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Susan Tavernetti's top films

Original post made on Jan 7, 2011

Palo Alto Weekly film critic Susan Tavernetti's best movies of 2010.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 7, 2011, 9:02 AM

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Posted by Guy Montag
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on Jan 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm

In his “The Fog of War” interview with Jason Guerrasio, Amir Bar-Lev, the director of “The Tillman Story,” said: “… there’s been no culpability on the second half of this tragedy, which is the higher ups trying to cover it up. … to borrow a football metaphor, they [the Tillman family] ran the ball 99 yards over four years time, they handed it off at the one-yard line to Congress and they fumbled it...."

Shortly after Sundance, Bar-Lev emailed me that “he was pretty hard on the Democratic Congress in his film.” True, his film does portray Congressman Waxman’s Oversight Committee as ineptly failing to get answers from the top military leadership during their hearing.

However, Bar-Lev’s film missed the ”untold story” that the Democratic Congress and the Obama Presidency shielded General Stanley McChrystal from public scrutiny of his central role in the cover-up of Pat Tillman’s friendly-fire death. This cover-up was a thoroughly bi-partisan affair. It wasn’t just a case of the Bush administration and the Army stonewalling the Democratic Congress. Congress didn’t just “fumble” the ball, they threw the game.

It’s not surprising that after their initial cover-up of Pat Tillman’s friendly-fire death fell apart, Army officers and the Bush administration lied to protect their careers. But after they took control of Congress in 2006, the Democrats (including Congressman Henry Waxman, Senator Carl Levin, and Senator Jim Webb)could have gone after those responsible. Or at least not promoted them!

Just before the 2006 mid-term elections, Kevin Tillman published his eloquent letter, “After Pat’s Birthday”. Kevin had hoped a Democratic Congress would bring accountability back to our country. But, just as with warrantless wiretapping and torture, those responsible for the cover-up of his brother’s friendly-fire death have never been held accountable for their actions.

See "The Tillman Story" when it comes out on DVD 2/1. To learn more, read Mary Tillman's "Boots on the Ground by Dusk" (preview at, or Jon Krakauer's "Where Men Win Glory" (revised paperback), or the posts at Web Link

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Posted by Guy Montag
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on Jan 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm

See "The Tillman Story" when it comes out on DVD 2/1. To learn more, read Mary Tillman's "Boots on the Ground by Dusk" (preview at, or Jon Krakauer's "Where Men Win Glory" (revised paperback), or the Tillman Files posted at Web Link

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Posted by David
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:07 pm

"What may be the defining film of the decade..."

"clear-eyed documentary exposes the Wall Street, economist and investment-banking vampires..."

Leftist drivel without context. Nothing surprising, because it it de riguer among the film critic circles, yet, it is so tiresome.

Tavernetti is reflexive of her own time...uncritical of the "documentary" style. She has very little real experience, and it shows in her reviews. She is not unusual, in this context, but we should all be aware that her reviews are loaded with her own biases. She sounds like she lives in Paris.

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Posted by Norman
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm

The Social Network? A drama? What was the drama. Here's the movie: Zuckerberg writes code, steals the idea from the Harvard rowers, gets sued for screwing his old buddy over, settles the case. There is no drama in Zuck. He's the same jerk in the end as he was in the beginning. And we know how its going to work out. All of the critics love this movie but we won't give a damn about it in one year let alone saying its going to last ten. My vote: The Black Swan. Now there is drama and a performance.

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