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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

House: Have you seen this?

It was taken on Mars and that little dot is our lovely home.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

Gosling is thirty-one. He’s Canadian.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

Oh my God, Ruby. I’m laughing so hard I can’t breathe. Cats are nature’s great comedians.

Vive Henri ennui!

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

I want to see an all-feline version of Waiting for Godot, or perhaps Sartre’s No Exit. Purrfect.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

@ Polaris Go for it. It’d be a big hit, at least here on MUBI.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

@Black Irish Translations are a tricky thing and since I read French very badly I cannot speak authoritatively, but I suggest you might try this translation by DONALD FRAME. Mr. Frame is renowned as perhaps the best translator of the collected essays of the great Michel de Montaigne so I am surmising that his work on Moliere might be quite satisfying.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

And Moliere the video game is truly artful.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

I would suggest that Henri become Obama’s next vice-president but alas he’s not a citizen (I assume).

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

“I think that Henri needs to get away from humans and become the fierce and fearless predator he was meant to be.”

Actually I do as well.

But it’s difficult to be a predatory existentialist.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

In other news: Hey Girl

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

PUSH THE BUTTON!

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

@Macho

I am partial to the older stuff: Alfie, Get Carter, Mona Lisa, and the funniest film of the sixties The Wrong Box. But I’ll watch anything he’s in, even the stinkers.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

So I guess Henri would be a meowme.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

’And this is why—sometimes, there’s a bear."

In the area where I live, a texting 19-year-old ran over and killed a three-year-old in a crosswalk with her mother. So sometimes there are pedestrians.

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Are There Any Bad Hollywood Films That One Has to See? about 2 years ago

@Jazz

I would offer one minor correction: Carnival of Souls was not a bad B film, merely a low-budget one ($33,000). And certainly not Hollywood. It was about as independent as a film can get. It has demonstrably exerted an influence on George Romero and David Lynch, among others, and is really quite excellent, given its provenance.

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WHY do we need understand contemporary popular culture? about 2 years ago

Pop culture is a commodity.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

@Santino

What is the title of Drew’s play?

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

There’s a review by Frank Rich in the New York Times of the play from 1985. The production starred Melissa Leo who has gone on to great things.

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Mubi Parents Forum: Does Having Kids Destroy One's Film Life? about 2 years ago

“And if you want to trade in movies for your kids, well then….”

Well, I traded in my first-born for a complete Criterion collection, but I felt it was a deal I couldn’t pass up.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

There are a number on Google under William Klein Vogue. Here’s a great one of my lovely Audrey Hepburn.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

@Ruby

Today on Fresh Air with Terry Gross (great show) they are doing a respective on Levon Helm featuring interviews that Levon did back in the nineties. Should be good. Find your local NPR station and enjoy.

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STOP THE LISTS! about 2 years ago

In 1950, Alain Resnais made a 12-minute film on Gauguin. Does anyone know where I can find it?

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STOP THE LISTS! almost 2 years ago

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Is the Loss of Silence and Stillness a Threat to Movies and Art? almost 2 years ago

An interesting and important topic. Loss of silence and stillness is a threat to many things, chief among them an essential quality of life. We live (in the industrialized world at least) in an almost totally mediated environment. There is neither the time or the mental space for the contemplation necessary to develop the spiritual aspects of our nature (however one chooses to define them). Consequently, people are becoming shallow in some rather crucial ways. They do not truly know themselves and hence cannot truly know others and the world in which we live. Lack of self-knowledge can lead to apathy, callousness, and a fundamental estrangement from life and from nature. How common is it now to see someone walking down a street on a lovely day totally immersed in their cellphone? Everywhere there is information, but less knowledge, and still less wisdom. Facts are abundant but insufficiently digested with incorrect conclusions abounding. This clearly impinges on the political sphere but also on the scientific and artistic ones. I liken it to a society like ours where food is abundant but much of what is consumed is of the wrong kind and people grow overweight and diseased. To echo the famous dictum of the sixties, it is necessary to turn off in order to tune in.

As an ancillary item to this discussion I would offer this essay by writer Lewis Lapham called Post-Literate Media.

I would also strongly suggest the great book by Sven Birkerts The Gutenbery Elegies

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Is the Loss of Silence and Stillness a Threat to Movies and Art? almost 2 years ago

Right, Santino. Again, I would refer to Birkerts’ book The Gutenberg Elegies. The predominance of electronic media, specifically video games, cellphones, internet imagery and bite-sized information, is changing the ability of people immersed in this soup of sound and image to process longer and deeper trains of thought. The proof of this is the rise of ADHD and the lack of focus and attention of young people who couldn’t (and wouldn’t) read The Odyssey and Ulysses, much less compare them.

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