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Finishing Norte: The End of History, and if I'm home to receive delivery tomorrow, I'll watch Big Hero 6 with my kids.

 

And if NBC re-airs Peter Pan, I can kiss an evening of TV goodbye.

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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I'm hoping to watch my recently acquired Criterion Blu-rays this weekend.

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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I'm probably going to revisit that masterpiece of child psychology, A Christmas Story, with the fam this weekend. But the movie event I'm most looking forward to is a double feature of Sam Fuller's Shark and Peter Yates's The Deep.

"A great film is one that to some degree frees the viewer from this passive stupor and engages him or her in a creative process of viewing. The dynamic must be two-way. The great film not only comes at the viewer, it draws the viewer toward it." -Paul Schrader

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I watchedMr. Turner on the big screen today. I had watched the screener a few weeks ago, but seeing the film in a theater was a different, improved experience.

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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American Sniper last night.

 

Now, at 10:45 p.m. on Christmas, I'm sitting down to catch up with my Blu-ray of My Darling Clementine.

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Big Eyes, The Imitation Game, possibly Unbroken, and of course, Into the Woods again.

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"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

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I believe the plan is for Mr. Turner today. Wild and Big Hero 6  tomorrow. Selma on Sunday.

 

And may fit in our Netflix dvd, Only Lovers Left Alive, sometime in there.

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Tonight at the Nuart in Santa Monica, a 1982 cut of Blade Runner.  Next week, they'll be showing one of the directors cuts (not sure if it's the 1992 or 2007 cut).

Here's what I'm attempting over the next two days...

 

Friday - The Imitation Game - Into the Woods - Big Eyes - Blade Runner

Saturday - Boyhood - Foxcatcher - The Babadook

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On Monday, I moved from Vancouver, BC to Vancouver, WA. Since then, I've added the DVD option from Netflix (American Netflix!), Hulu+, and Amazon Prime Instant Video, all unavailable to me in Canada for the past few years. So I'll be making up for lost time.

 

Plus, a local $4 theater is currently playing Force Majeure and The Babadook.

 

Double plus, for Christmas I gave myself The Complete Jacques Tati from Criterion.

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I'll be in the Faith and Film class (which serves as the jury) at Whitehead International Film Festival. I'll be seeing:

 

Features:

  • The Grand Seduction (class see it on Friday, it's is the closing night film, but seeing it early allows us to vote prior to that screening)
  • Wadjda
  • Excuse My French
  • Siddharth
  • Rock the Casbah
  • Ilo Ilo
  • Lion's Heart
  • Like Father, Like Son (I'll likely skip this one. I have enough familiarity to be able to vote on it and discuss it.)
  • Love and Lemons
  • Lovely Louise

Shorts (one plays before each feature):

  • The Paper Piano
  • Seasick
  • Blue Like a Gunshot
  • Take It Easy
  • And the Red Man Went Green
  • Technicolor Alaska
  • May We Grow
  • Distraction of a Stationary Nature
  • Fudgitive

 

Those in the LA area, trip out to Claremont isn't hard, especially on Saturday and Sunday. Only $5 per movie.

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It's funny how a phrase like "Rock the Casbah" sounds different to me now that I've been to one. Two, in fact.

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Hoping to get to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

 

The Secret of Kells

 

Song of the Sea

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Driving to Santa Monica to see the rare and wonderful The Fortune--a key influence on the Coen brothers.

"A great film is one that to some degree frees the viewer from this passive stupor and engages him or her in a creative process of viewing. The dynamic must be two-way. The great film not only comes at the viewer, it draws the viewer toward it." -Paul Schrader

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Heh. I think I know The Fortune primarily as the last film Warren Beatty acted in without writing, directing or producing it until he appeared in Town & Country a quarter-century later.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Heh. I think I know The Fortune primarily as the last film Warren Beatty acted in without writing, directing or producing it until he appeared in Town & Country a quarter-century later.

 

Is that so? I do admire how selective Beatty has been since becoming a movie star. The Fortune is hilarious. It's one of those major studio films featuring major talent that's never gotten a release on DVD here. And the American Cinematheque is showing a 35mm print--huzzah! 

"A great film is one that to some degree frees the viewer from this passive stupor and engages him or her in a creative process of viewing. The dynamic must be two-way. The great film not only comes at the viewer, it draws the viewer toward it." -Paul Schrader

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Yeah, I had to review Town & Country back in the day, and I remember going through Beatty's IMDb page to see how long it had been since the last time he merely acted in a movie, and I'm pretty sure The Fortune was what I landed on. I seem to recall that whatever film it was came out in the mid-'70s and co-starred Jack Nicholson, at any rate.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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I'm seeing the Oscar-nominated short films tonight.

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Had to return Justified Season 5, but I picked up a slew of other DVDs. I don't know why I do this; I already have shelves full of outstanding Criterion DVDs and a few Blu-rays that sit unwatched, while I grab this movie and that movie off the library shelves on a whim.

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Mizoguchi last night; Mizoguchi next weekend. 

"A great film is one that to some degree frees the viewer from this passive stupor and engages him or her in a creative process of viewing. The dynamic must be two-way. The great film not only comes at the viewer, it draws the viewer toward it." -Paul Schrader

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