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  1. Thought we'd be hearing more from this guy
  2. Saw this recently… [SPOILERS] As Peter noted, the dialogue is “arch”--and the witty banter gets a little heavy-handed. As Ken said, the voice-over poems are very on-the-nose… one of the most awkward moments is when Emily holds Austin and Susan’s baby and recites her “I’m Nobody” poem to him. There was too much of Vryling Buffam, who’s only mentioned in one biography footnote as a friend of Vinnie’s. Also, Mabel Todd and Emily never met face to face. Maybe I’m not recalling correctly, but – was there really no mention of Thomas Higginson, the editor Emily was friends with for decades? Nothing about George Gould, who may have been engaged to her--or her later romance with Judge Otis Lord, who proposed marriage? Nothing about the Master Letters? Nothing about the eye ailment that disrupted her life extensively. Too many long convulsion scenes…made her look like an epileptic. [The film could have showed how, in fact, Emily refused to let a doctor at her bedside…which made diagnosis almost impossible.] Still, as a literary period piece the film is a splendid tribute, and Cynthia Nixon did a superb job of making Emily rebellious and vulnerable, unflinchingly honest.
  3. Their Finest September 27, 1941 Catrin Cole begins work on her second screenplay for the Ministry of Information’s film unit in London
  4. The Lost City of Z February 6, 1911 Percy Fawcett addresses the Royal Geographical Society with his discovery.
  5. I remember being impressed with the book N. T. Wright wrote with Marcus Borg-- The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions--especially Wright's chapter on resurrection. His voice was one of the few that kept me open–minded...not to certainty or insistence, but possibility. An excerpt - "Early Christianity did not consist of a new spirituality or ethic. It consisted of the announcement of things that had happened… The body of Jesus was neither resuscitated nor left to decay in the tomb, but was rather transformed into a new mode of physicality; shocking and startling to the disciples and to all subsequent readers.… The contrast is not between physical and nonphysical, but rather between a body animated by soul (which will die like the animals) and a body animated by spirit, God’s spirit, which will therefore possess a quality of life that transcends the present decaying existence…. The point of the resurrection, for Paul, is that entropy does not have the last word, for humans or the world as a whole. For Paul, what mattered was that the resurrection had happened – not as an isolated bizarre miracle, but as the messianic focal point and climax of the story of the creator and covenant God with Israel and the world. This was the hinge on which the door of history turned."
  6. This track is “Halfway there” with Gary Clark Jr. from her April 2017 album, Be Myself -- also includes collaborations with Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, etc. As you might expect – “fallout from the presidential election is present in the lyrics”…but a great video --
  7. Others here could answer better, but I recently watched this on YouTube and read through the discussion. [spoilers] Yes, it’s a stretch, to say the least, for the Wife to warm up so quickly to the Man after he nearly throws her off the boat. For that matter, it’s questionable (as Peter noted) why either woman would be attached to a man who gets violent so often. The women are stereotypes, the meekly submissive madonna and the criminally-minded vamp...the Wife shown only in daytime, the Woman shown only at night. Still the film is more nuanced than I expected… not a simplistic duality between wicked city / innocent farm. I liked the irony of the City being the scenario for the husband and wife to heal their relationship, through the spontaneous excursion...the peasant dance, etc. Also I was impressed with the optical effects-- the camera angles, the superimposed images, the stylized title cards. I can see why the film is considered a poetic masterpiece. It comes across as a dreamlike allegory, rather than a believable narrative. And, as Persona pointed out - the shadow of the cross on the bed subtly offers a Christian does the title with its sun/son resonance. This tribute had some good insights--
  8. United Kingdom Sept. 29, 1948 – Seretse Khama marries Ruth Williams in a London registry office Sept. 30, 1966 – Botswana becomes an independent nation The film could have had more dramatic tension, but still an amazing story. (besides….Theo Landey!)
  9. Just as an interested observer…wonder if you’d consider films about journalists. The topics of government and cultural conflict/upheaval are so timely, but maybe too broad (or cynical). Seems like there have been many good films about journalism, both fictional and true.
  10. Paterson June 6, 1976—a poster in the corner bar says Allen Ginsberg appeared then at the Paterson Masonic Temple.
  11. This song from the Pretenders' new album Alone reminds me of the "audacity of hope" era...
  12. Hidden Figures February 20, 1962-- John Glenn orbits the earth, after relying on Katherine Johnson’s mathematical expertise. A historical drama that doesn’t generate much critical analysis…but in these troubled times it sure felt uplifting.
  13. Must admit, this has been one of my all-time favorite series….still in the midst of it. Apparently the spinoff, called “The Good Fight,” premieres on Feb. 19. Not sure I’ll watch it, would miss some of the great characters from the original, but interesting that the new cast includes Bernadette Peters.
  14. Heard this recently and like the choral effect… by Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel, her new album is Citizen of Glass –lyrics are obscure but music is ethereal, soothing
  15. Guess there wasn’t that much interest in this film? I agree the trailer was somewhat misleading – and the flashbacks were confusing at times. The film has haunted me, having grown up in a nearby town--the accent, the wounded-stoic attitude, the fishing boat scenes framing the story, the winter that seemed to go on forever. From a non-critic’s perspective -- I thought Justin Chang really captured it, in Variety– also Ann Hornaday (Washington Post), praising Lonergan’s “steadfast unwillingness to indulge in tidy reversals of heart or convenient happy endings….It is essentially about people: their quirks, foibles, self-deceptions and often fruitless attempts at overcoming their inner demons.…a man who may seem shut down and closed off from the world, but who turns out to be fighting every moment to keep both pain and redemption at arm’s length...”