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BP Movie Journal 5/11/17

12 May

Tyler and David discuss the movies and TV shows they’ve been watching, including:

Movies
INTOLERANCE
PLAYTIME
EVERYONE’S LIFE
A BAG OF MARBLES
HEAVEN WILL WAIT
APOLLO 13
SAMMY, THE WAY-OUT SEAL
PARIS CAN WAIT
CASTING JONBENET
SHAKE THE DUST
MAUDIE
BATMAN & BILL
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
BLACK CHRISTMAS
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
SNATCHED

TV
SCTV
HOARDERS
SURVIVOR
NORM MACDONALD: HITLER’S DOG, GOSSIP & TRICKERY
THE AMAZING RACE

Paris Can Wait: Je Souhaite, by David Bax

11 May

Having been married to a successful and well known filmmaker for over half a century, Eleanor Coppola, director of the new film Paris Can Wait, certainly knows her lead protagonist well. Anne (Diane Lane) is the wife of Michael (Alec Baldwin), a major movie producer. Coppola displays a clear familiarity with the way Anne’s social life is dictated by her husband’s work but also with the comfortable, luxurious life she leads. Some may balk at Paris Can Wait’s fusillade of extravagances but Coppola is aware enough to acknowledge how special they are while Lane balances Anne’s enjoyment of and familiarity with creature comforts.

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New to Home Video 5/9/17

9 May

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EPISODE 529: Scandinavian Movies, Sort Of

7 May

In this episode, David and guest co-host Amanda Mae Meyncke talk a little bit about Scandinavian movies but mostly just shoot the breeze.

New to Home Video 5/2/17

2 May

Review

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COLCOA 2017: Heaven Will Wait, by David Bax

1 May

The COLCOA (City of Lights, City of Angels) French Film Festival is a week of French film premieres in Hollywood.

In the opening scene of Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar’s Heaven Will Wait, a support group of French parents whose daughters have become radicalized Islamic jihadists discuss how they lost their children to a world they don’t understand. There were signs missed and signs ignored. The danger of dismissing a teen phase is that it’s not a phase to them. It’s an intriguing start to an exploration of an incomprehensible but all too real phenomenon. Unfortunately, Mention-Schaar isn’t interested in going much deeper.

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COLCOA 2017: A Bag of Marbles, by David Bax

1 May

The COLCOA (City of Lights, City of Angels) French Film Festival is a week of French film premieres in Hollywood.

Lately, I’ve been paying particularly rapt attention to movies about life under Nazi rule or occupation and how people reacted and survived. With the rise of white nationalists here in the United States, emboldened by a President with no qualms about courting them, I’ve taken to studying these true stories of the past, looking for clues or hints as to how to act, endure and overcome. In Christian Duguay’s impressive real life tale of survival, A Bag of Marbles, there are many lessons to be learned. One of the most important comes early on. After a Jewish barber in Paris stands up to a German soldier (in the days between the start of the occupation and the hammer coming down), someone remarks to him, “You spoke out because you still can.” May movies like this one encourage us to do the same today.

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COLCOA 2017: Everyone’s Life, by David Bax

1 May

The COLCOA (City of Lights, City of Angels) French Film Festival is a week of French film premieres in Hollywood.

Everyone’s Life, the latest from veteran French filmmaker Claude Lelouch, is a loose and sunny ensemble comedy with a bitter sense of humor. Call it optimistically cynical (or cynically optimistic) but for every bawdy joke tossed off by a doctor who makes his rounds on a hover board, there’s a scene like the violent, decidedly non-politically correct and, eventually, surreal public argument between a cheating woman and her Arabic boyfriend. Lelouch seems to be saying, “Well, pretty much everyone is cruel, selfish and corrupt but they have some good qualities too and we’ll probably figure it out in the end so don’t worry too much.”

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EPISODE 528: Summer Movie Preview 2017

30 Apr

In this episode, Tyler and David discuss the upcoming Summer movies as well as working through some shit.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City: Feet on the Ground, by David Bax

28 Apr

As a topic for a movie, “city planning” sounds almost comically dry and uninteresting. When faced with what it really means, though, especially at a time when humanity as a species is increasingly urbanized, almost nothing could be more vital. Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, Matt Tyrnauer’s crackling, vivacious new documentary, brings that vitality forward through most of twentieth century history, finally arriving at the doorstep of our present day.

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