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Friday Movies: MIDSOMMAR, THE JUNIPER TREE, THE CURE, COOKED

MIDSOMMAR

Oh, shit: shit happens. Or “Holy shit, right?”

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BYO YO-YO, YO

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MIDSOMMAR (Spoilers And Head Trauma)

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Go Fourth: What’s The Must Movie For Heatwave A/C?

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Seen anything TWICE at theaters this year?

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Friday Movies: LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO; DO THE RIGHT THING; ROLLING THUNDER REVUE; DEAD DON’T DIE; GARRY WINOGRAND; IN THE AISLES

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Some movies you walk into knowing nothing and upon leaving, you feel in at least some way you know everything. Joe Talbot’s luminous, mesmeric The Last Black Man In San Francisco is a temporal-topographical dreamspace of sweet hallucination.

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Will The Dog Days Of Movie Summer Pass Soon Enough?

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Ma’am, Summer’s Coming Fast; Have You Seen Any ART in these parts?

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BYO What Do You Watch

For those outside Twitter: I keep up with new releases as much as possible, particularly dramas, and I find myself a fan of 60s cinema if I’m watching something period. — Oliver William Smith (@Ollie_Film) June 11, 2019

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BYO Elaine May Takes A Tony

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Wither 20th Century Fox?

What’s your prediction for the fate of the studio after this fall, once it’s in the full iron grip of Disney?

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Friday Movies: ROCKETMAN, THE SOUVENIR, LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD,THE BRINK

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman from Paramount Pictures.

Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir is as mysterious as it is specific, tracing the drift of Julie, an intensely ambitious film student who is distracted by a first true love affair, with a man who appears to take her seriously indeed. Set in the 1980s artistic era in which the writer-director grew up, Hogg’s fourth feature describes how a film narrative can flow around the range of thoughts and emotions that a shy young woman holds as she hopes to make art. Places and faces are equally expressive realms. Can imagination be mere delusion? What are her dreams? Hogg dreamt them, dreams them, again, as distanced onscreen memoir, and the dream is furthered by Byrne’s mesmerizing, fleeting performance.

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BYO What’s Smart In Your Book at the Movies

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BYO How ‘Bout That Aladdin, Huh?

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BYO Keanu

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BYO Summertime Blues

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Peter Mayhew, aka Chewbacca

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John Singleton

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That Sirkian Someone: An Extended Anecdote About Art, Politics, Melodrama and Movies On His 119th Birthday

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Douglas Sirk was born April 26, 1900.

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“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier

“My first objective relationship in life was with the camera. I didn’t understand anything but then I realized the camera is my friend. It doesn’t lie to me. It doesn’t manipulate me. It only reports what I’m doing. And therefore, for me to work with a camera and the camera to be directed by an artist, a craftsman, someone who knows what he or she wants, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
~ Elliot Gould