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Comic: Pushing The Envelope [Apr. 23rd, 2014|07:01 am]

New Comic: Pushing The Envelope
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Alpha Formation - Hey Guys [Apr. 23rd, 2014|02:25 am]



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The El Gordo Massive Galaxy Cluster [Apr. 23rd, 2014|05:19 am]

It is bigger than a bread box. It is bigger than a bread box.

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Savage Love: Cams and panties [Apr. 23rd, 2014|12:00 am]

My son is 19, but due to some physical and social disabilities (mostly unseen), his emotional maturity level is closer to 14, though he is quite intelligent. After a lifetime of therapists, specialized education, and other interventions, he is now a freshman in college far from home. His dad and I are paying for his tuition, room and board, and books. He was expected to use his summer job earnings for personal expenses. His lack of social skills makes him dependent on alcohol and cigarettes to form his social life, and that plus his immaturity (imagine sending your son to college at age 14) means he went through his money quickly. But he is still drinking and smoking and getting high. When he was home for his last break, I asked him how he affords to do this, and he wouldn’t tell me. You can imagine what went through ...

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#215 April 23, 2014 [Apr. 22nd, 2014|06:01 pm]

Sheila writes: Those of you attending Ebertfest in Illinois this week, a note from Chaz:

We will have our annual Ebert Club Meet and Greet at the Roger Ebert Film Festival, Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 8 am - 10 am in the Illini Union, General Lounge. Also invited are the Far Flung Correspondents and writers from We look forward to seeing you there!


The Quiet Ones (2014). Directed by John Pogue. Written by Craig Rosenberg. Starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke. Synopsis: A university professor and a team of students conduct an experiment on a young woman, uncovering terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces in the process. In theaters April 25, 2014.

Clutter (2013). Directed by Diane Crespo. Written by Paul Marcarelli. Starring Natasha Lyonne, Kathy Najimy, Carol Kane. Synopsis: A family must de-clutter or lose their home. In theaters June 7, 2013.

Jersey Boys (2014). Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Marshall Brickman. Starring Christopher Walken, Freya Tingley, Francesca Eastwood. Synopsis: The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. In theaters June 20, 2014.

The Immigrant (2013). Written and directed by James Gray. Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner . Synopsis: On the mean streets of Manhattan, Ewa falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. Opens in the US in limited release May 16, 2014.

The Green Inferno (2013). Directed by Eli Roth. Written by Eli Roth and Guillermo Amoedo. Starring Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara. Synopsis: A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe. Unfortunately, they crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they protected. In theaters September 5, 2014.

Whitewash (2013). Written and directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais. Starring Thomas Haden Church, Anie Pascale. Synopsis: In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, Bruce (Thomas Haden Church), a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator, accidentally kills a man during a drunken night joyride. Stricken with panic, he hides the body and takes to the deep wilderness in hopes of outrunning both the authorities and his own conscience. But as both begin to close in, Bruce falls apart mentally and morally and mysteries unravel to reveal who he was before the accident, the truth behind his victim, and the circumstances that brought them together in a single moment. In theaters May 2, 2014.

Cold in July (2014). Directed by Jim Mickle. Written by Nick Damici. Starring Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw . Synopsis: In 1980s East Texas, two fathers pitted against each other in revenge must band together to uncover a darker truth. In UK theaters June 27, 2014. Opens in the US in limited release May 23, 2014.

The Rover (2014). Written and directed by David Michôd. Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy. Synopsis: A loner tracks the gang who stole his car from a desolate town in the Australian outback with the forced assistance of a wounded guy left behind in the wake of the theft. In theaters June 13, 2014.

The Signal (2014). Directed by William Eubank. Written by Carlyle Eubank, William Eubank and David Frigerio. Starring Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Robert Longstreet. Synopsis: A group of college students are lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker. In theaters June 13, 2014.

If I Stay (2014). Directed by R.J. Cutler. Written by Shauna Cross. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley. Synopsis: Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. In theaters August 22, 2014.

The Captive (2014). Directed by Atom Egoyan. Written by Atom Egoyan and David Fraser. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson. Synopsis: A father tries to track down his kidnapped daughter.

Ebertfest: Live-Streamed Panels

Sheila writes: The 16th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival is about to kick off tomorrow night. The full lineup of films is listed here. To those of you who will be attending, please join us for the Meet and Greet and stop by and say Hello (information at the top of the newsletter)! Every morning of the festival various panels will be held on different topics; the panels are free and open to the public. Panel guests this year will include Panelists include Brie Larson, Patton Oswalt, Steve James, Matt Zoller Seitz, Chaz Ebert, and more. To those of you who live far away, the panels will be live-streamed! You can check out the schedule and topics here.

Interview with William Friedkin

Sheila writes: William Friedkin's 1977 film "Sorcerer" is finally getting a Blu-Ray release. There's a wonderful interview with Friedkin in "Vanity Fair" about the troubled (putting it mildly) shoot and the unfortunate fact (for Friedkin's film, anyway) that a little movie with robots and laser guns opened at the same time, changing the industry forever. Friedkin says in the interview, "I think fate plays the most significant part in all of our lives and that’s what happened. For a long period there I enjoyed nothing but success: critical and commercial. All I was interested in then and now is how close I could come to my vision of the film I wanted to make. In those days, we had no idea what kind of money films made, until Star Wars. It wasn’t in the papers every day. The quality of the film is all I cared about. Of course, you’re disappointed, but I never guided my life by any of that." Read the whole thing here.


The Amazing Adventure (1936). Directed by Alfred Zeisler. Starring Cary Grant, Mary Brian, Peter Gawthorne. Synopsis: A bored millionaire wagers his doctor that he can support himself at a working class job for year without touching his inheritance.

Watch "The Amazing Adventure."

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942). Directed by Jean Yarbrough. Starring Zasu Pitts, Roger Pryor, Warren Hymer. Synopsis: A dizzy old spinster gets involved in the boxing racket and gangland murders as is falsely accused of being notorious murderer "Ma Barker."

Watch "So's Your Aunt Emma."

The Web (1947). Directed by Michael Gordon. Starring Vincent Price, Ella Raines, Edmond O'Brien. Synopsis: An attorney acting as a body guard, apparently kills a man in defense of his employer's life, and later believes the victim was set up to be murdered.

Watch "The Web."

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I Much Needed Standard Feature! [Apr. 22nd, 2014|02:00 pm]

I Much Needed Standard Feature!


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Makers of Electricity by Brother Potamian and James Joseph Walsh [Apr. 22nd, 2014|09:06 pm]

Language: English
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Witching Hill by E. W. Hornung [Apr. 22nd, 2014|09:06 pm]

Language: English
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A Viking of the Sky by Hugh McAlister [Apr. 22nd, 2014|09:06 pm]

Language: English
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Tutkielmia by Michel de Montaigne [Apr. 22nd, 2014|09:06 pm]

Language: Finnish
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