John Sullivan

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There are very good intentions at the core of America: Imagine a World Without Her, Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan‘s follow-up to their smash hit 2016: Obama’s America. In focusing much of their attack on Howard Zinn, the filmmakers look to rewrite history again, this time in a more positive manner. That isn’t to say the documentary is out to defend slavery or imperialism or any of the other shameful things spotlighted in “The People’s History of the United States,” but it does concentrate on how the nation has continually gotten on the right path and put its wrongdoings behind. Narrating and appearing on screen as the film’s main driving force, D’Souza implies that America is great because we did have that Civil War and eventually abolished slavery. Basically, he believes we should be celebrating the fact that we no longer treat people like property, not harping on the fact that we once did. What should be an easy bit of spin, though, winds up a terribly argued thesis on why America is the best – which comes down to stating that at least it’s not that bad — with an ultimate agenda to literally demonize Saul Alinsky and of course note the “Lucifer-like” activist’s influence on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The latter even gets a teenage portrayal in one of the film’s many bland simulations, the worst of which opens America so awkwardly and persistently that it could turn viewers off immediately. Just as with D’Souza and Sullivan’s last documentary (also produced by Schindler’s List Oscar winner Gerald R. Molen), this one stumbles in its judgment of what […]

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? Technically, there can only be one World’s Greatest Dad. The fact that Josh Izenberg took this foam hat witticism seriously is a good indication of the kind of comedy at work in this short. It focuses on two men (wearing said hats) at a backyard party who get into a verbal pissing contest about which one of them is the better dad. The writing is sharp, and the two actors (John Sullivan and Justin Page) sell the escalating absurdity of the one-upmanship. Happy Father’s Day, everyone. Be happy your dad cares enough to flip you some burgers. What will it cost? Only 1 minute. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films

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Why Watch? Funny and unexpected despite a few rough edges. The rough edges of this short come from needing a better camera (the visuals are there but the body ain’t willing), and by being made in 48 hours. An entry in the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project, it plays out a lot like a long-form joke you might tell at a messed up dinner party, and the final revelation of the punch line is thankfully nuanced. The writing is restrained, and constantly flowing. The concept is one that might make you throw up a little in your mouth while you’re laughing. But, hey, other cultures eat different things right? If it’s possible, this short is both subdued and hilarious at the same time. What does it cost? Just 6 minutes of your time. Check out Albatross for yourself:

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