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Entries in Middleburg (16)

Thursday
Oct 26 2017

Middleburg Finale Pt 1: "Last Flag Flying"

Day 1(Darkest Hour) andDay 2(James Ivory,Mudbound,A Fantastic Woman) in case you missed them.

Saturday at Middleburg started really slow but then the tempo and key changed.And then it got chopped and screwed and tessellated...and became truly special.If you don't know what any of that means,it's okay;neither did I.I shall explain when we come to the topic of Oscar nominated film composer Nicholas Britell ofMoonlightfame.

But firstLast Flag Flying...

Richard Linklater is America's most distinguished auteur in the subgenre of movies in which a tight knit group of men just kind of hang out for two hours.He's back quickly after his delightful college baseball comedyEverybody Wants Some!!but this time he's trained his lens on three men his own age...

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Tuesday
Oct 24 2017

"Wonderstruck"and "Mudbound"

Lynn Lee continuing our Middleburg Film Festival adventure

Dee Rees and Mudbound cast earlier this year.© Daniel Bergeron

It's always a little weird to attend a talk with a directorbeforeseeing the film they're being interviewed about.  That's what happened withMudbound,which concluded a day that began with a very engaging conversation between director Dee Rees and Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday and festival founder Sheila Johnson's presentation of the 2017 "Visionary"award to Rees.  Rees was charming,articulate,and impressively self-possessed,and had many interesting comments on the directorial choices she made inMudbound,which I wasn't sure whether I should keep in mind or set aside while watching the film that night.Rees made clear that she resists being pigeonholed as a director of color,female director,or female director of color,an aversion reflected in her somewhat bland mantra "let excellence be the standard."  At the same time,she agreed that the current system is structurally biasedagainstprioritizing excellence and needs to be opened up...

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Monday
Oct 23 2017

Middleburg: Maggie Betts' "Novitiate"

Continuing our Middleburg Film Festival adventures.Here's Lynn Lee

Middleburg is the kind of idyllic Virginia town that makes me wish I had enough independent means to spend regular fall weekends there lodging at a cushy spa,riding horses,visiting local wineries,and binging once a year on Oscar-baity films before they get released in theaters.  As it is,I was happy to get a taste of the latter on a press pass to this year's festival.  On Day 3,I joined Nathaniel in town (albeit at different events) and took in Maggie Betts'Novitiate,Todd Haynes'Wonderstruck,and Dee Rees'Mudbound.

Of the three,the one I knew the least about beforehand turned out to be the one I liked best.  Set at a convent in the 1960s around the time of Vatican II,Novitiatecenters on the struggles and yearnings of young postulant Cathleen (Margaret Qualley of "The Leftovers"andThe Nice Guys) and the fellow nun-aspirants and nuns around her.  That may sound like niche fare at best,but I hope Sony Pictures figures out how to market it because it's an astoundingly assured,riveting debut feature...

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Friday
Oct 20 2017

Middleburg Day 1: Delightful Fest / Darkest Hour

by Nathaniel R

Thursday.Though a cab accident* and a missed flight threatened to derail day one,somehow The Film Experience's second annual trip to Middleburg,亚博主页VA commenced just in time for the opening night festivities.The Middleburg Film Festival is now in its 5th year and growing each time.It's still small enough,however,that it feels like a discovery.

This year's fest kicked off with Joe Wright'sDarkest Hourwhich holds up incredibly well to a second viewing.It's both muscular andfabulous,so it feels like a blend of impulses that,say,Scorsese and Baz alike might thrill to.And in place of their shared muse Leo DiCaprio a fat-suited bejowled Gary Oldman...

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Thursday
Sep 28 2017

Middleburg Festival 2017: James Ivory,Dee Rees,Greta Gerwig and More...

by Nathaniel R

Awards season is really heating up now that release dates (or lack thereof) are firming up,and various pre-Oscar honors are being announced.Last year,you may recall,The Film Experience was invited to attend the Middleburg Film Festival and we're invited for a second round next month.亚博主页

The fest,now in its fifth year and closer to something like Telluride than Toronto or Cannes considering its Oscar focus and brevity,is growing each year and all takes place at one well-heeled resort.Last year they had big events forLa La LandandLionas well as very crowded talks with Cheryl Boone Isaacs on the Academy's diversity efforts as well as a fascinating discussion of US presidents and cinematic depictions with Janet Maslin and David Gergen where the danger of Trump was discussed at length (before the election - sigh).At that event they spent a lot of time on Nixon's disproportionately large place in cinema as presidents go.(Unfortunately since we're in Nixon Round Two only much more vile and,well,stupider...we can safely expect there to be manymanyfilms on Trump and Trump's corrosive effect on the nation for decades to come!"Wheeee,"he squealed with much sarcasm)

More info about this year's festivities to come but for now we know this...

Special Honorees:
The legendary James Ivory (Call Me By Your Name's screenplay,Howard's End,Maurice,Room With a Viewetcetera)
Director Dee Rees (Mudbound)
Composer Nicholas Britell (Battle of the Sexes,Moonlight) with an orchestral concert of his work!

Opening Night: DARKEST HOUR (Ben Mendelsohn in attendance)
Saturday Centerpiece LADY BIRD (Greta Gerwig in attendance)
Sunday Centerpiece THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING,MISSOURI
Other Screenings:  CALL ME BY YOUR NAME,MUDBOUND,and I,TONYA

Monday
Oct 31 2016

October Highlights

October was busy busy busy with two festivals,the classicNYFFand the newMiddleburgand our semi-annualOscar Horrors(though a fourth season is somewhat unlikely given that we're running out of nominees outside of music and sound categories!).Here are 16 highlights from the spooky best-weather month in case you missed any of them.The fall is too too short,don't you agree?

8 Favorites
re: Isabelle Huppert's emails-Nick's scandalous discovery
Kiss Me Katethe peak of George Sidney's fluffy fun as a director?
Loving those20th Century Womena first impressions top ten
Moonlightin Three Actsa tag team review
Janis Joplin Biopicsan incomplete history
Judy & Liza"Together Wherever We Go"
Oscar Horrors:Flatliners'Sounda confession of love for Schumacher
Lionat Middleburga new festival,a winning film

8 Most Discussed
Viola Daviswill be an Oscar record breaker in January
The Departed10th Anniversary Oscar Look-back
Glenn Close isThe Wifea new fim lined up
Pablo Larrain's Great YearJackieandNeruda
Gwyneth Goes Grocery Shoppinga photoshoot
Michelle Williams Oscar Moment?Manchester by the Sea
Oscar Horrors:The Sixth SenseDo you remember your first time?
Posterized: Emily Bluntare you a fan?

Coming in November:
Jessica Chastain asMiss Sloane,the wonders ofLionandArrival,Cape Fear's 25th Anniversary,Warren Beatty'sRules Don't Apply,The Honorary Oscars,亚博主页Disney'sMoanaand a look back at our favorite film noirs.Any requests?