REVIEW: “You Were Never Really Here”

Keith & the Movies

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With “You Were Never Really Here” writer-director Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) makes a forceful statement. Not just to her own individual talents as a filmmaker, but to the female perspective and the powerful jolt it can give a genre. By genre, I would call her latest film an action/revenge thriller although even giving it a label feels like a disservice to Ramsay and the plethora of cool ideas she is working with.

Ramsay adapts “You Were Never Really Here” from Jonathan Ames’ 2013 noir novella. At only 95 pages, the novella is both brisk and brutal, an equally fitting description of Ramsay’s movie. Not a second of the taut, economical 90 minutes is wasted and within its framework is a level of craftsmanship and unique storytelling prowess that leans heavily on mood and immersing us through our senses.

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Look no further than the opening scene, a tightly edited collage of sound…

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Street Walker – A Poem

Dainelle Writes

She was only a child when he saw her

Running wild and free in the world

Full of innocence’s gentle allure

And the ignorance of a young girl

With a smile, he lured her in

Showing the love she yearned for

And no fear nor doubt within

Could keep her from wanting more

With him, she sped away to an awaited paradise

Only to find pain and destruction

And to behold love and hope’s cold demise

In a violent silence and hidden corruption

Spent her teens pleasing men

Both high and low in society

Like prey trapped in a lion’s den

Feeding men of no propriety

Day after day, she became weaker

Being used and abused to no end

Wishing someday someone would see her

Though darkness was her only friend

But when freedom came knocking

She found her hope again

And with the strength she was lacking

She ran…

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PEDOGATE CRACKDOWN: Police find 51 of 76 missing Michigan children as Trump administration’s war on child sex trafficking continues

Rebekah Worsham

FLINT, Mich — Dozens of Michigan children who had been reported missing were rescued on Thursday as part of an ongoing effort by the Trump administration to crack down on child sex traffickers.

According to a report published by WEIY-TV, 51 of the state’s 76 reported missing children were uncovered as part of a sting carried out by state and local police.

Investigators told WEYI that the goal was to locate children who had slipped through the cracks after being reported missing from school and, or foster care.

Police say many of the children who were located were victims of human trafficking.

The event was just the latest in a string of efforts by the federal government to rescue children who are at risk of human trafficking.

A sting on the sex-trafficking trade in the metro Atlanta area last week netted dozens of arrests and led to the rescue of…

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Radical feminists oppose shutdown of underage sex-trafficking site

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Wow! Read that tweet by the organizer’s of the Women’s March (which doesn’t even represent all women). A web site that facilitates “sex work” was shut down by the FBI, and the Women’s March is upset. What can it mean?

Well, here’s an article from The Federalist to explain. (H/T Sean M.)

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Last Friday, the FBI seized Backpage.com, a website well known for facilitating the sale of trafficked minors, mostly girls, for sex all over the United States. On Monday, seven top Backpage officials were arrested after being indicted on 93 counts, including money laundering and facilitating prostitution, 17 cases of which involve trafficking victims as young as 14. The Washington Post says Backpage earned an estimated $500 million in prostitution-related revenue since its launch in 2004.

The National Center on Missing and Exploited Children reports that 73 percent of all child sex trafficking cases it has handled involved Backpage.com. According to…

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