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Just Getting Started never really gets going. It only kept me thinking, “Is this ever just going to finish?”

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The Rape of Recy Taylor

A documentary with a great subject and powerful testimony, undone by its unnecessarily obtrusive style.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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The birthday of the cinema

My reader Tim O'Neill reminds me: "Today, December 28, marks the 115th Anniversary of the birth of cinema. The Lumiere Brothers presented the first public screening of motion pictures at the Salon Indien du Grand Cafe in Paris. This was the beginning of one of the great art forms of the 20th Century. Unfortunately, the 21st Century will be remembered as the death of film."

I don't believe it will mark the death of film, but certainly it will mark the birth of new forms of cinema.

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Jack Benny, 1894-1974: The man who was funny just by standing there

In October 1974, Benny canceled a performance in Dallas after suffering a dizzy spell, coupled with a feeling of numbness in his arms. Despite a battery of tests, Benny's ailment could not be determined. When he complained of stomach pains in early December, a first test showed nothing, but a subsequent one showed he had inoperable pancreatic cancer. Choosing to spend his final days at home, he was visited by close friends including George Burns, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson and New Zealand crooner John Rowles. He died from the disease on December 26, 1974. Bob Hope delivered the eulogy at his funeral. Mr. Benny's will arranged for a single long-stemmed red rose to be delivered to his widowed wife, Mary Livingstone, every day for the rest of her life.--Wikipedia

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The "Potemkin" restoration

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"Battleship Potemkim," one of the basic masterpieces, has never before approached this clarity. When Kino says "frame by frame" that's literally what they mean. This is detailed close work.

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"Making Giant Hands," by Dog and Panther

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I'm not sure if you remember me, but I'm the guy in the wheelchair from the happy, slow-motion youtube video. (I don't usually describe myself that way, but it seemed to be the easiest way to describe myself). If you're interested, I just finished another short. I'm super proud of it. Here it is. If you don't have time or just don't feel like watching it, no worries. I'm really looking forward to your new show, next year. And, at the risk of not being politically correct, merry Christmas,

John Katona

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We need Punk Vaudeville. Jarmean?

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"Jarmean" is a British pronunciation of "Jar know whad I mean?"

From the Rock and Roll Report web site: Britain's "Jarmean?" snub albums, embrace absinthe and will choose the ukulele over a guitar any day!.

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The God Gene. A breakthrough

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Your Christmas morning concert

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Amazon is having a 99¢ sale of Video on Demand streaming for these holiday movies:

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