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Do you like foreign films ?

      We do. We rent them fairly often. The last one we saw was Chinese, A Touch of Sin. It was four vignettes based on actual incidents in China, one of them being the suicide of a worker in a Foxconn factory.

      I've known people, some of them college graduates, who wouldn't watch foreign films because they had trouble keeping up with subtitles. We have no problem with that. Nowadays most DVDs give you a choice, you can watch the movie dubbed in English or in the original language with subtitles. We like the subtitles so we can hear the original language, even if we don't understand it. Subtitles or dubbed, unless you speak the language you're sort of at the mercy of the translators. Even with my limited Spanish it sometimes happens that I'll disagree with the translation of some line in a Mexican movie, but it's never anything that would change the plot. We saw a good Mexican documentary a couple of weeks back, it was called La Bestia, The Beast. That's what Central Americans emigrants call the freight train that they ride north through Mexico to the US border.

      One of the best things about movies made in other countries is that they're not as predictable as American movies. They're not as formulaic. A lot of Americans films follow the 20-40-20 rule; that's 20 minutes to set up the action, 40 minutes of action, and 20 minutes to resolve the plot. I guess that would be 30-60-30 these days since most movies are 2 hours long now instead of 90 minutes. Many European films don't even have an "ending." They just sort of trail off without a plot resolution where everything comes out well for the heroes, like we knew it would in the first half-hour. Sometimes I wonder if Americans aren't comforted by predictability. We saw one like that recently, a movie with no real ending, a French film called Sister. That one was pretty good.

      One of the things that makes American movies so craptastic is that they are made by corporations. Corporations want big-profit "blockbusters" and they don't like taking chances. One way to make sure your movie is a hit is to base it on one that was a hit the last time you made it, you make a sequel. They call them "franchises," these series of sequels and prequels. I see there's a new Spiderman movie out, I can't wait.

      We're slavophiles, Mrs. Z and I. We read Russian novels and Russian history. We watch a lot of Russian movies. One of the most influential film makers ever was Russian, Sergei Eisenstein. I was reminded of his film Battleship Potemkin recently when annieli posted a modified image from it in one of the Ukraine diaries. It takes place in Odessa and the scene of the baby carriage bumping down the Potemkin Stairs had been copied many times. It was used in The Untouchables. ¡Que Viva Mexico! is another Eisenstein classic. It was originally supposed to be a film about the Mexican Revolution but financial and political problems kept it from being finished. A restored version of the footage he shot in Mexico is available on DVD and is worth seeing. The imagery is unforgettable. Burnt by the Sun is a good one, sort of the human side of the Stalinist repression in the late 1930s. And then there's Stalingrad. The Russians are as hung up on the Battle of Stalingrad as we are on D-Day and there have been several good movies about it. I have a copy of the two-part Soviet epic made in 1949. "The Boss" was still alive when it was made so of course Stalin is depicted as the military mastermind behind the Red Army's victory. But if you can look past the cult of personality it's a fairly accurate account of the battle with thousands of Red Army extras and period correct equipment. There's also a pretty good German Stalingrad movie showing the battle from the loser's perspective. The one I'm waiting for is the new 2013 Russian version. It's in 3-D and hugely popular in Russia. I'll rent it the minute it appears on DVD.

      I know I'm spoiled when it comes to movie rentals. We have an outstanding video store here. They cater to film buffs and have a huge selection of foreign films. I've never looked into Netflix so I don't know what kind of selection they have, but I'd be bored to death if I had to rely on "Hollywood" for my movies. How 'bout it CUA film fans and critics,

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DC Kossacks Inaugural Picnic Meet-up: Splendor On The Grass


by NinthElegyfor DC Kossacks

NinthElegy held her inaugural meet-up for the new DC Kossacks on Saturday, April 19th. She packed her tony bamboo picnic hamper with a healthy salad and artisan triple-chocolate cupcakes garnished with Eastern Redbud blossoms from her neighborhood tree. Such lovely details to reward her attendees. The timing was perfect for a picnic among the cherry blossoms on the mall.

Some photos of the newly forming DC Kossacks:

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L-R: webgenie, mimi & Sasha and Edward Adams

Please visit NinthElegy diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can join DC Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to NinthElegy.

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Photo (bad) Diary: NYC Meet-up with Chacounne! 3/24/14.
With a special appearance by 714day!


by joanbrookerfor New York City

The NYC Kossacks rolled out the red carpet for the visiting Chacounne and also had the bonus of another last minute visitor, 714day!

Here's one photo:

L-R: Sidnora, Chacounne & 714day

Please visit joanbrooker's diary for many MORE photos plus food pr0n! Enjoy! You can join New York City by sending a Kosmail to sidnora.

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by EagleOfFreedomfor Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks

EagleOfFreedom has resuscitated the Seattle Kossacks. Many groups have been started there but with the support of this series I think we've got Seattle going again. This is the second meet-up EagleOfFreedom has successfully completed. His diary was really fantastic. Their special guest was Ojibwa. If you read the diary and the comments you can see they are all ready to work together on things like GOTV!

Here's one group photo:

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L-R: mlharges, bleeding blue, Ojibwa, Ms. bleeding blue, ReasonableGunsPlz, John Crapper's Girl, EagleOfFreedom, John Crapper, RickEagle, Momomia, N in Seattle

Please visit EagleOfFreedom's diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can join Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to John Crapper, the new leader of Seattle Kossacks.

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Motor City Kossacks Welcomed Dave in Northridge,
3/22, Golden Fleece in Greektown (photos)


by peregrine katefor Motor City Kossacks

The Motor City Kossacks rolled out the red carpet for visiting Dave in Northridge from Los Angeles. peregrine kate details interesting information about Detroit, the upcoming host town of NN14, and describes a delicious dinner in famous Greek Town. Prepping all of us NN14 attendees for our July visit soon!

Here's one group photo:

L-R: peregrine kate, Dave in Northridge, Mr. ICanDoThis, Amber6541. Amber's sister, ICanDoThis, ProvokingMeaning, toneilda

Please visit peregrine kate's diary for many MORE photos plus food pr0n! Enjoy! You can join Motor City Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to peregrine kate.

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Baja Arizona Kossacks Meet-Up Liveblog


by Azazellofor Baja Arizona Kossacks

The Baja Kossacks just had their 4th Annual Picnic at the home of Mr. and Mrs. sneakers563. The group is shepherded by Azazello, an official member of DKos since 2009. From his diary and about his state:

More and better Democrats is always a popular subject for debate here in Baja AZ, especially in an election year. Against the charge that Arizona is an incurably red state I often point out that 5 of our 9 US Reps are Democrats. This is true but it doesn't tell the whole story. While we in Tucson are justifiably proud of Raúl Grijalva (Wikipedia HERE) whose first elected office was board member for Tucson Unified School District #1, most of Tucson and all of Cochise County are now represented by Ron Barber (Wikipedia HERE) who is a very Blue Dog indeed. For an example of this Blue Doggedness see this article at Alternet ☛ 5 Million Dirty Reasons for Record Deportations.

He's on top of it and thanks to him for gathering Kossacks together to become stronger.

 Here's the group photo:

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Front row: ItsAMathJoke, drnatrl, sneakers563, chloris creator, Desert Rose

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Thursday, May 8th

Silicon Valley Kossacks Protest KXL at Obama's Personal Appearance

TIME: 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Downtown with +350.org
80 E Evelyn Ave  • Mountain View

Obama is coming back into town on Thursday May 8th for a fundraiser in Mountain View. Join us and tell President Obama to say NO to the Keystone Pipeline and keep your promises on climate!

ORGANIZER: Send Glen The Plumber a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. remembrance
2. Glen The Plumber
3. TLO™
4. navajo
5.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Obama Returns to Silicon Valley - Meet us at the protest rally!
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Saturday, May 10th

Boston Kossacks Attend
Singing for the Planet Concert

Tickets are $25; $20 students/seniors, proceeds benefit www.350MA.org

TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Emmanuel Church
15 Newbury Street • Boston

ORGANIZER: Send GreyHawk a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. GreyHawk
2. HawkWife
3. WarrenS
4. Knockbally
Maybees:
Latest diary: Next BosKos Meetup - Sat 12 Apr at the Cafe Barada
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Tuesday, May 13th

SFKossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet
for LeftOfYou & Expat Okie

TIME: 11:00 AM, Early lunch!
LOCATION: Yank Sing
Rincon Center, 101 Spear St. • San Francisco

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. LeftOfYou
3. Expat Okie
4. side pocket
5. Justice Putnam
6. dharmasyd
7. Lorikeet
8. jpmassar
9. maggiejean
Maybees:
annieli
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Saturday, May 17th

DC Kossacks Potluck Picnic on the National Mall

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: National Mall • Washington, DC
Here is how to find the DC Kossacks picnic: take the Blue/Orange line to Smithsonian Metro Station. Exit the escalators and walk straight ahead across the first small lawn to the trees and grassy areas directly ahead. Look for a large plain orange cloth. That'll be us.

ORGANIZER: Send NinthElegy a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. NinthElegy
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]


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Saturday, June 28th

DC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: TBD
TBD • Washington, DC

ORGANIZER: Send NinthElegy a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. NinthElegy
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Saturday, May 24th

Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle

ORGANIZER: Send John Crapper a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. John Crapper
2. bleeding blue
3. wise piper
4. flamingogirl
5. John Crapper's SO
6. Grey Fedora
7. TBoneApollo
8. N in Seattle
9. momomia
10. momomia's friend
11. Piren
12. Gemina13
Maybees:
LeftyCoaster
Eagle Keeper
oakroyd
wackoliberal
Penny GC
Latest diary: Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks - Come Together!
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Saturday, May 24th

LA Kossacks Meet-up with Guest Speaker:
Marianne Williamson, US Congress candidate

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION:  Casey's Irish Pub
613 S Grand Ave. • Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Shockwave
2. susans
3. Otoelbc
4. Lisa
5. Mr. Lisa
6. Lisa's Guest
7. Dave in Northridge
8. jakedog42
Maybees:
Chiwere
714day
Latest diary: LA Kossacks - Political Season Meetups II and III


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Saturday, May 31st
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LA Kossacks Meet-up with Guest Speakers:
Matt Miller
, US Congress candidate for CA-33 and Sandra Fluke, California Senate candidate for the CA-05 Senate district. CA-05 Senate and CA-33 US Congress overlap 50%. Both candidates agreed to speak at the same meeting.

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION:  Casey's Irish Pub
613 S Grand Ave. • Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Shockwave
2. susans
3. Otoelbc
4. Mr. Lisa
5. jakedog42
6. Joe Bacon
Maybees:
Chiwere
Lisa
714day
Latest diary: CA-33; a record breaking and highly visible district
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Wednesday, July 16th

Annual Cheers & Jeers Dinner to Kick-Off NN14, Kossacks Only

TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: TBD
TDB • Detroit

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. Common Sense Mainer
2. Bill in Portland Maine
3. smileycreek
4. paradise50
5. side pocket
6. Mrs. side pocket
7. norm
8. maggiejean
9. Shockwave
10. a gilas girl
11. susans
12. Sara R
13. belinda ridgewood
14. sidnora
15. Mr. sidnora
16. thankgodforairamerica
17. brillig
18. mik
19. K1
20. loggersbrat
21. Dave in Northridge
22. 714day
23. NormAl1792
24. texasmom
25. texasdad
26. a gilas girl
27. peregrine kate
28. provokingmeaning
29. justiceputnam
30. tmservo433
31. Mark E Andersen
32. Son of Mark E Andersen
33. winkk
34. theRoaringGirl
35. shermanesq
36. Doggie269
37. shanikka
38. jakedog42
39. ramara
40. skohayes
41. DebtorsPrison
42. gmats
43. Adam Blomeke
Daily Kos Staff:
1. Markos Moulitsas
2. Susan Gardner
3. Will Rockafellow
4. Meteor Blades
5. Joan McCarter
6. Faith Gardner
7. Laura Clawson
8. Chris Bowers
9. navajo
10. Jen Hayden
11.
12.

44. LuLu
45. Chicklette
46. PerfectStormer
47. 4Freedom
48. DemSign
49. vicki
50. Cedwyn
51. jotter
52. aha aha
53. Dennis Shreefer
54. ohmydem
55. Brainwrap
56. Mrs. Brainwrap
57. Eclectablog aka Chris Savage
58. Anne Savage

Maybees: N in Seattle, Turbonerd, winifred3

Latest diary: Connect! Unite! Act! ATTN: DC, Tucson & Seattle Meet-up Info! +Q: Roll Call, Are You Attending NN14?



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Friday, July 18th

Daily Kos Detroit VA Hospital Service Project

Sara R delivers 65 quilts, hand knit scarves and hats, books, 65 teddy bears, hand made greeting cards, and phone cards from the DK Quilt Guild, WAYWO, the Readers & Book Lovers, IGTNT and individual Kossacks to the nursing home at the Detroit VA Hospital. This is a wonderful project that many people can be involved with even if they don't attend the convention. If you care about veterans in a nursing home this is your project. Please volunteer to help.

DELIVERY TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Volunteer Office of the Detroit VA Hospital
4646 John R St. • Detroit

ORGANIZER: Send Sara R a Kosmail to participate in making the gifts and/or deliver them.

RSVPs to help deliver gifts:
1. Sara R
2. NormAl1792
3. Winifred
Maybees:
Latest diary: DK Quilt Guild: What Inspires You?



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Plenary Session Tables during the rest of the Convention

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to have a seat reserved for you in the main ballroom of the convention center for the big events. These table will be there so we can all find each other as a group. The seating is not assigned. You can float from table to table. I'm counting to see how many tables I need to reserve.

Cheers & Jeers Table:
1. Common Sense Mainer
2. Bill in Portland Maine
3. brillig
4. mik
5. K1
6. loggersbrat
7. N in Seattle
8. vicki
9. Cedwyn
10.
Motor City Kossacks:
1. peregrine kate
2. provokingmeaning
3. 4Freedom
4. Brainwrap
5. Mrs. Brainwrap
6. Eclectablog aka Chris Savage
7.
8.
9.
10.
SFKossacks Table:
1. navajo
2. Meteor Blades
3. smileycreek
4. paradise50
5. side pocket
6. Mrs. side pocket
7. norm
8. maggiejean
9. Jeff in CA
10. Mrs. Jeff in CA
SFKossacks Table II:
1. a gilas girl
2. justiceputnam
3. Sara R
4. DebtorsPrison
5. tmservo433
6. shanikka
7. Dragon5616
8. jotter
9. aha aha
10.
Los Angeles Table:
1. Shockwave
2. susans
3. Dave in Northridge
4. gmats
5. 714day
6. jakedog42
7.
8.
9.
10.
New York Table:
1. sidnora
2. Mr. sidnora
3. belinda ridgewood
4. thankgodforairamerica
5. Dee Oliver-Velez
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Maybees:
kjoftherock, angry marmot, boran2, Turbonerd, northerntier, northerntier's SO,
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