Monday, November 25, 2013

What's new in the film world

Here's some exciting news - especially if you're a fan of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. They're actually going to make a sequel. According to the report I read, all of the original cast will be on hand except Tom Wilkinson. And most interesting of all, Richard Gere might sign on to play a new character. Shooting is supposed to start in January.

Critics Corner

Gail Brown has sent us another review.

Movie:  Hunger Games; Catching Fire

Rated:  PG-13

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Sci Fi

Ratings:  IMDB 8.3, Rotten Tomatoes

Cast includes:  Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks.

Synopsis: The sequel to the Hunger Games, begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts.

One Critics Comment: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is that rare instance when the movie is better than the book, and the second movie is better than the first.

My comment:  I love a movie that takes me to places with characters, situations and an environment that are new to me.  I totally enjoyed the first movie and enjoyed this one equally. The characters are bigger than life.  Jennifer Lawrence is totally dedicated to this role and does an excellent job.  The visuals are stunning.  It is a movie you cannot look away from..every moment is interesting and provides a fun ride for the audience.

It took hundreds of craftspeople to put this movie together…the credits go on forever….and ever…An effort that works well…at 2 ½ hours it seemed to go by in a flash (how rare is that).

The ending definitely has you eagerly anticipating the next movie… hopefully coming out next year.

Field Trip

I was in New York the beginning of this month and had the pleasure of visiting The Museum of Moving Image. It's located in Astoria in a kind of industrial area. The buildings in this area were once giant sound stages and tons of movies were filmed there starting in the 1920s. There were several years when nothing was happening there and then a Mr. Kaufman (they were erecting this sign when we were visiting)

bought the property and not only is the museum housed there, but the sound stages are again being used, mostly for television productions. In fact when my daughter and I were visiting, they were filming an episode of "Orange is the New Black".

The museum is quite handsome. This is the restaurant area. You could see it wasn't very crowded that day.

There are exhibits from several movies. Here's one from Little Big Man. Recognize Jack Crabb?

This one's from The Exorcist. Recognize Regan MacNeil?

There were several interactive displays that were fun. In one you could do a video and it would be made into a flip book.

Or you could add your own voice to a movie clip. Here's my daughter trying her luck at doing a voice over for My Fair Lady:

One of my favorite exhibits was a collection of costumes from the Frida Kahlo film.

How fun to see the costumes in person as well as the designer's sketches and fabric samples.

It's a fabulous museum. Put it on your must-see list for your next trip to New York.

In the next post we'll be announcing the list of movies for the next season. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Intouchables

This Sunday, Nov. 17, we are in for a real treat. The film The Intouchables sounds like a movie we really can't miss. Everyone who's seen it, absolutely loves it. The film tells the story of a quadriplegic millionaire and his African care-giver, Driss. In the course of the story we'll see how Driss changes the boring life of the millionaire and his employees as well.

John Anderson has come up with the following questions:

1. What aspects of THE INTOUCHABLE'S' "Bro-manticism"  allow the characters to appreciate their differences in class and culture?

2. Why does the film align social class and cultural taste so precisely?

3. How are the roles and functions of women proscribed in the film?

4. How does race and disability represent "loss" in the film, and how does the "Bromance" plot restore wholeness to its character's lives?

Think about the answers and come prepared Sunday to enter into the discussion after the film.

Critics Corner

Gail Brown sends us the following review of 12 Years a Slave (based on a true story).
Rated: Hard R for violent scenes aplenty
2 hrs, 13 min.
Ratings: Four of us rated it 8 - 10, IMDB - 8.6, Rotten Tomatoes - 9.0
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt (very small but pivotal role)
Director: Steve McQueen (not the actor who died years ago!)
Synopsis: Solomon Northup, A NY state citizen is kidnapped and sold into slavery in New Orleans in the 1800's. The movie is based on his memoir. 
One Critics Opinion: The extraordianry 12 Years a Slave thrusts its lead character and the audience into slavery's moral and psychological morass more fully and directly than any movie before it.
Gail's Opinion: I felt every minute of this movie. The brutality was over the top but was, most assuredly, a true depiction of slavery in those times. It makes you wonder how and why man is so inhumane to man.

The casting, acting and directing could not have been better.  (Although some in our group thought it was a bit slow. My thought was that it was intentional so you could feel the pain and suffering of those who lost their freedom).

And the Oscar nominations go to:
Lead Actor - Chiwetel Ejiofor
Supporting Actor - Michael Fassbender
Director - Steve McQueen
Best Movie of the year.

Note: If you thought Django was have not seen brutal.

A friend sent me this video which I thought I'd post because it's so fantastic. Maybe you've already seen it, but it's fun a second time. Supposedly this Oscar performance didn't make it to the television audience. I wonder why. Too long of a show? How horrible for the performers though to not get exposed to one of the biggest television audiences.

See you at the Digiplex on Sunday, 3:00 pm for The Intouchables.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Say Yes to No

Here is what we DO NOT want our theater to look like on November 3.

We want every seat filled, because next Sunday we will be showing the fabulous film from Chile, No. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign film this year.  You don't want to miss this one. You definitely want to say yes to NO.

In case you're not sure what the film is about, here's the trailer:


John Anderson's Questions to Ponder
1. How did the 1973 coup in Chile, and Pinochet's free market policies, create a generational rift in his opposition as depicted in the film, and how is that reflected in the NO ads and in Bernal's performance?
2. In what ways does Pinochet's openness to U.S. marketing and media undermine the authority of his leadership?
3. In what ways do the "Yes" ads present an alternative vision of the themes in the "No" ads?
4. Does the film take a positive, negative or neutral stand about the use of mass market advertising in politics?
5. Why was a "low def" look chosen for the film's cinematography?

Early Memberships

If you want to avoid long lines before the upcoming films to sign up for next year's membership, you can sign up early starting now. Memberships are $10.00. You can send your check to:

North County Film Club
PO Box 56
San Luis Rey, CA  92068-0056

Or bring your check to the next two films on Nov. 3 or 17.

Why buy a membership? Here are the reasons:
1. You help to support the club with it's various expenses
2. You are eligible to nominate and vote for the next group of films
3. Members are invited to free showings of new films
4. You help to support independent and foreign films in San Diego County

Critics Corner - Enough Said
by Gail Brown
Enough Said starring James Gandolfini is his last role, Julia Louis-Drefus, Toni Collette and Catherine Keener. Adult romantic comedy, rated PG-13.
IMDB give it a 7.6 and Rotten tomatoes a 7.7. Everyone in our group, including two strangers that heard us giving ratings, rated it an 8, 8.5 or a 9.
The film is about a divorced man and divorced woman with daughters leaving for college. They meet at a party and an unlikely romance begins with some interesting and predictable challenges.
One critics comment:
This pleasant adult romantic comedy with a steady stream of low-key laughs allow the late James Gandolfini to take his final bow as a nice guy instead of a wise guy.
Just my opinion...
If you are a Julia Louis-Dreyfus fan, you will not be disappointed. She gives a very likable performance...she sparkles on screen. I was not sold on their chemistry though.
I thought it was okay, but not a "must see".

Book Nook

Is it alright to do a book review of a book you haven't actually read? I don't suppose it's a good idea, but I'm going to do it anyway. Mainly because this book looks very interesting.

Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell are the authors of this book about the greatest bad movie ever made. My vote is for the Mexican film "Santa Claus vs. the Devil". Other's might think "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" should win. But Sestero and Bissell write the history of The Room which has become a cult classic and their choice for the greatest bad movie.

Tommy Wiseau wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film which they say doesn't make any sense at all. The Room is considered in the category so-bad-it's-good films. Fans pack screenings where they perform raucous audience participation rituals.

According to Jim Ruland of the L.A. Times who reviewed this book, "The Disaster Artist" is not only the terrifically engaging tale of a bad Hollywood movie, it's one of the most honest books about friendship I've read in years."

I've ordered my copy and can't wait to read it. I love books about bad movies.

Board Meeting
Here are some of the members of the board planning next season's slate of films:

Marny Fischer, Jim and Shar Hamilton and John Anderson tally the votes and get ready to submit the list of films to Digiplex. We'll post the final list soon. Stay tuned.

Leaving a Comment
If you'd like to leave a comment on the blog and have never done so, here's a little instruction on how to do it:

1. Scroll down to where it says "0 comment" for instance. It might say "1 or 2 etc comments" Click on that.
2. A box will come up for the comment. Type in your comment.
3. Under "Choose an Identity"
There is a category for "Open ID"
where you can leave your name. You don't have to enter a URL.
4. you can choose "anonymous"
but then when you comment your name won't show up in the blog so
be sure to add your name to the comment.
5. Then click the "Publish Your Comment" button.

That's all there is to it. Try it some time. We'd love to hear from you.

See you on Sunday for No.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

About movies and books

Cinema audience in the 1940s, you could even smoke in the movies back then!
This past Sunday, we had the pleasure of seeing the film Any Day Now. From the sound of the applause after the film, I think most everyone enjoyed it. John Anderson, in his discussion prior to the viewing, told us that film festival audiences loved the film and it seems our membership did too. He also said that critics weren't as enthusiastic and felt the film was a bit melodramatic.

The discussion after the film centered mostly on adoption laws in previous years and how unfair they were. It seems we've come a long way from the 1970s, the time period of Any Day Now.

Our next film, Le Havre will be shown Oct. 27. It's the story of a shoeshiner who tries to save an immigrant child in the French port city Le Havre. I have a feeling it's going to be good because of that dog peaking around the corner. Study up on your French for this one, but of course there will be subtitles if your French is a little rusty.

John has come up with some questions to ponder as we view this upcoming film.

1.  In what way does the town of La Havre become a character in the film.

2. Both LA HAVRE and ANY DAY NOW depict young people endangered by the arms of the State, and the efforts of adults to save them.  How do the films differ in terms of how they approach the subject.

3.  How does the film's photography, acting, production design, and editing eschew the realist aesthetic we associate with movies concerning working class life.  Why did the director, Aki Kaurismaki decide to do this?

Please stay for the discussion after the film. It's always interesting to hear everyone's comments.

Critics Corner

About Time

New members Jane and Jeff Gorman from Carlsbad, took advantage of the club perk of viewing previews of new films. They recently saw About Time in San Marcos. Here are Jane's comments:

If you love "Ground Hog Day" and a coming of age movie featuring a deep father-son bond and portrayed by excellent English actors, then you will find this beautifully shot, well written piece of cinema fun, light-hearted and eventually wringing emotion from the depths of your memory.  It has much the same rhythm of the "Best Marigold Hotel", a little slow at times, but alive with excellent acting combined with an excellent musical tract and a total get-away to the coast of England during the summer.  Your patience with the plot development will be rewarded with an evening well spent at the cinema.


Reviewed by club member, Gail Brown
A true story of the competition between two race car drivers in the mid 70s and the horrific car crash that almost took the life of one of them. Rated R for some nudity, I suspect. 
-That Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek, Avengers) reminds me of a young Brad of those actors that are a pleasure to look at!! He plays the playboy, James Hunt.
-Daniel Bruhl plays Niki Lauda, a very serious and competitive racer.
-Well directed by Ron Howard, produced by Brian Grazer and of course great edge-of-your-seat racing scenes.
-Most reviewers and the two of us gave it around a 7.5 to an 8.
-Racing scenes were exciting and well done, but I think I wanted more character development.
-Not a "must see" but all-in-all an entertaining movie.

Book Nook
Every now and then, I'll include an interesting book that pertains to film. I received this one as a gift from a friend who really knows my interests. 

This book, The Film Snob's Dictionary by David Kamp and Lawrence Levi is a handy reference guide for the sort of movie obsessive for whom the actual enjoyment of motion pictures is but a side dish to the accumulation of arcane knowledge about them.
It's in dictionary format containing actors, films, directors, etc. There's lots of information about very obscure films that I've never heard of, the type of trivia that would be welcome at any cocktail party. 

If you loved or hated Any Day Now, leave a comment below and let us know what you think. Or leave a comment about anything - films, books, past showings, future showings, whatever's on your mind. We'd love to hear from you.
See you on the 27th. 



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

It's Time to Vote

Yes, it's that time of the year again - elections for films for the winter season. Check out all of the nominated film's trailers (see Jim's email of 10/4/13 for the list). If you can't find Jim's email, here is a list of the films (titles only). Check IMDB to see the trailers.

Fanie Fourie's Lobola
The Discoverers
The Sapphires
Fruitvale Station
20 Feet from Stardom
The Girls in the Band
In Darkness
Hitler's Children
Goodbye First Love
Like Someone in Love
After the Wedding
The Hunt
Something in the Air
Blue Jasmine
The Kid with a Bike
A Bag of Hammers
Much Ado About Nothing
The Way, Way Back
Before Sunset
Divided We Fall
In a World
The Attack

You must be a NCFC member to vote. Vote for your favorite EIGHT films by emailing your selections to The deadline is Oct. 13.

Our next film is Any Day Now which will be showing Sunday, Oct. 13. John Anderson has made some excellent, thought provoking notes about the film so we can come prepared (just like a film class!).  So study up and come to the film with questions and comments for the discussion session.

The term “independent film” can be interpreted in a number of ways:  It can be a film produced outside of a major studio, a film supporting the unique view of its director, or a movie whose point of view is outside of traditional societal norms.

For a number of decades, movies catering to or depicting what we would today call the L.G.B.T community fell automatically within the latter definition.  Besides prevalent public disapproval of homosexuality, the M.P.D.A. Production Code, which the major studios upheld from 1934 until 1968, all but forbid specific references to its existence.  When Hollywood films rarely broached  the subject, as in Tea and Sympathy and The Children’s Hour, it served as a catalyst for advancing the subjects of rumor and scandal, not gender and sexuality.

The absence of homosexuality in Hollywood cinema did not keep gays from attending the movies.  On the contrary, the melodramatic excesses of certain feminine romantic melodramas became campy fodder for the L.G.B.T underground film movement.  Jack Smith’s Burning Creatures paid homage to kitschy glamour queens such as Maria Montez, while Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising amplified the fetishistic undertones of B movie biker flicks.  By the end of the 1960s, the Andy Warhol/Paul Morrissey collaborations offered a dead pan take down on traditional notions of tinsel town glamour. When representing homosexual themes was no longer verboten, art house  directors such as John Waters and Rainer Warner Fassbender refracted often dire depictions of the gay underworld through the prism of garish American melodrama.

What unified the independent L.G.B.T cinema during its formative years was a skewered, ironic take on the women’s weepies and domestic melodramas that gay men identified with when their identities were closeted by censorship, social conformity, and legal oppression.  Influenced by playwright Bertolt Brecht, L.G.B.T. cinema emphasized the artificial structure of film spectacle, making the audience aware that it was watching a movie, as opposed to trying to suspend its disbelief.  It attempted to transform the way that audiences saw movies: not as dreamers wafting through frenzied states of material bliss, but as alienated voyeurs forever removed from the fantasias of American consumer excess.

Since the 1980s, social forces have allowed movies to form a more accommodating relationship to traditional modes of movie storytelling.  Diminished public opposition to homosexuality, medical options for procreation, and the inheritance issues gay couples faced during the AIDS crisis shifted the community towards addressing its concerns through civil rights initiatives and family law.  Activism shifted from community consciousness- raising to a focus on individual rights and choices.  Consequently,  L.G.B.T. movies today frequently embrace the traditional  empathetic  style of Hollywood storytelling .  Longtime Companion, The Kids are All Right, and this week’s NCFC selections Any Day Now tug on the heartstrings without invoking self reflexive distance.

The irony of course, is that tear-jerkers, once a staple of Hollywood studios, are no longer produced en masse by major film distributors.  What were once mainstream movies have been shunted to independent models of distribution, and are independent only by the fact that they are shot without big studio financing.  By chasing the international market with big action/science fiction spectacles and talking animated animals, major companies have left the making of traditional genre films to the minors. Certain gay themed films are more mainstream in their attempt to make the audience feel the emotions of their characters, but the genres that these films invoke feel marginalized because they no longer fit the marketing demands of the old Hollywood system.

Any Day Now has been criticized in some circles for its overt sentimentality.  The story chronicling the trevails of a gay couple in the late 70s and early 80s as they adopt a jeopardized teenager with Down’s Syndrome, is shot in a highly immersive style with naturalistic performances by Alan Cumming, Garrett Dillahunt, and an utterly beguiling Isaac Leyva as the afflicted boy.  Our emotions are drawn out through the seductiveness of the characters, making their joys and sorrows become our own.  How do you respond to this type of moviemaking, and do you think it effectively stages the political issues surrounding sexuality and the family raised in the course of the melodrama?

Of course, one might argue that Any Day Now deliberately revises the traditional ways that independent L.G.B.T.  cinema structures the relationship between spectacle and spectator, allowing viewers to emotionally commit to the idea that normative familial structures and institutions are the most optimal path towards achieving emotional wholeness.  Is this a reflection of same sex relationships gaining more mainstream acceptance, or an acknowledgement that gays have a larger investment in protecting legal institutions that preserve their rights and property than in previous generations?

In any event, Any Day Now represents an era when the promise of family as a force for unifying the self is being extended to the L.G.B.T. community.  Whether or not the institution can sustain this sense of fulfillment beyond the sphere of cinematic illusion is a question that movies alone can’t answer.

Critics Corner
One of our members, Gail Brown, has been reviewing movies that she sees and has kindly agreed to  share her views of the new film Gravity with us:

I am still on ‘overwhelm’ from the movie yesterday.  Probably without a doubt, the best ‘space’ film of all time. Seven of us attended and we reviewed it between an 8.5 and a 10.  
If you are into the making of a movie, in terms of special effects…then you MUST see this film.  The visual effects are unbelievable…we did not see it in 3D but we felt like we did…Sandra Bullock was fantastic and believable considering she acted alone for most of the movie.  She will give Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) a run for her money for the Oscar no doubt.
Surprised that George Clooney took such a secondary role …but my guess is that he really wanted to be part of this project and work with this director. Kudos to the director, Alfonso Cuaron and cinematographer, Emmanuael Lubezki for this groundbreaking film.
I am not a sci-fi fan at all but this one was well worth seeing…some of it is definitely ‘edge of your seat’ entertainment.  Those people who can’t wait to participate in space travel may be having some second thoughts after seeing Sandra’s ordeal!!!!

See you Sunday.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dolby, Guacamole and Captain Phillips

(This is a blog for news about the North County Film Club, about film in general, local film events and anything else that seems interesting to film lovers. Views expressed in this blog are not those of the North County Film Club, but of the blog host.)

Rest in Peace, Ray Dolby. But I must say you didn't really give us senior citizens much peace when your company developed Surround Sound. Maybe we're just a bunch of whiners at the movies. "It's so loud, turn the sound down", we yell. But the sound just gets louder and louder with each viewing.

So I say, thanks, Mr. Dolby, you've done a fantastic job. They say that you invented noise reduction systems, but if this is noise reduction, I'll eat my ear plugs!

But I'm sure he was a genius and he did remove the hiss from audiotapes.  So that's a good thing. And he's probably responsible for bringing more young people to the movies. They love that Surround Sound, don't they?

We had a great time on Sunday watching the Oscar nominated animated shorts. What a bunch of great little films. It was very difficult voting for the best one because they were all excellent. I voted for Adam and Dog, mainly because I am a dog lover and also because it had the most gorgeous animation. My favorite, though, was The Longest Daycare starring Maggie Simpson. But I didn't vote for it because it came from a big studio, just like Paperman which was great but came from Disney. So c'mon let's vote for the little guys. Paperman and Adam and Dog garnered the most votes from the club members after the movies Sunday. Did you have a favorite? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

And speaking of little guys, the shortest but sweetest film was Guacamole and I felt bad not voting for it because, after all, we live in Avocado land. It was a brilliant film and had a totally classic ending.

If you missed last Sunday and want to see some of these shorts, click here Animated short films.

One of the perks of becoming a member of the North County Film Club is that every so often we are invited to free showings of upcoming films. This past week we were invited to a showing of Captain Phillips. Unfortunately, we are usually not informed about the showings until the last minute and most are shown closer to San Diego. But the movies are usually really good ones. So far we've been invited to see Ruby Sparks, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The East and many others. Often the director, screenwriter or star will be in attendance to talk about the film and answer questions which is always really interesting.  
The showing of Captain Phillips was a real treat. This is a fantastic film. It has everything you want in a movie - great cinematography, wonderful acting (Tom Hanks will surely be nominated for an Oscar) and sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat action. Wow, what a film. Don't miss it. It opens Oct. 11.

And don't forget to vote for the drama films that have been nominated. The deadline for the votes is Sunday, Sept. 29th.

Our next film is Any Day Now, Sunday, October 13th.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Since you all are film buffs, thought you'd like some information on the upcoming San Diego Film Festival.

This is a really user-friendly website. Just click on the name of the film and all the info pops up. I've tried other film festival websites and they're usually very difficult to navigate. This one's easy.

It looks like an interesting group of films and if honoree Judd Apatow shows up in person that would be a real plus.

The festival is Oct. 2 - 6. Mark your calendars.

Have you seen any good films lately?  Let us know in the comments section.

I watched Cloud Atlas last night. I didn't like it at all and I did read the book. But I didn't like the book either. So there you have it. My main problem with the movie was there was too much "shoot em up" type action - much like all the current block busters. It was totally unnecessary. I might be going deaf, but I couldn't understand much of the dialog - especially the Hawaiian Island parts with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Instead of using the island dialect, Halle's accent was more down south with a little rap mixed in.

Anyway, I don't recommend it. But when I read all the reviews on IMDB that were so glowing - "It's a masterpiece" etc., I could be wrong. You'll have to be the judge.

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Don't forget Sunday, Sept. 22 for the Oscar nominated animated shorts, Digiplex Theater, Mission and College, Oceanside, 3:00 pm. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Debut Post for the North County Film Club Blog

Hi, I'm Nancy Javier, one of the board members of the North County Film Club. I've volunteered to create and keep a blog for the club. This is the first post.

What I'd like to do is keep you posted on the club's schedule, any club events, comments about films we've just seen, information about films in general and anything that seems important to you members.

Didn't we just love the film we saw on August 25th - A Bottle in the Gaza Sea?  If you missed it, you must trying renting it from Netflix (or your favorite rental place), it's a really great film.

After I saw it, I was a little frustrated about the ending. What happened next?
So I decided to write an alternate ending:

Naim is in Paris working on his French studies, living in a little romantic garret in Montmartre. He and Tal have continued their email relationship. But Tal is realistic. She continues her relationship with the guitar playing, pierce giving, blond Israeli.  But somehow she manages to get away from her parents and her beautiful blond folk singer. She slips away in the dead of night and flies to Paris.

Naim and Tal have agreed to meet at his place. After one night of love, Tal admits to Naim that they can never be together. She confesses that she has agreed to marry the Israeli. As Naim cries and they hug one last time, Tal says to Naim, “But we’ll always have Paris.

Last shot is of Tal boarding the plane for Jerusalem in tears, while Naim stands on the tarmac also in tears.
The end

Do you have another idea for an ending? I'd love to hear it. Just add it to the comments section of the blog. 

On September 8, we saw another wonderful film, The Imposter. What a stunner of a story. So many twists and turns. Whew!!

The discussion after the film, led very capably by John Anderson (isn't it wonderful having such a knowledgeable leader for the discussions?).  We miss Jennifer (who has moved to Israel, if you don't already know) but John is a great replacement and we're lucky to have him on our team.

This was my favorite comment after the film. In response to the question about how could they possibly have let the Imposter out of the country without checking his identity, was "You know, they're still using carbon paper in Spain!"

If you want to read more about this interesting case, here's a link to an article from the New Yorker. It's 17 pages long and covers a lot of the same territory as the film, but there are a few interesting facts that weren't in the film.

And I found it pretty darned interesting that Frederic has a Twitter account. You can keep up with all his current activities (if you can believe him!):

Here are two films that are related to The Imposter that you might want to check out:

The Changeling
Catch Me If You Can

News from our intrepid leader, Jim:

a record 187 seats were sold for The Imposter
We now have 230 paid members

Nominations for the upcoming season are now in. You will be receiving information on them soon so you'll be able to vote for your favorites.

On September 22 we will be viewing the Oscar nominated animated short films. These are always fun and interesting. Hope to see you there.