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    The Docs of 2012

    I saw a FB status update from Ken Morefield a while back that noted that he's beginning to see this year as a good year of docs (or something to that effect). So perhaps we can start looking at some of the docs that are coming out or circulating at festivals. Certainly The Queen of Versailles is worth noting and I look forward to end of vacation to actually work on my review of that one. I saw two interesting ones at LAFF that both deal with 70s musicians from Detroit (not Motown music) that never quite connected at the time but are now finding an audiences: The Band Called Death and Searching for Sugar Man. The latter opens in theaters next month. Both were really interesting, but I lean toward Sugar Man just because I was smiling through so much of the movie. (and being at LAFF with the darkness that is so common at festivals--that is impressive.) The Invisible War about military sexual assault is probably my favorite "issue" doc this year. Also at LAFF, Reportero was a nice look at the cost of doing investigative journalism in someplace like Baja California. It also gives a different look at the drug wars that we hear so much about.
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    Fantasy Baseball

    I'll keep you in mind if we have a hole. It's a Yahoo league with a kind of strange scoring (more categories than usual)
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    Fantasy Baseball

    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.
  4. Title: Stand By Me Director: Rob Reiner Year: 1986 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092005/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): na
  5. Title: Return of the Secaucus Seven Director: John Sayles Year: 1979 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081420/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): (Not Youtube, but) Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): n/a
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    Fantasy Baseball

    For those in last year's league, check you mail box. The league has been renewed. I have a question on the league page about drafting. I'm leaning to early to accommodate the Tokyo games Mar. 20-22.
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    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    A bit about a couple of my nominations. What They Had: When I saw this it was the most authentic portrayal of early/mid dementia that I saw. This was my mother. But that is only one of the transitions (and the least important on, in my opinion). They key is that it was also very true to what children go through in becoming parents to their parents. The two siblings were at odds. One (the one who dealt with it day by day) was ready to move to a new level. The more distant was wanting to try smaller steps. Again, this was true to my experience with siblings. There is also the husband's desire to take care of his wife as he'd promised all those years ago, without a clear understaning it was beyond his ability. 3 key steps of getting older in one movie. Toy Story 3 As above, I don't look at the obvious getting older of Andy going off to college, but rather at the collateral issues that it raises among the toys and how that moves them to a new level of understanding/wisdom in how they will face life in a world without Andy.
  8. Title: Toy Story 3 Director: Lee Unkrich Year: 2010 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435761/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37YXDYSZKJw
  9. Title: What They Had Director:Elizabeth Chomko Year: 2018 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6662736/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoEsF02gnUQ
  10. Second The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Synecdoche, NY
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    What board games have you been playing lately?

    just did our first try at Azul. Even watching youtube on how to play it we had a hard time getting the basic down until 1/2 way through
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    Westerns [was: Moquist: Oaters]

    I see you've been watching westerns all month. You have a favorite out of the bunch?
  13. second Searching for Bobby Fischer
  14. Title: Kramer vs. Kramer Director: Robert Benton Year: 1979 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079417/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  15. Title: Up Director: Pete Doctor, Bob Paterson Year: 2009 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1049413/?ref_=nv_sr_6 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/15321-up/&
  16. second It's a Wonderful Life
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    2019 List Preliminary Discussion

    I'll throw out an idea (the rest of you will likely toss it as trash). If we want to talk about getting older in a lifelong context, we might want to consider various points along the way (cf. Gail Sheehy's Passages for example). We could then (depending on how many such point we identify) pick the best 3-5 films for each point. E.g., we might want to look at films that mark a transition to parenthood, empty nesting, retirement, illness, etc.
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    Best Films of 2018 - Our Lists

    Darrel's Dozen (full write-up): 1. A trio of films re: racism that combined make a powerful statement: The Hate U Give, Green Book, If Beale Street Could Talk. 2.The Rider 3. Won't You Be My Neighbor? 4. Roma 5. Shoplifters 6. Black Panther 7. First Reformed 8. Isle of Dogs 9. BlacKkKlansman 10. Eighth Grade 11. Ready Player One 12: RBG Alsorans: Tully, The Wife, Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot, Colette, Jinn, and Vice. I'm holding Styx back for the 2019 list since it doesn't get a theatrical release here until spring.
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    2019 Reading Journals

    January The Comedians by Graham Greene The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (after dinner read aloud)
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    Roma (2018)

    Watched it on Netflix a couple days ago. Still think it's wonderful, but it did lose a bit of the power it had on the big screen. TV just not as overwhelming.
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    Roma (2018)

    Interesting Op-ed piece in LA Times today growing out of Roma. http://enewspaper.latimes.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=0683abd3-fa20-4ab4-9b39-2e35c35aadfb - A troubled intimacy
  22. The 2018 edition: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-18-144/
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    A better film about...

    Colette vs. The Wife: Which is better?