For quotidifornian, while I am lazing around on Friday night and thinking seriously about definitely writing at some point in the very near future:
Andrei Tarkovsky’s eerie post apocalyptic masterpiece makes movement out of stillness and I haven’t the slightest idea how.
2. Old Joy
Kelly Reichardt is the business. I adore her work. Wendy and Lucy broke my heart in the most careful way, with a tiny diamond sledgehammer of real human and animal concerns, and Old Joy is such a great meditation on friendship and aging.
3. Captain Blood
…which here will stand in for anything in which Errol Flynn solves political problems with swords.
Because Guillermo del Toro is the king of monster films and Chronos is a truly excellent one about an ordinary Mexican abuelo (vampire).
5. 2001: Space Odyssey
Thank you Stevie.
6. Blues Brothers
I love Chicago. I love Aretha Franklin. Pretty ok with Belushi and Aykroyd.
Pictures, though the implicit moralizing is not a narrative I love. Yes, we are indeed far from Eden. But look at all the terrible things and lovely shapes.
9. Paris is Burning
God it is such a good documentary.
Jenn, you want to talk about Emma Thompson crying? How about Emma Thompson, one woman play about a John Donne powerscholar dying of cancer and coming to terms with her life’s work and the words she’s studied for years in wrenching new ways? How about that?
11. On Deadly Ground
A Steven Segal film by Steven Segal. He cleans up a drilling operation by exploding everything, it’s incredible.
12. Spirited Away
My fave Ghibli. I think I love the inexplicable train the most.
You know what was a great movie about a child unleashed on the world? Hanna.
14. An American Werewolf in London
An American unleashed on the world? Just a really good horror film.
15. Death Takes a Holiday
It’s just such a good sweet old macabre thing.
SportsFromSeoul, since you actually claim to like movies, what’ve you got?
Hey blurds, also, could you do bird and/or word-themed good film list?
tnelms? I hear you also enjoy the post apocalypse…
“The problems stem from how Congress drafted the Affordable Care Act, including the territories in some provisions but not others. New insurance regulations—like the requirement to sell to all shoppers, cover a larger suite of benefits, and limits on premiums—were included as amendments to the Public Health Service Act. American territories do fall under that law, and must comply with its requirements. The individual mandate and insurance subsides, however, are not amendments to the PHS Act. They’re just part of the new health care law, which defines states differently, as “each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.” As such, territories are also barred from using the federal health exchange but did have the opportunity to build their own marketplaces.”—Think your state has Obamacare problems? They’re nothing compared to Guam. - The Washington Post (via scritic)
The year is 2393, and a senior scholar of the Second People’s Republic of China presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how the children of the Enlightenment, the political and economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies, entered into a Penumbral period in the early decades of the twenty-first century, a time when sound science and rational discourse about global change were prohibited and clear warnings of climate catastrophe were ignored. What ensues when soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, drought, and mass migrations disrupt the global governmental and economic regimes? The Great Collapse of 2093.
Historian of science (geophysics!) Naomi Oreskes is kicking it with sf these days.
I had something over at The Guardian the other day on how the relationship between politics and expertise has changed. In passing I made a comment about the current celebrity of Thomas Piketty. In hindsight, that may have obscured rather than illuminated the argument, especially for Piketty’s…