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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

new on DVD: ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,’ ‘Ten ’Til Noon,’ ‘Snow Cake,’ ‘Bones: Season Two’

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee [buy it]. From my review:

The worst of it are the attitudes of the white men in charge, like President Ulysses Grant (played, oh ho!, by actor-turned-right-wing-politician-turned-actor-maybe-about-to-turn-right-wing-presidential candidate Fred Thompson), ostensibly a friend to the red man, who avers that “setting the Indian on the course to civilization best ensures his survival” and that “there’s no saving the Sioux unless we compel them to give up their way of life and settle on the reservation.” Entire anthropological, sociological, and political careers have been expended on unraveling the bigotry involved in statements like those, so there’s no point in my going into them again. Clearly, though, horrific ironies about burning villages to save villages were not inventions of the 20th century.

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Ten ’Til Noon [buy it]. Quoting myself: “a thrillingly original film that plays with narrative structure and tweaks the expectations audiences bring with them from long experience with crime flicks…”

Snow Cake [buy it]. See it for Sigourney Weaver’s extraordinary performance as an autistic woman, and for Alan Rickman’s as her unlikely new friend.

Bones: Season Two [buy it]. I dunno much about this show about a modern gal Quincy, except that my boyfriend Loren Dean is in a couple of episode as her brother, and one of them is in this set. Damn, why doesn’t he work more?

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