I really don’t like to miss a week so close together, but I’ve got two deadlines weighing down hard on me and I simply don’t have the time to review a movie this week.
I know I already made the last cancellation post about Net Neutrality, but this week the FCC made their vote, ignored the overwhelming criticism, and voted to reclassify the internet out of Title 2, allowing internet service providers to treat their customers’ data differently depending on what they want to encourage and what they want to gouge for, throttle, or totally block, which is a power they should not be allowed to have even if we were not in an age of service providers owned by entertainment giants that also own streaming video services that compete with other services.
The FCC was not going to be swayed from their reckless decision, but the courts and Congress will have the last say about it. You can help by calling or writing a unique letter to your representatives, donating to the EFF and ACLU, and if your state is not among the states suing the FCC, calling your state government officials and demanding to know why.
As ever, this is a busy time of year, and some things end up sliding for more important tasks this week. This post is the slide.
Screaming at your representatives to keep the FCC from killing net neutrality in a move that will benefit approximately zero Americans who are not telecom owners is an important task one might do this week.
My plans changed at the last minute and I don’t have a review this week. But here are some movies I’ve been meaning to rewatch lately:
- Blazing Saddles
- The Producers
- History of the World, Part I
- Young Frankenstein (Yeah, I’ve been having a taste for Mel Brooks lately)
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- After Death
Some movies I’ve been wanting to watch for the first time and haven’t gotten to yet:
Finally, one of the best short films I’ve ever watched is available for everyone to see on Vimeo from the filmmakers, La Premiere. I’ve heard that they’re trying to turn it into something bigger, and I hope to see that sometime.
It’s a holiday weekend. People are regaining consciousness from sleeping off big meals, people are wrestling each other for ten dollars off a low-grade tv, people are staying home pointedly not buying anything, people are watching movies in theaters. Reading blogs doesn’t happen much.
But if you would like some leftovers, here’s some suggested reading and viewing:
I had a post planned for today, but things stopped happening many, many hours after I expected them to, so it will have to be postponed until next week.
Here are some things I’ve been working recently with that I can speak publicly about:
Produced as Intramural, won acclaim as Intramural, distributed and marketed by MGM/Orion as Balls Out. Releases next week.
Lord Montagu, a documentary about the first English Lord to open his estate to tourism. Releases next week.
Dealt, profiling one of the world’s best card magicians/honest cheats, who works his wonders completely blind. Scheduled for release next year.
Oops, is it that time again already? This week snuck up on me, and I just don’t have the time to get a post up as usual. However don’t worry. Things will slow down again for me in a day, so instead of skipping a week (already done that once this year anyway), I’ll do it late. Expect a new review Friday afternoon or Saturday morning at the latest.
It’s been tempting to do this every week for the last two months I’ve had rehearsals on review nights, but as this week has had a rehearsal every night in preparation for the show this weekend, I’m afraid I won’t be able to post a review this week.
Instead, here is the schedule for the upcoming Heartland Film Festival. I’ve heard that many people believe film festivals are for film snobs, but my experience with Heartland has been one of a festival specifically intended to bring good films to everybody.