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Amy, which is the last Ecumenical Jury nominee I plan to see before voting.

Either Joy or The Danish Girl.

Hopefully a second viewing of either Spotlight or Brooklyn.

And then The Hateful Eight this afternoon. Wish me luck.


"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."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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1 hour ago, Evan C said:

And then The Hateful Eight this afternoon. Wish me luck.

It was almost sold out, so I switched to the showing of Joy ten minutes later.


"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."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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We're thinking about a double feature of Boy and the World and When Marnie Was Here at the GKids program at the Fine Arts on Sunday.

I'm also trying to get my wife to The Lady in the Van and Anomalisa.


A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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I've been missing so many things in theaters lately, but I'm going to try to catch NOTFILM, Ross Lipman's "kino-essay" about the Beckett-penned Keaton short of 1965. I hadn't heard about this odd, historic collaboration between two discrete geniuses until last week. It's delightful and humbling to know that cinema is still yielding up its treasures.


"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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Well, I didn't make it out to see NOTFILM, doggonit. But at least this frees up some pocket money for this year's Noir City at the Egyptian! They're doing something a little different this year by opening the fest with a restoration of the rare Argentine crime film, The Bitter Stems. That should be good. It's too bad I'll be out of town for Flesh and Fantasy, which I've been aching to see again.

Dead Reckoning, Deception, and The Captive City also look enticing. 


"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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6 hours ago, Mike_tn said:

Your events at the Egyptian begin in two days. I'm jealous! Last night I watched the 1946 Killers, with Burt Lancaster & Ava Gardner. Tonight it will be the second feature on the disc, the 1964 version of the same Hemingway story which I'm curious to see Ronald Reagan in. That's the closest I'll get to Noir City this week.

You've got some good stuff coming your way. The Siodmak version opens with one of my very favorite noir scenes, but the remake is also excellent. One of the assassins is played by Clu Gulager, a longtime character actor who is something of a fixture around here. He practically lives at the New Beverly Cinema. I had dinner with him once and he's really nice!

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"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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Last weekend I got to see a release print of Friedkin's Sorcerer with a rare, 4-track mag soundtrack. The picture was a B- but the sound was incredible! The eerie score by Tangerine Dream is one for the ages. 

This weekend Rialto is releasing a new restoration of The Fallen Idol, so I'm making arrangements to see that. 


"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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Did you see Sorcerer on Saturday?  We may have unknowingly crossed paths.  I saw it with my niece, who's studying film at LMU.  This was her first exposure to Friedkin. 

This weekend I'm finally able to take her to see Lawrence of Arabia at the Egyptian.


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I went on Sunday night. One of these days, John, we need to see a movie together intentionally! 


"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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Last weekend it was The Fallen Idol. Last night it was The Devils.


"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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As I type this, it's 103 F in Whittier (rising steadily to a projected 108). To heed the excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service, I'm staying inside and watching one of the most intelligent British s-f films of the 1960s: The Day the Earth Caught Fire.


"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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This weekend (tomorrow or Saturday) Edge of Tomorrow, double-billed with 1989's Robot Jox at the New Beverly Cinema.

Next weekend I'm really going to try and make it to the Egyptian to see Heaven's Gate, the director's cut. I've only seen portions of this film, but have really liked what I've watched.


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Got the dates wrong in the above post.  I'll be seeing Heaven's Gate tomorrow night.


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"Everyone has the right to make an ass out of themselves. You just can't let the world judge you too much." - Maude 
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A search on "Bernard Tavernier" pulled up this thread, and I thought it might be timely to pull it back to the top and see if anyone else wants to feed it during the pandemic.

As mentioned last night on Twitter, I have the Koker Trilogy waiting for me - my second time checking it out from the library (yes, some of us still watch DVDs primarily, rather than stream) after not starting it during my previous checkout. I grabbed it again as COVID-19 began to spread, believing the library might close and I might be able to hang on to it for an extended period of time, rather than the usual one-week checkout period. That was the right decision, although I've put off my viewing again; last night I read a book on the couch and then didn't feel up to starting the first film in the trilogy after 10 p.m.

Maybe later today? 


"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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Good idea!

Over this past 1+ month, I've been nourished by watching or re-watching candidates for my Top 25 list.  Not all of these made my list, but highlights have included A Man Escaped, lots of Dardennes, 2001, The Searchers, Haxan, The Passion of Joan of Arc, The Seventh Seal, and Day of Wrath.

Now it's on to current films to stream at home and potentially review.  Since sheltering in place, I've been keeping a running list of candidates.  Last night, it was Corpus Christi; tonight, Platform.

Oh, and Jessica and I just finished the first season of Star Trek: Picard last night.  What a delight!


To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

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For the first time in my life, I'm watching movies like I read books -- three or four at a time -- which is probably a sign that these strange days are affecting my attention span more than I realized. Earlier this week I was simultaneously rewatching Stroszek, Johnny Guitar, and Low Life in 40-minute bursts. Right now I'm half-way through Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (after seeing another of his films in Berlin, I'm dipping into William Klein movies) and I've queued up a dozen or so Allan Dwan films on Amazon. Robin Hood (1922) is really good!

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Watched The General yesterday. We've been doing Hunters, Hotel Beau Sejours, and 100 Humans for our binge viewing.

 


A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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