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Silver Linings Playbook: Dramatic-comedy, Comi-tragedy or Tragi-comedy? Does it matter? Questioning the Contaminated Modern Comedy.

Evelyn Greenslade (Judy Dench), a romantic optimist in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel:                                       “The only real failure is the failure to try and the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment as we always must. We came here … Continue reading

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An Extended Illustration of “I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone”

Ron has written a very interesting, incisive introduction to the last decade or so of an Asian film movement, a significant change of style, termed a Second Wave. One thing is for certain, water is a major element of consideration … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 Discussion Films, Discussion of Non-Selected Films, General Film Related Discussion, I Don't Want to Sleep Alone, Rebels of the Neon God | Tagged , | 3 Comments

More than The Secret Life of Bees

The Spirit of the Beehive (dir. Victor Erice, 1973) “Keep a close watch on your creature.” “Considered by some critics the single greatest achievement of Spanish cinema, haunting cinematography, flawless performances, and a foreboding pace make this a truly special … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, Discussion of Official TFC Selected Films | 8 Comments

Frankenstein (Dir. James Whale, 1931)

“Frankenstein the Monster” Little did it occur to me a few months ago when I viewed James Whale’s film Frankenstein of 1931, complete with the scene of the drowning of Maria, that I would wonder what horror would creep up … Continue reading

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Rebellion and Freedom from Living Hell

By David Gilmour [originally posted on June 23, 2008; replaced with updated version on July 18, 2008] Films Reviewed: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007), The Sea Inside (Alejandro Amenábar, 2004), and Whose Life Is It Anyway? … Continue reading

Posted in 2008, Discussion of Official TFC Selected Films | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

There Will Be Blood (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007) “And There Will Be Money” By David R. Gilmour

Paul Thomas Anderson’s new monster success film There Will Be Blood (“Blood”) has dynamic heft. Stylistically it really packs a wallop. The performances, production elements and creative juices, without doubt, seem to blend artistically to have pulled off a remarkably … Continue reading

Posted in 2008, Discussion of Official TFC Selected Films | Tagged | 1 Comment

More Medium Than Message “Can the term moral be applied to film fictions?” By David Gilmour

[This essay discusses several films of recent date (No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Juno, and Gone, Baby, Gone) and discloses details that might spoil a viewer’s enjoyment of the story.]     After Lars Von Trier … Continue reading

Posted in 2008, Discussion of Non-Selected Films, Discussion of Official TFC Selected Films | Tagged | 4 Comments

Salt of the Earth

Tacoma Film Club co-sponsored the 2006 Banned Books Events with Kings Books of Tacoma, our host for the TFC’s Third Wednesday Discussion.   We presented the film Salt of the Earth in October 2006.    Salt of the Earth (dir. Herbert … Continue reading

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Marquis de Cockadoodle-doo

Quills (Dir. Philip Kaufman, 2000) “Facts and Fabulous Fallacies: Another (Per)Version of Sadeian Myth.” By David Gilmour. Some critics might rail against Philip Kauffman’s film Quills because it skirts the historical truth.[1] Fair enough. Important criticism of historical films can … Continue reading

Posted in 2004 - 2007, Discussion of Official TFC Selected Films | Tagged | 2 Comments

More on Themes and Memes: “Ice and Isolation” by David Gilmour

Fascinating sub textual connections emerge in the June 2007 Tacoma Film Club choices of films for discussion: Away from Her (Sarah Polley, 2007), Dersu Uzula (Akira Kurosawa, 1975), and Cold Fever (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 1997). The Tacoma Film Club Producers … Continue reading

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