A look at the varied new ways Americans are choosing to both find meaning and celebrate life as it comes to an end.
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I’m in the South of France. My base? The high-tech testing ground for Formula One Circuit Paul Ricard. My mission? To find find my favourite car of the year. There’s a pair of Ferraris, the V12, 6.3 litre FF and the 458. There’s the UK challenger to the 458, McLaren’s MP4-12C. The latest gizmo-laden Nissan GTR, Porsche’s GT2 RS, the 570-horsepower Lamborghini Performante and the fun BMW 1M. Helping me are The Stig and Formula One new boy, Karun Chandhok. I look into the future, in the shape of the hybrid-engined Mugen Honda CR-Z, And there are blasts from the past as well. The beautiful Eagle Speedster a modern twist on the iconic, timeless E-Type, with its 4.7 litre engine and an eye-watering £500,000 price tag. And there’s the all new Jensen Interceptor R with its 6.2 litre Corvette motor. The mighty Brutus, a vintage car fitted with a flame-spitting BMW airplane engine. Also the single-seater, B.A.C. Mono – capable of 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. What more could you want?…
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From Oscar and Emmy award winning filmmakers, Red Army highlights the Soviet Union’s legendary and enigmatic hockey training culture and world-dominating team through the eyes of the team’s Captain Slava Fetisov, following his shift from hockey star and celebrated national hero to political enemy. The film turns a unique lens on the social and cultural transformation of the Soviet Union leading up to the fall of Communism, mirroring the rise and fall of the Red Army team. A film by Gabe Polsky and Executive Producers Werner Herzog and Jerry Weintraub.
Artifact is a 2012 American documentary film directed by Jared Leto under the pseudonym of Bartholomew Cubbins, a recurring character in the Dr. Seuss universe. The film is a documentary about the making of the 30 Seconds to Mars album This Is War and the band’s battle against record label EMI. Included in Artifact are several interviews, including the one with neurophysicist Daniel Levitin, author of the popular science book This Is Your Brain On Music. The film won the BlackBerry People’s Choice Documentary Award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
It’s 2017 in Bisbee, Arizona, an old copper-mining town just miles from the Mexican border. The town’s close-knit community prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bisbee’s darkest hour: the infamous Bisbee Deportation of 1917, during which 1,200 striking miners were violently taken from their homes, banished to the middle of the desert, and left to die. Townspeople confront this violent, misunderstood past by staging dramatic recreations of the escalating strike. These dramatized scenes are based on subjective versions of the story and “directed,” in a sense, by residents with conflicting views of the event. Deeply personal segments torn from family history build toward a massive restaging of the deportation itself on the exact day of its 100th anniversary.
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