Sunday Movie Roundup (3/19/2017)

The Wall (Die Wand) (2012)

Director:  Julian Pölsler

This is an intriguing, mysterious, and unnerving meditation on loneliness and alienation.  An art-house film that may not be to everyone’s liking, this top-notch drama features fantastic choreography and views of the Austrian Alps, as well as a great performance by Martina Gedeck.  The plot:  a woman visiting some friends in the Alps suddenly discovers that she is cut off from the rest of the world.  And when I say “cut off,” I mean literally cut off.  There is some kind of deflection barrier or “force field” that encases the area around her cottage from which there is no escape.

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There’s Nothing Shameful In Having Problems (Podcast)

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I recently saw the 2004 documentary Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster.  The film shows the group trying to keep itself together in the wake of band tension, personal issues, and creative deadlock. How these problems are confronted and solved make this a film very much worth watching. We discuss some of the lessons learned.

There is nothing wrong or shameful in having problems.  The measure of a man is how he confronts and handles those problems.

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Revisiting the Simpson Case: Netflix’s “The People Vs. O.J. Simpson”

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I was a first-year law student in 1995.  When the whole O.J. drama broke, I followed it (off and on) in the media like everyone else.  I don’t remember exactly what my feelings were about the case at that time, other than the fact that I didn’t think things were going to turn out well for the prosecution.  Not because of any legal issues or evidentiary technicalities, but simply because it was a celebrity trial.  Things always get distorted when it comes to celebrities in American culture.

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Sunday Movie Roundup (2/5/2017)

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Black Mass (2015)

Director:  Scott Cooper

Boston has always been a more “closed” town than the other big east coast American cities.  It’s always been a weird mix of provincialism and internationalism.  And even within Boston, South Boston is a very different place from the other parts of the city.  If you grew up in Massachusetts in the 1970s and 1980s, and one side of your family was Irish immigrants in Boston, chances are just about 100% that you knew something about the Bulger family.  And by this I mean Billy Bulger, at one time the most powerful politician in the state, and his older brother James “Whitey” Bulger.

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