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I agree that Nebraska was wonderful. I took a friend of mine who grew up in Nebraska to see it. In the scene where the men are all watching sports on television while the women are in the kitchen after a perfunctory inquiry on how long the drive took, my friend was clenching his hands in frustration. I asked him about it afterwards and he said, "That's exactly what people are like there." He later went again with his parents when they came out to visit him here in Seattle and he said they thought it was depressingly realistic. I never lived in that territory, but I recognize a region where people are just getting by without much hope of a better future.
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Another movie awards week made me want to see was "Captain Phillips." Here's why-- in every clip they showed, I was aware that Tom Hanks was n the scene, but I could not take my eyes off of Barkhad Abdi. He commanded the screen. I really want to see what he did to earn his Supporting Actor nomination.

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Teenage Cavemen - post-apocalyptic, a group of survivors are led by an older man with messianic pretensions until they break free.

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This is a slight tangent.

There's a moving essay in the New York Times on how the writer was reaching my autistic son through Disney
(Paywall after a limited number of articles each month).

Sometimes movies achieve higher purposes.

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The movie I watched most recently was "Don Camillo". I had never heard of it until a Shipmate mentioned it.

In a word--wonderful!

It's the story of a priest in a small town in Italy. Don Camillo and the communist mayor, Peppone, are constantly butting heads. They respect each other as people but cannot stand the other's politics.

Don C. grumbles to a life-sized crucifix of Christ in the church--it made me think of Tevye's conversations with God in "Fiddler on the Roof". Jesus' answers to Don C. are great.

If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. It's charming, funny, and touching, and gives an interesting look at post-WWIII Italian politics.

I liked it tremendously. Many, many thanks to whoever on the Ship mentioned it.

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If you enjoyed "Don Camillo" you may enjoy the books. They've been translated and the first is "The Little World of Don Camillo". The writing certainly evokes the period.
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I just finished watching a DVD of Warning Shadows (1923)--although I believe it is viewable through You Tube.

This silent film from Germany was done at a time when filmmakers were really exploring what could be done with the camera and light, shadow, mirrors and tints. In addition, silent film makers were very much focused on the images and tried to limit the use of intertitles (title cards) to explain the action because the word cards interrupt the visuals. Warning Shadows is the ultimate party trick: Apart from the very beginning when we are introduced to the characters (and the actors names), the remainder of the film is done entirely without title cards! The whole story is told purely through images. The movie runs 85 minutes, so it is quite feat!

The story is of a man who is dangerously jealous of his flirtatious wife--and his suspicions of her fidelity are not entirely groundless. He gives a dinner party where four of her male admirers are present. An itinerant entertainer comes by to present a shadow play for them (using hand shadows and props to cast silhouettes on to the wall). The shadow play brings the underlying tensions of the group to the fore.

The use of light and shadow in this film is remarkable. It is not too much to say that the character's shadows are almost characters in themselves. Fritz Kortner plays the husband and effectively conveys the mental torment his jealousy causes him. Ruth Weyher is the wife and is quite lovely and entrancing. A visually impressive and memorable film.

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I just saw "Like Father Like Son".
It's the story of two Japanese families who find out that their 6 year old sons were switched at birth. It explores the tensions as the families try to decide what to do about switching sons or not. I really enjoyed it.

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Hedgehog, that sounds amazing.

Palimpsest-- is this a fictional film, or is it a documentary? Either way sounds interesting.

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quote:
Originally posted by Palimpsest:
This is a slight tangent.

There's a moving essay in the New York Times on how the writer was reaching my autistic son through Disney
(Paywall after a limited number of articles each month).

Sometimes movies achieve higher purposes.

That is a hell of an article. Thanks for posting it. </tangent>
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quote:
Originally posted by Palimpsest:
If you enjoyed "Don Camillo" you may enjoy the books. They've been translated and the first is "The Little World of Don Camillo". The writing certainly evokes the period.

Thanks! I'll look for them at the library.

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As far as I know, "Like Father Like Son" is a fictional film. It really is focused on the people involved and how they try to deal with a difficult situation.
It also gives a interesting look into domestic family life in Japan as it contrasts a successful businessman and his wife and son with a less ambitious and larger family.

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One Day - new graduates, a man and woman, who are complete opposites, meet every year on the same day. Though they both marry, they realise, too late, that they love one another.


also 'Habemus papam' about a newly elected pope who runs away.

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Two surprisingly similar films - 'Untouchable', a French film, with subtitles, about the friendship between a disabled man and his carer; 'The Way', about a man walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, with his dead son's ashes. They are similar in that difficult issues are dealt with using gentle, but sensitive humour; the people in both films are very human.

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quote:
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Two surprisingly similar films - 'Untouchable', a French film, with subtitles, about the friendship between a disabled man and his carer...

That sounds familiar: I'm sure we saw it at the cinema when it came out and liked it. There is a locally owned chain of cinemas and one of them specializes in foreign films and indie productions like Black Nativity.

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Mr. Russel Crowe sent me a trailer for 'Noah': I am looking forward to it. It was a good Bible story and a great Bill Cosby comedy sketch.

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I feel like I'm farting in the wrong cathedral here with the erudite, even recondite movies people have been posting of late, but I WILL see the Veronica Mars movie as soon as it is released in China. Wittiest TV show around in my view, together with the West Wing and possibly some other Sorkin projects. Don't you dare ruin it for me by saying "it sucks" or anything such - it's been too long a wait.

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Hey, Sorkin is a hell of a writer! He was on the "Six Feet Under" team, right? And I have heard nothing but raves about Veronica Mars (the show.)

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'sokay JFH - my current cinema trips are to films chosen by a 14 year old boy. In the last three weeks I have watched: Gravity (my choice), Non-Stop and Need for Speed. Need for Speed was better than I expected, but I went in with very low expectations.

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There's an article in this weeks New Yorker about the making of "Noah". It does make it seem like a violent fantasy which may not please those who are expecting a happy Bible story.
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I've seen the trailers for Noah. The way that one is trailed I wondered if it was going to be on my future viewing list, assuming it's a U / PG / 12, but its release date is a bit late for this half term, and hopefully said teenage boy will be fit to take part in sports next half term.

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quote:
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There's an article in this weeks New Yorker about the making of "Noah". It does make it seem like a violent fantasy which may not please those who are expecting a happy Bible story.

It makes more sense than the "happy Bible story" versions. All those cute ark and animal toys and picture books make me want to puke seeing that they totally ignore the genocide going on outside the boat. [Mad]

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I saw 12 Years A Slave last weekend.

And now I want to see other films directed by Steve McQueen. Because that man definitely knows what he's doing. A beautiful film, at the same time as being a horrible one.

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quote:
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If you enjoyed "Don Camillo" you may enjoy the books. They've been translated and the first is "The Little World of Don Camillo". The writing certainly evokes the period.

Thanks very much. I've requested the Don Camillo Omnibus from the library.

I just re-watched the first Don C. movie with my DH, who was out of town when I watched the movie the first time. DH really liked it and I enjoyed watching it again.

More about movies--I'll be going to see "The Lunchbox" on Tuesday with a friend. I'd also like to see "The Grand Budapest Hotel".

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To recommend a film I hopefully will see this week if my friend doesn't keep postponing....

If you have a teenage boy in tow, you might like to see Miyazaki's latest (and perhaps last) animated film "The Wind Rises" about the a boy who grows up to be the airplane designer who designed the Japanese Zero.

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Oooh, The Wind Rises sounds amazing - not released here until May 9, although available to see before then from April 23 at a specific cinema in London.

<tangent> I really, really hope I'll have got him doing some sport instead by then. This cinema going is a stop gap replacement for ice skating as he managed to injure a knee </tangent>

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I just saw an Italian film called Honey about a young woman working in the underground euthanasia trade. It is a very fine character study of her in a period of change in her life as she becomes more aware of the forces that are driving her life.

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Well, I did see "The Wind Rises" and it is amazing. It does cover a lot of tragedy in hard times.

It also does focus on the engineer. It's the first time I've seen a slide rule animated quite so lovingly.

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Just saw Hannah Arendt, which focuses on the reaction in the Jewish community to her coverage of the 1961 Eichmann trial and the effect which the furore had on her personally.

There are also flashbacks to her pre-war affair with Martin Heidegger, who later collaborated with the Nazis.

It was sound, factual and competent,but curiously flat.

The most engaging and moving part of the film was the original footage of the trial.

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'Summer in February' a 'true' story based on a group of artists in Lamorna, Cornwall, in the early 20th century. Apart from beautiful scenery and period footage, it was interesting to tie it in to the exhibition held in the same venue of one of the artists featured in the film.
But the acting at times was rather unconvincing (featured 'Matthew' from Downton Abbey) and the storyline, had it not been based on a true story, appeared rather unbelievable. As someone behind me said at the end, 'Why on earth did they get married then?!'

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'Fish Story', a Japanese film, (though not the easiest of films to get into) is one I would recommend.

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quote:
Originally posted by Palimpsest:
To recommend a film I hopefully will see this week if my friend doesn't keep postponing....

If you have a teenage boy in tow, you might like to see Miyazaki's latest (and perhaps last) animated film "The Wind Rises" about the a boy who grows up to be the airplane designer who designed the Japanese Zero.

No teenage boy required: I and another 30-something woman saw it a couple weeks back and were thoroughly impressed. It's a really unique, poignant film, and very thought-provoking. Not at all what one thinks of when one thinks 'animated movie', and a departure from much of Miyazaki's prior work. I highly recommend it.

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One of the things about the animation in "The Wind Rises" is that in the few scenes where there isn't a human character, I had trouble remembering it was animated. It wasn't hyper-realistic, but the theme was so mature.

It's not a complete departure from his earlier work. In some ways it reminded me of his earlier film about fantasy raccoons Pom Poko and the younger sister reminds me of the younger sister in "My Neighbor Totoro".

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quote:
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It's not a complete departure from his earlier work. In some ways it reminded me of his earlier film about fantasy raccoons Pom Poko and the younger sister reminds me of the younger sister in "My Neighbor Totoro".

The animation in Pom Poko is stunning. I remember catching it on tv by accident on the way to do something else. I had to just sit down and watch, mesmerised by the parade of animals scene. Beautiful.

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I'm watching Casablanca for the first time right now. I had no idea there were so many excellent one-liners.

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Many years ago a friend of mine went to a showing of Casablanca at a run down revival theater in Cambridge Mass. where it was a perennial favorite. The theater management announced that there were technical problems which meant that the sound could not be played. Fortunately there were enough male and female viewers present who had seen it enough times to recite the lines from memory while the silent film unrolled.
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That sounds like an amazing night.

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I finally got to see Thor: The Dark World, which was a lot of fun - lots of gorgeous Loki scenes to look at, and some good jokes, like Thor having to get the Tube to get back to the big battle. And I have to admit that, when Malekith the Dark Elf landed his spaceship in the middle of Greenwich, my first thought was "Save the Meantime brewery!"
The movie also passes the Beschdel Test easily, with women talking to each other about serious things, and though some people have criticized the death of Frigga I think that, in this case, it really was the only way of being sure that Thor and Loki would work together.

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I watched The Purge the other night.

Not as bad as some seemed to think. It's well-constructed(some nice camera work etc) and raises some interesting social issues, including about the class system.

But, in the end, pretty much just an elongated riff on The Lottery, looking somewhat more ludicrous as a result of being stretched out for a couple of hours. You can't help but muse about the back story to the dystopia, like, how did things ever get this way?

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quote:
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Many years ago a friend of mine went to a showing of Casablanca at a run down revival theater in Cambridge Mass. where it was a perennial favorite.

Sadly, the Brattle St. Cinema has closed.
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Palimpsest:
Many years ago a friend of mine went to a showing of Casablanca at a run down revival theater in Cambridge Mass. where it was a perennial favorite.

Sadly, the Brattle St. Cinema has closed.
[Waterworks]

The sound failure happened at the Harvard Square Theatre although most of the viewers had probably seen the many showings at the Brattle St. Cinema. Another odd event was watching the movie of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" which was set in a future dystopia which included the building of the Brattle Cinema.
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I saw a rebroadcast of the National Theater Live production of War Horse. This is probably old news in England.

It's a dazzling piece of theater, puppetry and dance. The horse puppets become real almost instantly.

It is a tearjerker and in some ways limited by the Boy and his Horse children's story. It is interesting that there are not really villains.. They talked about the show playing in France, Germany, China and Japan.

They were changing the marquee for the next Movie at the theater. It's "The Grand Budapest Hotel". Another look at pre war Europe. I'm looking forward to it although it may be too Wes Anderson cute. I think I need to go re-watch Paths of Glory.

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Monuments Men has an impressive cast (Damon, Blanchett, Murray, Goodman, Bonneville, Clooney) and a wonderful plot line ( a true story of attempts to rescue art treasures from the Nazis) but somehow it doesn’t work.

You can see what you should be responding to, such as the emergence of esprit de corps amongst the team members, and the redemption of the Bonneville character’s wasted life by his death at the hands of Nazi barbarians, but it is all so obvious that you register it rather than feel it.

The real stars of the film are the art works themselves.

This hardened old evangelical iconoclast and Zwinglian must admit to shedding a tear at the portrayal of the van Eyk brothers’ Ghent altar piece.

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Gypsy 83 - typical road movie.

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At the week-end we watched Comedy of Terrors, which was glorious; Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff are rather inept undertakers and Basil Rathbone a reluctant client. I was a bit dubious, not having enjoyed Dr Phibes that much, but it was a joy.

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I loved that movie. "He is not dead, but sleepeth..."

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Seven Days to Noon - a 'mad professor' decides that his life's work in nuclear weapons might be out to bad use so he blackmails the prime minister - he will destroy London if Britain does not unilaterally disarm.

Set in 1950 with lots of shots of the london mof the time.

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Ever catch part of a movie and spnd forever wondering what is was, and then run across it again?

I am now watching My Life Without Me-- starring phenomenal Canadian actor/ director Sarah Polley. If you are not familiar with Polley, do yourself a big favor and acquaint yourself. I think she is one of the smartest, sharpest artists out there.

Polley plays a very young mother who has just learned she has about two months to live-- and her decision to make the most of the time she has left. Not a new idea, but the intelligence and sensitivity Polley gives to the role makes it almost unbearably beautiful.

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Two surprisingly similar films - 'Untouchable', a French film, with subtitles, about the friendship between a disabled man and his carer

A must.

Just taken back Ridley Scott's Counselor. Not for the faint-hearted. Would not watch again [Ultra confused]

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Mickey Rooney died this Sunday at the age of 93 after a long career of starring in movies. He may have been the last silent movie star still working this year.
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