I actually played basketball this morning, and boy, my legs are tired. I am looking forward to getting more out in the world. In the next few weeks, we will be having the EarthX film and USA Film Festivals coming up, more as they get closer.
The last few weeks of Cinematic Conversations have been magnificent. Last week’s discussion of Modern Times with Ben Model is a must-see. You never know what you will learn on Thursday night, but it will be enlightening.
This week we are asking you to watch Goodbye Columbus, the 1969 film with Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw, adapted from the Philip Roth novella. Our guest this week is Michael Granberry, who writes about the arts for the Dallas Morning News. The film can be found on pluto tv for free (with ads or amazon and a few other places for four bucks ) The film looks at Jewish life in the late sixties and, like in other Roth based works, shows an unvarnished view of the Jewish life, in this case, there is a wedding scene that is both funny as sad, watch, we will talk,
Other things to see this week include the Texas Theater giving us the double bill of Citizen Kane and Mank. And perhaps you can make it a triple bill and watch our spirited discussion on Mank here. One of the best parts of Oscar season is that you can see the shorts in theaters. The Angelika will be showing the animated shorts and the live-action shorts. I do not know where the documentary so-called shorts will be showing (they are often 30-40 min). These are always inspiring, and I strongly recommend you check them out. You know you want to go to a movie theater again, and this would be a good time. Also, while you are there, you might want to see either The Father or Minari. Both are great.
For those staying home, you might want to check out Tina (the Tina Turner Doc) on HBO Max. Also, on HBO, max Q into the storm is mostly about finding out who Q is. If that intrigues you, check it out. I would strongly recommend Mole, Agent, on Hulu, which starts outs as an investigation of malpractice in a nursing home but becomes something more extraordinary. And of course, watch Goodbye, Columbus
Neil Klugman (Richard Benjamin), a young librarian in New Jersey, has eyes for Brenda Patimkin (Ali MacGraw), a beautiful Radcliffe student. Although they are both Jewish, Brenda's family is much wealthier and more conservative than Neil's. As their relationship matures, their differing cultural backgrounds cause Brenda's mother (Nan Martin) to have trepidations about the couple. As their disparate ideas about sex and birth control come to the fore, their feelings for each other are tested.