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

Keeping Up With the 100-Year-Old Man: Julie’s Impressions on Film Club’s 2 Year Anniversary Screening

If you reached the age of 100, could you look back on your life and reminisce on all the crazy adventures you’ve had? Allan Karlsson most definitely can. He’s the central character of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, a surprisingly enjoyable dark comedy out of Sweden based on the international bestselling novel of the same name by Jonas Jonasson. (I personally have not read the book, as I didn’t want it to have influence over my review of the movie.)

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Keeping Up With the 100-Year-Old Man: Julie’s Impressions on Film Club’s 2 Year Anniversary Screening

Leigh Review’s Felix Herngren’s The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window And Disappeared (whew!)

Wow, what a title, right?!  And in all honesty, I can never remember the whole thing.  But, I can promise you one thing, the movie will not be forgotten.

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Leigh Review’s Felix Herngren’s The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window And Disappeared (whew!)

Russ Proudly Announces His Top Ten Film Club Movies: An Anniversary List

Writing a Top Ten list is not as easy as it first seems. For all of us mad movie junkies who have packed together in a dark theater a couple times a week for two years now (!!!!), picking a mere ten films from all of the great cinema we have been blessed with is a daunting task indeed.

With so many great films to choose from, how does one go about whittling them down to only ten? A couple of ground rules to begin with. First, I would only include films which I watched with the group in the theater (sorry Short Term 12.) Second, I am only sticking to films that I had never seen before. If not I’d end up with an entire list of classics. Even with those two rules in place it was still no walk in the park. Some just had to be cut loose.

So here we go, with much deliberation and only a wee bit of cheating, in no particular order, my Top Ten Favorite Film Club Movies:

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Russ Proudly Announces His Top Ten Film Club Movies: An Anniversary List

The Summer of Indie Cinema: The July Schedule

Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the month of July 2015.  Click the link of the title below to purchase tickets!  Enjoy!

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The Summer of Indie Cinema: The July Schedule