Watching: Outfoxed.

“Outfoxed” examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public’s right to know.

The film explores Murdoch’s burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person.

Media experts, including Jeff Cohen (FAIR) Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society.

This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it’s like to work for Fox News.  These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a “right-wing” point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said “There’s no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can’t be crossed.”

It reminds me how similar Fox News can be to the extreme Blue / KMT supporters from Taiwan. Of course the media environment is different.

The depressing part as most of the big media honchos in Taiwan inherited the position from the military command that KMT fleedging from mainland China to Taiwan after the Communist Party had them running away. Thus a lot of that still lingers. Extreme conservatism from Fox News, which is hidden as not real balanced reporting also happens in a lot of the media coverage back in Asia. Just take all the coverage about the previous president Chen Sui Bian trial for example. Yes the guy made mistakes and screwed up huge, but is hipocrisy making him take all the fall, while others are doing or did much worse things.

He deserved to be punished, but other do too, and the uneven don’t take notice. That’s what this very worth watching documentary about this dirty US network reminded me of. If you happen to stumbled on my post on accident, my opinions are my opinions, maybe you should form your opinion yourself, so you can watch the documentary too, which all 8 parts are embedded below.

Fox News definitely NOT a Fair and Balanced Network.

Most journalists do commit the fallacy of saying that reporting is neutral. Reporting is never neutral, you always carry some of your own position into the reporting itself, but you always tried to keep it as centered as possible, by allowing different and opposing sides to contribute, the result will always be uneven. But taking deep pushed extremes as if this supposed close to Fair and Balance is not only wrong but most of all deceiving.

Outfoxed Part 1

Outfoxed Part 2

Outfoxed Part 3

Outfoxed Part 4

Outfoxed Part 5

Outfoxed Part 6

Outfoxed Part 7

Outfoxed Part 8

You can find more information about Outfoxed in their official website: http://www.outfoxed.org/

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IMAX.

During my vacation I helped my sister translate a few things for the HosStuffWork things from Discovery and included a piece about the IMAX cinemas.

Never been in a IMAX screening myself, until very recently there were no IMAX screens in Brazil. Which opened for business exactly on the day I returned from that said vacation. As it appear I finally have a reason to experience it for the first time, as the re-release of The Dark Knight is not only slated down here also, but scheduled for next week.

Going to movies in Taiwan is not a cheap entertainment commodity, and as Variety reported last week Taipei is getting another IMAX screen soon. Wonder where it will be installed? Down here in Brazil we’re barely on the 1st (though Argentina has one for a few years already), heh.

Wonder if experiencing will be something blog worthy. Will know about it soon.

67 Countries Vying for 2008 Foreign Language Oscar.

via 67 Countries Vying for 2008 Foreign Language Oscar – ComingSoon.net

It depresses me that we’re getting another gritty reality type of movie as the Brazil nominee.

For every more hopeful movie like we had with “O Ano em que meus pais saíram de Férias” (the almost auto-biographycal movie from Cao Haburger), we get a dozen of heavier movies. Yes they’re all from great filmakers, but quite depressive.

As I am always glad to find out, the Sao Paulo International Film Festival, is actually one of these few great places to get really fine Brazilian made films, that goes against those kind of movies. I already watched one this year (yesterday for instance), that’s simply a gem. Will talk about it later.

Taiwanese, entry Cape No. 7 has been so praised, that I’m really curious. My sister was back from Taiwan last week, and says that this is an unmissable movie. Will comment on it as soon as I get a copy of it.

The 2008 submissions are:

Afghanistan, “Opium War,” Siddiq Barmak, director;

Albania, “The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider,” Piro Milkani and Eno Milkani, directors;

Algeria, “Masquerades,” Lyes Salem, director;

Argentina, “Lion’s Den,” Pablo Trapero, director;

Austria, “Revanche,” Gotz Spielmann, director;

Azerbaijan, “Fortress,” Shamil Nacafzada, director;

Bangladesh, “Aha!,” Enamul Karim Nirjhar, director;

Belgium, “Eldorado,” Bouli Lanners, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Snow,” Aida Begic, director;

Brazil, “Last Stop 174,” Bruno Barreto, director;

Bulgaria, “Zift,” Javor Gardev, director;

Canada, “The Necessities of Life,” Benoit Pilon, director;

Chile, “Tony Manero,” Pablo Larrain, director;

China, “Dream Weavers,” Jun Gu, director;

Colombia, “Dog Eat Dog,” Carlos Moreno, director;

Croatia, “No One’s Son,” Arsen Anton Ostojic, director;

Czech Republic, “The Karamazovs,” Petr Zelenka, director;

Denmark, “Worlds Apart,” Niels Arden Oplev, director;

Egypt, “The Island,” Sherif Arafa, director;

Estonia, “I Was Here,” Rene Vilbre, director;

Finland, “The Home of Dark Butterflies,” Dome Karukoski, director;

France, “The Class,” Laurent Cantet, director;

Georgia, “Mediator,” Dito Tsintsadze, director;

Germany, “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” Uli Edel, director;

Greece, “Correction,” Thanos Anastopoulos, director;

Hong Kong, “Painted Skin,” Gordon Chan, director;

Hungary, “Iska’s Journey,” Csaba Bollok, director;

Iceland, “White Night Wedding,” Baltasar Kormakur, director;

India, “Taare Zameen Par,” Aamir Khan, director;

Iran, “The Song of Sparrows,” Majid Majidi, director;

Israel, “Waltz with Bashir,” Ari Folman, director;

Italy, “Gomorra,” Matteo Garrone, director;

Japan, “Departures,” Yojiro Takita, director;

Jordan, “Captain Abu Raed,” Amin Matalqa, director;

Kazakhstan, “Tulpan,” Sergey Dvortsevoy, director;

Korea, “Crossing,” Tae-kyun Kim, director;

Kyrgyzstan, “Heavens Blue,” Marie Jaoul de Poncheville, director;

Latvia, “Defenders of Riga,” Aigars Grauba, director;

Lebanon, “Under the Bombs,” Philippe Aractingi, director;

Lithuania, “Loss,” Maris Martinsons, director;

Luxembourg, “Nuits d’Arabie,” Paul Kieffer, director;

Macedonia, “I’m from Titov Veles,” Teona Strugar Mitevska, director;

Mexico, “Tear This Heart Out,” Roberto Sneider, director;

Morocco, “Goodbye Mothers,” Mohamed Ismail, director;

The Netherlands, “Dunya & Desie,” Dana Nechushtan, director;

Norway, “O’Horten,” Bent Hamer, director;

Palestine, “Salt of This Sea” Annemarie Jacir, director;

Philippines, “Ploning,” Dante Nico Garcia, director;

Poland, “Tricks,” Andrzej Jakimowski, director;

Portugal, “Our Beloved Month of August,” Miguel Gomes, director;

Romania, “The Rest Is Silence,” Nae Caranfil, director;

Russia, “Mermaid,” Anna Melikyan, director;

Serbia, “The Tour,” Goran Markovic, director;

Singapore, “My Magic,” Eric Khoo, director;

Slovakia, “Blind Loves,” Juraj Lehotsky, director;

Slovenia, “Rooster’s Breakfast,” Marko Nabersnik, director;

South Africa, “Jerusalema,” Ralph Ziman, director;

Spain, “The Blind Sunflowers,” Jose Luis Cuerda, director;

Sweden, “Everlasting Moments,” Jan Troell, director;

Switzerland, “The Friend,” Micha Lewinsky, director;

Taiwan, “Cape No. 7,” Te-Sheng Wei, director;

Thailand, “Love of Siam,” Chookiat Sakveerakul, director;

Turkey, “3 Monkeys,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director;

Ukraine, “Illusion of Fear,” Aleksandr Kiriyenko, director;

United Kingdom, “Hope Eternal,” Karl Francis, director;

Uruguay, “Kill Them All,” Esteban Schroeder, director;

Venezuela, “The Color of Fame,” Alejandro Bellame Palacios, director.

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.