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  1. Still feeling Italy.... Watching Bicycle Thieves on HBO Max. A bit ashamed to admit that I’ve never watched it before. Telling the 8 year old “Let’s forget everything and get drunk” is a strong mood.
  2. Nights of Cabiria is my favorite one so far. Not greatest -- but favorite. Few characters have made me want to jump through the screen and hug them like Cabiria.
  3. I waited a bit too long as it seemed like my targets were out of stock. Still bought: Gold Rush - Own a few Chaplin Criterion editions (The Kid, The Circus, City Lights, and Modern Times). Gold Rush one of the missing ones. A Face in the Crowd - One of my favorites. Breathless - I’ve never seen it, but intrigued after all of the hullabaloo in the movie draft thread. ETA: I know I’ve mentioned the Fellini set repeatedly here and in the movie thread. Good deal on it now. $125 for 14 movies.
  4. NBC LA copter shot of vehicle... https://twitter.com/Bogs4NY/status/1364299397765472256?s=20
  5. Police statement here. https://twitter.com/LASDHQ/status/1364295974961573889?s=20
  6. 50% off flash sale at Criterion.com. https://www.criterion.com/sale
  7. Watched Fellini's Juliet of the Spirits and Toby Dammit last night. It matched about what I thought going into it. Juliet of the Spirits was solid enough -- Fellini's first color picture and some interesting visuals and dream sequences that reminded me of what would see later on in Twin Peaks type of stuff (although the story about a wife dealing with her husband's infidelity). It could be viewed as a companion to 8 1/2, but it is a bit more over the top. Toby Dammit packed a lot into its 40 minutes run time. It was one segment in a Poe anthology film, "Spirits of the Dead." Terence St
  8. I finished Midnight’s Children, but a bit of a slog. It had enough to hold attention and was original, but it felt a bit over the place and like Rushdie was just trying to fit as much modern Indian history into one book even if it did not advance the story. After that, I read Waugh’s “Scoop” after 80s planted that seed. I did enjoy that, although it felt like Waugh’s views of colonialism felt a bit dated (and maybe a bit racist). It is still a great book, but that holds a bit back from a full endorsement. I’m currently on Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds. It just came out earlier this
  9. I haven’t seen Bringing out the Dead, but I do think “Blue Collar” is an underrated one by Schrader. One of better movies about factory life. Richard Pryor is great, and Hard Workin’ Man by Captain Beefheart to kick it off.
  10. Don't mistake my lack of posting as due to a lack of drinking.
  11. I didn’t see that. I’ll give that one a read. I think the La Strada disc had a short Scorsese interview about Fellini. Amarcord is probably the Fellini feature left after 8-1/2 that I’m most looking forward to watching (a few movies to go as I work through chronologically). I think I’m far enough along that I’d say that I wholeheartedly endorse the Criterion set for anyone looking to dive more into Fellini. It is a gem.
  12. Watched “Palm Springs” last night — that was pretty good. A bit of a mix of Groundhog Day and Wedding Crashers, but there are worse movies to do riffs on. Thanks for the recommendations on that one. Finished up “8-1/2” from the Criterion Essential Fellini box after that. The 4k restoration is really good quality (as is the quality of all the films in the set, but this one really popped). I’ve seen only it one other time, and that was probably 15-20 years ago with a DVD (or maybe VHS) that was obviously not quite that good quality. I would not call it my favorite Fellini, but it is going
  13. I was reading this interview with Shaka King, and agree with your take: https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/02/shaka-king-judas-and-black-messiah/617912/. He talks about how initial script from Will Berson was a more traditional biopic about Hampton, but says that the only way to get the movie made “was to couch it in a genre,” and refers to the COINTELPRO that you mentioned, and discusses “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” as an influence.
  14. I have Hopkins in one league. Open to moving him because, while he helped me to a couple of championships in that league, my window has closed and I need to rebuild, and he's probably my best asset to do so. I received an offer of 2022 1st (from a team that made the playoffs this year and presumably would be even better position in 2022 after a year with Hopkins) and a couple of mid-round picks this year, which fell pretty short for me.
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