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Top Ten Films of 2002

Steve Fesenmaier writes: \"

These are the best films I saw in calendar year 2002’.

1. Amores Perros. (2001) I had to buy a DVD of this film to
see it, and no film I have seen in a long time impressed me more than this
violent, touching, dynamic, wonderful epic about life in Mexico City. I loved
everything about this film ‘ the
theme of people as little better than the dogs they owned; the great violence
that people needed just to survive in the largest city in the world. I saw the
related film, ‘Y Tu Mama,
Tabien’ and it was nothing like this masterpiece. I
most enjoyed the tale about the professor who had to give up his family to save
them from retribution.

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A dissent review of Bowling For Columbine

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Julian Samuel is a leading Canadian filmmaker, most recently known for his film THE LIBRARY IN CRISIS (which I reviewed on this site.) Now he has written a very powerful review of Michael Moore\'s new film, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE. I myself love everything that Michael Moore has done, but it\'s still nice for someone who knows how to make films to ask some questions. This does it well...
Full Review \"

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WV librarian working with Danish director Lars von Trier

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Steve Fesenmaier, past director of Film Services for the WV Library Commission, is working with Danish director Lars von Trier on his next film. He is writing a screenplay, \"Dear Wendy,\" that will be directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Vinterberg made a sensation in 1998 with his first feature, \"The Celebration,\" nominated for many international awards.

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Long Ago in a Galaxy Somewhere...In Dublin?

If I remember right, Ben notice this long ago, but This Story says Library administrator Robin Adams would like to discuss an uncanny resemblance between the 18th-century Long Room Library at Trinity, and the \"Jedi Archives\" in the latest episode of the \"Star Wars\" epic.

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Microcinema Movement - should your library become a Microcinema

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"One of the most interesting developments in cinema right now is barely known to most librarians - the microcinema movement. Small theaters all over the US and world are setting themselves up as the place to see the hottest movies - without being blown away by the megaplex syndrome: expensive tickets, overpriced popcorn, and auditoriums designed for thousands. Librarians should check out this homepage for the movement....I contacted them recently and the leaders said they are very excited about plugging in with American librarians....
Check out
microcinema.com \"

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Latest on Battle between Hollywood and Utah Censor

Steve Fesenmaier pointed the way to
The Blessed Version , on CleanFlicks, a Utah-based video store chain that sells and rents versions of Hollywood films from which all potentially offensive language, violence, and sexual situations have been carefully excised.
Lawyers are jumping for joy over this one.

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Librarian reviews major new film on philosopher Derrida

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Zeitgeist Films is releasing a major new film about the vastly influential French philosopher Derrida. Some call it the best documentary ever made about a philosopher. Read my review at:

Derridathemovie.com \"

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The Library in Crisis

Steve Fesenmaier writes:

The Library in Crisis Directed by Julian Samuel

\"Dense with the informed commentary of notable scholars, this documentary in effect traces the history of civilization through the phenomenon of the library. From ancient China, India, Islam, and the Graeco Roman world, we see how the library radiated knowledge and spiritual values, and facilitated the cross fertilization of ideas from one culture to another. Now this venerable institution is under siege, these scholars suggest, from a variety of forces: the internet, digital technology, copyright law and that most contemporary bugaboo, globalization.

\"Among those we hear from are Fred Lerner, author of The Story of Libraries; Peter F. McNally, McGill University; Islamic scholar Sumaiya Handani, George Mason University; and Donald Gutstein, Simon Fraser University. A challenging production for everyone in academia, including students!\"

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World premiere of new film on nature photographer

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Mountain Memories has written an excellent review of Ray Schmitt\'s film Mountain Memories.

Steve states, \"No film that I have seen in a long time as successfully presents a man and his own wonderland, a microcosm in his own backyard. It has special poignancy since I watched the film the day after the first day-long commemoration of 9/11, a day that also used many stunning photographs and filmic scenes to convey both the beauty and tragedy of nature.\"

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