Film selection for November 15:
“Fair Game” and “Inside Job”
Film selection for October 18:
“You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”
at the Magnolia in West Village and the Plano Angelika
April film pick:
Scott Churchill recommended Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Art of the Steal for our Monday, April 19 session. Come join us for the conversation!
March film pick:
Scott Churchill recommended Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer for our Monday, March 15th session. Scott and I also talked about Fish Tank, as looking very interesting, and we both said we’d see it before our class on the 15th and bring back a report. You do so, too, if you get a chance.
We talked about The White Ribbon, but the timing looks off. We were afraid that since it has only two showtimes listed at the Mockingbird Angelika, it might not be here past next Thursday. But see it, Scott highly recommends; maybe we can discuss it somewhat.
Hope to see you on the 15th!
February film pick:
Scott Churchill has recommended Up in the Air for February’s class.
November film picks:
Scott Churchill has the following recommendations for us in advance of our November 2nd session: Coco Before Chanel and Amelia.
Consider it a double-feature month: Coco Before Chanel is out now at the Magnolia, and Amelia is due out next Friday, the 23rd. These bio-pics will be a departure for our group, and Scott observes that both are about strong but very different women–contemporaries, in fact–who made lasting impacts.
I note that we haven’t taken up further discussion of Bright Star. I’ll leave my earlier comments posted, but what about other films you’ve seen since we met? Any recommendations? Hope to hear from you!
A Few Thoughts on October’s film pick, Bright Star
Although I’m just getting here more than a week after our class, some strong impressions from Bright Star remain with me still. I liked our conversation in class very much, but I did wish for a few more minutes at the end to discuss further Keats’ relationship with Brown.
It seemed to me he really does love Keats–with a protective love that is natural enough but that reveals (among other things) Brown’s inferior status as a poet. He doesn’t understand the depth of Keats’ brilliance, but Fanny does, or at least she comes to fathom it eventually. At some point, she surpasses Brown in her selflessness where Keats is concerned.
Brown’s relationship to Keats is static; Fanny’s is dynamic. Brown may be a fellow poet with Keats, but he is unable to partake of the high vision that Keats achieves before he dies. Fanny, although no poet, does partake of it, in fact makes it possible because she is the portal through which Keats glimpses it.