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Darrel Manson

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    wine, sports, fantasy sports

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    retired clergy - Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • About my avatar
    I'm the one on the left
  • Favorite movies
    Ikiru, Breaking the Waves, Young Frankenstein, Cool Hand Luke, Places in the Heart, The Apostle, films of Peter Weir and John Sayles. My guilty pleasure: the original version of The Little Shop of Horrors
  • Favorite music
    Harry Chapin, Aaron Copeland
  • Favorite creative writing
    John Irving and John Steinbeck. Sports commentary by Jim Murray (his column about the loss of his eye still nails me when I read it.)
  • Favorite visual art
    Van GoghGeorgia O'Keefekind of drawn to German Expressionism, but not sure whyRodin's Gates of HellPhotography by Edward Weston, Annie Liebowitz

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  1. The cross makes an interesting MacGuffin. Yet, because it is a cross, it opens up some interesting spiritual questions.
  2. A question I had (as I recall, I saw it in the fall) deals with the use of the song "Bella Ciao" in the 2nd and last stories. I'm tempted to view them in such a way that the 2nd story is projected decades ahead in the final. Anyone else notice that use of music?
  3. I did like that it avoids preaching. Clearly, there are some athletic fairness issues involved, but the film doesn't push for a solution to that. I really liked come of the comments in the Connecticut story about the place of sports in an academic setting.
  4. Ooooh. Good reference. Wish I'd thought of it.
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    The Disciple

    Haven't watched it yet, but Justin Chang excoriated Netflix in his review for not pushing this, even to critics. He considered it the best film of the year to date.
  6. Quo Vadis, Aida? July 11 is the date the Serbs take Srebreneca. Gen. Mladic declares the date as a great victory. Later mentioned with Aida and her family are talking in the Dutch base.
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    I've had 10 Mile beer at their 2nd location. I look forward to checking out Liberation at some point. You, of course, have moved into the hub of micro-brewing. I've been to 3 of the breweries in Bellingham, but that's just a start.
  8. From Hope (this year's Norwegian Oscar submission): These are the ways each day is referred to in title cards; The Day before Christmas Eve Christmas Eve. Christmas 2nd day of Christmas Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Dec 29 Dec. 30 New Years Eve New Years Day January 2
  9. National Theatre in the UK is adapting it for stage. https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/after-life
  10. Watched this yesterday. It's been a long time since I watched Eisenstein, but this certainly brought him to mind. It seems to me to be almost a parody of nostalgia--the yearning for the "good old days" under Stalin. the final shot seems right out of a Soviet-era film. I expect it reflects a response to Putin and his attempts to "Make Russia Great Again."
  11. Dear Comrades! - Takes place June 1, 2, 3, 1962. Each date is posted on screen. The dialog has various references to the events of June 1 and 2.
  12. Even though it came out during this topic's live period, no one mentioned Joss Whedon's version of Much Ado About Nothing.
  13. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has nominated 25 Latinex films for inclusion in the Registry. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/congressional-hispanic-caucus-nominates-25-latino-movies-national-film-registry-n1259271?fbclid=IwAR0cgGCl1rATStXylnpjQ3AQUVu1nsJds8OWQCeeWQuSI8FwcoxF3c1dnls
  14. Opera is also currently available at Slamdance in the animated shorts section.
  15. Feeling Through is currently available in the Unstoppable shorts section of Slandance.
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