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May 29, 2018
Show & Tell: Lean On Pete

A national holiday, even one as somber as Memorial Day, is usually a beneficial break from routine.

But I count on routine to tell me what I should be doing on any particular day, and when I got to work today and discovered that I had blown my usual Monday afternoon invitation to a film discussion at The Music Hall, I grew slightly impatient with myself. I may even have said, “Darn it!” or something similar.

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May 22, 2018
Show & Tell: RBG

With most movies to which I send discussion invitations, I try to spend a little time giving you a sense of what the movie’s about and why you might want to see (and discuss) it.

With RBG (which we will be discussing on Tuesday evening), I think most of my work is already done.

RBG is a biography and celebration of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 84-year-old Supreme Court Justice and one of the most powerful and interesting characters of our (or any other) time. The filmmakers—Betsy West and Julie Cohen—clearly love and revere Ginsburg and they have structured the film almost like a sports biography, with plenty of time for youthful pictures and triumphs and a host of tributes from admiring celebrities.

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April 23, 2018
Show & Tell: A Fantastic Woman

Fantastic Woman
On the one hand, you can see bad movies coming from miles away. After all, we’re just a month or so away from the start of the summer movie season, which consists of, if history is any kind of guide, of about 90% bad movies. And the previews at the MallPlexx 95 want us to know that the world (or a specific portion thereof) is being threatened by ugly villains of intimidating power and must be protected by either a squadron of superheroes or a rag-tag group of spunky teen agers who must grow up fast. They don’t stand a chance, of course, but there’s a price to be paid for freedom, and they’re willing to pay it.

There will be explosions.

On the other hand, good movies can just sneak up on you without so much as a text message of warning and then vanish into the ether before you can get your shoes on.

A Fantastic Woman is a good movie. We know this because the critics loved it. And because the trailer packs more emotional punch than any three summer movies can summon in their overwrought totalities. And then there’s the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film that Woman took home.

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April 10, 2018
Show & Tell: Phantom Thread

Show and Tell Phantom Thread
Despite a yard featuring a heavy crop of crocuses, a fine stand of snowdrops and the emerging green tops of every variety of spring flower, New Hampshire’s unusually stubborn winter continues to hold his chilly sway. But it can’t last. At least I think it can’t. Jeez, it’s never a good idea to insult winter in New Hampshire, where it has snowed in every month of the year except August. (Yes, that’s because of Mt. Washington, but it still counts.)

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February 27, 2018
Show & Tell: Call Me by Your Name

Call me by your name

I can tell by that clock on the wall that February is running on fumes, that March is imminent, and that (with the Winter Olympics over) the Oscars will be popping up at high volume in every form of media known to humankind.

In other words: Heaven.

For me, watching Call Me By Your Name will represent a clean sweep of the nine films nominated for Best Picture. And I’ve got to say I’m intrigued. It’s not often that we get a gay summer romance film picking up nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothee Chalamet), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song. Well, not since Brokeback Mountain, anyway.

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February 13, 2018
Show & Tell: 3 Billboards…

3 Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Okay, it’s time to cut the chatter and get serious. The Oscars will be broadcast on March 4 and some of you may have some homework to do to catch up with the nominees for Best Picture and such.

As usual, The Music Hall is here to help. On Tuesday night, we will be discussing Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a film that boasts not only a Best Picture nomination, but also one for Lead Actress (Frances McDormand), two Supporting Actor noms (Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell), one for Best Original Screenplay, another for Film Editing and, just for variety, one for Original Score.

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