The Weeks that Were: 10/13 - 10/26

The Weeks that Were: 10/13 – 10/26

Posted in 2014 Watch-a-thon by - October 27, 2014
The Weeks that Were: 10/13 – 10/26

Movies:

  1. Margaret ~
  2. Wattstax
  3. Open Windows
  4. Her Master’s Voice
  5. The Plague Dogs
  6. Killer of Sheep
  7. Universal Soldier: Regeneration
  8. My Darling Clementine
  9. El Topo
  10. Birdman
  11. Sleeper
  12. Pretty Ugly People
  13. Milius
  14. Conan the Barbarian
  15. The Theory of Everything
  16. Citizenfour
  17. Titicut Follies
  18. The Exorcist III
  19. Decasia
  20. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire*
  21. The Book of Life
  22. Two Days, One Night
  23. John Wick
  24. A Brief History of Time
  25. Fury
  26. Daisies
  27. Hiroshima mon amour

Key: * = rewatch, ~ = rewatch within the same year. If a movie is highlighted in blue, then it is one of the 300 which I have sworn to see this year.

Writing:

Force Majeure review

What if you took the premise of the Seinfeld episode “The Fire,” doused it in Scandinavian seriousness (though still with a sense of humor, but of a more wry, subdued flavor), and made it about marriage? That would be an inelegant but accurate descriptor for Force Majeure, Sweden’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards. It’s a low-pitched but potent dramedy about familial tensions.

Doc Option: Watch The Most Dangerous Man in America

Whereas the press defied the Presidency in reporting on the Pentagon Papers, when Webb published his investigation, it circled the wagons around the government and devoted much more energy to attacking him than it did to finding out whether he was on to something. Ellsberg himself has said that he’d be unlikely to get off so easily if he were to do the same thing today that he did in 1969.

The Best Docs About Los Angeles

As the second-largest city in the United States, an epicenter of American cultural production for over a century, and a cross-section of myriad environments both geological and sociological, L.A. makes for an excellent documentary setting. And a quick overview of docs that have approached the city reveal every kind of nonfiction film there is. The following barely scratches the surface of worthwhile docs made in and about L.A.

On Welcome to Fairfax

Pivot was launched in August of last year as a network aimed at millennials. Part of its mandate is to generate discourse and inspire action. A “start your business” link on the Welcome to Fairfax website contains information so anyone can start a venture of their own. While other networks stick to a limited vision of millennials as white and middle class, Pivot seems to be looking beyond that. In its second year of existence, it’ll be good for the channel to branch out further. Sure, the characters of Welcome to Fairfax feel the economic squeeze of the times, but a sense of purpose and optimism permeates the show’s pilot, its website, and its commercials. Part of the Los Angeles lore is that this is a city where anyone can make their dreams come true. Welcome to Fairfax sells that vision to another generation.

On Citizenfour

 

When contracted NSA programmer Edward Snowden first leaked evidence of these programs last year, he did so by talking directly with filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald, who was publishing articles within hours of the first meeting, received most of the international attention for the stories, at least until Snowden’s identity was revealed. Cinema is slower to catch up, and Poitras has spent the past year covering the developments that followed Snowden’s revelations. The result is Citizenfour.

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