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  1. I wasn't expecting either of these! My trip to Toronto will probably be short this year, so I'm already hoping the scheduling gods will allow me to see them both.
  2. I was happy to see the new film announced today! I was worried that, after working so hard to get your accreditation, you'd find yourself at a Dardenne-less Cannes.
  3. Those are the films I've seen, in ranked order.
  4. The survey requires you to rank all of the films, so only people who have seen all of the films will be able to submit a ranked list. I'm actually okay with that. I love many films on this list but don't feel qualified to rank them because I've only seen half.
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    HIgh Life (2018)

    My piece is up at The Notebook. Here's a very on-brand tease:
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    HIgh Life (2018)

    > I'm hoping to read something insightful soon that will help me say, "Okay, I'm glad I sat through this." I think Nick Pinkerton is the best critic of late Denis. His cover feature for Film Comment is great. If all goes as planned, my long essay will be published this week, hopefully on Monday. Only the last fourth is specifically about High Life, but I felt like I was wearing my old A&F hat when I wrote it. I call the film a "theologocal/ontological puzzle box." It's Denis asking "Why live?"
  7. Granted, the world doesn't need another film podcast, but I'd love to listen to one about cinephilia and parenting.
  8. Based on his ubiquity on soundtracks, it seems likely Arvo Part will endure. Here are a few other pieces that I think are great. I've been lucky to see nearly all of them performed with the composers in attendance at Big Ears over the years. Whether they'll endure, I don't know. Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich If I could save the work of only one late-20th/early-21st century composer it would be Reich. Honestly, I'd save his music before everyone from the classical and romantic eras too, but I'm a horrible person. In C by Terry Riley The other masterpiece of pulse-driven minimalism. Anthracite Fields by Julia Wolfe Winner of 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Coming Together by Frederic Rzewski Hearing Will Oldham perform this with Eighth Blackbird wrecked me. The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryars Also Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet. The Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang Or, just sample the music Lang, Wolfe, and Michael Gordon have written and performed as/with Bang on a Can. In the Light of Air by Anna Thorvaldsdottir Another tip: check out all of the composers International Contemporary Ensemble collaborates with. Gay Guerrilla by Julius Eastman Expecting the Main Things from You by Nico Muhly Muhly's latest opera, Marnie, premiered at the Met a few months ago.
  9. I haven't read Pollan's book, but I've enjoyed listening to him discuss it in several interviews. I'll be curious to hear if the rest of the book lives up to your early excitement, Christian. It does feel like we're living through a paradigm shift -- not just about the legalization and medical benefits of marijuana and psychedelics, but about the connections between mystical experiences, brain science, and spiritual development. I've been reading, listening, and thinking about it quite a bit lately. For what it's worth, I really enjoyed my experiences with psychedelics when I was younger. In fact, I swore them off in part because I enjoyed them so much (and also because I fell in love with Joanna, whose family was destroyed by addiction). I don't smoke pot now but only because weed isn't legal in Tennessee. I want to be completely honest with my kids -- and a good model -- when they're old enough to talk about this stuff.
  10. A scene from the drive home: Wren (6): Daddy, could you tell that I was trying really hard to not cry at the end? Rory (8): Me too. Darren (46): Me too. I think it was Fishlegs hugging Meatlug goodbye that finally got me. We saw it last Friday night and then spent a rainy weekend stuck in the house, so we rewatched the first two. You know, it really holds up as a trilogy. Keith Phipps wrote a nice piece about how each of the films is built around transition points in Hiccup's life.
  11. > Darn it, I actually shed a couple tears near the end, My daughters and I are looking forward to shedding a couple ourselves this weekend! Their anticipation for this movie rivals mine at their age, when I was waiting for The Empire Strikes Back.
  12. It's good to hear from you, Jeff. I can't remember if I told you this at the time of Anne's crisis, but I once woke up to find Joanna on the floor, struggling for the first time in her life to get her heart back in rhythm during a tachycardia attack. I sped her to the emergency room, and a few weeks later we were in Michigan for heart surgery. On top of everything else we'd been through, I think it was that late-night experience that triggered my years of anxiety attacks. I'm so sorry you and Anne suffered through those times. What you're describing rings so familiar to what I went through in 2004-2008. (The re-election of Bush after the catastrophe of the Iraq War is, to me, even more unforgivable than Trump.) That struggle you feel to sit still and concentrate? That constant craving for the adrenaline rush of political news and outrage? It wasn't until 2011 that I finally got treatment from a therapist, who told me, "Darren, this is a form of PTSD, and there are ways to address some of its effects." Of course, as you probably know, I'm still addicted to moral outrage, although I feel like I've made some progress recently in weening myself from it. For what it's worth, I've been fascinated lately by a couple statistics: 28% of Americans think shutting down the government was worth it in order to build the wall, 28% say they will definitely vote to re-elect Trump, and 29% think he should not be impeached even if he's proven to have obstructed justice. So, just under a third of Americans really want Trump, and nothing I say to them -- including pointing out their hypocrisies -- will make the slightest difference. I chased that political tangent for a minute because, for me at least, it's one of the core issues in this thread. I spent the first 32 years of my life developing a concept of god/truth within a culture that I now realize -- and have hard evidence to prove -- is the wellspring of American white nationalism. That realization in itself is f'ing traumatizing!
  13. That last part was/is the rub for me. I don't know if what I'm about to describe is a hallmark of many churches or only of the ones I've attended, but I was raised to believe that something transcendent happens when two believers study the Bible together or pray together. I wouldn't have been able to articulate it like this at the time, but I really believed that the only authentic communion we can experience is born somehow in the workings of the holy spirit. That was why I attended small group Bible studies for decades. We were supposed to read the same chapters, talk about them, pray together, and then, inevitably, magically, we would be blessed with true relationships. What a comforting thought! Once that was proven to not be the case, I felt strangely unburdened.
  14. In Rotterdam last week, I saw Romina Paula's debut film, Again Once Again, and it's such a perfect fit for this list that I mentioned Richard Rohr during our interview!
  15. Joel, I mentioned your situation to my friend Danny Kasman, the editor of Mubi's Notebook. He's conducted dozens of interviews at Cannes over the past decade. He suggested not even attempting to set up an interview there. Instead, he thinks you should reach out to them via their production office. Send an actual letter, introducing yourself, describing your project, and requesting an interview at their convenience. It's someone's job there to read mail and field those kinds of requests, and that person will have a sense of their production and travel schedule. Maybe you can find some research funds for a trip to Li├Ęge?
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