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June 23, 2014


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Hey, thanks for the write-ups, Glenn. I saw ELLIE LUMME a few months ago online (as a modest financial contributor, Ignatiy V. provided us with the link), and I concur with your assessment: it's a tricky piece of work that zig zags all over the place in all sorts of unexpected ways. It reminded me of what a Hal Hartley psychological horror film might be like. And now I'm looking forward to checking out THE MEND and SOMETHING, ANYTHING too.


I've looked forward to an expansion on your earlier Yang comment, Re: BOYHOOD. You've managed to raise my anticipation for the film yet further. No faint praise; perhaps Criterion will finally issue ABSD this year.

Compelling write-ups all around. Here's hoping the latter three films secure general distribution.

Don Lewis

Man, I saw BOYHOOD at Sundance and while I *liked* it well enough, I certainly wasn't crazy about it. I ADMIRED what was done but it just sat there for me. The main thing was, the lead actor (the kid who grows up) was kind of a bum steer and not all that interesting. I liked that the film has a leisurely, assured pace and that it doesn't have weird, big moments crammed into it but still....meh.

Then again I saw it on like, day 6 of Sundance at a hectic 8:00am screening and since you and other people I respect the opinions of love it, I'm going to have to give it another shot I guess.


"I ADMIRED what was done but it just sat there for me."

I have not seen it yet, but that being said, I too admire the concept of the film and appreciate a director who's willing to take the risks involved in such a production. I'll have to see if the risks were worth it - which Don L. seemingly doesn't think is the case - but in principle, the idea has promise.

Don L - Is there any comparison to be drawn between the "leisurely, assured pace" and the lack of "weird, big moments crammed into it" and the films of the Dardennes brothers? I admire their films as well, but they too sometimes suffer from lead child actors (as opposed to their plights) not being particularly compelling or interesting.

Don Lewis

I'm not neaaaarly schooled enough in the ways of the Dardennes to comment. I will say, this is a thoroughly "Linklater Film" through and through which I loved, given as it takes place over what, 12 years?

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