Weekend Picks

A long weekend means longer Weekend Picks, with running times that stretch past the 180 minute mark and feature lengthy lists of star studded ensemble casts. Enjoy!

Short Cuts

Many loosely connected characters cross paths in this film, based on the stories of Raymond Carver. Waitress Doreen Piggot accidentally runs into a boy with her car. Soon after walking away, the child lapses into a coma. While at the hospital, the boy’s grandfather tells his son, Howard , about his past affairs. Meanwhile, a baker starts harassing the family when they fail to pick up the boy’s birthday cake. Tom Waits makes the scene with a little cut in his strut.

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Magnolia

On one random day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male caretaker, a famous lost son, a police officer in love, a boy genius, an ex-boy genius, a game show host and an estranged daughter will each become part of a dazzling multiplicity of plots, but one story.

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Weekend Picks

Weekend Picks

Weekend Picks that you can bring home to mom, featuring two efforts from contemporary cinema’s next great hope, 26-year-old Québécois writer, filmaker, and actor, Xavier Dolan.

Mommy

A feisty widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her explosive fifteen year old ADHD son. As they try to make ends meet and struggle with their unpredictable menage, the peculiar, new girl across the street, Kyla, benevolently offers her help. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope is regained.

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I Killed My Mother

Focusing on the relationship between Hubert Minel, a 16-year-old Quebecois living in suburban Montreal, and his single mother Chantale, the film beautifully captures the anxieties of a mother-son relationship. While he gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date sweater and kitschy decor, the ingrained mechanisms (i.e. manipulation and guilt) of their relationship beautifully (and tragically) unravel on the big screen.

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Child’s Pose

A well-to-do Bucharest architect is determined to keep her deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses, and even the victim’s family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love.

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Seniors Book Club May Selection

US ConductorsThe Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, May 13th at 2:00 pm in the Training Room to discuss the 2014 Giller Prize novel titled Us Conductors, in which I seek the heart of Clara Rockmore, my one true love, finest Theremin player the world will ever know, by Sean Michaels.

About this award-winning book:

A beautiful, haunting, brilliant novel inspired by the life and loves of the Russian scientist, inventor, and spy Lev Termen – the inventor of the theremin: an eerie, peculiar musical instrument played with the hands moving through the air but not touching the machine. In a finely woven series of flashbacks and correspondence, “Us conductors” takes readers from the glitz and glam of New York in the 1930s to the gulags and scientific camps of the Soviet Union. The novel builds to a crescendo as Termen is sent to Russia, where he is imprisoned in a Siberian gulag and later brought back to Moscow, where he is asked to eavesdrop on Stalin himself.

Website for Us Conductors

Author Biography

Author Interview

Youtube Interview

Book Review

Léon Theremin on Wikipedia

Youtube – Theremin playing his own instrument

Youtube – Clara Rockmore playing the Theremin