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Radiant City

Gary Burns , Jim Brown  |  Unrated |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Gary Burns, Jim Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001139ZJC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,323 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Radiant City" on IMDb

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Surrealist filmmaker Gary Burns (Waydowntown, A Problem with Fear) joins journalist Jim Brown on an outing to the `burbs. Amidst the fresh foundations of monster homes, the two explore the dark side of suburbia and create a provocative reflection on why we live the way we do. Playing off sitcoms and reality TV, Burns and Brown turn the documentary genre inside out, crafting a vivid account of life in The Late Suburban Age.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical, tender and funny look at suburbia. March 9, 2008
This is a funny and informative look at life in suburbia.
It's like a mix between The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American D Ream and This Is Spinal Tap (Special Edition).
The actors, just regular folk, are simply wonderful.
The film is interspersed with comments from community design scholar James Howard Kunstler who wrote The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape.

The National Film Board of Canada helped in the production of this film. They've been involved in many excellent films, including The Corporation and Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media.
People who are interested in the topics of suburbia, peak oil and human society will also want to check out A Crude Awakening - The Oil Crash.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! January 1, 2008
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Critical view of suburbia by a filmmaker who grew up there. Interviews with realtors, experts on city planning and architecture, mixed in with footage of the Moss family's daily routines. Never boring and very educational. Basically spells out why things seem so bleak and everyone needs anti-depressants to cope. (HINT: Its not because of a chemical imbalance in the brain, as your body's reaction to your environment is quite natural) Should be mandatory viewing by all. Other documentaries about suburbia I recommend are: The End of Suburbia, Escape from Suburbia, Subdivided, Gimme Green.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wake-Up Call July 16, 2009
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Wow! What a wake-up call for the current American suburban life style and the often dysfunctional values that sustain it. From our hour-plus commutes in mind numbing traffic, to our grossly overpriced cookie-cutter tract homes, to the always busy, busy, busy moms and dads shuttling kids from one programmed activity to another, this is a shocking and all too accurate portrait of the American "anxious class."

It is unlikely that anybody could watch this 90-minute documentary without sensing their daily personal reality slapping them in the face. This powerful video brought to mind the lyrics of John Lennon from a bygone era, "A working class hero is so hard to be. They keep you doped on religion, sex and TV. And you think you're so clever and classless and free. But you're still [just] peasants as far as I can see!" Perhaps it's time for all of us to reevaluate the American dream... that is unless your house is already in foreclosure.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life on the moon March 10, 2008
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i really enjoyed this dvd. the topic is timely, the photography is stark but beautiful and the actors are appealing. in addition, the movie is funny with just a tinge of terror. it's imbued with subtle canadian humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suburbia really is as scary as you think April 30, 2009
By Zutron
Outstanding documentary on why people choose the suburbs and what they find when they get there. Outstanding commentary is interspersed with interviews of a family that is engaging from the get go (I hope the boy has an agent--loved him!). Funny, interesting, sad, it serves as a cry for something different.
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