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So I'm thinking of writing a column about ways to enjoy art in general while stuck at home.  To that end, and for my own personal nourishment, I thought I'd ask folks here what their favorites have been.

Personally, I'm grateful that a couple of Asheville arthouse cinemas - the Fine Arts Theatre and the Grail Moviehouse are offering ways to enjoy streaming films that they'd have otherwise been screening.  I'm also aware that Yo-Yo Ma is posting short solo performances on social media, while the Metropolitan Opera is allowing free viewings of performances online.

 


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

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/

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In 2015, I did a "feel better" movies segment:

http://1morefilmblog.com/2015/11/15/feel-better-movies-what-to-watch-when-the-news-is-bleak/

http://1morefilmblog.com/2015/11/28/feel-better-movies-josh-wartels-list/

http://1morefilmblog.com/2015/12/01/feel-better-movies-rachel-daviss-list/

http://1morefilmblog.com/2015/11/21/feel-better-movies-evan-cogswells-list/

I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed by transition to online instruction in the middle of the semester, so it's been hard to watch anything heavy or long...I still haven't watched Poetry. Been wanting to watch some things that are commercial but comforting...and had a surprising hunkering for musicals...just because singing alone gives one uplift in spirits.

 

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Sir Patrick Stewart has been reading a daily Shakespeare sonnet on his social media, starting at the beginning. He's skipped a few that he personally doesn't care for--and since he's doing a public service, that's his right. #ASonnetADay

https://twitter.com/SirPatStew

Here's the first one:

https://twitter.com/SirPatStew/status/1241871592700993536?s=20

 


There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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Interestingly enough Kino Lorber has asked patrons *not * to rent their recent virtual release unless they are a regular patron of the theaters in New York and Los Angeles that will receive the proceeds. Instead, they ask potential viewers to request a local "virtual" screening to support a local theater. 

Weird times we live in.

https://kinonow.com/hilma-af-klint-bam

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13 hours ago, kenmorefield said:

Interestingly enough Kino Lorber has asked patrons *not * to rent their recent virtual release unless they are a regular patron of the theaters in New York and Los Angeles that will receive the proceeds. Instead, they ask potential viewers to request a local "virtual" screening to support a local theater. 

Weird times we live in.

https://kinonow.com/hilma-af-klint-bam

Because, yeah, let's put another obstacle up to prevent people in quarantine from accessing art.  Maybe Kino should take it upon themselves to pester local theaters to show their films.  Unless I'm missing something - which is entirely possible in my undercaffeinated state - this strikes me as an asshole move.


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

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/

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18 minutes ago, Andrew said:

Because, yeah, let's put another obstacle up to prevent people in quarantine from accessing art.  Maybe Kino should take it upon themselves to pester local theaters to show their films.  Unless I'm missing something - which is entirely possible in my undercaffeinated state - this strikes me as an asshole move.

I wouldn't go that far. The underlying intent seems okay to me -- let's support the theater near you rather than the one across the country. They seem to have a roll out of fifty or so more theaters on the heels of this "exclusive" engagement. And it's a recommendation, not anything they appear to be trying to stop.

I'm curious though, if that is the motivation, what is the point of an "exclusive" engagement? Typically, if theaters aren't shut down, isn't this to motivate people to go to one theater rather than another (in order to see the film earlier)? I imagine these two theaters (in NY/LA) are very important to smaller labels showing documentary films, and letting them have a movie a week before anyone else gives them some cache, I guess, just like TIFF and Telluride fight over who gets to put "North American Premiere" or "World Premiere" in their program. )

So I'm okay with them at least asking people to buy the ticket that is going to support their local theater...but in that case why make it harder for that local theater to sell those tickets by making them wait a week or longer so that you can have an "exclusive"?

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19 minutes ago, kenmorefield said:

I wouldn't go that far. The underlying intent seems okay to me -- let's support the theater near you rather than the one across the country. They seem to have a roll out of fifty or so more theaters on the heels of this "exclusive" engagement. And it's a recommendation, not anything they appear to be trying to stop.

I'm curious though, if that is the motivation, what is the point of an "exclusive" engagement? Typically, if theaters aren't shut down, isn't this to motivate people to go to one theater rather than another (in order to see the film earlier)? I imagine these two theaters (in NY/LA) are very important to smaller labels showing documentary films, and letting them have a movie a week before anyone else gives them some cache, I guess, just like TIFF and Telluride fight over who gets to put "North American Premiere" or "World Premiere" in their program. )

So I'm okay with them at least asking people to buy the ticket that is going to support their local theater...but in that case why make it harder for that local theater to sell those tickets by making them wait a week or longer so that you can have an "exclusive"?

Yeah, I'm 100% game for supporting local theaters.  To that effect, my recent reviews include links to the Asheville cinema that's offering the film in question as a streaming option.  

At the very least, this strikes me as unnecessarily maintaining an elitist status for NY/LA cinemas (and their critics), which seems ill-timed in a moment when we should be united.


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

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/

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I think it's so interesting how quickly the industry is adapting and that they're doing it cooperatively. I think everyone is terrified that this experience will reveal that their part of the system is unnecessary. Why do we need sellers and distributors if every production company can create an exclusive streaming window on their own website before negotiating terms with Apple, Amazon, Google, and Netflix for "wide" release? Why do we need professional critics when buzz is now generated by social media trends? Why do we need theaters except for spectacle films like Star Wars and MCU? Why do we need mid-budget films when TV and web "content" attract more eyeballs?

I'd guess they're maintaining the elite status of NY/LA now so that NY/LA will retain their elite status when/if we ever get back to normal. Everyone wants to keep their job in the short term. In the meantime, I've bought annual memberships at independent theaters in Knoxville and Nashville.

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I've simply been hitting the museum websites plus the Google art project. I have to admit, this is the one thing I miss about touring—visiting so many art museums first hand.

 

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Also, a ton of dance and theatre companies are streaming old performances for free.

 

Joe


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