other activities, weekdays are action packed for kids. Unfortunately, some students deal with an unwelcome addition to their daily routine -- bullying. An estimated 13 million students are bullied annually, according to government statistics.
For many, the people who have played a part in shaping U.S. history are icons, or chapters in a history book. Eleanor Roosevelt is one of those icons, but to Tucson’s Nina Roosevelt Gibson she is also known as just grandma.
The cinematic climate is changing in countless ways, but one in particular is affecting the world on a much broader scale. Viral marketing and distribution through avenues such as Netflix has fused with a public hunger for knowledge that is satiated through a surge in documentary filmmaking. The impact of this readily distributed knowledge and information is perhaps more powerful than ever. One company in particular has learned this lesson the hard way. After the release of the popular 2013 documentary “Blackfish”, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has begun to feel the sting of public opinion.
(NAPSI)—Whether your family is into adventure, art, comedy, documentaries or magical realism, it’s time for Movie Madness—On Demand!
(NAPSI)—Traveling 12,000 miles in 31 days, four Navy SEAL bikers honored one of their own—and you can go along for the ride.
You can now watch an inspirational documentary about four Navy SEALs honoring their fallen brother. (NAPS)
Grab your popcorn. If you like movies, the Pima County Public Library has your free ticket to some of the best indie films around!
This controversial political film from directors Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan will invoke vastly different reactions from audience members. Many will find the film a patriotic, yet underreported, story on how our nation has prospered from our early years due to innovation, entrepreneurship, and capitalism--emerging as not only the wealthiest nation on the planet, but also the most generous. Just as many other viewers will leave the theaters feeling jilted by a political infomercial disguised as a documentary. Lastly, some moviegoers may be introduced to several political hot-button issues for the first time, and left reflecting on D’Souza’s historical data points on subjects such as relations with Mexico and Native Americans, slavery, imperialism, and capitalism. Regardless of a person’s position or thoughts on these subjects, this film accomplishes one significant feat—it empowers people to formulate one’s beliefs and positions, squaring the movie’s interpretation with their own life experiences.
The hermit nation of North Korea has recently proclaimed its newest round of threats towards the United States. This time however, the nation is not concerned about military issues or demonstrations, but a Hollywood movie. The always radical and unpredictable country threatens a “resolute and merciless response against the United States” and calls the release of a single film “reckless U.S. provocative insanity”, labeling it an act of war.
Here is a remarkable film about the cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky whose ambitious attempts to create a film based on Frank Herbert's seminal science fiction novel, "Dune," failed but ultimately changed modern science fiction filmmaking forever. The names dropped in this film are nothing short of fantastic and the story insightful - not just for the world of filmmaking but life in general. When is a failure not a failure? "When I first started watching this film, I thought it was a story about a director but, it is completely different, unexpected and unique," comments KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O, age 12. His full review is below.
The Week Logo RSS
In India, a very unique system exists for delivering hot, home-cooked lunches to 130,000 workers in the city of Mumbai. Six days per week, these lunch boxes arrive at the offices of loved ones within 6 hours of being made by family members. By midmorning, these personal dishes are handed over to the “dabbawallahs” - the delivery people charged with this mind-boggling task. These lunches must make over 260,000 transitions during the day to get the right food to the right person. Adding to the complexity of the task is that each lunchbox is nondescript, sporting no return address labels, and all must be given back to the proper family later that afternoon.
(BPT) - Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch, or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food they eat. Many people have mixed perceptions about what it means to be a farmer and rancher today. They might not even stop to think about the process of how their prepared meal has traveled from the farm to their table.
Disneynature’s latest production takes moviegoers on a splendid Alaskan adventure tracking a grizzly bear single mother and her two newborn cubs. The pair who brought us “African Cats” in 2011, Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, team up again to educate and mesmerize viewers. “Bears” provides a fascinating inside look at survival along the Alaskan peninsula’s snow capped mountains and valleys. The spectacular up-close views and vivid film footage documents the lives of these three bears over the course of one-year, as they forage for food and attempt to avoid the dangers lurking along their journey to find salmon.
A scene from “Bears,” a Disneynature documentary about cubs in Alaska learning from their mother about food and predators.
American illusionists and entertainers Penn and Teller bring us this fascinating and thoughtful story on how, perhaps, 17th Century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, was able to produce paintings with a nearly photographic quality. The mystery surrounding Vermeer’s lucid oil paintings has spawned theories for over 350 years, including a 2001 book from British artist David Hockney entitled “Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters”. Hockney believed that Vermeer’s uniquely rich Renaissance period art was the result of optics, or a “camera obscura”. His premise was that Vermeer must have developed a technique using a lens to compliment his artistic talent--even before the camera had been invented.
Penn and Teller film “Tim’s Vermeer.”
An Oro Valley couple with close ties to World War II and the civil rights era has always had plenty of stories to tell, but they probably never thought they’d be purveying them on television.
Harold and Ingrid Linton of Oro Valley were featured in a Smithsonian documentary.
March is National Women in History Month, and it’s in March that we are able to learn a lot more about women’s accomplishments through the years, and a time where I cringe at how far we still have to go.
The 86th Academy Awards have officially ended, with 12 Years a Slave nabbing best picture.
NEW THIS WEEK
The new film, The Monuments Men, depicts the efforts a little known team of soldiers whose mission it was to save and protect historically important cultural artifacts and buildings in the European theater during World War II. It’s a very interesting prospect for a movie, but unfortunately the end result is more sleep inducing than a high-school history class.