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  1. Three Christs with Jon Avnet and Rodrigo García (Ep. 248) Director Jon Avnet discusses his new film, Three Christs, with fellow director Rodrigo García. The film follows a Michigan psychiatrist as he treats three paranoid schizophrenic patients, each of whom believes that he is Jesus Christ. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2020/March2020/JonAvnet_discusses_ThreeChrists_QnA_0120.aspx
  2. And the Winner Is... Best Feature: Klaus Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine Best Indie Feature: I Lost My Body Xilam for Netflix Best Special Production: How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming Dreamworks Animation Best Short Subject: Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days Ciclope Filmes, National Film Board of Canada, Les Armateurs Best VR: Bonfire Baobab Studios Best Commercial: The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page's '59 Telecaster Nexus Studios Best TV/Media - Preschool: Ask the Storybots Jibjab Bros. Studios for Netflix Best TV/Media - Children: Disney Mickey Mouse Disney TV Animation/Disney Channel Best TV/Media - General Audience: Bojack Horseman Tornante Productions, LLC for Netflix Best Student Film: The Fox & The Pigeon Michelle Chua, Sheridan College Students: Michelle Chua, Aileen Dewhurst, Sharon Gabriella, Viktor Ivanovski, Sang Lee, Tyler Pacana, Sikyung Kevin Sung, Morgan Thompson, Matt Walton, Steven Wang, Chelsea van Tol Best FX for TV/Media: Love, Death & Robots Blur for Netflix Nominees: Viktor Németh, Szabolcs Illés, Ádám Sipos, Vladimir Zhovna Best FX for Feature: Frozen 2 Walt Disney Animation Studios Nominees: Benjamin Fiske, Alex Moaveni, Jesse Erickson, Dimitre Berberov, Kee Nam Suong Best Character Animation - TV/Media: His Dark Materials BBC Studios Nominees: Aulo Licinio Best Character Animation - Animated Feature: Klaus Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine Nominees: Sergio Martins Best Character Animation - Live Action: Avengers: Endgame Weta Digital Nominees: Sidney Kombo-Kintombo, Sam Sharplin, Kevin Norris, Tim Teramoto, Jacob Luamanuvae-Su'a Best Character Animation - Video Game: Unruly Heroes Magic Design Studios Nominees: Sebastien Parodi, Nicolas Leger Best Character Design - TV/Media: Carmen Sandiego Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing and DHX Media for Netflix Nominees: Keiko Murayama Best Character Design - Feature: Klaus Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine Nominees: Torsten Schrank Best Direction - TV/Media: Disney Mickey Mouse Disney TV Animation/Disney Channel Nominees: Alonso Ramirez Ramos Best Direction - Feature: Klaus Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine Nominees: Sergio Pablos Best Music - TV/Media: Love, Death & Robots Blur for Netflix Nominees: Rob Cairns Best Music - Feature: I Lost My Body Xilam for Netflix Nominees: Dan Levy Best Production Design - TV/Media: Love, Death & Robots Blur for Netflix Nominees: Alberto Mielgo Best Production Design - Feature: Klaus Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine Nominees: Szymon Biernacki, Marcin Jakubowski Best Storyboarding - TV/Media: Carmen Sandiego Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing and DHX Media for Netflix Nominees: Kenny Park Best Storyboarding - Feature: Klaus Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine Nominees: Sergio Pablos Best Voice Acting - TV/Media: Bob's Burgers 20th Century Fox/Bento Box Entertainment Nominees H. Jon Benjamin Best Voice Acting - Feature: Frozen 2 Walt Disney Animation Studios Nominees: Josh Gad Best Writing - TV/Media: Tuca & Bertie Tornante Productions, LLC for Netflix Nominees: Shauna McGarry Best Writing - Feature: I Lost My Body Xilam for Netflix Nominees: Jérémy Clapin, Guillaume Laurant Best Editorial - TV/Media: Love, Death & Robots Blur for Netflix Nominees: Bo Juhl, Stacy Auckland, Valerian Zamel Best Editorial - Feature: Klaus Netflix Presents A Production of The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine Nominees: Pablo García Revert
  3. I am hoping that maybe for the National Film Registry for this year there would be more older films from the 1890s to the 1940s. It is crucially important that these films from the early period be seen to an audience of mainstream contemporary viewers who are not familiar with these films.
  4. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) Directed by Miranda July Country: United States Duration: 91 minutes Language: English Spine #1026 DVD BONUS FEATURES New documentary about July’s artistic beginnings and the development of her debut feature Open to the World, a new documentary by July about the 2017 interfaith charity shop and participatory artwork she created in collaboration with Artangel July Interviews July: Deauville, 2005, a discovery from July’s archives, newly edited Six scenes from the 2003 Sundance Directors Lab, where July workshopped the film, with commentary by July The Amateurist (1998) and Nest of Tens (2000), short films by July Several films from July’s Joanie 4 Jackie project, and a documentary about the program Trailer PLUS: Essays by artist and scholar Sara Magenheimer and novelist Lauren Groff
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Directed by Wes Anderson Country: United States Duration: 100 minutes Language: English Spine #1025 DVD BONUS FEATURES New audio commentary featuring Anderson, filmmaker Roman Coppola, and actor Jeff Goldblum Selected-scene storyboard animatics The Making of “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a new documentary about the film New interviews with the cast and crew Video essays from 2015 and 2020 by critic Matt Zoller Seitz and film scholar David Bordwell Behind-the-scenes, special-effects, and test footage Trailer PLUS: Two pieces by critic Richard Brody
  6. The Cremator (1969) Directed by Juraj Herz Country: Czechoslovakia Duration: 100 minutes Language: Czech Spine #1023 DVD BONUS FEATURES High-definition digital transfer of The Junk Shop, director Juraj Herz’s 1965 debut short film Short documentary from 2011 featuring Herz visiting filming locations and recalling the production of The Cremator New interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova about the style of the film Documentary from 2017 about composer Zdeněk Liška featuring Herz, filmmakers Jan Švankmajer and the Quay Brothers, and others Interview with actor Rudolf Hrušínský from 1993 Trailer PLUS: An essay by scholar Jonathan Owen
  7. Destry Rides Again (1939) Directed by George Marshall Country: United States Duration: 94 minutes Language: English Spine #1024 DVD BONUS FEATURES New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith New interview with Donald Dewey, author of James Stewart: A Biography New video essay featuring excerpts from a 1973 oral-history interview with director George Marshall, conducted by the American Film Institute Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1945, featuring actors James Stewart and Joan Blondell PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
  8. I was interested in seeing the film The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). Because of its philosophical message and the fact that this was not the first film to delve into the topic of shrinking. That would have to go to the film Dr. Cyclops (1940)
  9. Of all the films that were inducted on the list, I felt that Dirty Harry is my least favorite because of it's conservative content.
  10. Was there any notification that there were going to be future guest programmers to TCM this month or in March or April? If so, let me know.
  11. Pain and Glory with Pedro Almodovar and Kenneth Lonergan (Ep. 247) Director Pedro Almodóvar discusses his new film, Pain and Glory, with fellow director Kenneth Lonergan. This deeply personal film from Spain tells the story of Salvador Mallo, a depressed director who is thinking of leaving filmmaking because of chronic health problems. A series of encounters, both real and remembered, leads Mallo to reflect on the choices he's made. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2019/Dec2019/GCS_PainYGlory_0919.aspx
  12. Atlantics with Mati Diop and Michael Almereyda (Ep. 246) Director Mati Diop discusses her new film, Atlantics, with fellow director Michael Almereyda. Set in the outskirts of Dakar on Senegal's Atlantic coast, the film tells the story of a young woman who is in love with a construction worker, but is already promised to another man. After the construction worker is lost at sea and the devastated woman prepares to go through with her original wedding, strange things begin to happen that may thwart her plans. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2019/Dec2019/GCS_Atlantics_1019.aspx
  13. Martha Graham Early Dance Films ("Heretic," 1931; "Frontier," 1936; "Lamentation," 1943; "Appalachian Spring," 1944) Universally acknowledged as the preeminent figure in the development of modern dance and one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Martha Graham formed her own dance company in 1926. It became the longest continuously operating school of dance in America. With her company's creation, Graham codified her revolutionary new dance language soon to be dubbed the "Graham Technique." Her innovations would go on to influence generations of future dancers and choreographers, including Twyla Tharp and Merce Cunningham. This quartet of films, all silent and all starring Graham herself, document four of the artist's most important early works. They are "Heretic," with Graham as an outcast denounced by Puritans; "Frontier," a solo piece celebrating western expansion and the American spirit; "Lamentation," a solo piece about death and mourning; and "Appalachian Spring," a multi-character dance drama, the lyrical beauty of which is retained even without the aid of Aaron Copland's famous and beloved music.
  14. Brokeback Mountain (2005) Courtesy of River Road / Focus Features/NBCUniversal "Brokeback Mountain," a contemporary Western drama that won the Academy Award for best screenplay (by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana) and Golden Globe awards for best drama, director (Ang Lee) and screenplay, depicts a secret and tragic love affair between two closeted gay ranch hands. They furtively pursue a 20-year relationship despite marriages and parenthood until one of them dies violently, reportedly by accident, but possibly, as the surviving lover fears, in a brutal attack. Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the short story upon which the film was based, described it as "a story of destructive rural homophobia." Haunting in its unsentimental depiction of longing, lonesomeness, pretense, sexual repression and ultimately love, "Brokeback Mountain" features Heath Ledger's remarkable performance that conveys a lifetime of self-torment through a pained demeanor, near inarticulate speech and constricted, lugubrious movements. In his review, Newsweek's David Ansen wrotes that the film was "a watershed in mainstream movies, the first gay love story with A-list Hollywood stars." "Brokeback Mountain" has become an enduring classic.
  15. 13 Lakes (2004) James Benning's feature-length film can be seen as a series of moving landscape paintings with artistry and scope that might be compared to Claude Monet's series of water-lily paintings. Embracing the concept of "landscape as a function of time," Benning shot his film at 13 different American lakes in identical 10-minute takes. Each is a static composition: a balance of sky and water in each frame with only the very briefest suggestion of human existence. At each lake, Benning prepared a single shot, selected a single camera position and a specific moment. The climate, the weather and the season deliver a level of variation to the film, a unique play of light, despite its singularity of composition. Curators of the Rotterdam Film Festival noted, "The power of the film is that the filmmaker teaches the viewer to look better and learn to distinguish the great varieties in the landscape alongside him. [The list of lakes] alone is enough to encompass a treatise on America and its history. A treatise the film certainly encourages, but emphatically does not take part in." Benning, who studied mathematics and then film at the University of Wisconsin, currently is on the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). The expanded essay is below this description. https://www.loc.gov/static/programs/national-film-preservation-board/documents/13_lakes.pdf
  16. Fog of War (2003) In "The Fog of War," idiosyncratic documentary filmmaker Errol Morris interrogates one man, Robert Strange McNamara, who served under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson as secretary of defense. Educated and trained as a systems analyst for large organizations, McNamara at age 85 reexamines his fateful role as one of the prime U.S. architects of the Vietnam War. Recounting as well the U.S. incendiary bombing campaign during World War II against 67 Japanese cities that resulted in mass civilian deaths, his role at the Ford Motor Company in implementing safety features to reduce the number of deaths, and the defusion of the Cuban Missile Crisis through an empathetic understanding of the enemy, "The Fog of War" is structured by 11 lessons Morris has drawn from McNamara's remembrances and ruminations. Historians and reviewers have both praised "The Fog of War," winner of the 2003 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, for revealing in a riveting manner the moral complexities and unresolved nature of McNamara's understandings and criticized the film for its selective presentation of the events discussed.
  17. Decasia (2002) Errol Morris, the director of such highly acclaimed documentary features as "The Thin Blue Line," "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" and "Mr. Death," is noted to have sat drop-jawed watching "Decasia" and stammering, "This may be the greatest movie ever made." Created from scraps of decades-old decomposing "found film," "Decasia" hypnotizes and teases with images that fade and transform themselves right before the viewer's eyes. Culling footage from archives across the country, filmmaker Bill Morrison collected nitrate film stock on the very brink of disappearance and distilled it into a new art form capable of provoking "transports of sublime reverie amid pangs of wistful sorrow," according to New York Times writer Lawrence Weschler. Morrison wedded images to the discordant music of composer Michael Gordon—a founding member of the Bang on a Can Collective—into a fusion of sight and sound that Weschler called "ravishingly, achingly beautiful." The expanded essay is below this description. https://www.loc.gov/static/programs/national-film-preservation-board/documents/decasia.eagan.pdf
  18. Real Women Have Curves (2002) Before gaining stardom a few years later in the TV series "Ugly Betty," 18-year-old America Ferrera made her film debut and gained notice from critics in this coming-of-age tale as an impossible-to-resist Latina teen trying to fulfill her dreams while navigating the transition to adulthood. Charming and funny, the film (thanks to director Patricia Cardoso) avoids heavy-handedness by taking a refreshingly subtle look at themes including mother-daughter relationships, the immigrant experience, the perception of feminine beauty and body standards.
  19. Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000) Just prior to World War II, a rescue operation aided the youngest victims of Nazi terror when 10,000 Jewish and other children were sent from their homes and families to live with foster families and in group homes in Great Britain. This Oscar-winning film was directed by Mark Jonathan Harris, writer and director of another Oscar winner, "The Long Way Home," and was produced by Deborah Oppenheimer, whose mother was among the children evacuated. The film examines the bond between parent and child, uncovering the anguish of the parents who reluctantly acknowledged they could no longer protect their children, but through their love saw a chance to protect them, by proxy if not proximity. Interviews with the surviving children reveal feelings of abandonment and estrangement that often took years to overcome. The film is a tribute not only to the children who survived, but to the people of England who agreed to rescue the refugees when U.S. leadership would not.
  20. Memento (2000) This innovative detective-murder, psychological puzzle (and director Christopher Nolan's breakthrough film) tells its story in non-linear stops and starts in order to put the audience in a position approximating the hero's short-term amnesia. Guy Pearce tries to avenge his wife's murder but his anterograde amnesia forces him to rely on sticky notes, tattoos and Polaroids. Nolan recounts, "My solution to telling the story subjectively was to deny the audience the same information that the protagonist is denied, and my approach to doing that was to effectively tell the story backwards ... so the story is told as a series of flashbacks which go further and further back in time." According to Nolan, he frequently intercut between the black-and-white "objective" sequences and "subjective" sequences in color. The goal was to show the conflict between how humans see and experience objective versus subjective and the complex relationship between imagination and memory.
  21. The Matrix (1999) A visionary and complex film, the science-fiction epic "The Matrix" employed state-of-the-art special effects, production design and computer-generated animation to tell a story—steeped in mythological, literary, and philosophical references—about a revolt against a conspiratorial regime. The film's visual style, drawing on the work of Hong Kong action film directors and Japanese anime films, altered science fiction filmmaking practices with its innovative digital techniques designed to enhance action sequences. Directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and visual effects supervisor John Gaeta (who received an Academy Award for his efforts) expertly exploited a digitally enhanced simulation of variable-speed cinematography to gain ultimate control over time and movement within images. The film's myriad special effects, however, do not undermine its fundamentally traditional, if paranoid, story of man against machine.
  22. Boys Don't Cry (1999) Director Kimberly Peirce made a stunning debut with this searing docudrama based on the infamous 1993 case of a young Nebraska transgender man who is brutally raped and murdered (along with two other people) in a small Nebraska town. Released a year after the killing of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, the film brought the issue of hate crimes clearly into the American public spotlight. Sometimes compared to Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy," "Boys" raised issues that are still relevant 20 years later: intolerance, prejudice, the lack of opportunity in small towns, conceptions of self, sexual identity, diversity and cultural, sexual and social mores. New York Times' critic Janet Maslin lauded the film for not taking the usual plot routes: "Unlike most films about mind-numbing tragedy, this one manages to be full of hope." Several things helped create that result, particularly the performance of 22-year-old Hilary Swank, who won an Oscar as Brandon.
  23. Saving Private Ryan (1998) Through the years, Hollywood's take on war, honor and heroism has taken many conflicting forms. "Saving Private Ryan" drops ordinary soldiers into a near-impossible rescue mission set amid the carnage of World War II's Omaha Beach landing. The film's beginning scenes vividly show us "war is hell," as William T. Sherman said. Spielberg conveyed ultra-realism with harrowing intensity. "Omaha Beach was actually an 'X' setting," says Spielberg, "even worse than 'NC-17,' and I just kind of feel that (I had) to tell the truth about this war at the end of the century, 54 years later. I wasn't going to add my film to a long list of pictures that make World War II 'the glamorous war,' 'the romantic war.'"
  24. The Big Lebowski (1998) From the unconventional visionaries Joel and Ethan Coen (the filmmakers behind "Fargo" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?") came this 1998 tale of kidnapping, mistaken identity and bowling. As they would again in the 2008 "Burn After Reading," the Coens explore themes of alienation, inequality and class structure via a group of hard-luck, off-beat characters suddenly drawn into each other's orbits. Jeff Bridges, in a career-defining role, stars as "The Dude," an LA-based slacker who shares a last name with a rich man whose arm-candy wife is indebted to shady figures. Joining Bridges are John Goodman, Tara Reid, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Steve Buscemi and, in a now-legendary cameo, John Turturro. Stuffed with vignettes—each staged through the Coens' trademark absurdist, innovative visual style—that are alternately funny and disturbing, "Lebowski" was only middling successful at the box office during its initial release. However, television, the Internet, home video and considerable word-of-mouth have made the film a highly quoted cult classic. The expanded essay is below this description. https://www.loc.gov/static/programs/national-film-preservation-board/documents/big_lebowski.pdf
  25. Rushmore (1998) Director Wes Anderson's film "Rushmore," a work filled with incisive detail to pop sensitivities, remains a cultural milestone of Gen X and millennials. Geeky misfit Jason Schwartzman tries to escape the stigma of being wildly unpopular at Rushmore Academy by becoming the king of extracurricular activities, nearly flunking out in the process. He makes bizarre, unsuccessful attempts to woo elementary schoolteacher Olivia Williams and has a chaotic, up-and-down relationship with wealthy businessman-mentor Bill Murray. This was Anderson's second film, following the unexpected success of his debut, "Bottle Rocket." In a 1999 interview with the New York Times, Anderson and screenwriter Owen Wilson described their cinematic approach: "We're interested in characters who have enthusiasm," and "We wanted to have ‘Rushmore' become its own slightly heightened reality, like a Roald Dahl children's book."
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