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ECT aka “Shock Therapy” – Beth May

At 27 Beth has had 68 ECT treatments aka “Shock Therapy” and while she attests to it’s effectiveness in helping her with her bipolar episodes it has also taken a toll on her memory; including not recognizing her boyfriend of several years.

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Social media: @heybethmay

Email: tobethmay@gmail.com

-Article about a therapy dog that made an amazing impact on me.

www.uclahealth.org/u-magazine/leo-me

-Slam poetry piece I did about bipolar disorder

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwaHkfHrx4g

-My short story compilation

www.amazon.com/Apocalips-Beth-May-ebook/dp/B01NCJ05XV

 

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Rape and Incest National Network www.RAINN.org

 

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Trailer Roundup: ‘Twisted Pair’, ‘Love, Gilda’, ‘Final Score’, ‘Trust Machine’

Trailer Roundup Twisted Pair

Sometimes, trailers slip through the cracks. That’s when a good, old-fashioned trailer roundup comes in handy. Below you’ll find an assortment of trailers for smaller, less-prominent films that you might have missed. There’s something for everyone here, especially if you’re a fan of Neil Breen.

Twisted Pair

Have you ever heard of Neil Breen? He’s a writer, producer, actor and filmmaker, and possible alien from another planet. Breen helms truly strange films that have a very low budget, almost zero production value, and a remarkable ability to make the audience sit up and ask, “What the fuck is this?” Breen’s latest masterpiece is Twisted Pair, and the trailer does not disappoint. This trailer kicks off with a bang, literally. Breen shows up playing a pair of identical twins standing in front of what looks like an screensaver. Things just get better/weirder from there, and we’re treated to one of the worst (best?) fake beards in history. Watching this trailer, you start to think that maybe this is a very elaborate joke, and Breen is just messing with us. But I assure you, Breen is serious, and that makes it even better. Here’s the film’s synopsis, via it’s equally amazing website:

“Identical twin brothers become hybrid A.I., Artificial Intelligence, entities, yet are torn in different directions to achieve justice for humanity.”

Twisted Pair will be available for your viewing pleasure at some point, but if you ask me, it can’t get here soon enough.

Love, Gilda

The life of Gilda Radner is chronicled in the new documentary Love, Gilda. Director Lisa D’Apolito assembles people who worked with Radner, and people who are in awe of her, to tell the story of Radner’s life through archival footage and Radner’s own writing. Radner was part of the original cast of Saturday Night Live. In fact, she was the first person cast on the show. And she went on to achieve fame and acclaim for her comedy. The doc sets out to be “a true autobiography, told in Gilda’s words and in her own voice. Working with the Radner Estate, D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggle with cancer.” Based on this trailer alone, it’s probably going to make you cry at least once. Love, Gilda opens September 21, 2018.

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong), LOVE, GILDA opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

Final Score

I’ve been enjoying the acting career Dave Bautista has been carving out for himself. He doesn’t seem content to just stick to straight-up action roles, like most wrestlers-turned-actors. And he’s willing to play against time. That’s not to say he’s not above the occasional dumb action flick, like this! Based on this trailer, Final Score is “Die Hard in a soccer stadium.” Bautista has to deal with terrorists using Russian accents so thick and broad that they sound very close to yelling about “moose and squirrel!” Pierce Brosnan is also in here somewhere. Will Final Score be high art? Oh, heavens no. But Dave Bautista will probably have fun. Final Score arrives September 14, 2018.

After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills (Dave Bautista) wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction.

Trust Machine

Hello, I am An Old, so I don’t really know what blockchain is. Even after watching this trailer for Trust Machine, a documentary about blockchain in which they say “blockchain” at least fifty times, I’m still not very sure. The documentary purports to “drill down on blockchain technology. Why are banks terrified while UNICEF embraces it to feed refugee children? Is blockchain technology poised to be bigger than the Internet or a bubble built on hype?” Whatever you say, Trust Machine! The film comes with the added bonus of being narrated by Rosario Dawson. It’s also directed by Alex Winter, of Bill and Ted fame. Per Deadline, Trust Machine  will show on October 26, 2018 at Cinema Village, New York and on November 16, 2018 at Laemmle Monica, Los Angeles before hitting SingularDTV’s online platform next year.

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Trailer Roundup: ‘Twisted Pair’, ‘Love, Gilda’, ‘Final Score’, ‘Trust Machine’

Trailer Roundup Twisted Pair

Sometimes, trailers slip through the cracks. That’s when a good, old-fashioned trailer roundup comes in handy. Below you’ll find an assortment of trailers for smaller, less-prominent films that you might have missed. There’s something for everyone here, especially if you’re a fan of Neil Breen.

Twisted Pair

Have you ever heard of Neil Breen? He’s a writer, producer, actor and filmmaker, and possible alien from another planet. Breen helms truly strange films that have a very low budget, almost zero production value, and a remarkable ability to make the audience sit up and ask, “What the fuck is this?” Breen’s latest masterpiece is Twisted Pair, and the trailer does not disappoint. This trailer kicks off with a bang, literally. Breen shows up playing a pair of identical twins standing in front of what looks like an screensaver. Things just get better/weirder from there, and we’re treated to one of the worst (best?) fake beards in history. Watching this trailer, you start to think that maybe this is a very elaborate joke, and Breen is just messing with us. But I assure you, Breen is serious, and that makes it even better. Here’s the film’s synopsis, via it’s equally amazing website:

“Identical twin brothers become hybrid A.I., Artificial Intelligence, entities, yet are torn in different directions to achieve justice for humanity.”

Twisted Pair will be available for your viewing pleasure at some point, but if you ask me, it can’t get here soon enough.

Love, Gilda

The life of Gilda Radner is chronicled in the new documentary Love, Gilda. Director Lisa D’Apolito assembles people who worked with Radner, and people who are in awe of her, to tell the story of Radner’s life through archival footage and Radner’s own writing. Radner was part of the original cast of Saturday Night Live. In fact, she was the first person cast on the show. And she went on to achieve fame and acclaim for her comedy. The doc sets out to be “a true autobiography, told in Gilda’s words and in her own voice. Working with the Radner Estate, D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggle with cancer.” Based on this trailer alone, it’s probably going to make you cry at least once. Love, Gilda opens September 21, 2018.

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong), LOVE, GILDA opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

Final Score

I’ve been enjoying the acting career Dave Bautista has been carving out for himself. He doesn’t seem content to just stick to straight-up action roles, like most wrestlers-turned-actors. And he’s willing to play against time. That’s not to say he’s not above the occasional dumb action flick, like this! Based on this trailer, Final Score is “Die Hard in a soccer stadium.” Bautista has to deal with terrorists using Russian accents so thick and broad that they sound very close to yelling about “moose and squirrel!” Pierce Brosnan is also in here somewhere. Will Final Score be high art? Oh, heavens no. But Dave Bautista will probably have fun. Final Score arrives September 14, 2018.

After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills (Dave Bautista) wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction.

Trust Machine

Hello, I am An Old, so I don’t really know what blockchain is. Even after watching this trailer for Trust Machine, a documentary about blockchain in which they say “blockchain” at least fifty times, I’m still not very sure. The documentary purports to “drill down on blockchain technology. Why are banks terrified while UNICEF embraces it to feed refugee children? Is blockchain technology poised to be bigger than the Internet or a bubble built on hype?” Whatever you say, Trust Machine! The film comes with the added bonus of being narrated by Rosario Dawson. It’s also directed by Alex Winter, of Bill and Ted fame. Per Deadline, Trust Machine  will show on October 26, 2018 at Cinema Village, New York and on November 16, 2018 at Laemmle Monica, Los Angeles before hitting SingularDTV’s online platform next year.

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Fetish Shame, Meds & Martial Arts – Dylan Brody

The writer/storyteller discusses the lifelong struggle to make peace with his amputation fetish, his ups and downs with taking meds, inheriting his dad’s pomposity, suicidal ideation and the benefits of martial arts in dealing with depression and anxiety.

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www.DylanBrody.com

www.twitter.com/DylanBrody

www.facebook.com/dylan.brody

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/dylan-brody

Buy his book The Modern Depression Guidebook

https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Depression-Guidebook-Dylan-Brody/dp/1939282381

 

 

http://vimeo.com/dylanbrody/singing <– a one-woman musical he wrote and directed about bipolar disorder and addiction

 

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This Week In Trailers: The Wild Boys, The Last Race, Bad Reputation, When the Beat Drops, Love, Gilda

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we go to the races, talk about Joan Jett, live through a french fever dream, discover a new way to express yourself on the dance floor, and watch a comedian who helped change the game.

Bad Reputation

If you’ve never seen the color version of “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star, remedy that now; it’s a song that belongs on at least one of your mixtapes if not all of them. Director Kevin Kerslake deserves credit for crafting this and so many other clutch videos in a time when the music video still had some cachet. Nirvana, R.E.M., Faith No More, Soundgarden, Green Day, the guy knew how to translate music into a visual medium and knew how to do it well. That’s why this trailer is just pure gasoline being lit on fire as we explore the life and times of Joan Jett. Kerslake has the right approach angle here. The story is an important one, especially for those women who would rise through the rock n’ roll ranks behind Jett.

Love, Gilda

I had no idea that Gilda Radner was the first person chosen for Saturday Night Live. Director Lisa D’Apolito peppers this fact, and others, in a moving trailer that helps unpack the life that Radner led out loud all the way to the end. While I am not sure how I feel about having celebs read straight from her old diaries, there’s a little awkwardness as we sense what’s happening, it nonetheless doesn’t tamper too much down on the spirit of why we’re exploring Radner’s impact on comedy. The trailer has echoes of The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, and even I Am Chris Farley, both equally compelling examinations of people who left an indelible mark on so many and left us far too soon.

When the Beat Drops

Recent winner of Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize at Outfest, director Jamal Sims is one to watch. I had never heard of “bucking” before watching this trailer, but after reading more about it, I was enthralled by it.

As Voguing exploded out of the ballroom scene of NYC, “bucking,” an electric and subversive underground dance scene often practiced in LGBTQ nightclubs, was boldly pioneered in the clubs of the Deep South in the 1990s. Created in response to the exclusion of men from majorette routines at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), it became a new form of self-expression and education.

What makes this trailer so notable is how it pulls you in with the raw emotional honesty of this documentary’s participants. There is real heartbreak on display before we even get to the meat of what this dance scene is all about. Men who have had to hide this part of themselves for fear of possibly losing their livelihood, this is something worth spending some time exploring. It’s such a small niche, but it’s the story of what it means to these men that elevates this trailer from ho-hum to a must-see.

The Last Race

Director Michael Dweck has nailed it. Up until last month, I spent my entire life without knowing the thrill of visiting my local speedway. However, after a night of stock car racing, witnessing the majesty of a Figure 8 race, and then ending it with a demolition derby, the smell of gasoline will never be the same.

The men and women who participate in these things are passionate about racing and getting after it on the track. What’s impressive to me is just how well Dweck showcases not just what happens on the track but how well he captures these people when not buckled into their seats. The raw energy, anger, and excitement that this dying form of entertainment provides are on full display here. The added dramatic angle of how progress, and the lure of quick riches, might ultimately claim another victim of local racing makes this a small town story I’m going to support.

Forget NASCAR, forget your highfalutin big dollar track, local racing is where it’s at for the simple fact that you’ve got average joes just looking to compete in the only way they know how. Easily one of the most anticipated documentaries I want to see this fall.

The Wild Boys

I am going to bet money you haven’t seen such a self-assured debut feature like this one in some time. Director Bertrand Mandico’s vision for an utterly bananas tale is only rivaled by the plot’s description.

[The Wild Boys] tells the tale of five adolescent boys (all played by actresses) enamored by the arts, but drawn to crime and transgression. After a brutal crime committed by the group and aided by Trevor – a deity of chaos they can’t control – they’re punished to board a boat with a captain hell-bent on taming their ferocious appetites. After arriving on a lush island with dangers and pleasures abound the boys start to transform in both mind and body.

When a synopsis drops words like “eroticism” and “gender fluidity” while having such a distinct, focused approach to the story it wants to tell, I am all eyes and ears. This trailer is a delight to try and hang onto as it waves in and out of the narrative. While it’s borderline useless to try and put it all together, I am enamored of how fresh this feels.

Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers for possible inclusion in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at Christopher_Stipp@yahoo.com or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp

In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:

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from /Film https://www.slashfilm.com/this-week-in-trailers-the-wild-boys-the-last-race-bad-reputation-when-the-beat-drops-love-gilda/

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This Week In Trailers: The Wild Boys, The Last Race, Bad Reputation, When the Beat Drops, Love, Gilda

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we go to the races, talk about Joan Jett, live through a french fever dream, discover a new way to express yourself on the dance floor, and watch a comedian who helped change the game.

Bad Reputation

If you’ve never seen the color version of “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star, remedy that now; it’s a song that belongs on at least one of your mixtapes if not all of them. Director Kevin Kerslake deserves credit for crafting this and so many other clutch videos in a time when the music video still had some cachet. Nirvana, R.E.M., Faith No More, Soundgarden, Green Day, the guy knew how to translate music into a visual medium and knew how to do it well. That’s why this trailer is just pure gasoline being lit on fire as we explore the life and times of Joan Jett. Kerslake has the right approach angle here. The story is an important one, especially for those women who would rise through the rock n’ roll ranks behind Jett.

Love, Gilda

I had no idea that Gilda Radner was the first person chosen for Saturday Night Live. Director Lisa D’Apolito peppers this fact, and others, in a moving trailer that helps unpack the life that Radner led out loud all the way to the end. While I am not sure how I feel about having celebs read straight from her old diaries, there’s a little awkwardness as we sense what’s happening, it nonetheless doesn’t tamper too much down on the spirit of why we’re exploring Radner’s impact on comedy. The trailer has echoes of The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, and even I Am Chris Farley, both equally compelling examinations of people who left an indelible mark on so many and left us far too soon.

When the Beat Drops

Recent winner of Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize at Outfest, director Jamal Sims is one to watch. I had never heard of “bucking” before watching this trailer, but after reading more about it, I was enthralled by it.

As Voguing exploded out of the ballroom scene of NYC, “bucking,” an electric and subversive underground dance scene often practiced in LGBTQ nightclubs, was boldly pioneered in the clubs of the Deep South in the 1990s. Created in response to the exclusion of men from majorette routines at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), it became a new form of self-expression and education.

What makes this trailer so notable is how it pulls you in with the raw emotional honesty of this documentary’s participants. There is real heartbreak on display before we even get to the meat of what this dance scene is all about. Men who have had to hide this part of themselves for fear of possibly losing their livelihood, this is something worth spending some time exploring. It’s such a small niche, but it’s the story of what it means to these men that elevates this trailer from ho-hum to a must-see.

The Last Race

Director Michael Dweck has nailed it. Up until last month, I spent my entire life without knowing the thrill of visiting my local speedway. However, after a night of stock car racing, witnessing the majesty of a Figure 8 race, and then ending it with a demolition derby, the smell of gasoline will never be the same.

The men and women who participate in these things are passionate about racing and getting after it on the track. What’s impressive to me is just how well Dweck showcases not just what happens on the track but how well he captures these people when not buckled into their seats. The raw energy, anger, and excitement that this dying form of entertainment provides are on full display here. The added dramatic angle of how progress, and the lure of quick riches, might ultimately claim another victim of local racing makes this a small town story I’m going to support.

Forget NASCAR, forget your highfalutin big dollar track, local racing is where it’s at for the simple fact that you’ve got average joes just looking to compete in the only way they know how. Easily one of the most anticipated documentaries I want to see this fall.

The Wild Boys

I am going to bet money you haven’t seen such a self-assured debut feature like this one in some time. Director Bertrand Mandico’s vision for an utterly bananas tale is only rivaled by the plot’s description.

[The Wild Boys] tells the tale of five adolescent boys (all played by actresses) enamored by the arts, but drawn to crime and transgression. After a brutal crime committed by the group and aided by Trevor – a deity of chaos they can’t control – they’re punished to board a boat with a captain hell-bent on taming their ferocious appetites. After arriving on a lush island with dangers and pleasures abound the boys start to transform in both mind and body.

When a synopsis drops words like “eroticism” and “gender fluidity” while having such a distinct, focused approach to the story it wants to tell, I am all eyes and ears. This trailer is a delight to try and hang onto as it waves in and out of the narrative. While it’s borderline useless to try and put it all together, I am enamored of how fresh this feels.

Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers for possible inclusion in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at Christopher_Stipp@yahoo.com or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp

In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:

The post This Week In Trailers: The Wild Boys, The Last Race, Bad Reputation, When the Beat Drops, Love, Gilda appeared first on /Film.

from /Film https://www.slashfilm.com/this-week-in-trailers-the-wild-boys-the-last-race-bad-reputation-when-the-beat-drops-love-gilda/

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#393 How to Deal With Addicts – Dr Cali Estes

Cali’s specialty is speaking the truth to high-profile or wealthy people trying to get sober, especially when they’re being enabled by family, hangers-on or the people they make money for. Topics are : codependency, low self-esteem & boundaries

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#391 Meredith Erin – Trolls, SJWs & Angry People

Paul and Meredith share their stories and thoughts about encountering internet trolls, Social Justice Warriors gone awry and self-righteous bullies.

 

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For more info on Meredith

Website: https://www.boredwalktshirts.com/

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Love

“The man in rags outside the subway station plays love notes that lift into the sky like tiny beacons of light.”


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“What is love?” Kafka asked in contemplating love and the power of patience. “After all, it is quite simple,” he answered his own question. “Love is everything which enhances, widens, and enriches our life. In its heights and in its depths. Love has as few problems as a motor-car. The only problems are the driver, the passengers, and the road.”

Behind the comical quip lies a common strain of cynicism. One need not be as profoundly defeated by love as Kafka to default to this achingly human form of self-defense — for cynicism is, after all, a maladaptive coping mechanism when we feel the threat of disappointment and heartbreak. I take a less cynical perspective and stand with J.D. McClatchy: “Love is the quality of attention we pay to things.” And in those moments when the heart stands on the brink of breakage, I like to revise Borges’s timeless reflection on the nature of time, substituting love for time to produce a sentiment of equally exquisite profundity: “Love is the substance I am made of. Love is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.”

Perhaps the truest and most abiding thing about love is that it means different things to each of us, and presents itself in myriad different guises.

That splendid multiplicity of manifestations is what author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Loren Long explore with uncommon loveliness in a book simply titled Love (public library) — a testament to my long-held conviction that great “children’s” books are simply great books, imaginative and intelligible to young readers, replete with soulful wisdom that spills into what we grownups call philosophy.

In the beginning there is light and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed, and the sound of their voices is love.

The book is as a mosaic of vignettes, each unfolding against the backdrop of the New York City skyline and capturing a particular tessellation of love, addressed in the second person to a child who transmogrifies across ages, genders, ethnicities, and faiths across the pages — a small black boy whose older brother hands him breakfast as they watch their father take the bus to work in the blizzard at dawn; a small Latina girl clutching her teddy bear as terrifying news streams into the family living room under the blessing glances of Frida Kahlo and Jesus Christ; a Muslim girl laying in an open field of flowers, drinking in the love of the trees and the wind and the universe; a little white boy curled with his dog under the grand piano of a lavish home, looking small and lonely and afraid as his father rages and his mother cries; a young black girl searching her own beautiful eyes in the bathroom mirror — all discovering the various meanings and manifestations of love, braided of sweetness and difficulty and simple gladness.

A cabdriver plays love softly on his radio while you bounce in back with the bumps of the city and everything smells new, and it smells like life.

Love is the embrace of a mother after a bad dream, and a grandfather’s creased face, and a father dancing with his daughter atop their mobile home overlooking a clothesline and the ocean sunset, and the old lady pointing to the sky with reverence for the steadfast stars.

Love, too, is the smell of crashing waves, and a train whistling blindly in the distance, and each night the sky above your trailer turns the color of love.

On the night the fire alarm blares, you’re pulled from sleep and whisked into the street, where a quiet old lady is pointing to the sky.

“Stars shine long after they’ve flamed out,” she tells you, “and the shine they shine with love.”

One day you find your family nervously huddled around the TV, but when you ask what happened, they answer with silence and shift between you and the screen.

And in time you learn to recognize a love overlooked. A love that wakes at dawn and rides to work on the bus. A slice of burned toast that tastes like love.

And the man in rags outside the subway station plays love notes that lift into the sky like tiny beacons of light.

Complement the throughly wonderful Love with philosopher Skye Cleary on why we love, John Steinbeck’s letter of advice on love to his teenage son, philosopher Martha Nussbaum on how you know whether you love somebody, and Jessica Strand’s enchanting illustrated collection of classic love poems, then dive into this growing archive of beautiful love letters.


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#390 Brian Huskey – Codependency vs Love

The improvisor/actor (Comedy Bang Bang, UCB, Adult Swim – Mr. Neighbor’s House) shares about dealing with his co-dependency, urge to fix other people, play the resentful victim and how support groups help him.

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Sexism PTSD & The Body – Elizabeth Menzel

Elizabeth Menzel’s life’s work is understanding and healing trauma trapped in the body – including her own. Originally a trained physical therapist she became intrigued by the link between clients with fibromyalgia and a history of trauma.  She found help in Somatic Experiencing and other modes of releasing trauma.  She talks about the science of releasing tension and stress, PTSD and sexism – including sharing her own struggles coming from a childhood with an overtly misogynistic father.  

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a note from Elizabeth:

“I actually will be putting up a NEW training of my full Happy Woman Formula within a month. So you can tell people that if they sign up at TheHappyWomanAcademy.com now they will have access to that training for free this Summer. Non-Linear Movement Method classes start up in the next couple of weeks too, and they are also virtual so anyone can join. I give both women only and co-ed classes, so you will have to join us some time. As my guest of course. “

a link to her partners site on dealing with workplace sexism http://www.inclusionaryleadershipgroup.com/

Follow her on Twitter @TheHappyWomanAcademy and on Instagram @HappyWomanAcademy 

 

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Female Domestic Violence Against Men – Daniel A

Daniel looks back at his relationship with his soon-to-be-ex-wife; turning from the woman of his dreams to a dangerously violent and unpredictable stranger. He talks about the myths around female on male DV and his experiences before leaving her

 

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Female Domestic Violence Against Men – Daniel A

Daniel looks back at his relationship with his soon-to-be-ex-wife; turning from the woman of his dreams to a dangerously violent and unpredictable stranger. He talks about the myths around female on male DV and his experiences before leaving her

 

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Social Anxiety – Dr Ellen Hendriksen

The author of How To Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety, and Harvard Medical School Psychologist shares not only the science of Social Anxiety and ways to deal with it but some of her own battles with it.  

 

 

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New Blu-ray Releases: ‘A Wrinkle In Time’, ‘Love, Simon’, ‘The Death of Stalin’, ‘Tomb Raider’, ‘Death Wish’

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(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Hello once again, physical media phans. It’s time to round-up some of the best Blu-rays currently available for your viewing pleasure. This week we have Ava DuVernay‘s inventive Disney film A Wrinkle In Time, the emotional coming-of-age dramadey Love, Simon, the darkly hilarious The Death of Stalin, Alicia Vikander‘s Tomb Raider reboot, and Bruce Willis Death Wish remake. 

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week.

A Wrinkle In Time

I so very much wanted to love A Wrinkle In Time. Director Ava DuVernay is immensely gifted, and in a short period of time has proven herself to be a filmmaker worth paying attention to. For her adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle‘s novel, DuVernay assembled a dynamite cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña and Chris Pine. With all of this in mind, A Wrinkle In Time should’ve been a home run.

And yet…

Look, Wrinkle is a film with the very best intentions. On top of that, it’s an inventive, ambitious movie. With that in mind, I can’t write the film off entirely. But so much of this film just doesn’t work. Not only does it not work, it doesn’t work in spectacular ways. Nothing in Wrinkle feels finalized – you get the sense that you’re watching a first draft; something that hasn’t been hammered out and made more coherent. It’s frustrating, and it wears you down.

Young actress Storm Reid is quite good as Meg, a middle-school kid who has fallen on hard times following the disappearance of her father (Chris Pine). Meg lives with her mother (a tragically underused Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and her adoptive brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), who is one of those painfully annoying precious movie kids that really gets under your skin (also, characters constantly refer to him as Charles Wallace, not just Charles, and it’s maddening). One day, Meg gets drawn into a universe-jumping adventure when she’s recruited by three strange, magical women – Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling. All this sounds like it could be fun, right? It’s not.

There are things to like about this film. The movie is full of scenes with positive messages, particularly aimed at young girls. That’s important, and a much-needed thing in mainstream movies. And a lot of the world building here is unique and admirably strange. Yet Wrinkle In Time never quite gels. But you may still be drawn to it, and I have a feeling that despite my opinion on the movie, this is going to be one of those anomalies that gets rediscovered in a few years and heralded as a misunderstood classic.

Special Features To Note:

“A Journey Through Time” is your standard making-of feature. Everyone here is super positive, and seems genuinely warm and wonderful. It’s clear that making this movie was a lot of fun, and the mood on the set must’ve been great.

DuVernay says the story is like “a beautiful stew of delicious ingredients: social commentary, science, spirituality, romance, adventure…it’s an epic journey that really attracted me as a filmmaker.”

Throughout the making-of feature, we learn how DuVernay pushed for a diverse cast, and how she worked to bring L’Engle’s noivel into the 21st century. I ended up enjoying the making-of feature more than the film itself – it’s energizing to watch all these talented people work, even if the end result wasn’t quite as good as it should’ve been.

There are a string of deleted scenes, one of which gives Gugu Mbatha-Raw a bit more to do, which really should’ve made it into the movie simply so the film would have more of her. In the scene, Mbatha-Raw’s character attempts to explain what a tesseract is. There’s also a somewhat unnerving deleted scene called “Paper Girl”, in which the main characters encounter a cruel otherworldly girl who hurls insults at them.

Special Features:

  • A Journey Through Time – Take an up-close look at the making of this magnificent movie with Director Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, and the cast and crew.
  • Deleted Scenes (with optional director audio commentary)
    • Ant on a String
    • Aunt Beast
    • Meg Learns About Calvin’s Dad
    • Papergirl
  • Audio Commentary
    • Director Ava DuVernay
    • Producer Jim Whitaker
    • Co-Screenwriter Jennifer Lee
    • Production designer Naomi Shohan
    • First assistant director Michael Moore
    • Editor Spencer Averick
    • VFX supervisor Rich McBride
  • Bloopers
  • Original Songs/Music Videos
    • “I Believe” performed by DJ Khaled featuring Demi Lovato
    • Warrior” performed by Chloe x Halle

 

Love, Simon

Is Love, Simon a bit too simplistic? Sure. Does it settle its conflict a bit too neatly, and easily? Yes. Is that okay? It sure is, because Greg Berlanti‘s adaptation of Becky Albertalli‘s YA book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is so earnest, and so emotionally honest, that you can forgive some of the film’s lesser qualities. At the start of the film, Simon (Nick Robinson) tells us he has “a perfectly normal life, except one huge-ass secret.” That secret? He’s gay, and he’s yet to come out to his friends and family. 

One day, a mystery student at Simon’s high school posts on the school’s main message board that he’s gay. Simon begins a correspondence with this student, and the two develop a semi-You’ve Got Mail internet romance. But of course, neither knows who the other is. For its first hour, Love, Simon plays out like your standard teen rom-com, except that it’s about a gay teen – which hasn’t happened before in a studio picture like this. Then, at the hour mark, the film transforms into something else, and this is where Love, Simon truly begins to shine. Simon is outed by a fellow classmate, and his whole world changes.

You can probably guess where this is all ultimately going as you watch Love, Simon. Yes, Simon’s relationship with his friends will survive. And yes, Simon’s parents – played affably by Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner – will accept him. And yes, Simon will eventually find out who the mystery student is. But the predictability doesn’t really diminish the film, mostly because it’s hard not to get swept up in this story, and the performers. Robinson makes for a charming lead, and the actors playing his friends are all amusing in their own unique ways. Duhamel and Garner are mostly relegated to the sidelines, but each of the two actors gets their own to shine in heart-to-heart scenes with Robinson (I dare you not to cry during these scenes; I’m pretty sure not crying as these moments unfold is scientifically impossible).

Ultimately, Love, Simon‘s message of acceptance is too damn powerful to resist. The direction from Berlanti isn’t anything to write home about, and this film probably won’t end up on many top 10 lists come the end of the year. But if Love, Simon changes the hearts and minds of at least one person somewhere, or speaks to someone who needed to hear the film’s message, then hell, it was worth it.

Special Features To Note:

A feature focused on adapting the book has director Berlanti describing the appeal of the narrative: it’s a traditional coming of age story, and yet it’s not, because there hasn’t been a major studio movie about a gay coming of age story. The producers reflect on a certain amount of pressure in creating this film, simply because they’re “putting something there that wasn’t there before”, and they wanted to get things right. Beyond this, everyone here has nothing but nice things to say about the book. Author Becky Albertalli in turn says she never even thought the book would become a film. Part of this has to do with the book’s structure – it’s half traditional narrative, half emails, so the filmmakers had to find a way to make the frequent internet-based scenes cinematic. 

Other features include a look at the likable cast of the film, with particular attention paid to star Nick Robinson and how perfect he was for the lead role. Then there’s not one, but two different mini-featurettes about shooting the film on location in Georgia. It’s a bit touristy, but if you’re from Georgia (specifically Atlanta), you might get a kick out of this. There’s also two deleted scenes, both featuring Simon interacting with his friends, neither of which adds a whole lot to the finished film.

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
    Featurettes:

    • “The Adaptation” – Learn how the touching book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli was adapted into Love, Simon
    • “The Squad” – Love, Simon’s cast members are some serious #squadgoals. Take a look into how the filmmakers developed, casted and perfected Simon’s squad
  • “#FirstLoveStoryContest” – Everyone deserves a great first love story! Watch one lucky fan tell audiences about their first love story.
  • “Dear Georgia” – Join the filmmakers as they show you the iconic filming locations in Atlanta.
  • “Dear Atlanta” – The book takes place in Atlanta and the film was also shot there! Learn the many reasons why production chose this great city!
  • Gallery
  • Audio Commentary by Director Greg Berlanti, Producer Isaac Klausner and Co-Screenwriter Issac Aptaker

 

The Death Of Stalin

One of the best films of 2018 comes courtesy of Veep creator Armando Iannucci. That film is The Death of Stalin, and in it, Iannucci works his own particular brand of satirical genius to somehow turn the events of the Great Terror into comedy. This shouldn’t work…and yet, it does. Iannucci blends bleak darkness with hysterical humor to tell the story of the mad grab for power of the Soviet Union after Stalin dies. Scheming, manipulation and pratfalls abound, and as all the hilarity unfolds on screen, a brutality lurks just out of frame, biding its time before coming out in full force during the film’s shocking final moments.

This is such a strange film that I wouldn’t be surprised if many people don’t take to it. Some may be confused by the jarring tone, and the violence and viciousness that occasionally bursts out may turn many viewers off entirely. But those who are on board with Iannucci’s lightning-fast mix of quips and tricks are going to be in for a treat. In a cast full of gifted performers, Steve Buscemi might be the stand out, giving arguably the best performance of his already acclaimed career as Nikita Khrushchev. Buscemi is matched by Simon Russell Beale as the brutal, downright evil (and yet somehow funny!) Lavrentiy Beria.

But really, everyone is great here. As I said in my original theatrical review, “The Death of Stalin piles on a cast of memorable, laugh-out-loud funny characters: there’s Stalin’s drunken, violent son (Rupert Friend) and grieving, scowling daughter (Andrea Riseborough); Michael Palin as a politician more than happy to declare his innocent wife a traitor for the good of the country; and Jason Isaacs as a general who knows how to make an entrance. All of these characters bounce off each other, verbally and sometimes even physically, in ways that will be familiar to anyone who has seen In the Loop or Veep.”

Special Features To Note: 

First and foremost, I have to issue a complaint: as of now, The Death of Stalin is only receiving a DVD release in the U.S. If you want to own the film on Blu-ray, you’ll have to import it from the U.K. I’m not sure why this decision was made, but that’s the way it is. Perhaps a more memorable Blu-ray will find its way to America sooner or later (make it happen, Criterion).

For now, we’ll have to make due with the DVD. There are only two features included here. One is a series of deleted scenes, which add even more jokes to a film that’s pretty much brimming with non-stop jokes. These deleted moments sometimes are less than a minute long, and illustrate the rapid-fire, never-ending nature of the script, and the improv skills of the actors. I don’t know if this deleted moments would make the movie even better had they been included in the final film, and it’s likely Iannucci cut them for pacing. Still, it’s good to have them gathered together in one place.

The other feature is about the making of the film, and it’s shockingly dry. The film is constantly on fire, always moving, and maybe it just wore everyone involved out, because the cast and crew interviewed here are extremely low-energy. The feature mostly involves the cast describing which characters they’re playing and what the film is about. The insightful moments from from Iannucci, who talks about the inspirations and ideas behind creating the film. He told his actors to play things straight, and let the satire come out. He also talks about the inevitable comparison between Stalin’s bumbling regime in the film and the Trump administration, saying he was “quite consciously looking to do something about dictatorship” and about how a country can be terrorized by a personality. 

Special Features:

  • Dictators, Murders and Comrades…Oh My!
  • Deleted Scenes

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New Blu-ray Releases: ‘A Wrinkle In Time’, ‘Love, Simon’, ‘The Death of Stalin’, ‘Tomb Raider’, ‘Death Wish’

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(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Hello once again, physical media phans. It’s time to round-up some of the best Blu-rays currently available for your viewing pleasure. This week we have Ava DuVernay‘s inventive Disney film A Wrinkle In Time, the emotional coming-of-age dramadey Love, Simon, the darkly hilarious The Death of Stalin, Alicia Vikander‘s Tomb Raider reboot, and Bruce Willis Death Wish remake. 

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week.

A Wrinkle In Time

I so very much wanted to love A Wrinkle In Time. Director Ava DuVernay is immensely gifted, and in a short period of time has proven herself to be a filmmaker worth paying attention to. For her adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle‘s novel, DuVernay assembled a dynamite cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña and Chris Pine. With all of this in mind, A Wrinkle In Time should’ve been a home run.

And yet…

Look, Wrinkle is a film with the very best intentions. On top of that, it’s an inventive, ambitious movie. With that in mind, I can’t write the film off entirely. But so much of this film just doesn’t work. Not only does it not work, it doesn’t work in spectacular ways. Nothing in Wrinkle feels finalized – you get the sense that you’re watching a first draft; something that hasn’t been hammered out and made more coherent. It’s frustrating, and it wears you down.

Young actress Storm Reid is quite good as Meg, a middle-school kid who has fallen on hard times following the disappearance of her father (Chris Pine). Meg lives with her mother (a tragically underused Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and her adoptive brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), who is one of those painfully annoying precious movie kids that really gets under your skin (also, characters constantly refer to him as Charles Wallace, not just Charles, and it’s maddening). One day, Meg gets drawn into a universe-jumping adventure when she’s recruited by three strange, magical women – Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling. All this sounds like it could be fun, right? It’s not.

There are things to like about this film. The movie is full of scenes with positive messages, particularly aimed at young girls. That’s important, and a much-needed thing in mainstream movies. And a lot of the world building here is unique and admirably strange. Yet Wrinkle In Time never quite gels. But you may still be drawn to it, and I have a feeling that despite my opinion on the movie, this is going to be one of those anomalies that gets rediscovered in a few years and heralded as a misunderstood classic.

Special Features To Note:

“A Journey Through Time” is your standard making-of feature. Everyone here is super positive, and seems genuinely warm and wonderful. It’s clear that making this movie was a lot of fun, and the mood on the set must’ve been great.

DuVernay says the story is like “a beautiful stew of delicious ingredients: social commentary, science, spirituality, romance, adventure…it’s an epic journey that really attracted me as a filmmaker.”

Throughout the making-of feature, we learn how DuVernay pushed for a diverse cast, and how she worked to bring L’Engle’s noivel into the 21st century. I ended up enjoying the making-of feature more than the film itself – it’s energizing to watch all these talented people work, even if the end result wasn’t quite as good as it should’ve been.

There are a string of deleted scenes, one of which gives Gugu Mbatha-Raw a bit more to do, which really should’ve made it into the movie simply so the film would have more of her. In the scene, Mbatha-Raw’s character attempts to explain what a tesseract is. There’s also a somewhat unnerving deleted scene called “Paper Girl”, in which the main characters encounter a cruel otherworldly girl who hurls insults at them.

Special Features:

  • A Journey Through Time – Take an up-close look at the making of this magnificent movie with Director Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, and the cast and crew.
  • Deleted Scenes (with optional director audio commentary)
    • Ant on a String
    • Aunt Beast
    • Meg Learns About Calvin’s Dad
    • Papergirl
  • Audio Commentary
    • Director Ava DuVernay
    • Producer Jim Whitaker
    • Co-Screenwriter Jennifer Lee
    • Production designer Naomi Shohan
    • First assistant director Michael Moore
    • Editor Spencer Averick
    • VFX supervisor Rich McBride
  • Bloopers
  • Original Songs/Music Videos
    • “I Believe” performed by DJ Khaled featuring Demi Lovato
    • Warrior” performed by Chloe x Halle

 

Love, Simon

Is Love, Simon a bit too simplistic? Sure. Does it settle its conflict a bit too neatly, and easily? Yes. Is that okay? It sure is, because Greg Berlanti‘s adaptation of Becky Albertalli‘s YA book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is so earnest, and so emotionally honest, that you can forgive some of the film’s lesser qualities. At the start of the film, Simon (Nick Robinson) tells us he has “a perfectly normal life, except one huge-ass secret.” That secret? He’s gay, and he’s yet to come out to his friends and family. 

One day, a mystery student at Simon’s high school posts on the school’s main message board that he’s gay. Simon begins a correspondence with this student, and the two develop a semi-You’ve Got Mail internet romance. But of course, neither knows who the other is. For its first hour, Love, Simon plays out like your standard teen rom-com, except that it’s about a gay teen – which hasn’t happened before in a studio picture like this. Then, at the hour mark, the film transforms into something else, and this is where Love, Simon truly begins to shine. Simon is outed by a fellow classmate, and his whole world changes.

You can probably guess where this is all ultimately going as you watch Love, Simon. Yes, Simon’s relationship with his friends will survive. And yes, Simon’s parents – played affably by Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner – will accept him. And yes, Simon will eventually find out who the mystery student is. But the predictability doesn’t really diminish the film, mostly because it’s hard not to get swept up in this story, and the performers. Robinson makes for a charming lead, and the actors playing his friends are all amusing in their own unique ways. Duhamel and Garner are mostly relegated to the sidelines, but each of the two actors gets their own to shine in heart-to-heart scenes with Robinson (I dare you not to cry during these scenes; I’m pretty sure not crying as these moments unfold is scientifically impossible).

Ultimately, Love, Simon‘s message of acceptance is too damn powerful to resist. The direction from Berlanti isn’t anything to write home about, and this film probably won’t end up on many top 10 lists come the end of the year. But if Love, Simon changes the hearts and minds of at least one person somewhere, or speaks to someone who needed to hear the film’s message, then hell, it was worth it.

Special Features To Note:

A feature focused on adapting the book has director Berlanti describing the appeal of the narrative: it’s a traditional coming of age story, and yet it’s not, because there hasn’t been a major studio movie about a gay coming of age story. The producers reflect on a certain amount of pressure in creating this film, simply because they’re “putting something there that wasn’t there before”, and they wanted to get things right. Beyond this, everyone here has nothing but nice things to say about the book. Author Becky Albertalli in turn says she never even thought the book would become a film. Part of this has to do with the book’s structure – it’s half traditional narrative, half emails, so the filmmakers had to find a way to make the frequent internet-based scenes cinematic. 

Other features include a look at the likable cast of the film, with particular attention paid to star Nick Robinson and how perfect he was for the lead role. Then there’s not one, but two different mini-featurettes about shooting the film on location in Georgia. It’s a bit touristy, but if you’re from Georgia (specifically Atlanta), you might get a kick out of this. There’s also two deleted scenes, both featuring Simon interacting with his friends, neither of which adds a whole lot to the finished film.

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
    Featurettes:

    • “The Adaptation” – Learn how the touching book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli was adapted into Love, Simon
    • “The Squad” – Love, Simon’s cast members are some serious #squadgoals. Take a look into how the filmmakers developed, casted and perfected Simon’s squad
  • “#FirstLoveStoryContest” – Everyone deserves a great first love story! Watch one lucky fan tell audiences about their first love story.
  • “Dear Georgia” – Join the filmmakers as they show you the iconic filming locations in Atlanta.
  • “Dear Atlanta” – The book takes place in Atlanta and the film was also shot there! Learn the many reasons why production chose this great city!
  • Gallery
  • Audio Commentary by Director Greg Berlanti, Producer Isaac Klausner and Co-Screenwriter Issac Aptaker

 

The Death Of Stalin

One of the best films of 2018 comes courtesy of Veep creator Armando Iannucci. That film is The Death of Stalin, and in it, Iannucci works his own particular brand of satirical genius to somehow turn the events of the Great Terror into comedy. This shouldn’t work…and yet, it does. Iannucci blends bleak darkness with hysterical humor to tell the story of the mad grab for power of the Soviet Union after Stalin dies. Scheming, manipulation and pratfalls abound, and as all the hilarity unfolds on screen, a brutality lurks just out of frame, biding its time before coming out in full force during the film’s shocking final moments.

This is such a strange film that I wouldn’t be surprised if many people don’t take to it. Some may be confused by the jarring tone, and the violence and viciousness that occasionally bursts out may turn many viewers off entirely. But those who are on board with Iannucci’s lightning-fast mix of quips and tricks are going to be in for a treat. In a cast full of gifted performers, Steve Buscemi might be the stand out, giving arguably the best performance of his already acclaimed career as Nikita Khrushchev. Buscemi is matched by Simon Russell Beale as the brutal, downright evil (and yet somehow funny!) Lavrentiy Beria.

But really, everyone is great here. As I said in my original theatrical review, “The Death of Stalin piles on a cast of memorable, laugh-out-loud funny characters: there’s Stalin’s drunken, violent son (Rupert Friend) and grieving, scowling daughter (Andrea Riseborough); Michael Palin as a politician more than happy to declare his innocent wife a traitor for the good of the country; and Jason Isaacs as a general who knows how to make an entrance. All of these characters bounce off each other, verbally and sometimes even physically, in ways that will be familiar to anyone who has seen In the Loop or Veep.”

Special Features To Note: 

First and foremost, I have to issue a complaint: as of now, The Death of Stalin is only receiving a DVD release in the U.S. If you want to own the film on Blu-ray, you’ll have to import it from the U.K. I’m not sure why this decision was made, but that’s the way it is. Perhaps a more memorable Blu-ray will find its way to America sooner or later (make it happen, Criterion).

For now, we’ll have to make due with the DVD. There are only two features included here. One is a series of deleted scenes, which add even more jokes to a film that’s pretty much brimming with non-stop jokes. These deleted moments sometimes are less than a minute long, and illustrate the rapid-fire, never-ending nature of the script, and the improv skills of the actors. I don’t know if this deleted moments would make the movie even better had they been included in the final film, and it’s likely Iannucci cut them for pacing. Still, it’s good to have them gathered together in one place.

The other feature is about the making of the film, and it’s shockingly dry. The film is constantly on fire, always moving, and maybe it just wore everyone involved out, because the cast and crew interviewed here are extremely low-energy. The feature mostly involves the cast describing which characters they’re playing and what the film is about. The insightful moments from from Iannucci, who talks about the inspirations and ideas behind creating the film. He told his actors to play things straight, and let the satire come out. He also talks about the inevitable comparison between Stalin’s bumbling regime in the film and the Trump administration, saying he was “quite consciously looking to do something about dictatorship” and about how a country can be terrorized by a personality. 

Special Features:

  • Dictators, Murders and Comrades…Oh My!
  • Deleted Scenes

Continue Reading New Blu-rays >>

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