'Greatest of the great' – Agnès Varda: the eternally youthful soul of world cinema | Film | The Guardian

‘Greatest of the great’ – Agnès Varda: the eternally youthful soul of world cinema | Film | The Guardian

Arguably the greatest film-maker of the French New Wave, Varda – who has died – continued making her distinctive brand of wise, personal, accessible cinema into her late 80s. F or me, Agnès Varda was the greatest of that great and long-lived generation of the French New Wave. She was a master of personal cinema and essay cinema, drama, satire, documentary and romance, and her work had a distinctive richness and wisdom. Her debut feature, La Pointe Courte (1954), is a study in contemporary relationships with a poetic poise that surpasses Hiroshima Mon Amour (whose director, Alain Resnais, worked on Pointe Courte as editor). Her early masterpiece Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961) is news that stays news: a thrillingly urgent, intensely sexy and melancholy despatch from the epicentre of the 60s Parisian zeitgeist, which is far more interesting and conceptually supple than Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless.
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A state of grace … Varda with her husband, the director Jacques Demy, in 1990. Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex/Shutterstock
Jacquot de Nantes (1991) is a stunningly moving and complex homage to her husband, Jacques Demy , mixing dramatised reconstructions of his memories with clips of his movies and heartwrenchingly intimate documentary footage of him at the end of his life. There are clear elements of François Truffaut, Louis Malle and Godard in this remarkable film, but it is ultimately in a class of its own, fusing cinephilia and emotional gentleness in a moving and original act of love.
Varda’s control of the interrelationship between drama and documentary realism was apparent from her very first film, the brilliantly shot La Pointe Courte, in which Silvia Monfort and Philippe Noiret play a couple returning to his hometown, a Mediterranean fishing village, after four years together in Paris. Their complex, fraught dialogue scenes – with something of Bergman as well as Resnais – are an anti-courtship; an anatomy of a failing relationship, as well an attempt to revive it. They are interspersed with gripping scenes of real life in the actual village, captured with poetic flair.
Cleo from 5 to 7 is still electrifyingly good after all these years: a dazzlingly audacious vérité adventure in the streets of Paris, using real shots of real people as they stare amused or astonished into Varda’s camera. In real time, from 5pm to 7pm (traditionally when Frenchmen met their mistresses, between the end of the working day and the time when a man might be expected back at the family home) we follow the beautiful singer and glamorous woman-about-town Cléo (Corinne Marchand). But this is also the time in which she must wait for the results of a cancer test. She is surrounded by amusing, talented and besotted men, including her piano accompanist, played by Michel Legrand, but there is no one she can really rely on: all she has is her beauty and loneliness. Varda’s script for this movie is brilliant – easily as good as Jacques Prevert – and the incidental lines are wonderful. So many people have been inspired by this movie, including Roman Polanski for Repulsion (1965) and Martin Scorsese for Taxi Driver (1976).
Dazzlingly audacious … watch the trailer for Cleo from 5 to 7 .
Le Bonheur (1965), or Happiness, deserves to be almost as well-known. It is an eerily calm, sunlit satire of modern society’s expectations of monogamy and romantic love. The real-life husband-and-wife actors Jean-Claude and Claire Drouot play married couple François and Thérèse, who are blissfully content until François falls in love with someone else. Instead of behaving as we might expect him to – with agonised self-doubt, say, or secretive roué defiance, or tragic determination to minimise the pain to his wife – François tells his wife the truth and simply expects them both to be as happy as they once were. Even more so, in fact. Things do not turn out that way. Could Happiness be a film that challenges the piety of relationships, or might it speak to a new 21st-century generation for whom the idea of polyamory is not alien?
Varda’s Vagabond (1985) is her mature masterpiece, a rebuke to the callous misogyny of French society. It is a story told indirectly, like Citizen Kane, but with incomparable artistry and decisiveness. Sandrine Bonnaire plays Mona, a young transient woman who drifts through the countryside, sleeping in fields and on roadsides. Her dead body is discovered by a farm worker and then the film pieces together her life in retrospect, with quasi-documentary interviews with various people she met. It is an almost religious film, in its way, a parable for the martyred loneliness of the marginalised and the dispossessed.
A snapper-up of unconsidered trifles … Varda in The Gleaners & I (2000). Photograph: Alamy
Varda exalted and immortalised her relationship with Demy in Jacquot de Nantes, a film with obvious resemblances to Les Quatre Cents Coups and Au Revoir les Enfants . As well as everything else, it is a kind of critical commentary on his kind of autobiographical rhetoric in French cinema – but so utterly distinctive. It is an arresting depiction of the young Jacques growing up in Nantes, having been evacuated to the country during the war, becoming fascinated by cinema and finally building the sets and cardboard figures for his remarkable stop-motion animations – and all interleaved with shrewdly chosen clips of his work and devastatingly moving studies of Demy as an old man at the end of his life. There isn’t a single film to compare with this. It is the work of an artist in a state of grace: gentle, insightful, wise.
The Gleaners and I (2000) and The Beaches of Agnès (2008) are two late gems, examples of “ cinécriture ”, works of introspection and philosophy infused with wit. In one, Varda meditates on western waste and the tradition of “gleaning” – the rural poor picking up leftover crops after the harvest – linking it to the freeganism food movement : people dumpster-diving in the bins behind supermarkets and finding a great deal of perfectly edible, vacuum-packed food. Varda herself is a gleaner, or, in the Shakespearian phrase, a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles: she sees how details and people who might be overlooked or neglected are of enormous value. The Beaches of Agnès is a kind of autobiographical or personal film, which links back to Jacquot de Nantes as an essay-cum-collage of ideas and recreated experiences. In it, she finds herself on the beach, a place outside time, where the ageing Demy was to be seen in her earlier film.
Philosophy infused with wit … the trailer for The Beaches of Agnes
To the very end, Varda had incomparable vitality and creativity – and accessibility. Her 2017 documentary Faces Places , about her work with the photographer and installation artist JR, entranced everyone and earned her an Oscar nomination. Her work was not commercial in any generally accepted sense, but her ideas were crucially lucid and available. Audiences young and old loved her.
In The Beaches of Agnès she said: “Imagining oneself as a child is like walking backwards. Imagining oneself ancient is funny, like a dirty joke.” It is difficult to imagine Varda old. She artlessly kept the same gamine hairstyle all her life. She was a young soul, and a great one.
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Best gaming laptops 2019: the 10 top gaming laptops we’ve reviewed

If you’re looking for the best gaming laptop of 2019, then you’ve come to the right place, as on this page we’ve listed the top gaming notebooks no matter what your budget is.
A lot has changed in the last few years, and gaming laptops are now more powerful than ever before, able to push high resolutions at steady framerates. Plus, the best gaming laptops come in every shape and size. Because it’s harder than ever to find the best gaming laptops, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite devices.
And, while plenty of gaming laptops look like ordinary office devices, you shouldn’t ignore them. Thanks to Nvidia Turing Max-Q graphics for laptops, revealed at CES 2019, the best gaming laptops are stealthy – like the aptly named MSI GS65 Stealth . Don’t worry, though, there are still huge desktop replacement laptops like the MSI GT75 Titan if that’s more your style.
So, whether you’re on the market for a thicc desktop replacement, packed with an RTX graphics card that can handle Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and the Division 2 with all the settings cranked, or if you want something thin and light so you can play games on the move, you’ll find the best gaming laptop here. We even found some cheaper options like the Dell G3 . And, don’t worry, we’ve tested these gaming laptops ourselves, so you know they’ll be up to snuff.
1. Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 Power and beauty
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 2080 MAX-Q (8GB GDDR6 VRAM) | RAM: 8-24GB | Screen: 17.3- 144Hz panel with G-Sync | Storage: 1TB M.2 PCIe x4 SSD
Super thin Tons of performance Very expensive These days, many gaming laptop manufacturers seem to be locked into a race to see who can craft the thinnest gaming laptop that doesn’t compromise on power. And, right now, the crown might have to go to the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701. At just 0.7 inches thick, this monster of a laptop houses an Intel Coffee Lake Core i7 chip, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics and 16GB of RAM. That means you can crank any PC game under the sun to max settings, and take it with you wherever you go. And, of course, it’s packed with RGB lighting that’ll dazzle anyone that looks at it.
Read the full review : Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701
2. MSI GS65 Stealth Thin. Beautiful. Powerful.
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM, Max-Q) | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.6- anti-glare, wide-view 144Hz panel | Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD
$1,595.97 View at Amazon $1,599.99 View at Best Buy $1,649.99 View at Walmart See all prices (165 found) ? 280 Beautiful, subtle design Excellent performance Underside gets very hot If you want to play some of the best PC games on the move, but you don’t want everyone to know you’re playing games, the MSI GS65 Stealth is the best gaming laptop for you. Coming in at just .69 inches thick and featuring impressive hardware like Intel Coffee Lake processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series – refreshed with RTX 20-series graphics at CES – the MSI GS65 Stealth packs a ton of power into a very svelte package. There’s nothing you won’t be able to throw at this thing that’ll slow it down. And, thanks to the subdued design, you’ll be able to bring this beefy rig everywhere you go, making it the best gaming laptop on the market right now.
Read the full review: MSI GS65 Stealth
3. Razer Blade The best Blade yet
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6 VRAM) – Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6 VRAM) | RAM: 16GB | Screen: Up to 15.6-inch UHD (3,840 x 2,160) 60Hz touch display | Storage: 256GB – 512GB M.2 SSD
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See all prices (2 found) ? Incredibly powerful Svelte looks Very expensive For a few years now, the Razer Blade has been among the best gaming laptops on the market, filled with powerful components, beautiful displays and an elegant chassis. That’s all true for the 2019 model, too, which now rocks up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. That is, frankly, a ton of power for a laptop this thin and light. Plus, even if that’s not enough GPU horsepower for you, you can use the Razer Core for future expansion. It’s an expensive device, but it might be worth it if style and power are equally as important to you.
Read the full review: Razer Blade
4. MSI GT75 Titan The big one
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i7-i9 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM) | RAM: Up to 32GB | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD – UHD (1,920 x 1,080 – 3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 1TB, 1TB HDD
$2,399 View at Amazon $2,549 View at Walmart Marketplace $2,799 View at eBay See all prices (18 found) ? Powerful G-Sync display Very expensive Some gaming laptops just don’t pull any punches, enabling you to run any game you can imagine without breaking a sweat – and the MSI GT75 Titan is one of these laptops. It’s a titanic desktop replacement packing 6-core Intel Coffee Lake processors, plenty of RAM and powerful Nvidia Pascal graphics. You’re not going to be able to carry it around with you, and it’s not going to be something you’ll be caught with in a coffee shop, but if raw power is what you’re after, look no further. Just be ready to break open your piggy bank.
Read the full review: MSI GT75 Titan
5. Asus ROG G703GI The behemoth
CPU: Intel Core i7-i9 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM) | RAM: 64GB | Screen: 17.3- 144Hz | Storage: 3 x 512GB SSD (M.2, RAID 0), 2TB HDD
$2,099.99 View at Newegg $2,899.99 View at Amazon $3,458.09 (63 found) ? 1 Amazon customer review ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Insane performance Large screen Extremely expensive Thin and light gaming laptops are everywhere right now, but if you don’t care about that, and want a thick, heavy and monstrous laptop that can demolish any game you throw at it – the Asus ROG G703GI is for you. This is a massive – and expensive – laptop, but it justifies its size and price with gaming performance that rivals the best gaming PCs. Just don’t think you’ll be able to haul it along with you to your local coffee shop without its two power bricks – or awkward stares.
Read the full review: Asus ROG G703GI
6. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Making power portable
CPU: Intel Core i5-i7 | Graphics: Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics with 4GB HMB2 Graphics Memory | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge anti-reflective touch display | Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
$1,299.99 View at Dell $1,399 View at Amazon $1,549.99 View at Dell Small Business See all prices (42 found) ? Impressive power Ultra-thin design Kind of expensive If you want one of the best gaming laptops, but don’t want to miss out on the ultra-portable craze, you need to consider the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1. Packed with an Intel Kaby Lake G-series processor, this gaming laptop can keep up with its competitors rocking a GTX 1050 without featuring truly discrete graphics. And, when you combine that gaming horsepower with a chassis that looks this good, it’s a total win – even if you have to endure some fan noise to get there.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
7. Asus ROG Strix GL502 It’s hard not to love a gaming laptop this good
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 – 1070 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch full HD 1,920 x 1,080 IPS | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD
$1,349.99 View at Walmart Marketplace $1,363.15 View at Amazon $1,489.99 View at Tiger Direct See all prices (14 found) ? 569 Rocks Full HD gaming Deliciously vibrant screen Middling battery life It may not boast the most innovative design, substituting the usual black and red aesthetic for one that makes it feel like Halloween all year round (no complaints here). But, it’s undoubtedly one of the best when it comes to gaming in 1080p. In fact, we were able to crank the setting s all the way up in Overwatch without ever straying below 60fps. It doesn’t feature the longest battery life, but the screen, power and onboard sound system more than make up for it.
Read the full review: Asus ROG Strix GL502
This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Alienware 17 R5 Dell Alienware 17 R5 $1,299 View We check over 130 million products every day for the best prices View All Deals
8. Dell G3 15 Gaming great on a budget
CPU: Intel Core i5 8300H – Core i7-8750H | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – GTX 1060 15.6-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 1TB SSHD – 512GB PCIe SSD
$699 View at Walmart $745 View at Amazon $799.99 View at Dell See all prices (78 found) ? 3 Affordable Great performance for the money No USB-C When you’re setting out to buy one of the best gaming laptops, one of the first things you’ll likely notice is how expensive they can get. Luckily, the Dell G3 15 is not just extremely affordable, but it punches above its weight class with great 1080p gaming performance. With up to an Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU, you’ll be able to play all the latest games at 1080p without breaking a sweat, even if it’s not at max settings all the time. And, that blue on black color combo is quite a looker, if that’s your aesthetic.
Read the full review: Dell G3 15
(Image: © Joel Burgess) 9. Gigabyte Aero 15 Thin. Light. Powerful.
CPU: Intel Core i7 8750H – Intel Core i9-8950HK | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (8GB GDDR6) – GeForce RTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6) | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LCD anti-glare 144Hz – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) 60Hz | Storage: 1TB – 2TB NVMe SSD
$1,899 View at eBay $1,899 View at Newegg $2,199 (13 found) ? 194 Sleek, thin design Ray tracing ready Core i9 gets hot Over the last couple of years, there’s been a trend among the best gaming laptops to make them as thin as possible. And, the Gigabyte Aero 15 definitely fits the bill, while delivering top-end gaming performance. This laptop is just 0.74 inches thick, while delivering up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and an Intel Core i9 CPU. However, this thinness is a double-edged sword: the Core i9 gets way too hot and can throttle. So, just keep that in mind if you plan on doing any sustained creative work, like editing all your gaming videos.
Read the full review: Gigabyte Aero 15
10. Alienware 17 R5 Using the power of i9 to dominate the competition
CPU: Intel Core i9-8950HK | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM) | RAM: 32GB | Screen: 17.3-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440)144Hz | Storage: 246GB PCIe M.2 SSD, 1TB 7,200RPM HDD
$1,299 View at Amazon $1,785.52 View at Walmart $2,159.99 View at Dell See all prices (37 found) ? 7 Out-of-this-world performance Beautiful 17-inch display Weighs almost 10 pounds Ever since Intel unveiled its i9-8950HK, we just knew that it would find its way behind the best gaming laptops 2018 had to offer, and we’ve been proven right heading into 2019. The Alienware 17 R5 is a beast of a gaming laptop with the aforementioned CPU and an overclocked GTX 1080. If you’re willing to get an absolute tank of a laptop that weighs nearly 10 pounds, this hulking computer will demolish any and all games you throw at it. Just don’t expect to throw it in a bag without some severe back pain.
Read the full review: Alienware 17 R5
The best gaming laptops ? MSI GS65 Stealth $1,449 View See all prices Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 $1,839 View See all prices Asus ROG G703 $3,669 View See all prices Razer Blade (2017) $1,499.77 View See all prices Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 $1,299.99 View See all prices Asus ROG Strix GL502 $999.99 View See all prices Gigabyte Aero 15 $1,899 View See all prices Deal ends Thu, Apr 4 Alienware 13 R3 $1,183.99 View See all prices Razer Blade Pro (2017) $1,999.99 View See all prices Alienware 17 R4 $959.85 View See all prices We check over 130 million products every day for the best prices View All Deals Image Credit: TechRadar laptop 2019 Gabe Carey and Bill Thomas have also contributed to this article
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Hollywood celebs oppose Georgia ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill vow boycott

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Dozens of Hollywood celebrities oppose ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill, vow to abandon Georgia if it becomes law The Associated Press Published 7:27 p.m. ET March 28, 2019 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Alyssa Milano on Jan. 6, 2019 at a Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. She spearheaded letter from dozens of Hollywood celebrities to Georgia leaders saying they will urge entertainment companies to abandon the state if a “heartbeat” abortion bill becomes law. (Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
ATLANTA — More than 40 Hollywood celebrities have signed a letter sent to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and House Speaker David Ralston saying they will urge TV and film production companies to abandon the state if a “heartbeat” abortion bill becomes law.
The bill prohibits most abortions after six weeks from conception and could come to a House vote as early as Thursday. If approved, it will go to Kemp, who’s expected to sign it.
While TV and film production companies have largely stayed on the sidelines regarding the bill, these actors and the Writers Guild of America are going public in their opposition.
“We cannot in good conscience continue to recommend our industry remain in Georgia if H.B. 481 becomes law,” the letter said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports those who signed the letter, spearheaded by Alyssa Milano, include Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Gabrielle Union, Ben Stiller, Don Cheadle, Mia Farrow, Rosie O’Donnell, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Essence Atkins, Uzo Aduba, Christina Applegate, Sean Penn, Atlanta native David Cross, Colin Hanks, Bradley Whitford and Amber Tamblyn.
Milano, who posted a protest comment on Twitter last Friday after the bill passed the Senate, is currently in Atlanta shooting Netflix’s comedy “Insatiable.”
On Thursday, she posted the letter on Twitter.
“Attached, is an open letter signed by 50 actors against #HB481. On behalf of the undersigned–as people often called to work in GA or those of us contractually bound to work in GA–we hope you’ll reconsider signing this bill. #HBIsBadForBusiness,” her tweet read.
To @BrianKempGA & Speaker Ralston:
Attached, is an open letter signed by 50 actors against #HB481 . On behalf of the undersigned–as people often called to work in GA or those of us contractually bound to work in GA–we hope you’ll reconsider signing this bill. #HBIsBadForBusiness
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 28, 2019 The letter said the bill is similar to other state abortion bills that have already been ruled unconsitutional, and added a pointed rebuke of the conservative Georgian leaders.
“As men who identify as small-government conservatives, we remind you that government is never bigger than when it is inside a woman’s body or in her doctor’s office,” the letter said.
It ended with a declaration of love for Georgia.
“We want to stay in Georgia. We want to continue to support the wonderful people, businesses, and communities we have come to love in the Peachtree State. But we will not do so silently, and we will do everything in our power to move our industry to a safer state for women if H.B. 481 becomes law,” the letter said.
A similar effort to pressure Georgia via boycott occurred in 2016 when a long list entertainment and big-league sports threatened to decamp over a new law that supporters said promoted “religious liberty” and opponents said makes it legal to discriminate against gay people in the name of religion. Then-Gov. Nathan Deal subsequently vetoed the bill .
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How the way we talk about suicide can prevent it from happening again

How the way we talk about suicide can prevent it from happening again Mar 26, 2019 6:25 PM EDT 0 comments Share on Facebook
Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. The Columbia Protocol , referenced below, has more information on the right questions to ask. Transcript Audio
Two members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community have died by apparent suicide. One of them was a survivor of last year’s mass shooting who reportedly struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber of the Columbia Lighthouse Project and Ryan Petty, whose daughter was killed at Parkland, join William Brangham to discuss the troubling phenomenon of teen suicide. Read the Full Transcript
Judy Woodruff:
It has been another painful week for the community at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
There have been two apparent suicides within a week. One was a sophomore who has not yet been identified.
The other was 19-year-old Sydney Aiello, who was a senior last year when a mass shooting took the lives of 17 of her fellow students. Sydney’s mother said her daughter was friends with one of the students who died that day, struggled with survivor’s guilt, and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The school district and the community are working to provide more treatment, counseling and outreach for anyone in need. And it has once again raised questions about what can be done to help young people cope.
That is the focus of our Education segment this week, with William Brangham. And a warning: We will be discussing a disturbing subject with explicit questions.
William Brangham:
The news from Parkland this week has clearly shaken many in the Florida community and elsewhere in the country, and it’s led to even greater efforts to help those who are struggling.
We should also say from the outset that suicide is preventable. Suicidal thoughts have complex roots and often multiple causes. We’re going to talk about all of that in a moment.
We also want to let people know that, if you or someone you know may be considering suicide, there are places to call and to text where you can get immediate help. We will post that information on screen during this conversation.
But I’m joined now by Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber. She’s a psychiatrist at Columbia University, and she directs the Lighthouse Project there to prevent suicide. And Ryan Petty, his 14-year-old daughter, Alaina, was murdered in the shooting last year in Parkland. He then started the Walk Up Foundation to help reduce school violence and help those at risk.
Both have been working with the Parkland community recently.
And I welcome you both to the “NewsHour.”
Dr. Posner Gerstenhaber, first to you.
Many people are anguished over the news that has come out of Parkland about these two young people. And, obviously, people are connecting it to the tragedy that happened there last year.
How do you want kids and parents all over the country to be thinking about this, to be processing this? What do you want them to know?
Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber:
Well, let me start with the good news.
Suicide is preventable. There is help. There is hope. And there is treatment. And many people who suffer in silence just don’t know that. And we often make the mistake and think that people suffering in silence will come to us and they will know when to reach out for help.
And they often don’t. And what we know is, in general, the biggest cause of suicide is a treatable medical illness called depression. But we don’t think of that like we think of cancer, right? We wouldn’t ever hear the word choice when it comes to cancer.
And then when you add on top of that these horrific traumas and potentially PTSD, then we know that risk for feeling like people want to end their lives just goes up that much more.
But as I said, we can actually save lives. And how do we begin to do that? You know that 50 percent of people who die by suicide have seen their primary care doctor the month before they die?
We should be asking questions the way we monitor for blood pressure. Many adolescents who show up to the emergency department who’ve tried to take their own lives are not there for psychiatric reasons.
But you know what? We know even that’s not enough. Many people, particularly vulnerable people, will never even get close to a doctor. So we know that we also have to find them where they live. We have to put the method of identification to find people who suffer in silence in the hands of everybody, loved ones, parents, teachers, coaches, so we can actually find the people suffering in silence before it’s too late and connect them to the lifesaving care that they need.
William Brangham:
Ryan Petty, I wonder if you could tell us a little bit about how things are in Parkland right now.
I know that you were at one of the — one of these meetings that happened after the most recent loss of this — one of the students there. Can you just tell us how the community is responding?
Ryan Petty:
You know, the community feels apprehensive at this point.
I think this is yet a new trauma that we’re experiencing in the aftermath, just a little over a year from when we lost 17 souls due to the unfortunate school shooting.
So, I think the community still is uncertain about what’s next. There’s clearly trauma that hasn’t been dealt with. And the community needs a bit of hope and reassurance at this point.
William Brangham:
And the things that Dr. Posner Gerstenhaber is talking about, these techniques that she has helped develop — and I know you have been trying to promote within the community — to get parents and other people around young people to reach out to them, are people receptive to that idea?
Ryan Petty:
You know, unfortunately, it seems like, sometimes, it takes a tragedy to get people to be ready to listen.
The good news is — and Dr. Posner gave us great news — we can — this is a treatable illness. And the right information, we can help those who are hurting, those that are suffering, oftentimes in silence, not knowing how to get help that they need themselves.
We have the tools, with the Columbia Protocol, to be able to identify those that are at risk. And then, of course, there’s access to resources, and we can talk more about that.
William Brangham:
Dr. Posner Gerstenhaber, I know you have developed protocol, the Columbia Protocol, which is a series of questions that you argue anyone can really ask someone who might be considering suicide.
What are you hoping to elicit with those questions?
Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber:
So, these few simple questions help us for the first time identify who is at imminent risk, and helps us identify the important suicidal thoughts and suicidal actions that we need to ask.
For example, have you thought about ending your life, and, if so, have you had any intention to act on those thoughts? Have you started to do anything, prepared to do anything to end your life, like collecting pills, writing a note? Things we know we need to ask to connect the right people to care that need it.
One of the things that can be really helpful in these times of tragedy are student-led and community-led interventions. And we know that, in addition to the potency of this method or this language, having a common language to put around these issues is an intervention, in and of itself. It builds cohesion. It builds connectedness.
William Brangham:
Ryan Petty, I’m curious to ask you.
One of the concerns I know, whenever suicide occurs, is that there is a great deal of concern about how we talk about suicide and the way — the terms we use, the way in which we talk about it, for fear that it might — I think the term of art is that it might be contagious.
Is that something that you talk to community members in Parkland about?
Ryan Petty:
We did.
And I think it’s particularly important to understand and to be responsible, to have the media be responsible with how it’s reported and how we talk about it on social media.
But, you know, what Dr. Posner just told us is — should be music to all of our ears. We can all be part of the solution. We can all be involved. And it requires us to talk about it. It requires us to recognize that there shouldn’t be a stigma associated with this.
This is a disease, just like any other. We wouldn’t be afraid to talk about somebody with cancer or somebody with a broken limb. We would help them seek treatment and get them the help that they need. And so we need to treat this the same way. We need to be willing to have those conversations.
And the beauty of the protocol, the Columbia Protocol, that Dr. Posner and her colleagues have put together is that anyone can be involved. So, as a community, we don’t have to sit back and feel powerless. We can feel like we’re part of a solution.
And I heard her say that a minute ago. And it really does help in our own personal trauma and healing.
William Brangham:
Ryan Petty and Dr. Kelly Posner, thank you both very much for your time, and thank you for your work.
Ryan Petty:

The best free movies on YouTube (April 2019)

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Many of the movies that are available are documentaries, campy horror or action flicks, and older titles from Hollywood’s Golden Age, and it’s not easy to make an educated choice when you’re faced with something you’ve probably never heard of. In most cases, the highest-quality films are also supported by ads, so you’ll need to deal with a few commercials for the best video experience.
In order to help save you some time in your search, we’ve sifted through the site to bring you this list of the best full-length — and, of course, free — movies on YouTube. ‘Canadian Bacon’
The final film of acclaimed comedic actor John Candy, Canadian Bacon is also the only non-documentary movie directed by Michael Moore. The film chronicles the lead-up to a war between the U.S. and Canada that’s drummed up by an American president looking to bolster his polling numbers. Along with Candy, the ensemble cast include Alan Alda as the president, as well as Bill Nunn, Kevin J. O’Connor, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollak, G. D. Spradlin, and Rip Torn in supporting roles. Dan Aykroyd, Steven Wright, and various other familiar faces make cameos in the film, which satirizes the relationship between the U.S. and its northern neighbor. YouTube ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’
This 2011 documentary won worldwide acclaim for its dive into the world of Jiro Ono, the aging sushi master whose restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station received the exceptionally rare, three-star Michelin rating and is widely considered one of the greatest sushi restaurants in the world. The film follows not only Jiro’s work but also that of his sons, who live in the shadow of their father’s reputation and are faced with the prospect of one day taking over his work and establishing their own legacies. The film is one of the highest-grossing documentaries of all time and inspired countless cooking-related documentaries and docuseries in the years that followed its release. YouTube ‘Monsters’
The feature debut of Godzilla and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards, this 2010 film is a mix between a captivating travelogue and a terrifying creature feature as it follows two strangers on a journey through a Central American landscape populated by all manner of strange, alien entities. Monsters unfolds years after a NASA probe crash-landed in Mexico, bringing with it a host of alien creatures that now fill the region and give the two main characters — a cynical journalist and his employer’s daughter — a haunting environment for their quest to reach the U.S. border. Edwards wrote and directed the film along with producing its visual effects, and the finished product offers a great indication of why he soon became a rising star in Hollywood. YouTube ‘With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story’
With the recent passing of comics icon Stan Lee, there is ample reason to get reacquainted with the man who co-created Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Avengers, Hulk, the X-Men, and so many other world-famous superheroes and their supporting cast of colorful characters. This 2010 documentary chronicled the life and career of the man who helped make Marvel Comics a household name and changed the face of the comics world for generations. While the film offers an origin story of sorts for Stan “The Man” Lee, it also provides a touching look at his life away from all of the superheroes and larger-than-life adventures, as both doting husband and father. YouTube ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’
Steve Martin and Michael Caine play two very different types of con men locked in a competition to swindle an heiress out of $50,000 in this 1988 comedy directed by Frank Oz. While the premise of the film certainly isn’t groundbreaking, the performances of Martin and Caine in their roles as competing tricksters has made this film a comedy classic, with Martin at his silly best in the role of a conniving goofball, while Caine’s character employs more refined, cultured means to separate his marks from their money.
Set amid the beauty of the French Riviera, the film earned Caine a Golden Globe Award nomination, and later inspired a successful Broadway musical of the same name starring John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz. YouTube ‘Better Off Dead’
Although it was panned when it initially hit theaters, John Cusack’s 1985 teen comedy Better Off Dead went on to become a cult classic due to its famously weird tone, which mixed traditional teen coming-of-age laughs with dark humor (the title comes from the lead character’s desire to kill himself after a breakup) and some bizarre animation sequences created by director Savage Steve Holland. Cusack himself wasn’t a fan of the final cut of the film, but eventually softened his criticism as the years went by and the film became a cult hit.
Along with Cusack in the role of suicidal teenager Lane Myer, the cast of Better Off Dead also includes Curtis Armstrong (“Booger” in Revenge of the Nerds ) as Lane’s best friend, Charles De Mar. YouTube ‘Fists of Fury’ (aka ‘The Big Boss’)
Bruce Lee’s first major film, Fists of Fury (titled The Big Boss outside the U.S.) was the movie that first earned him the attention of Hollywood and much of Asia, showcasing his formidable martial arts skills and seemingly boundless charisma. The feature casts Lee as Cheng Chao-an, a young man who travels from China to Thailand to work in an ice factory with his cousins. A vow he made to his mother never to fight again is soon tested, however, when a drug trafficking operation based in the factory puts his cousins in danger.
A surprise hit around the world, Fists of Fury became the highest-grossing film in Hong Kong’s history when it was released (only to be surpassed by Lee’s next film), as well as a bona fide box-office success in U.S. theaters. The initial cut of the film was brutal even by today’s standards, but it’s been cut significantly over time for domestic and international audiences. The version of the film on YouTube is one of the more tame cuts, but it’s still a phenomenal showcase of everything that made Lee a cinematic icon. YouTube ‘The General’
While Charlie Chaplin remains a household name more than 40 years after his death, Buster Keaton is an oft-overlooked film pioneer, and one of the first true silent film stars. The General met mixed reviews and poor box office returns upon release in 1926, but has since become regarded as Keaton’s greatest film and an all-time classic .
Adapted from Union soldier William Pittenger’s memoir, The Great Locomotive Chase , The General follows a Confederate train engineer forced into action after the father of his love interest (Marion Mack) is wounded in battle. The film includes two train chase scenes that proved to be the most expensive stunts ever in a silent movie, and features some impressive historical detail, all things considered. YouTube ‘Kung Fury’
A rare example of a successful Kickstarter film, Kung Fury promised its backers a spectacular homage to ’80s action films, and it delivered. Director David Sandberg also plays the lead, Kung Fury, a detective who gained superhuman fighting abilities after being simultaneously struck by a bolt of lightning and bitten by a cobra. Kung Fury uses his supreme combat skills to clean up the filthy streets of Miami, but faces his greatest challenge when no less a villain than Adolf Hitler (Jorma Taccone) arrives, intent on conquering all of time through his own mastery of kung fu.
If it’s not apparent already, Kung Fury is a film that makes no attempts at seriousness. That’s not all, either; a full-length sequel is on its way, with Michael Fassbender, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and David Hasselhoff involved in varying capacities. Yeah. YouTube ‘Reefer Madness’
If you’ve never heard of Reefer Madness , you might be living under a rock. No matter your views on marijuana use, this absurd 1936 movie was made to “educate” young Americans on the dangers of drug abuse, but really it’s a propaganda film produced by a church group and distributed by notorious exploitation producer Dwain Esper .
In the film, pot abuse drives several young adults to violence, murder, and (of course) madness. At the end, Dr. Alfred Carroll (Josef Forte) breaks the fourth wall (uh, spoilers?) to warn viewers that their children might die after consuming marijuana. After a sort of reappearance in the 1970s, Reefer Madness took on a new life as a parody film for supporters of drug reform and cannabis legalization. YouTube ‘Night of the Living Dead’
A seminal entry for American horror cinema, George A. Romero’s classic follows seven people who find themselves trapped in Pennsylvania as the terrifying walking dead surround them. They have to try to survive without understanding the terror that lurks outside. The movie has been noted as the first zombie film, and its influences can be seen in everything from 28 Days Late r to Shaun of the Dead. Romero’s debut — he wrote, directed, edited, and acted in the film — made him into a superstar, quickly revolutionizing the genre on a budget of a mere $114,000. YouTube ‘Free to Play: The Movie’
More than a year after the Overwatch League was founded, esports are still carving out a niche and establishing itself as a legitimate form of entertainment. Those who don’t game on a competitive level might not understand the level of dedication required for such endeavors, not to mention the physical and mental tolls placed on young players who train for hours on end each day.
Free to Play , a documentary from game developer/distributor Valve Entertainment, focuses on two athletes and one coach who are competing in the 2011 International Defense of the Ancients ( DotA ) tournament. It explores the stresses the players are forced to deal with, and deftly compares the struggles of esports athletes to those of traditional athletes. YouTube ‘His Girl Friday’
One of the best second-wave feminist films, His Girl Friday is a hilarious farce with electric chemistry between stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Hildy (Russell) may be newspaper editor Burns’ (Grant) protégée (and ex-wife), but when she announces to Burns that she’s leaving the business to get married, he concocts a scheme to delay her departure. Hijinks ensue and Hildy, not quite as unwitting a pawn in Burns’ game as he thinks, shows that the student has surpassed the master — while discovering that the student might also still be in love with the master. YouTube ‘Nosferatu’ (1922)
This silent adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula is often regarded as one of the most influential films in the history of cinema. After failing to acquire the proper rights to Dracula , German film studio Prana Film rebranded the legendary vampire as Count Orlok, and resorted to calling vampires “Nosferatu.” While it won’t scare the pants off you, director F.W. Murnau perfectly tells the story, harnessing the haunting atmosphere associated with German Impressionist cinema to great effect (in Nosferatu , you can see the influences of such seminal works as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari ). Production designer Albin Grau birthed the film’s concept after speaking with a Serbian farmer who believed his father was one of the undead.


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