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Saturday
Oct 07 2017

NYFF: The Florida Project

byJason Adams

When I was eight years old my mother and I finally moved out of the room we had been renting since my parents had divorced into our own house.The house was so small the movers had to break our bed-frame in half to get it up the staircase,but it was ours.A house!A home.The day after we moved in the police showed up at our door and took my mother away - in order for us to get our own place she had stolen money from the laundromat she worked at.I went and lived with my grandmother for awhile after that.

I take films about poverty as a deeply serious business...

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Tuesday
Jul 04 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

Enjoy some fireworks,readers!

Friday
Jun 03 2016

Posterized: Movies About Young Black Girls

Not every movie has a white straight male protagonist.It just seems like that since that's Hollywood's default and also the preferred proxy of most (white straight male) auteurs.

But the times are finally a-changing.This weekend features the platform release of a mesmerizing new indie calledThe Fits-- please see it as soon as it opens near you. I was so proud to push for honoring iton my jury at the Nashville Film Festival.Fresh perspectives on the screen can be so exhilarating.That's especially true when the execution is this confident.Remember the debut director's name,Anna Rose Holmer,since we're hoping for more great movies to come.

In the meantime,let's take a trip back through other features with young black girls as the lead character.I haven't seen the first or the last movie on this list of nine below but the rest all fall somewhere on the spectrum of good to great.

How many have you seen?

• Just Another Girl on the IRT(1992)
• Eve's Bayou(1997) - Really need to watch this againas previously earlier this week.It was the breakthrough role for Jurnee Smollett-Bell who went on to series regular gigs inFriday Night Lights,True Blood,andThe Underground.
• Our Song(2000) - When it comes to superstar Kerry Washington,it's important to remember that I saw her first.Articles from the early Aughts are no longer online but trust that I gave her a rave review when I saw this teeny tiny indie in theaters and was startled by her total naturalism onscreen.

• Precious(2009) - Best Picture Nomineeat the Oscars亚博主页,andright here.
• Akeelah and the Bee(2006)
• Pariah(2011) -One of the best LGBT films of the decade

• Beasts of the Southern Wild(2012) -Our #1 film of 2012,and also aBest Picture nominee at the Oscars亚博主页
• Girlhood(2014) - terrific French film
• Annie(2014)

If you can think of other films with a child or teenage black girl as the lead character,please do share them so our list is more complete.

Tuesday
Jun 18 2013

Nathaniel with Auroch & Oscar (and other Scandinavian Misadventures)

I won't feel like my Scandinavian voyage is over until I a) unpack b) do laundry c) write about it.Here are a few random movie-adjacent thoughts from my journey.Obviously movies weren't the focus but you know I can work them in to any conversation!

Hush Puppy & Me W/ Aurochs.

Copenhagen
I'll always think of aurochs as the giant pigs that haunted Hushpuppy inBeasts of the Southern Wildbut Copenhagen's National Museum tried to wrestle them away from neo movie mythology.

In Denmark the aurochs immigrated after the end of the Ice Age circa 9000 BC these bulls with the largest and most inner dangerous animals in the forest but they could do little against the hunters arrows.The aurochs weighed almost 1000 kg.Old scars on the ribs show that the old giants survived earlier encounters.Three arrowheads lying among the bone suggests that the bull was fatally wounded when I sought refuge in a lake around 8600 BC.A few thousand years later around 6000 BC the aurochs was extinct in Zealand.In Jutland small-stocks survived until the iron age and the last aurochs died in Poland in 1627

I also looked at a whole lot of ancient ships and weaponry but in 2013 København the constant fit blond beauties walking or cycling by remind me a bit less of the brutal scarred Nordic warriors from The History Channel's "Vikings"...and more like a sea of Alexander Skarsgårds (I realize he's Swedish) or,perhaps more accurately,a parade of handsome blond preppy villains from 1980s teen movies: perfect blonde hair,chiseled jawlines,moneyed physical ease.

This store window had it about right...

up where they stay all day in the sun ♫The most iconic of Copenhagen's tourist attractions are Tivoli Gardens (amazing amusement park) and The Little Mermaid statue...one and ½ of which we saw.Tivoli was a blast and even turns romantic at night with the change in the light but The Little Mermaid was a lesser experience.We only saw it from a distance on the canal tour (which I highly recommend if you ever go there despite it being a shamelessly tourist thing to do) but my friends refused to indulge me in visiting it to pay true homage the following day.Did they fear myI'm sure highly originalurge to sing "Part of Your World"at it in a photo or are they just curmudgeons?

Still,the statue is,as you must know,hardly evocative of the beloved Disney movie.Instead it expertly conveys the lonely longing of Hans Christian Andersen's originalthis-will-all-end-in-tears-and-sea-foamtragedy.

Wenche againOslo
I was exhausted by the time we got there (and feeling a little unfaithful since I wanted to go back to Copenhagen,a city I am now hopelessly infatuated with) but there was much to see.Despite the running on fumes final days of the trip,I can happily report that I never once felt as suicidal as a character in a Joachim Trier movie (RepriseandOslo August 31st- see them immediately!) andagainI ran into Wenche Foss idolatory.She wasn't on the tail fin of a plane this timebut just a statue in the park.

Two little girls spoiled my fantasies of a nation devoted to actress-worship.They glanced at the statue disinterested all "hvem er det?"to their mom (Sigh).Indifference to actresses is a curse found all over the globe!

On the first day we walked on the roof of the newish Opera House (a stunning piece of art and architecture).On the second day we took a ferry and visited several museums including one devoted to the Kon-Tiki expedition,which recently got the movie treatment (twice over actually) to the tune of aBest Foreign Language Film nomination.I wasn't crazyabout the new movie-- or the museum,actually,which was rather confusingly laid out and cluttered.

And yet,it was a treat to the see the actual boat.And you know I had to take a picture of me with Norway's first Oscar of sorts,which went to the 1950 documentary on the Kon-Tiki expedition.

The Boyfriend laughed about how the picture came out with the Oscar obscuring / reflecting all over my face "the story of your life"

Bergen
My favorite part of the trip was the middle when we took it easy for a few days and just breathed in Norwegian beauty,fjord trips,train rides and the views from a lakehouse weairbnb'ed in Vestland.

Fjord tour.You get to drink from waterfalls!

I lept wildly into the North Sea / Norwegian Sea twice -- like ice water with moss --  but the most paradisical moment was hiking to the most beautiful stretch of unspoiled land I can recall ever spending an afternoon with.The trees were so green and the ground was so soft and spongy I felt like I could curl up and sleep on it like a lost child in some benevolent magical fairytale woods.When the trail opened up on the most pristine lake with the most swimmable water ever I could barely speak.

The only thing I managed to utter to break the silence in that idyllic moment was:

The loons Norman,the loons!

...in my best Katharine Hepburn.And then I dove in.

Tuesday
Feb 05 2013

Beasts of the Southern Secret Garden

JA fromMNPPhere,taking a look at the news of the day - newly Oscar nominated writer Lucy Alibar,who adapted her play into the movieBeasts of the Southern Wild,hasjust been announcedas the writer of a new movie adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's much loved (not to mention much adapted) 1911 serial-turned-novelThe Secret Garden.For a hot minute it seemed as if Guillermo Del Toro was going to direct it,but he's too busy making giant robots fight giant monsters so he's just gonna produce.

The Secret Gardenis about,well,a largely orphaned girl who gets left to her own devices amid overgrown nature,where she allows her imagination to run wild.Sound familiar?I just can't imagine how Alibar got the gig.Apparently the action is being shifted from England to "the American South at the turn of the 20th Century,"as well.

The Secret Garden's already been adapted several times - I remember liking the 1993 version with Maggie Smith,although it's been a very long time since I've seen it.

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