Film #259: Uzak (2002) Distant
Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Mahmut (Muzzafer Özdemir), a divorced, hermit-like photographer, lets his dopey cousin Yusuf (Mehmet Emin Toprak) live with him for a while in Istanbul while Yusuf looks for a job so he can support his family in their native Turkish village. The distance — and silence — between the two lonely, depressed men soon grows to intolerance, on Mahmut’s part, of the chaos Yusuf has brought into his life (via Netflix)

Film #259: Uzak (2002) Distant


Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Mahmut (Muzzafer Özdemir), a divorced, hermit-like photographer, lets his dopey cousin Yusuf (Mehmet Emin Toprak) live with him for a while in Istanbul while Yusuf looks for a job so he can support his family in their native Turkish village. The distance — and silence — between the two lonely, depressed men soon grows to intolerance, on Mahmut’s part, of the chaos Yusuf has brought into his life (via Netflix)

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Film #258: Rain Man (1988)
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Fast-talking yuppie Charlie Babbitt is forced to slow down when he embarks on a life-changing cross-country odyssey with the brother he never knew he had, an autistic savant named Raymond who’s spent most of his life in an institution. (via Netflix)

Film #258: Rain Man (1988)

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Fast-talking yuppie Charlie Babbitt is forced to slow down when he embarks on a life-changing cross-country odyssey with the brother he never knew he had, an autistic savant named Raymond who’s spent most of his life in an institution. (via Netflix)

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Film #257: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1942)
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
This lovingly made fantasy, based on R.A. Dick’s novel of the same name, centers on a lonely widow (Gene Tierney) who refuses to be scared away when the ghost of a salty sea captain (Rex Harrison) unexpectedly turns up in her cottage. When her debts mount, he helps her write a successful novel about his life, but she’s ultimately forced to choose between her love for his spirit and a flesh-and-blood man.

Film #257: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1942)

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

This lovingly made fantasy, based on R.A. Dick’s novel of the same name, centers on a lonely widow (Gene Tierney) who refuses to be scared away when the ghost of a salty sea captain (Rex Harrison) unexpectedly turns up in her cottage. When her debts mount, he helps her write a successful novel about his life, but she’s ultimately forced to choose between her love for his spirit and a flesh-and-blood man.

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Film #256: Satyricon (1969)
Directed by: Federico Fellini
Ascilitus lures the beautiful slave boy Gitone away from his friend Encolpius in Federico Fellini’s fragmented narrative that chronicles the debauchery of ancient Rome before the time of Christ. (via Netflix)

Film #256: Satyricon (1969)

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Ascilitus lures the beautiful slave boy Gitone away from his friend Encolpius in Federico Fellini’s fragmented narrative that chronicles the debauchery of ancient Rome before the time of Christ. (via Netflix)

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Film #255: Kes (1969)
Directed by: Ken Loach
Billy Casper (David Bradley) is a puny kid from the poor end of Barnsley. He’s struggling in school, bullied by his older brother and basically dismissed by everyone else. But when he finds an injured fledgling kestrel, he begins to train the bird. In the process, he learns a lot about himself. This award-winning coming-of-age drama from director Ken Loach is based on the novel by Barry Hines and co-stars Freddie Fletcher and Brian Glover. (via Netflix)

Film #255: Kes (1969)

Directed by: Ken Loach

Billy Casper (David Bradley) is a puny kid from the poor end of Barnsley. He’s struggling in school, bullied by his older brother and basically dismissed by everyone else. But when he finds an injured fledgling kestrel, he begins to train the bird. In the process, he learns a lot about himself. This award-winning coming-of-age drama from director Ken Loach is based on the novel by Barry Hines and co-stars Freddie Fletcher and Brian Glover. (via Netflix)

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Film #254: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966)                                   Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
Directed by: Sergio Leone
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (via IMDB)

Film #254: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966)                                   Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Directed by: Sergio Leone

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (via IMDB)

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Film #253: American Graffiti (1973)
Directed by: George Lucas
A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. (via IMDB)

Film #253: American Graffiti (1973)

Directed by: George Lucas

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. (via IMDB)

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Film #252: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Directed by: David Lean
This Oscar-winning epic tells the true story of T.E. Lawrence, who helped unite warring Arab tribes to strike back against the Turks in World War I. This lush, timeless classic underscores the clash between cultures that changed the tide of war. (via Netflix)

Film #252: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Directed by: David Lean

This Oscar-winning epic tells the true story of T.E. Lawrence, who helped unite warring Arab tribes to strike back against the Turks in World War I. This lush, timeless classic underscores the clash between cultures that changed the tide of war. (via Netflix)

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Film #251: Three Colors: Blue (1993) Trois Couleurs: Bleu
Directed by: Krzysztof Kieslowski
In the devastating first film of the Three Colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic deaths of her husband and young daughter. (via Hulu)

Film #251: Three Colors: Blue (1993) Trois Couleurs: Bleu

Directed by: Krzysztof Kieslowski

In the devastating first film of the Three Colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic deaths of her husband and young daughter. (via Hulu)

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Film #250: The Long Goodbye (1973)
Directed by: Robert Altman
Robert Altman updates the exploits of 1940s hard-boiled gumshoe Phillip Marlowe, who ferrets out a killer in the City of Angels circa 1974. Now, he’s a wisecracking cynic who deals with coke-addled, sun-worshipping suspects and nudist neighbors. (via Netflix)

Film #250: The Long Goodbye (1973)

Directed by: Robert Altman

Robert Altman updates the exploits of 1940s hard-boiled gumshoe Phillip Marlowe, who ferrets out a killer in the City of Angels circa 1974. Now, he’s a wisecracking cynic who deals with coke-addled, sun-worshipping suspects and nudist neighbors. (via Netflix)

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