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Darrel Manson

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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.
  16. An amazing film that is part of Slamdance is Holy Frit. Doc about making the world's biggest stained glassed window at the Untied Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City. And if a animated short I liked a lot is Opera. No real story, just fascinating to look at and watch.
  17. The World to Come - Ron, this will fill all that free time you now have as a retired person. Plethora of dates, most have a title card along with VO. A few are only spoken without card (noted below with "nc") I'll include a few times along the way to make it easier to find them January 1 Feb 3 Feb 4 (nc) Feb 14 - 0:23 mark Feb 19 (nc) Feb 25 (nc) March 17 April 10, 12, 14, 17, 22 all in about 5 minutes starting about 0:48 April 25 May 30 June 8 June 9 June 11 June 21 June 23, 19, 30 July 6, 9, 22 in rapid succession at 1:23 Aug. 31 (nc) There are also, near the end, a series of very rapid cards flashing one after the other.
  18. I think passes for Slamdance this year are $10. I should add a caveat that I've seen some really bad films covering Slamdance. But you may find some good options in the midst of the dross. And it's cheap. And you've already watched all of Netflix...and Prime...and Disney+...
  19. Not much here surprising. https://www.afi.com/press/afi-awards-2020-honorees-announced/
  20. Just finished The Outsider on HBO. Starts well, finishes weak. Slowly working through The Murdock Mysteries on Acorn for light-hearted entertainment. We gave up on We Are Who We Are about half way through. Good promise at the beginning, then it bogged down. How to With John Wilson is short but delightful film and commentary series on HBO. He goes around NYC with his camera meeting life and talking about it with wonderful dry humor. Speaking of NYC, Pretend It's a City is Martin Scorsese giving us Fran Liebowitz. What's not to love?
  21. American Cinematique is offering free Q&As, and when you RSVP they send you a link to watch the movie. Some, not all, are already available on Amazon Prime, but if you don't have Prime, this is a good way to see it. Some of the Q&A's coming up: Time, One Night in Miami, Radioactive, Night of Kings, Promising Young Woman. https://americancinematheque.com/virtual-programming/
  22. The verbose edition of my list is at http://bit.ly/3ikkYHN The trimmed down version: 1. & 2. (Double feature) Boys State and Crip Camp 3. Lovers Rock 4. The Social Dilemma 5. Da 5 Bloods 6. Rebuilding Paradise 7. Wolfwalkers 8. Mangrove 9. News of the World 10. I'm Thinking of Ending Things 11. Never Rarely Sometimes Always 12. (mini-festival of journalism docs) Collective, A Thousand Cuts and Bellingcat.I Bonus drinking double feature: Last Call and Another Round Best revisited film: Groundhog Day (with a nod to Palm Springs) Best festival films I hope get released: Nine Days and There Is No Evil Best binge watch during the pandemic: Money Heist.
  23. No hope. I think it will be back in theaters in Feb or March, but that is still hopeless for many of us.
  24. These are a wonderful anthology of films. Each is good (or better) in its own right, but they from something greater than the sum of their parts. This is McQueen's sharing of the world he grew up in, the West Indian diaspora in London from the 60s to the 80s. It's hard to categorize this. I could have just as easily put it in the TV section. But it really does feel more like film. Some end of year lists include one or more of the films individually. The LA Film Critics Assn, named Small Axe as it's Best Picture. I watched them slightly out of order (which I think is very unimportant). Today, my favorite is Lovers Rock. But that could change tomorrow.
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