Toronto’s Doc Festival Still A Major Force

§ July 22nd, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

chdocsCanada was by far the most heavily represented country at Hot Docs, with 42 films in the program. And some of the festival’s most powerful entries were Canadian — notably The Last Round, about George Chuvalo’s stoical defeat to Muhammad Ali in 1966, Men of the Deeps, an eloquent portrait of Cape Breton coal miners, and Rage Against the Darkness, a harrowing tale of two aging sisters warehoused in separate institutions.

The documentary has become the domain of the dispossessed. Its origins can be traced to state propaganda — from the patriotic mission of NFB founder John Grierson to the Nazi pageantry of Leni Riefenstahl. But these days the notion of a right-wing documentary is almost a contradiction in terms. To attend Hot Docs was to be confronted by images of neglected seniors, special-needs kids, outlaw teens, homeless squatters, Bosnian rape victims, Afghan bombing casualties, Islamic women murdered for breaking sexual taboos, and female brokers hitting a glass ceiling on Wall Street.

But the festival also included films devoted to harmless idiosyncrasy, such as Feel Neil, an exhaustive study of Neil Diamond impersonators. And there were far-flung excursions into the exotic — notably Sand and Water, a lyrical portrait of river farmers in Bangladesh whose lands § Read the rest of this entry…

Is That an Injured Seal I Hear?

§ July 20th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

snorereliefSnoring is definitely not the most soothing sound on the planet. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who can actually fall asleep to the sounds of another person snoring. Most people sound like an injured seal or a barking dog when they snore which can end up disturbing the entire household. It’s not easy to stop snoring and many people snore because of the way their muscles relax while they sleep. There are life-style changes that can be made to help relieve snoring but it’s not the easiest for everyone. While quitting smoking or drinking can be done, they are often very difficult to do. As well, if people snore because they are overweight diet and exercise can take some time to show results. Anti-snoring mouthpieces can help in the meantime and in the event that the life-style changes don’t cause the snoring to stop then the mouthpiece can still do its job.

Anti-snoring mouthpieces generally work by gently pushing the lower jaw open so that the airway is clear and the sleeper can breathe properly again. It’s amazing how one little adjustment can make a world of difference.

There are a lot of mouthpieces on the market but one of the ones that has the highest rate of success is The Snore Relief®. While most mouthpieces are a solid piece of plastic that force you to breathe through your nose the Snore Relief® is designed to include two holes at the front which allow air to flow freely. This is especially good if you snore all the time but perhaps it gets worse when you have allergies or a cold. There are also people who have trouble breathing through their nose on a regular basis for a variety of reasons. You might want to check out other snoring mouthpieces here.

Also, the packaging on the Snore Relief® is really nice. Usually mouthpieces come to you in the mail in some kind of box or § Read the rest of this entry…

Best Ways to Remove Skin Tags At Home

§ July 17th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

removestahSkin tags are small, completely benign (non-cancerous) growths of excess skin cells that protrudes from the skin, commonly in places on the body where skin tends to fold. Also known as acrochordons, they can be different shapes and sizes, varying from 1cm to half an inch long. They can erupt on the neck, groin, armpits, under breasts or anywhere where skin lies on top of skin, creating rubbing or friction throughout the day. Although there is no medical reason for needing to remove skin tags as they are harmless and generally painless, many people find that they are aesthetically unattractive.

There are a few different methods of removal for skin tags both at the doctor’s office rand at home. Freezing kits can be purchased over the counter at any pharmacy but is also done professionally at most medical clinics, however it can be expensive (between $35.00 and $50.00). Oils and creams are also available for purchase but cost even more than the freezing and take weeks to see results. Skin tags can easily be removed safely at-home provided that certain steps are taken before cutting off the tag. All tools used should be properly cleaned and sterilized and the surface of the skin should be treated following the tag’s removal.

  1. In order to cut off the skin tag at-home, a pair of small, narrow but sharp scissors are necessary and must be sterilized to ensure that no irritation is caused and there is no chance of infection. To sterilize, soak in a saline solution (the ratio is about ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized salt or sea salt to 1 cup of clean, warm water) and wipe with a clean towel. The scissors should now be sterile and safe to use to snip off your skin tag. Your hands should also be washed with warm water and soap and dried with a clean towel to further reduce the risk of infection.
  2. If the skin tag is found in an extremely sensitive area, like pubic or eyelid, cutting off the tag may not be the best route. Otherwise, the skin tag can now be cut off and should be snipped at the very base, as close to the surface of the skin as possible.
  3. Alcohol wipes, antibacterial sprays or a clean cloth with soap and warm water should be used to clean the area after the skin tag is removed. If bleeding occurs, apply pressure with a clean cotton ball, wipe or cloth to the area for a few minutes.
  4. Apply an antibacterial cream to the area if desired. This is not necessary if the previous steps have been followed but can help to speed healing and reduce the likeliness of scarring. A bandage can also be applied but is not necessary unless the bleeding continues.

At home skin tag removal is always the cheapest solution for removing skin tags but often leaves scars or marks on the body. § Read the rest of this entry…

Women Of Vision: A Documentary Of Trust

§ June 24th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

ffanviIn the midst of the commercialization and Calista-ization of feminism, it is refreshing to feel the punch of what feminism once was–community-oriented, politically active, collective, and critical. Women of Vision: Eighteen Histories in Feminist Film and Video, a new documentary by media-studies professor and documentary filmmaker Alexandra Juhasz, is a rich and moving effort to document a heretofore undocumented history, one told by the participants themselves.

Women of Vision guides us through three generations of American women actively involved in some aspect of alternative visual culture. These are not the female equivalents of roles usually filled by men in the film industry–the female cinematographers, the female gaffers (or most any other role in the motion picture business). These are women who responded to a lack in their communities or their own lives and staked their own territories, which in the earlier years of feminist visual culture were often political, community-oriented, and public. Headed up by a behorned and bedeviled § Read the rest of this entry…

Do You Have Time? (A Film Review)

§ June 16th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

rfpsWith its labyrinthine prose, plethora of characters, and multiple shifts in time, Marcel Proust’s magnum opus A la Recherche du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time) does not lend itself easily to film adaptation. Earlier screen adaptations of Proust’s novel, one of the greatest modernist masterpieces, include Volker Schlondorff’s woefully affected Un Amour de Swann (1983). Yet Raul Ruiz’s skillful rendering (cowritten with Gilles Taurand) and direction of Le Temps Retrouve (Time Regained), the last book of Proust’s epic, is laudable primarily for not making Proust’s work recherche.

Rather than emphasizing the preciosity of this grand novel, Ruiz–whose own films are marked by an elliptical sense of time–smartly utilizes cinematic tricks to evoke the § Read the rest of this entry…

Lucian Pintille: Mega-Genius

§ June 8th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

lucianpmgRomanian film director Lucian Pintilie won international acclaim in 1965 with his first feature film, Sunday at Six O’Clock. A love story set against the background of the WWII resistance movement, it was hailed by European film critics as a brilliant exercise in cinematic style and won two major awards in Romania as well as nine prizes at international film festivals.

Pintilie’s second feature, Reconstruction (1969), was even more notable for its stylistic innovations. Shot in a cinema-verite style that lent it the authenticity of a documentary, Reconstruction is about two students who are forced by a local magistrate to reenact a fistfight they had in a bar. This ‘reconstruction,’ which is § Read the rest of this entry…

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