From Russia With Love (1963 Britain)

You don’t review James Bond movies, you evaluate them, rate them according to how well they meet expectations. Today, the Bond franchise is second only to Star Wars in value, and second only to Godzilla in number of films. It’s MGM’s mainstay, and its title role is among the most coveted in the British film industry. But at the beginning, it was far from clear that it would be this way. Dr. No, while hardly a flop, was also less than a resounding success. It did decent box office, but reviews were mixed, and Ian Fleming himself was reported to be somewhat unhappy with the result. If the second Bond wasn’t an improvement, the series might not have continued much longer. But From Russia with Love was better, in practically every way, an interesting fact considering that it had the same director and leading man. [Read more…]

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A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide & The Question Of Turkish Responsibility (Taner Akam)

bookTaner Akcam is very brave for speaking up for the Armenians, who suffered the first genocide of the 20th century. Unfortunately, there is an ever-growing movement by the Turkish government to cover this up, and they are paying countless individuals to go online and spread lies. Akcam continues to be the boldest Turkish intellectual alive, and his reviews seem to reflect that. He has suffered numerous death threats and various Turkish nationalist fantasies about his having been a “terrorist” before he became a scholar.
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