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    Dardennes brothers, Tarkovsky, Dreyer, Coens, De Palma, some Kubrick
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    Hard-bop jazz.
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    Junot Diaz, Matt Labash, Marilynne Robinson

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  1. Tonight I pulled up Twitter and saw that Speed Racer was trending. I don't often notice what's trending on Twitter, but because I've grown to love this movie, I clicked and found that ... well, I'm still not sure why the film is trending - and neither are most others who've been tweeting about the film today. Everyone's just, "I don't know why Speed Racer is trending, but that's a great movie." And then they post a GIF. I have to say, this is the most fun I've had on Twitter in a long time. And I'm still not sure why the film is trending.
  2. Just curious, Ed: What version/format of this film did you watch? The Criterion 4K restoration is lovely, but so was my earlier laserdisc. The movie's good enough that the format probably doesn't hurt, as long as it's not an old washed-out TV print (perish the thought).
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    Diane

    Yes, agreed all around. I appreciate the (few) films I see where religion is just part of daily life - casual expression of "the Lord will take care of her," etc. I suppose that can be a platitude, but it feels meaningful in the context of Diane, where people are in the hospital or otherwise suffering or just getting by. The film focuses on older characters - in itself quite unusual (and admirable - that audience is underserved). It's easy to let such talk pass by, and had it not been raised several times, I might not have made a big deal of it. But it comes up several times throughout the film, and I found myself wondering about Jones' religious background (if any). I'm tempted to assume Jones was raised Catholic because he so often has interviewed Scorsese and has made Hitchcock/Truffaut, based on interviews in which Truffaut directly asks Hitch about his religious background. But I've not been able to confirm anything about Jones' own thinking on faith. I suppose such knowledge isn't essential to understanding Diane, but the movie made me want to understand better where the filmmaker might be coming from on the subject.
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    Diane

    I don't start new threads here often, but I'm very curious to know if anyone has seen Kent Jones' "Diane." I had heard the film has a strong lead performance from Mary Kay Place, but until seeing "Diane" last night, I hadn't known how prominent a role religion plays in the story. I was pleasantly surprised, though the expressions of faith are sometimes hypocritical (just like real life!). I'd like to know to what extent others here found the depiction of faith to be positive, if at all.
  5. This is something I wonder about frequently. Have the movies changed or have I changed? I certainly hardly ever feel the thrill from summer blockbusters that I felt from movies through my teen years. (That was the 1980s.) I've sometimes returned to those films to show them to my own kids now, but it's not unusual for me to feel some disconnect with the material, even as I still enjoy the films. So it must be me, not the movies, right? No. The blockbusters of today are worse, and the kids just don't have my endless wisdom and experience to inform their Marvel-crazed opinions. Something like that. This is why I got so excited about The Kid Who Would Be King. Not only did my kids love it, but it made me feel like a kid again while watching it. Thanks for letting me post these thoughts, which will get buried by Endgame (thread-appropriate) reactions. I haven't seen the film yet, though I enjoyed the earlier Avengers movies more than I expected to. If I see Endgame and am moved to say anything about it, I'll be sure to post here.
  6. Doug! Great to see you! Hey, I did a little tweet storm about this film, and how watching it with my 12- and, yes, 10-year-old boys was close to magical. I watched the film but also watched my boys watching the film, and saw the effect it was having on them. I don't see a lot of movies with my kids, and when I do, the movies aren't always good. So this was a very special experience. I'm indebted to Joe Cornish.
  7. I'm now listening to the audiobook of Pollan's How to Change Your Mind, and while I'm only on disc 3 (of 14), I'm calling it: This is the book of the year (or last year, as it were). Unless the book becomes dreary or takes a turn, I don't see how it's not a paradigm-shifting work for a lot of folks. I'm enjoying the mind-blowing descriptions of people's trips (they're very funny, although they're not intended to be; they just are what they are, and people recount them matter-of-factly, in ways that made me giggle, even though I probably wasn't supposed to and even though I know there's no denying, and certainly should be no mocking, of the individuals' experiences). But the biggest surprise so far? It's not the description of the trips so much as it is the admission of those who come from a more secular humanist / materialist perspective of how the use of psychedelics convinced them of the divine. (Pollan has alluded in the book to his own journey along the same trajectory, although he hasn't yet gone into detail about his own experiences.) Are these recollections orthodox? Of course not. But as one who approached this book wary that it might enjoy needling those of us who subscribe to more traditional religious notions, I've found it fascinating to hear of the way it's challenged people on the other end of the belief/unbelief spectrum to rethink their own views of nature and spirituality. Again, I'm relatively early in the book, and maybe I'll regret gushing about what I've read so far. But I'm excited enough about it that I wanted to come in and post here. Has anyone else read Pollan's book? If so, does my experience reading it match your own?
  8. Finally, a major victory for this very fine film. I've seen it twice, and it only got better on second viewing.
  9. I've nominated All That Jazz after re-reading in the discussion thread on this topic this thought from Andrew, who interpreted our list as possibly encompassing: "Growing Older and (Hopefully) Wiser," the latter giving room for films that are illustrative of instances of aging poorly." I don't know if that thought was ever pushed aside or otherwise deemed not relevant to our nominations. As long as we're thinking of nominees in that light, I believe the protagonist's physical and emotional deterioration in All About Jazz qualifies the film for our list.
  10. Title: All That Jazz Director: Bob Fosse Year: 1979 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078754/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube link to the opening of the film Couldn't find a dedicate thread on this film
  11. I nominated Things to Come, which had already been seconded by the time I realized this review excerpt from the Guardian should be in this thread. So I'm moving it here. From Henry Barnes' review: It’s a summer of revolution for Nathalie. The high school philosophy teacher has just found out her husband of 25 years is leaving her. In a few weeks her mother will be dead. Then she’ll know freedom for the first time. Suddenly, in her 60s, she’ll be alone and unmoored, with no more excuses for not putting the theories she’s been teaching for years into practice. The way is wide open, but the journey seems terrifying. Mia Hansen-Løve has flicked from Eden – her drama about youthful uncertainty in the creative arts - to a pension-age version of the same. Nathalie, played by Isabelle Huppert, is no more certain of herself or her future than Paul, the restless, twenty-something house DJ at the centre of Hansen-Løve’s last film. The philosopher has intellectualised herself into a corner. Her cosy affluent existence - two grown-up kids, book-lined pad - has become less about living her philosophy than the escape into the study of it. ... Mostly, Things to Come is a smart, earnest undertaking: an exploration of the insecurity that can hit any of us, at any age, when we start to question the life we’ve built. “I’m coping very well,” Nathalie tells a student, forgetting the assessment is not up to her. The more frank declaration comes from a priest, speaking about her – based on Nathalie’s instructions – at her mother’s funeral: “Doubt and questioning are built into faith. You have made them your life.”
  12. Title: Things to Come Director: Mia Hansen-Love Year: 2016 Language: French IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4120176/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Trailer: Can't find a dedicated thread for this film, although I thought I remembered discussing it here. Advertisement
  13. I didn't love Only Lovers Left Alive when I saw it, but it's stuck with me since in the way good movies stick with you. The aging angle is, if memory serves, part of the film's potency. If you nominated the movie, I'd second it - and would watch it again.
  14. I think this topic is finally starting to click for me after several days of struggling with it (which explains why I haven't posted any nominations ... yet). I'll start with a couple of seconds: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and Limelight
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