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Darrel Manson

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  1. Opera is also currently available at Slamdance in the animated shorts section.
  2. Feeling Through is currently available in the Unstoppable shorts section of Slandance.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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+...
  6. Not much here surprising. https://www.afi.com/press/afi-awards-2020-honorees-announced/
  7. 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?
  8. 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/
  9. 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 S
  10. No hope. I think it will be back in theaters in Feb or March, but that is still hopeless for many of us.
  11. 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)
  12. We started in on this last night and are very entertained. Its COVID-centric premise isn't original, but it is very well done. David Tennent and Michael Sheen play themselves. The production they were to do of Six Characters in Search of an Author has been cancelled because of the pandemic. But they and the director decide to meet for a bit each day to work on the play so they can be ready to roll it out to a theatre hungry public when the time comes. The oneupsmanship is great fun. Episode 3 is really great because we learn who was up for the part that Sheen got. He left to do somet
  13. Interesting list with lots I haven't hear of. I'll have to explore some of them.
  14. We had a really fun Zoom game with my son and his family playing Poetry for Neanderthals. You get your team to say a word of phrase, by only using single syllable words. It also involves a blow up "No Stick" with which to whack someone who breaks the rules. To make it easy, we bought a game for ourselves and for my son so we'd all have no sticks and cards. It could be figured out how to do it remotely with one game, but this just made it much easier.
  15. Last Call - Nov. 3, 1953 (on at title card near the beginning of the film). The day Dylan Thomas spends in The White Horse Tavern naming and drinking 18 double whiskeys. (Before going back to his hotel and falling into his final coma)
  16. Early searching for some of the biblical comparisons: The story involves a group of 12 teens (actually 10 teens and 2 younger) who make a journey to a "promised land". 2 younger kids not of the group are twins named Kay and Amy. Kay bashes Amy in the head with a rock (although Abel Amy doesn't die here) On their exodus they are lead by a man who they discover in reeds in the water. This is an apocalyptic tale. It comes complete with famine and death and a rescue that comes from the heavens and consigns the evildoers to the fires.
  17. Anybody read this? My wife loved it and wanted to go through it again with me to give biblical insight, so we're in the midst of doing it for our after dinner readaloud. Story of a group of teens (some younger) left to their own devices during a multi-family vacation. The parents are busy drinking all day. There is a lot of biblical imagery. Some from Genesis, some from Exodus. Some NT. When we're done I'm going to have to go back and check some stuff to have a more complete picture.
  18. My disappointment is very much that Howard was skittish about the sociopolitical angle. That was the real value of the book.
  19. Kenny Turan writes of renting a theater while in Montana so he and his wife could see Tenet. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2020-10-23/tenet-movie-theaters-rental-kenneth-turan
  20. Like so many others, this year is a virtual festival. Tix are now on sale. (Geo-limited to US) I'm working on my plan of attack. First couple days will include: Nine Days, Should the Wind Drop, and Wolfwalkers. More to come. I think the tix are $8 for most films. fest.afi.com
  21. Lamb - 2015 Ethiopean film. At the 1 hour mark the family is celebrating the Feast of the Holy Cross (and refer to it as such). That's September 14.
  22. The LA Times disclaimer accompanying all reviews of films opening in theaters: For your safety For your safety The Los Angeles Times is committed to reviewing new theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because moviegoing carries inherent risks during this time, we remind readers to follow health and safety guidelines as outlined by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials. We will continue to note the various ways readers can see each new picture, including drive-in theaters in the Southland and VOD/streaming options when avail
  23. It would really be interesting to see if a Girls State were as strongly pro-life, pro- gun as this group. Maybe in Texas, but in other places? I wander if the American Legion does anything to collate what happens every year. It would also be interesting to have a more than 2 party system. May 3 teams of 40, 35, and 25%.
  24. Up to ep. 4. I categorize as A Man With No Name in the SW universe. Even pretty much sounds like a young Eastwood.
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