A Dish Probably Not Served Best Cold: A Review of Roy Andersson’s A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING EXISTENCE

This is like watching a Wes Anderson movie if Wes Anderson made a movie as a 78 LP but made us view it in 33⅓.

I dove into Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting Existence cold, knowing nothing more about the film than what is divulged in the first few synoptic sentences that show up in the top results of a Google search. I also dove in at 8:30am on Boxing Day, on the heels of the bizarre and bleak visage that Mother Nature gifted to Winchester, Virginia for Christmas 2015: Mornings socked in by fog, apocalyptically warm temperatures and flat grey skies. The latter, incidentally, is also a fair description of Pigeon, both visually and thematically. But while I lacked background for this film, the third of Andersson’s “Living Trilogy” (following 2000’s Songs from the Second Floor and 2007’s You, the Living), thanks to Film Club 3.0 I did not entirely lack context.

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A Dish Probably Not Served Best Cold: A Review of Roy Andersson’s A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING EXISTENCE

The UPSTART That Is Off To A Great Start: A Conversation with Broad Green Pictures Pictures

A few weeks back Film Club 3.0 screened Eden, the first of what looks to be many Film Club offerings from Broad Green Pictures.  Coming up this weekend: A Walk in the Woods and Samba; the former, the film adaptation of travel writer Bill Bryson’s 1998 book of the same title, is a release so eagerly anticipated that even the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is planning for its potential impact.  ATC Executive Director, Ron Tipton, is quoted here saying that the ATC is “planning for how to manage the surge of new hikers” they expect will be inspired by the film.

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Chances are you won’t ‘watch’ a movie like this again: A Review of Drafthouse Films THE TRIBE

I have to admit, I went into The Tribe with anxiety and apprehension, not excitement.  I knew very little of the film other than that it was out of the Ukraine, that there was no dialogue and that due to graphic violent and sexual content that it could be, would most likely be, “difficult to watch.”  I fretted for days in advance because I’d committed to penning a reaction blog; I couldn’t back out.  And I couldn’t just show up and eye-cover my way through it.  Fact is I am extremely sensitive to violence, suffering or cruelty of any sort, physical or mental.  During my school years if someone yelled ‘Fight!’ you could bet that I was running away from, not toward, the ‘action.’  I can’t stand to see or hear fists hitting flesh. (True story: I have yet to watch any more than 10 seconds of that Southpaw trailer.)  And any hint of emotional cruelty or bullying, in real life or in fiction, often makes me cry. But I love movies, especially the complex, deep and emotionally gut-wrenching ones.  So I’ve adapted.

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