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Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

Really glad Meek's Cutoff got a mention! Reichardt is a burgeoning talent.

Posted by jw9788a on 12/28/2011 at 7:51 AM

Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

Tin Tin was probably the best animated movie in a long time

Posted by Chapel Hill Florist on 12/24/2011 at 4:42 PM

Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

I think the bluntness and bombast in Melancholia becomes less simplistic when you consider that it's in the service of confronting nothingness.

Posted by Nathan Gelgud on 12/22/2011 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

I'm always up for a Lars von Trier film, but in general, I like my not-so-approachable filmmakers to be a little less pushy with their themes, along with their camerawork, editing and music choices.

There are certainly unforgettable images in Melancholia.

Posted by David Fellerath, Indy Culture & Sports Editor on 12/22/2011 at 1:59 PM

Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

Yes, I did notice. He's not included in the BAH!

I admit it's not a terribly approachable movie, but then again neither is any Kiarostami movie I've ever seen.

Posted by MichaelB on 12/22/2011 at 1:21 PM

Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

Michael, my first excuse is that I hadn't seen it by deadline. But now that I have seen it, I'm still not sure I'm sold.

The person who saw it with me was *blown away*, though. And got the considerable humor in the film, too, which was mostly lost on me at the time.

I assume you noticed that Nathan Gelgud included Melancholia in his contribution to this article.

Posted by David Fellerath, Indy Culture & Sports Editor on 12/22/2011 at 12:19 PM

Re: “The best (so-so) movies of 2011

BAH to all of you who didn't put Melancholia your lists. I know it's overblown, and I know Lars von Trier made a total ass of himself in promoting it, but interleaving of emotional identification and the merger of (yes, overt and blatantly obvious) metaphorical depression with vivid depiction of actual mental illness has been resonating with me since I saw it.

Posted by MichaelB on 12/22/2011 at 11:19 AM

Re: “We Bought a Zoo wins prize for most mediocre, heartwarming family film

find out more about real Scarlett by typing Scarlett Johansson clone in Google search bar and you would see much more then in The Island movie..

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Posted by Serge Gal on 12/22/2011 at 1:15 AM

Re: “My Week with Marilyn's intellectual slovenliness

i enjoyed it. it was light and de-lightful. which proves that your critique is nothing more than...your opinion.

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Posted by Jeff Ircink on 11/30/2011 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Edgy films beckon at Cucalorus in Wilmington

just back from cucalorus... it was GREAT!

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Posted by David Bellin on 11/14/2011 at 7:59 PM

Re: “The watchful eyes of intelligent young girls in Higher Ground and The Hedgehog

Higher Ground was tremendously and subtly moving and I strongly recommend it!

Posted by jw9788a on 10/05/2011 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Julie Dash and the ongoing struggle of black women filmmakers

I have an issue with the comment "Black men have been stealing their thunder as of late." Though I understand the point the writer was trying to make, I do believe it could have been said better. It is not black male against black female director in Hollywood, so let's be careful not to use divisive language. Hollywood was and is a male dominated industry and frankly doesn't give a damn about either black female or black male, it's about who is more marketable/profitable in the showbiz execs eyes. Spike and Tyler came to Hollywood with proven successes and THAT's what the mostly WHITE MEN running the show want to invest in.

And Kasi and Gina don't necessarily have SEVERAL films under their belt either. Two or 3 Hollywood films is hardly SEVERAL, but it's a start! The reality is in 2011 black Hollywood doesn't have to wait for Hollywood to get works seen. Look at Ava DuVernay with AFFRM and those using the internet and social media to find alternative means of distribution.

Hollywood As I Live & Work
http://www.Hollywoodliveandwork.com
http://www.Fb.com/hollywoodliveandwork

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Posted by Alice Fuller on 09/16/2011 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Julie Dash and the ongoing struggle of black women filmmakers

Julie Dash is brilliant. I went to a one-day workshop of hers and was so inspired, I am now enrolled in film school. She will get more of us with which and through which to elevate the craft. Thankfully media is going the way of music and becoming directly accessible--they key is shoring up financing and retaining creative control.

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Posted by Thembisa Mshaka on 09/14/2011 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Julie Dash and the ongoing struggle of black women filmmakers

This is Something to Talk about
Delete all those Petty Articles
Under the File Name: Black Women

Poe Roses

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Posted by Bryneen Gary on 09/07/2011 at 3:37 PM

Re: “What happened to Main Street, Colin Firth's other 2009 indie movie, filmed in Durham?

Just read that it's coming out on DVD this month. Hope the meager bit of plot described here isn't lost; movie-makers are ignoring a HUGE vein of drama gold by not mining the impact of tobacco's death on agriculture in North Carolina. That, along with the double whammy of the fall of the cotton mill, has spawned an endless source of stories--if only the right writers would rise to the task of telling them!

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Posted by Barbara Frye Burns on 09/04/2011 at 12:45 PM

Re: “City Island is an all-too-familiar destination

Although some parts of the script could use some definite tweaking (Mortimer's character is so sweet and cliche it's sickening) I thought it was a simple, sort of funny film worth watching half-heatedly once.

Posted by Claudia. on 09/03/2011 at 7:48 PM

Re: “A parallel world comes into view in Another Earth

September 2, The Chelsea Theater in Chapel Hill

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Posted by glassfrequency on 08/25/2011 at 2:09 PM

Re: “A Holocaust mystery in Sarah's Key

I read this book and loved it. I finally found the monument/memorial to the victims of the Vel d'Hiv in Paris on my last trip. Kristin Scott Thomas is great and speaks French so well. I look forward to seeing the film.

Posted by The Sabbatical Chef on 08/19/2011 at 1:53 PM

Re: “The Change-Up banks on our appetite for excrement

So happy you found a spot with the Indy, Craig. You were the best thing in the rapidly diminishing N&O.

Posted by David Terrenoire on 08/04/2011 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Page One: Inside the New York Times explains why we still need journalism

Don't Slop Down The Times

The "venerable national newspaper of record" will continue to lose its standing in the public mind as long as cheap-shot comments continue to be associated with the newspaper as those uttered by columnist David Carr in this article. Having once met the legendary Times political columnist James (Scotty) Reston, I refuse to believe that dignity and distinction have to be sacrificed by the current generation of Timesmen and Timeswomen just to score points with readers who are sliding into acceptance of increasingly seedy and coarse standards of newspaper journalism prose and commentary.

Meanwhile, major news organizations like The New York Times as well as the New York-based television broadcast news corporations should refrain from entering arrangements with universities, the political parties or even selected news media in the Research Triangle and other regions designed to promote journalistic servitude and curb independent journalistic investigation and reporting all in the supposed "just cause" of prodding Southerners and others to "refine" their views and opinions on public policy issues.

No one in North Carolina who is pursuing occupational goals in journalism and communications should have to "work for free" for New York-based editors making earning salaries in the six and seven figures while living on the streets of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill in a determined effort to improve the craft of writing and even broadcasting in an independent and ethical manner.

There are weeks such as this one when the Triangle's Independent rises to the top levels of journalistic aspiration through its continuing pursuit of news reporting and public affairs analysis, and as in this case of this week's issue, one hallmark of a great output in "the product" is simply a multitude of stories involving good fundamental and relevant news reporting.

In the 1970s it often seemed as if it could take half a day to go through all the national and foreign news stories available in a typical weekday print edition of The New York Times. Now things have gotten so thin in the staff news digest that you may find yourself having read through "All the News That Fits" before you enjoy your second cup of coffee.

Surely, if one will permit the editorial "we," we may have been professionally prescient in tweaking the famous slogan of The Times by informing readers of our '60s Duke Lancaster House news and sports flyers--"The Charger"--of our editorial guidepost:

"All the News That Fits We Print."

But where have you gone, Russell Baker, who once opined that there was no month like December for visiting New York? Give us more insights to mull over that may not have occurred to us to reflect upon in days gone by.

David Proctor McKnight
Durham

Posted by David McKnight on 07/23/2011 at 10:59 AM

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