Runoff (2014) Kimberly Levin

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Runoff (2014) Kimberly Levin
The Annapolis Film Festival Day Two
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Runoff begins with a series of images from nature that transcend time – a clear running brook, rays of sunlight piercing through tree branches, bees producing honey – all of which show us something that was meant to be good, simple, and uncorrupted. Agriculture is part of that natural process, but you don’t have to be a reader of Wendell Berry to know that local farms are fighting an uphill battle against big business.

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The Rewrite (2014) Marc Lawrence – Opening of the Annapolis Film Festival

The Rewrite (2014) Marc Lawrence
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Castle Rock

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The Annapolis Film Festival opened last night with Marc Lawrence’s The Rewrite, a romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei. In a way, it’s somewhat surprising that the festival chose a romantic comedy whose headliners are 54 and 50, respectively, yet in some ways, it’s refreshing not to have to sit through a rom com about teenagers or twenty-somethings. Maybe it was also a smart move, kicking off the festival with a film sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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The Annapolis Film Festival Day One

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The Annapolis Film Festival begins today! I picked up my badge this morning and am ready for the first film, The Rewrite by Marc Lawrence.

Once everything is said and done, I hope to have viewed at least 15 films at the festival. I’m really interested in the short films, and although I’d like to attend some of the panels, I’d rather see the films themselves. Some of the films I’m hoping to see:

5 to 7 – Victor Levin

Five Star – Keith Miller

Gabriel – Lou Howe

Help Us Find Sunil Sunil Tripathi – Neal Broffman

In Country – Mike Attie & Meghan O’Hara

Runoff – Kimberly Levin

The Zero Theorem – Terry Gilliam

I’ll try to post as much as I can, so stay tuned!

Dang! Where Did I Put That Movie???

Recently the guys over at Criterion Cast were discussing their movie collections and how to shelve them. I’m sure these guys have way more films than I do, but I thought that I’d share how I organize my collection of both movies and graphic novels. Keep in mind two things: (1) Although my wife thinks otherwise, my movie/graphic novel collections aren’t that large and (2) I am a librarian and tend to organize things as a librarian.

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Ride the Pink Horse (1947) Robert Montgomery

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Ride the Pink Horse (1947) Robert Montgomery
(1:41)
Universal Studios
Criterion Collection DVD (library)

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A man named Gagin (Robert Montgomery) wearing a suit and hat steps off a Greyhound bus into the small town of San Pablo, New Mexico, looks around, takes several tentative steps, and discreetly transfers a gun from his briefcase to his suit jacket pocket. The locals – Hispanic Americans and Native Americans – are preparing for the town’s annual fiesta, but Gagin has no interest in these people or their celebration. He’s here for another reason: to find a man named Frank Hugo, the man who killed Gagin’s friend.

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