The L.A. Rep-port: 2/24 to 3/2, by Scott Nye

23 Feb

It’s Oscar week in Hollywood, which shuts down a good deal of activity, but there are still some solid programs to catch if you’re in the market for them.

The New Beverly is offering an exceedingly-rare chance to see Marcel Carné’s Children of Paradise (1945, 35mm) on 35mm this Friday and Saturday. If you have the space in your schedule, it is absolutely essential viewing. Not just a landmark film, but a really moving, funny, beautiful and rich experience as well.

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I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore: Fake News, by David Bax

23 Feb

Given its premiere at Sundance the weekend of Donald Trump’s inauguration and its consequently relatable title, Macon Blair’s directorial debut I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore ought to offer some much-needed catharsis with its violent revenge storyline. Unfortunately, it only manages to confirm its protagonist’s assertion that “Everyone is an asshole” and then cynically suggest that anyone who isn’t may have to become one to survive.

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Dying Laughing: Just a Bit, by David Bax

23 Feb

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Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood’s Dying Laughing gets off to a dubious start, with its panoply of stand-up comedian interviewees gushing in awestruck, hushed tones about their art and its craft. It sets up an expectation of a bald hagiography of the form without analysis or criticism. Eventually, it settles into some more fertile grounds and ultimately satisfies. Still, it leaves you wondering what its worth is, exactly, in a time when we have so many good and in-depth podcasts on the subject.

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Bitter Harvest: Tough to Swallow, by Alexander Miller

23 Feb

Bitter Harvest centers on Stalin’s initiated famine that killed millions of Soviet Ukrainians while he was advancing his communist reign in this systematic form of starvation was known as the Holodomor. This is the backdrop for an epic melodrama where two childhood lovers Yuri (Max Irons) and Natalka (Samantha Barks) endure the Holodomor and oppressive Stalinist reign. They fight for survival, joining liberation forces, always guided by their lifelong connection.

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Criterion Prediction #77: Yaaba, by Alexander Miller

22 Feb

Title: Yaaba

Year: 1989

Director: Idrissa Ouedraogo

Cast: Fatimata Sanga, Noufou Ouedraogo, Roukietou Barry, Adama Ouedraogo, Amadou Toure

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I Do Movies Badly: Day For Night

21 Feb

In this episode, Jim discusses Francois Truffaut’s Day For Night.

EPISODE 518: TOP TEN OF 2016

21 Feb

In this episode, Tyler and David discuss their top ten of 2016.

BP’s Top 100 Movie List Challenge #85: Fantasia, by Sarah Brinks

21 Feb

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen – the Battleship Pretension Top 100 provided just that challenge.

I feel in some ways this might be the most personal movie I’ve watched since starting this challenge. I watched Fantasia countless times as a kid. I have a lifelong habit of putting stories in my mind to music, especially classical music; Fantasia must have been an early influence on that. I was admittedly nostalgic watching a childhood favorite film with adult eyes for this challenge.

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Musical Notation: 2016’s Oscar-Nominated Scores

21 Feb

In this episode, West Anthony discusses the scores and composers nominated for this year’s Academy Awards.

BP’s Top 100 Movie List Challenge #86: Manhattan, by Sarah Brinks

21 Feb

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen. The Battleship Pretension Top 100 list provided just that challenge.

I am often able to separate the art from the artist, but I don’t think I was successful at this while watching Manhattan. Woody Allen stars in his film about a man in his forties dating a 17-year-old high school girl. The knowledge that not long after filming Manhattan, Allen would go on to date and marry his romantic partner’s adopted daughter, who is 35 years his junior, is too hard to ignore. Regardless of the real-life similarities, watching an adult man date and sleep with a high school student is pretty gross and was a barrier to me enjoying the film.

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