The Untold History of the United States
By Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick
Review by Richard Xu
The Untold History of the United States is a long, but well-written exposé on U.S. history centered around the idea that since World War II, American hegemony has had a pernicious effect on sovereign nations all throughout the world. It substantiates this claim by providing a detailed look at U.S. military interventions from the 1950s and onward, which included South America, Central America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, and which almost always resulted in regime change through violent and/or covert means conducted by the CIA. Continue reading
Wishful Drinking (2010 HBO Documentary)
By and Starring Carrie Fisher
Review by Stephanie Bragg
Actress Carrie Fisher, yes Princess Leia herself, has led a wildly interesting life. The daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and late singer Eddie Fisher, Carrie brings her unique sense of humor and wit to the facts of her life in her one woman stage production. Fisher chronicles her life, from her parents’ separation and complicated family tree to becoming a cultural icon at age 19 and how that has affected her life and relationships. The one woman show was so popular, she developed it into her biography, also called Wishful Drinking
I really never knew Carrie Fisher had such a bold sense of humor, but I guess with all her trials in life you have to try to laugh about it. My favorite section is talking about her family tree. Fisher has a big board with everyone’s pictures from her parents to her spouses to her children. The whole 76 minutes are hilarious and not without a healthy dose of “Star Wars” talk and paraphernalia.
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About the reviewer: Stephanie Bragg loves all things geek and tries to hit ComicCon each year.