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Are you lacking some intellectual babble tinged with acerbic humor in your life? Then check out these films and make them the filet of your weekend.

Listen Up Philip 

Jason Schwartzman, darling of all films independent, stars as a bottomless pit of narcissism and author, Philip Friedman. Philip feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.

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The Squid and the Whale

Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, this independent film tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents’ divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. The father, a patriarch of an eccentric Brooklyn family claims to once have been a great novelist, but ultimately decided to settled into a teaching job. When his wife discovers a writing talent of her own, jealousy divides the family. The two teenage sons are forced to forge new relationships with their parents.

Don’t miss Billy Baldwin cast  as a denizen of nonchalance, and ah-hmm, “philistine” tennis pro.

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Under the Skin

An alien in the form of a voluptuous young woman combs the streets of Scotland in search of men. She lures a succession of lost souls into her otherworldly lair, where they are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.This is a chilling and seductive film; something to experience, as opposed to merely watch.

*DVD format also available, click here.

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Rich Hill

Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1,393) could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland. But to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. They are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over, but face unfortunate circumstances – an imprisoned mother, isolation, instability, and parental unemployment. Adolescence can be a day-to-day struggle just to survive. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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Seniors Book Club March Selection

Invention of WingsThe Seniors Book Club will be meeting Wednesday, March 11th at 2:00 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

About the book:

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from a young age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.  Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. The story follows their remarkable journeys over the next thirty-five years, as both strive for lives of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

Kidd’s novel is inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, an American feminist, suffragist and abolitionist. (source: http://www.penguin.com)

Visit the Author’s Website

A Conversation with Sue Monk Kidd

Review of the Book

Discussion Questions

About the Grimke Sisters

 

 

Monday Evening Book Club March Selection

 

100 foot journeyThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet March 9th at 7:00 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais.

About the book:

Follows the life journey of chef Hassan Haji, who progresses from his family’s modest restaurant in Mumbai to master haute cuisine in an elegant Parisian restaurant. “That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that come along once a generation. He is one of those rare chefs who is simply born. He is an artist.” And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life in this novel. Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the  kitchen, it is a succulent treat about family, nationality and the mysteries of good taste.

(source: http://www.simonandschuster.ca)

Visit Richard C. Morais’s website

New York Times Review of the book

Discussion questions for the book

What are the Michelin Stars?

 

Weekend Picks

This week our picks reflect the final weekend for two yearly events that are of both cultural and historic significance: Black History Month & Freedom to Read Week.

Irréversible

Banned in several countries for its all out attack of the senses, Argentine film director Gasper Noé’s controversial masterpiece tells the story of Alex and Marcus: a couple whose tale is unraveled in reverse-chronological order over the course of a fateful evening in a series of long takes. An emotional odyssey that unspools from gut-wrenching violence to sweetly observed moments of sublime tenderness.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

The Radiant Child is an intimate portrait of the artist proclaimed as the First African American Painter of Major Significance – this was just one of the many titles assigned to the artist; most of which he had no use for. Centered on a rare interview that director Tamara Davis shot with Basquiat, this definitive award winning documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist.

Also, if documentary film isn’t your bag, check out the 1996 biopic Basquiat – David Bowie cast as Andy Warhol is worth a peek in itself! Basquiat Trailer

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