Nov. 3, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST
by Drunken Rage
"Doubt" is still being tweaked, still isn't in its final version, but its being shown at AFI? I'm not sure I understand the logic of that-- is it just to make certain that it gets some publicity because it has fallen off everyone's radar?
Nov. 3, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST
by Drunken Rage
Both sound like terrific little movies that will have extremely limited, if any, distribution. I'd like to see both but there's no way they'll be shown within two hours' drive. That's very frustrating.
Nov. 3, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST
Nov. 3, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST
Love that film. Remember being struck by how much I identified with the characters in the film, despite the language barrier. Universal stories.
Nov. 3, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST
Most classrooms are about popping open a book, reading it to oneself, or out loud to the class, or listening to a 2 dimensional lecture by the teacher and turning in a comprehension document based on this experience. Teachers need to grab these kids and make them interact with each other. Save the reading stuff for homework. Re-enact the events in class and make the lessons tangent. Never let one moment of the learning experience be dull no matter what subject it based in. Pair them up so that they all get to know one another before the year is over. This could lessen the destructive Caste system most kids in schools suffer with. Learning should never feel like work. Everything I'm a pseudo expert in- is shit I wanted to learn, and none of it was enhanced by the Educational System we have in this country. We are de- socializing more and more each day.. It's becoming more and more of a Hidebehind and say whatever you feel. The only thing I loved to learn in school was in Art Class. Because it actually felt like learning and fun- working together.
Nov. 3, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST
Saw DOUBT at the AFI on Thursday and am kind of baffled as to why they've asked reviewers to withhold comments. I'd heard it was due to the studio not being happy with the digital projection, but the presentation looked great. I'd never have known it was a digital projection if I hadn't been told beforehand. (I know they screened it simultaneously on 2 or 3 screens, so maybe the other venues had problems? But the theater I was in was golden.) Also, it certainly looked like a finished print to me. I don't think there's any more tweaking to be done. The president of Miramax intro'd the film and said it was "still kind of a work in progress... but not really... but kind of". Whatever that means. But then John Patrick Shanley got up and said he was excited because this would be his first time seeing "the finished version of the film". So... I dunno. Looked like a finished film to me.<p>It played great... fantastic performances by the entire cast (with Streep, Hoffman and Viola Davis getting the juiciest roles and knocking them out of the park)... Shanley's direction a LITTLE heavy-handed once in a while, but generally very good. I got to see the show on stage and I definitely felt that this was one of the stronger stage-to-screen adaptations I've seen. Maybe not a classic piece of cinema -- I think the piece is probably still best-suited for the stage -- but a strong, faithful representation of the material with terrific performances.
Nov. 3, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST
...i.e., creating compelling, compassionate narratives that explain "the rules of the game" for a new century whose new rules we're making up as we go along. i've heard dicey, "feelgood" criticisms thrown at _the class_ since it took top prize at cannes, but i'll wait to see it, knowing how good m. laurent has been to date.<P> man, i wish EVERY post on this site dealt with films this good on the regular. arthouse aicn, anyone?
Nov. 3, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST
was my favourite film from TIFF this year. I haven't seen any of Kurosawa's earlier work, but I'm looking forward to diving into his back catalog, especially since it seems so eclectic. Any recommendations?
Nov. 5, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST
by heywood jablomie
Just because you gave your kid a dumb name doesn't mean I want to read about it.