Quarantine Double Feature: Judy followed by Judy Garland Live at Carnegie Hall (1961)

Judy, available on Amazon Prime for $2.99, followed by Judy Garland Live at Carnegie Hall (1961). The movie is an outstanding performance by Renée Zellweger that really helps in understanding why Judy Garland was such a beloved figure. Then, listening to her Judy Garland live in one of the greatest live albums ever recorded? Well, it’s not a bad way to spend a few hours.

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Mubi

“Every day our experts introduce you to a film they love and you have a whole month to watch it, so there will always be 30 extraordinary films for you to enjoy.”

Mubi

Streaming service of 30 films for $10.99/month. Every day, one new film is added and a film that has been available for 30 days leaves. Second time I’ve heard of it and thought I’d bookmark it.

xkcd: Unpopular Positive Opinions Movie Challenge

Unpopular Positive Opinion Movie Challenge:

Name a movie that…

  1. You genuinely like (Not “So Bad It’s Good”)
  2. Came out in your adult life post-2000
  3. Is rated below 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.

This is easy if you like horror films. For me, I’d say Metropia fits closely enough. It’s a weird, dark little animated film: Rotten Tomatoes (50%/55%), Metacritic (47), and IMDb (6.3).

And since I am making movie recommendations, let me put in the good word for The Twilight Samurai, My Sweet Pepperland, and The World of Apu. Each a beautiful love story in its own way.

https://xkcd.com/2184/

Salafistes

Salafistes is, from start to finish, a gruesome film. Originally shot in Timbuktu after the town fell under jihadist control in 2012, the documentary takes place over the course of four years—first, with live footage of life under Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali; later, using propaganda videos from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in 2014. Interspersed with the scenes of violence are rare interviews with some of salafism’s most prominent, and radical, theologians, including political leaders of Al-Qaeda in Mauritania and Mali, as they are asked a series of political and philosophical questions: How do you regard democracy? (“Against Islam.”) Women? (“Irrational, and half the worth of a man.”) Homosexuality? (“Against human nature.”) America? (“9/11 was deserved.”)

—Maddy Crowell, “Salafistes.” The Point. April 9, 2019.

Three State Solution

“Major: If you’ve got a problem with the world, change yourself. If that’s a problem, close your eyes, shut your mouth, and live like a hermit. And if that’s a problem… [cocks gun and presses it against his head].

—Ghost in a Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Avoid politics and the multitude of irrelevant struggles designed to channel your energies into someone else’s agenda. Adapt, keep your head down, and/or die. Those are the realistic options for most people.