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  1. Russ

    Make Way for Tomorrow

    It's positively counter-cultural to contemporary Americans because Bark and Lucy put their own love story ahead of everything else. Or, rather, what comes natural to them is taking pleasure primarily in life out of their love for one another, with everything falling into subordinate place after their own love. That doesn't mean they neglected their kids or wouldn't have given their life for their kids, but means that the value they place on their own marriage is what contextualizes everything else. It's what allows them to let their shitty kids off the hook when they act in accordance with their myopia. Their love is so unadorned but genuine that is has a transformative effect on every stranger who comes into direct contact with it. Only their own kids are by and large immune to its power.
  2. Yeah, should the blurbs be sent to you by message, Ken, or to an email address?
  3. Great list! My assumption is that y'all have the very reasonable expectation that blurb-writers be people who actually participated in the voting, but if not, or if you get caught in a bind, I'd happily volunteer to write any of these: 35 Up Gertrud Late Spring Make Way for Tomorrow
  4. Yeah, Daisy and I liked it quite a bit, as well. I actually wish it was a TV show; we'd watch the adventures of Nancy and her socially-mismatched pals every week.
  5. Doug, I think I've cracked the case of "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Film Release." I was in Target last night, and it's new on sale this week. Must have been a weird one-shot theatrical drop. I'll rent it from a Redbox this weekend and report back.
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    DVD Bazaar

    Like most of us, I suspect, I don't buy many DVDs these days, but I did just spring for the Criterion Ingmar Bergman box, figuring I'll have the next couple of decades to dig and dig. I have a couple of Bergman Criterion DVDs that are now superfluous that I was planning to put on ebay, but figured I'd see if anyone here was interested. I've got the single-disc releases of THE SEVENTH SEAL and WILD STRAWBERRIES and the boxes/double discs for SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE and FANNY AND ALEXANDER. I guess I was hoping to get maybe $7 each for the single discs and $10 each for the boxes/doubles, with buyer paying shipping. Oh, I also have the non-Criterion PERSONA and SARABAND, which I'd be happy to see $5 for. Is anyone here interested in them, or interested in trading any Criterions they're not particularly interested in having anymore?
  7. I had no idea there even was a new Nancy Drew movie until you posted this, and it's playing nowhere at all near me. Lots of screens devoted to CAPTAIN MARVEL, though, which is good because I wanna show how important it is to me that my kid has an appropriate representational superhero role model by shoving a bunch of cash at Marvel-Disney's newest and latest toy show. I thought I did that when we bought tickets to WONDER WOMAN, though, so I'm not sure how many times I have to re-enact that ritual. Cornish has made only two movies as far as I know--this one and ATTACK THE BLOCK, which I think you'd really enjoy. It's an alien invasion film told from the POV of a group of mostly black London housing project teens, and Jodie Whittaker plays a nurse who lives in the same building. He did a bunch of stuff for British TV that I haven't seen and got sucked into the Marvel thing for a script, and there was some profile a month or so ago about why he wandered around for several years between features.
  8. Thanks so much for that background, Andrew. I agree with your take that the confrontation scene is stronger without that angle--it's so dense as it is, and I won't forget how the intensity of those exchanges just left the whole theater gobsmacked. Add this one to the Pantheon of Films With Final Scenes in Prisons With Divine Gracenotes--this film, L'ENFANT, PICKPOCKET.
  9. Hey, Doug! I will definitely catch up with this one soon. We missed it theatrically, but it did prompt me to finally get around to seeing ATTACK THE BLOCK, which made me regret not prioritizing it all the more. Candidly, the trailer didn't really draw me in, but Cornish's involvement would have sold me if I'd not been sleeping on his last film. Now he just needs to not wait so long before making his next one.
  10. You're in Beale Street, baby. I need to read Baldwin's novel to give credit where it's due, but Jenkins's screenplay is so amazing. Did anybody see a jaw-droppingly better-written scene this year than the one those quotes came from? Not this guy.
  11. I've skipped the last several sales, but it makes sense for me to pick up a few titles for the girls to give me for Christmas. Everybody wins. So I grabbed PHOENIX, but the other two I really want--PERSONAL SHOPPER and NASHVILLE--were not in stock at the store I went to.
  12. Oh, great. Now you're going to put it on hold and I won't be able to renew it. Yeah, we're having a lot of fun with it. And Daisy legit beat me the first time we played, which always boosts her enthusiasm for a new game.
  13. Hey, Ken! Thanks for stepping up here and taking custody of the site. It's fair to say that A&F was used for many good things--a lot of meaningful discussions of truth and beauty--and I'm glad to see that you cared to try to nurse the site back to health, or at the least to make sure it didn't dissolve into the ether. Truthfully, I'm fine with whatever regarding alternate accounts, but agree with you that less rules are likely better than more with regard to these kinds of things.
  14. We're loving MACHI KORO at my house. My 8 y.o. is a board game freak, and our library lends boardgames, so we get to try out some games we'd be too afraid to buy. Have got PATCHWORK and EX LIBRIS on loan now. Found 7 WONDERS on clearance at Target for $15 and am saving it to give her for Christmas.
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