Monday, May 08, 2006

Chatter about Street Thief Finally Begins to Emerge

After seeing "Street Thief" I was really curious to see what people's reactions to the movie would be. One of my regular readers (with whom I saw the movie) said that I was too hard on it, that the film was immensely entertaining, and if I recall his comment at the time "a mind-fuck" but in a good way. I did give it a very high rating on the "audience award" card for simply being watchable and enjoyable. However, I still hold that part of what made the whole thing so wild and entertaining was its premise of "truth." If I had thought I was watching staged burglaries, and an actor playing a burglar, I might not have been sitting there as I was, and I might have demanded more from it, such as character development, or more of a story.
As a fake documentary, however, it does have a plot twist, such as the disappearance of the film's main character and the involvement of the "film-makers" with the police investigation of his disappearance. And as I said in my previous comments, Bader is an extremely engaging Kaspar.
Meanwhile, here's an indepth discussion of it at
cinema strikes back


Anonymous said...

Street Thief RAWKS!

What I really liked about it was it does make you question the truthiness of all the so-called-reality infotainment propaganda

Anonymous said...

NY Daily News via Steve Gilliard:

Black students and educators are denouncing a series of questions on the most recent global history [NY State] Regents exam...

The questions... asked students to describe how Africa benefited from imperialism...

a passage from Lugard's "The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa," from 1922... "We are endeavoring ... to teach the native races to conduct their own affairs with justice and humanity, and to educate them alike in letters and in industry,"

Students were asked to name "two ways the British improved the lives of Africans."

...Esmeralda Simmons, the executive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College [said] "It's basically asking students of African descent, and all students, to justify European or British imperialism as if Africans were either culturally or genetically inferior."