Focus on Film at BookBalloon (in addition to books, of course)

Announcing a new feature coming to BookBalloon:

Excitement! BookBalloon would like to announce another new Forum feature: Focus on Film, led by David Webb. David is a movie fiend with many years of experience studying film, reviewing movies, and working with top names in Hollywood.

If you’re already a registered member of BookBalloon, click this link to go straight to the discussion. If you’re not already a BookBalloon member (and why not? It’s free!), click here to begin.

Here’s David’s introduction to Focus on Film:

Summer HoursI am excited to be leading the new Focus on Film discussion here at BookBalloon, despite the fact that this is almost certainly an act of retribution on the part of one of the site moderators, who accompanied me to a couple hundred movies while I was writing reviews between 1981 and 1983. When you recall that these were the years of Mommie Dearest, Heaven’s Gate, and Porky’s, you can probably sympathize with her need to avenge herself upon me.

Our hope is to have a focused conversation about a selected film over the course of approximately two weeks. We will announce each selection well in advance of the scheduled discussion. Whenever possible, we will choose movies for the forum that are available on DVD, Netflix streaming, and Amazon Instant so that the everyone can join in the discussion. Selected films will run the gamut from foreign films and timeless classics to commercial blockbusters and lesser-known gems. Although Focus on Film will stay focused on one subject so we can examine it in depth, feel free to make comparisons to other works, especially those from the canon of the director, writers, and performers. There are no requirements as to participation. You are welcome to be present for each discussion, as it suits your taste and availability.

During this season of film festivals, we’re first going to look back at one of the most celebrated films of the 2008 Toronto and New York Film Festivals. SUMMER HOURS (L’heure d’été) is directed by Olivier Assayas and superbly acted by some of France’s finest performers, including Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche.

In this film, the divergent paths of three forty-something siblings collide when their mother, heiress to her uncle’s exceptional 19th-century art collection, dies suddenly. Left to come to terms with themselves and their differences, successful New York designer Adrienne (Binoche), economist and university professor Frédéric (Charles Berling), and international businessman Jérémie (Jérémie Rénier) confront the end of childhood, their shared memories, and their visions of the future. With this incisively written meditation on art and eternal life, Assayas earned multiple comparisons to French master Jean Renoir.

Summer Hours was a critical triumph, receiving 93% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and was one of the most highly-decorated foreign-language films in the United States in 2009.

Join us beginning Thursday, October 20. If you are not already a member of the Forum, registration is free.

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