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05/04/2016

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This is one of the few Bergman films I have seen and I do recall feeling very moved by it. I need to revisit it, as this was probably 20 years ago and I only saw it the one time.

By the way Mac, Wikipedia claims that Wild Strawberries has directly influenced four of Woody Allen's movies, and lists them and the similarities in case you are interested.

It’s a process that frequently begins before death for one who is open to it, a painful process of recognizing how and where one has failed and what one may have lost as a result—a recognition which may itself be the punishment for those failures

This has been the great theme of my life lately. I saw this when I was in my 30s--I think it was my 30s--and didn't get it at all. I wonder if you have to be older.

AMDG

I have, by the way, seen it since--probably when you wrote this--and liked it a lot.

AMDG

I think probably you do have to be older, Janet. I certainly got it in 2007. I think I did see it when I was a good bit younger, but am not even certain of that, and definitely don't have any idea what my reaction was.

I read that on Wikipedia, Stu, and considered linking to it in the post in part specifically for your benefit, but decided not to because it has a plot summary, not that the plot has any huge surprises. It made me want to see those Allen movies (again in a couple of cases).

I can write something for next week.

AMDG

That would be appreciated. But don't feel like you've got to try to fill the gap. It's looking like there's not going to be nearly enough contributions to get us through the remaining 2/3 of the year. So my plan is to do as many as necessary myself, but keeping them short, just a couple of paragraphs or two.

I'm happy to do more too, Mac. It is a good excuse to re-watch movies I love.

I'm in the process of writing one now, and I have a couple more in mind for the next few weeks.

I notice that the comments become much more tangential about movies than they did about authors. I suppose that is because of the personal nature of reading as opposed to the less involved nature of watching. I read all of the "reviews" but I rarely think much beyond "well written", or "I would like to watch that movie". What does everyone think?

I don't know...I don't think there's necessarily a book-vs-movie difference for me. It probably has more to do with whether I've read or seen the work in question. If I haven't, my reaction is probably going to be "That sounds interesting, I'll consider it." Unless there's some particular idea brought forward that I want to comment on.

That would be great, Stu and Rob. Anything you have time and inclination to do is welcome.

Does anybody else find it impossible to say "that would be great" without thinking of this guy? Only if you haven't seen the movie in question, I'd guess.

Well, authors write lots of books (some of them), so there's a better chance that you have read something that they wrote, while movies, even if they are by famous directors, more or less stand alone.

Also, it's easier to discuss a book without spoilers, I think. There's more there.

AMDG

Plus, everybody knows something about Tolstoy and Flannery O'Connor, et al. You can take part in the discussion even if you haven't read the books.

AMDG

I try to avoid expressing opinions about books I haven't read, but sometimes I do it anyway. :-)

Well, I meant one could talk about the author. ;-)

AMDG

True.

Speaking of books I haven't read, my in-laws sent me a copy of Bill O'Reilly's Killing Jesus, which now holds a proud place on one of our shelves at home. I suppose I could move it to my office and be even prouder. :)

And this was for Christmas of all things, when we are celebrating the birth of Jesus!

I've seen references to that book and thought "huh?!?" and immediately forgot about it. Is it anti-Christian? I thought O'Reilly was at least nominally Catholic.

But yeah, any book by Bill O'Reilly surely deserves a place of honor. :-/

Geez, Mac, get with the program! He has an entire series: Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, Killing Kennedy, Killing Reagan ... there may be more. He doesn't dislike any of these people; I think it is all sort of conspiracy theory stuff surrounding their deaths, but I don't really know for sure. I should read the silly thing, it is fewer than 300 pages.

The questions is: When he passes will someone write a book called Killing O'Reilly? He is Catholic.

I forgot about Lincoln! I think the first book was Killing Lincoln.

Killing Prince should be coming soon!!

I think I'll stay without that particular program.

Just looked at Google News for the first time today (it's where I go for a quick look at the news) and I see a headline:

"Caitlyn Jenner to Pose Naked With Gold Medal for 'Sports Illustrated'"

I want to say something witty or at least sarcastic but I'm at a loss.

It is the sort of thing that should leave one speechless, Mac, so that's the correct response!

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