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Orwell Rolls in His Grave
Directed by Robert Kane Pappas, Orwell Rolls in His Grave questions whether the bleak, feverishly regulated world of author George Orwell's 1984 is no longer a dire fictional account of government power gone wrong but a creeping reality of recent American media trends. The film focuses on the media's least covered topic -- itself -- in an effort to trace the process by which newsworthy stories are either dismissed entirely or distorted into something more politically suitable for the heads of various media conglomerates. It also studies how influential politicos became responsible for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For some, Pappas' film will simply confirm everything they've suspected of the fourth estate. For others, it will be a reiteration of points they make themselves. Those who've never thought about these issues may be in for the shock of their lives."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Even though he refuses to excise about 15 to 20 minutes of unnecessary material, Pappas is nonetheless a steady editor who, less intrepid than dogged, pieces together a sustainably intriguing, suitably distressing exposť."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"[N]one of this is news. But seeing it laid out so bare... is infuriating."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A vivid and distressing documentary examination of the state of the fourth estate... a deeply fascinating must-see for anyone interested in the news, politics and civic life."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Get ready for a cultural wake-and-shake you won't forget for a long, long time."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Comes across as a political science course videotape rather than a movie to fully engage a general audience."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The war against the neo-fascists still goes on, and the outcome at this point is far from certain. Mr. Pappas' film does its part."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Orwell's predictions have come sadly true."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"...it sometimes goes off into areas that, while interesting, are pretty tangential. Still, it makes a good (and scary) case."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"The persuasion of Pappas' argument lies in the accumulation of original documentation, allowing the political perps to condemn themselves with their own words."
‑ Les Wright, culturevulture.net
"Enlightening, at times disturbing, and always provocative."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Every incident mentioned in the film was reported in the media, sometimes ad nauseam, and the polls show that about half of Americans like where things are going."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Professors, pundits, journalists and one elected official, Representative Bernie Sanders (I-VT), rigorously examine the issue of maintaining a free press in an environment in which journalists are increasingly the employees of major corporations."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"A bracing eye-opener to anyone who hasn't considered the full implications of recent Congressional debates advocating further media deregulation, debates that, unsurprisingly, have been strikingly underreported by mainstream news outlets."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Be prepared to be shocked, infuriated, depressed, and terrified."
‑ Stina Chyn, Film Threat
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