Cal was nearly to the border when he got the call from the baker’s son. None of his alert spells had gone off but Cal could hear the confrontation clearly through the phone. It was a good thing he had a fast car.
La Ciénaga (2001), directed by Argentinean auteur Lucretia Martel, embodies the sardonic sensibilities of New Argentine Cinema. Perhaps the best example of this in the film is Martel’s infatuation with the corporal. The film opens with unflattering close-ups of cellulite and aging bodies near an outdoor pool – bodies that are otherwise, humorously, positioned for print magazine advertising. Shortly thereafter, the film’s most probable heroine, Mecha, drunkenly injures herself in a moment that parallels a later scene where a cow slowly descends into quicksand. In these scenes the primary subject on screen reflects the country’s aging bourgeoisie, which Martel records both intimately and with a mocking distance. Like other films of New Argentine Cinema, Martel’s work takes a structural departure from traditional narrative cinema, and with La Ciénaga the filmmaker uses it to paint a scathing portrait of the Argentinean bourgeoisie.
Trish Patton (Kristen Harris) thinks she has the perfect All-American family. She has a supportive husband, two bright children, and a thriving political career as she works on her campaign for governor. Little does she know that her teenage daughter Olivia (Jerni Stewart) is hiding a big secret: she's pregnant. Abandoned by the baby's father, scared for her future, and fearing how her friends and family will react to the news, Olivia doesn't know what to do.
Glastonbury, UK, is a town as much known for the magical, mythological and mysterious as Salem, Massachusetts. There is a real Druid college there, and every year they crown one among them as their Chief Bard - one who can advance their cause with the gifts of story and song. There's a Bardic Trial every year - think a rap battle or a poetry slam, but with more flowing cloaks and crow feathers - with a theme announced by the outgoing holder of "The Chair" (In most places where these traditions still live, the Bard's "Chair" is a figure of speech; except in Glastonbury, of course, where there is an actual chair made of solid metal. Because of course there is).
So a lot of people may disagree with me on this but hear me out.. The Harry Potter series has captivated the lives of millions, probably billions of people around the globe with its spell binding adventures and tear jerking moments that inspire many readers, no matter how old, to explore the many desires Harry Potter has brought into they're lives.
I wanna start this article by talking about how much I admired Chadwick Boseman. Even before his iconic role as Black Panther he was one of my favorite actors from his roles in 42, Draft Day, and Get On Up. He was an amazing actor and did a lot for the black acting community and the black community at large. His work has inspired many and from what I’ve heard he was an amazing individual off the screen as well.
Inspired by John Green’s podcast ‘The Anthropocene Reviewed’ where he rates different aspects of our human-centered geological age on a 5-star scale, I decided to do the same for quarantine. You can read all my quarantine reviews and sign up to get them in your inbox here.
In this article, we will be looking at 2019’s book “1001 Movies to See Before You Die” and going through each film in a random order that I have chosen. We will be looking at what constitutes this film to be on the list and whether I think this film deserves to be here at all. I want to make perfectly clear that I won’t be revealing details from this book such as analyses by film reporters who have written about the film in question, so if you want the book itself you’ll have to buy it. But I will be covering the book’s suggestions on which films should be your top priority. I wouldn’t doubt for a second that everyone reading this article has probably watched many of these movies anyway. But we are just here to have a bit of fun. We’re going to not just look at whether it should be on this list but we’re also going to look at why the film has such a legacy at all. Remember, this is the 2019 version of the book and so, films like “Joker” will not be featured in this book and any film that came out in 2020 (and if we get there, in 2021). So strap in and if you have your own suggestions then don’t hesitate to email me using the address in my bio. Let’s get on with it then.