Darrel Manson

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  1. I'm sure this will be referred to as the flip side of Lars and the Real Girl. I may even make some sort of reference when I write about it. But I'm not sure it really is. Koreeda has a great gift for transitioning a film from light to dark. In this a blowup sex doll comes to life and begins encountering the world - however, there is a level she remains a blow up sex doll. Wonderful performance. Very interesting story. One man she meets along the way tells her about a mayfly that has no insides - she identifies with that. We're left to wonder how many people are the same way. She meets her creator. She finds love and tragedy. She learns of mortality. Hope it gets a non-festival release (although it will be playing in San Francisco tomorrow and Sunday if you're there. And Koreeda is there for that festival.)
  2. Documentary opening tomorrow in LA (been out a week in NY). Very interesting. After 13 years of civil war, women in Liberia (Christian and Muslim) said "enough." They demanded the rebels and govt attend peace talks in Ghana. And when the peace talks bogged down, they blocked the doors so people couldn't leave. Ordinary women risk their lives and do great things. I'm still transcribing stuff from interview with Abigail Disney (producer), Gini Reticker (director), and Laymah Gbowee (one of the leaders of the women).
  3. This film has been mentioned (postively) in a few threads (such as VIFF, TIFF and Top 10). I got an invite to a screening in a couple weeks. It's due to open in NY Apr. 26, LA May5 and national rollout to follow. Just a bit to whet everyones appitite (and to give those of you who have seen it a chance to prepare us).
  4. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki - August 17 (1962) is mentioned 3 times through the film.
  5. Brave New Jersey - Oct. 30, 1938. A title card at the beginning, then immediately after a newspaper with that date. Heaven's Floor - April 23. When Julia tries to get a plane ticket, the counter person tells her there's nothing available until Apr. 23.
  6. The Promise about 20 minutes in: Oct 29, 1914, Turkey enters the war near the end a note that on Sept 12, 1915 the French navy rescued Armenians
  7. The Zookeeper's Wife: Sept 1, 1939 (date superimposed on screen)- War begins Aug. 5, 1942 (date superimposed in screen) - Jews to Ghetto April 19, 1943 (date spoken on radio) - extermination of Ghetto. Passover
  8. I'll just say that at this early point in the year, Frantz is my film to beat. The playing around between B&W and color was effective. I see why this won Cesar for Cinematography. The story is really well done and brings us questions of truth and lies in a wonderful way.
  9. One slot available if you want in go to https://yho.com/mlb?l=12041&k=30af1e9f822526ad&soc_trk=lnk&ikey=9be8a85fac369e8d
  10. Hmmm. can't find thread on our league. I can renew the league now, but I need a reminder. I think we decided not to be a keeper league. If we want, I can renew it as a keeper league and it will bring up our old rosters for us to pick our keepers.
  11. Frantz - 15 September - the big reveal that happens about 1/2 way through (c. 0:50)
  12. Before I Fall - takes place (over and over) on Feb 12 and 13. The date comes up on Sam's phone often throughout the movie at 6:30 am Feb 12, and 12:38,39 Feb 13
  13. Life Feels Good: June 4: TV news report on elections in Poland (in the chapter entitled "Wizard" Aug. 11 - near the end.
  14. A couple from Oscar nominated shorts: Pear Cider and Cigarettes (animated short) - early on it shows a date on screen (perhaps a chapter title) April 17. (Ron, the guys from Vancouver, you can get this from him, right?) Timecode (live action) - involves a bunch of security cameras with time codes (and imputs of dates into the computer to see film from those camera.). starts with 5/14/16, also 5/15, 5/16, 5/30
  15. Arrival is a better version of The Day the Earth Stood Still (and I liked the original Day)
  16. Secret of the Kells is a better version of Moana.
  17. I've seen 4. Canada, Denmark, Iran, Sweden.
  18. Winter Sleep - Feb 4. Ron, I think you're going to like this one. at about the 160 minute mark, there is a scene with a calendar in the background showing the months of Ocak and Subat. Subat 4 has a red box around it. (there is, btw another one page/day calendar in the room that confirms it is the 4th of Subat.) Now one could search on line for the Turkish name of months, but if you pay attention you will note that Ocak has 31 days, and Subat has 28. Ergo...
  19. From Loving: When they are charged with their crime it states the date they were married is June 2, 1958. There is also a shot of the marriage license, but I think the date is too small to be useful. From Miss Sloane: The date of the opening Senate committee hearing is shown onscreen as April 18. During the questioning the Senator refers to her actions on Oct. 12. The final hearing is April 28.
  20. This is not so much a look at the editorial process as it is a look at the stress that print media is going through. With papers going out of business in many places, will they survive in an electronic age? There is a lot to cover in this film and some of it is touched on enough to raise the issue and move on. (E.g., the loss of revenue from want ads to Craig's List.) Certainly the film is not fond of the Tribune Company (is anybody?) and seems to relish David Carr searchig out the story of the corrupt, abusive atmosphere there.
  21. Elle - Michele gets a text on her phone that shows a date 15 December (except it's in French)
  22. A Man Called Ove - Ove goes to a neighbor and tells her she borrowed his hose and Aug 27.
  23. Queen of Katwe: near the beginning one of the sisters while out selling corn has a t-shirt on that has Oct 25-26 on the back (for a concert or some such thing). Toward the end there is a poster for the book Queen of Katwe with the date Oct. 9. Denial has a load, some of which I think you'll really like, like the one during opening credits while Deborah feeds her dog and NPR Morning Edition is on the radio and gives the date Nov. 11. Others as the film progresses, Sept 25, Jan 11 (start of trial date on screen), Nov. 30 (date on a doc mentioned in trial), July 25, Sept. 19, April 11 (verdict date on screen). There are also various "Day xx" during the trial, but with weekends, off days, etc. it would be difficult to assign dates to them.
  24. I see you've been watching westerns all month. You have a favorite out of the bunch?