Category Archives: Film

Margaret: Story of a Teen Girl

By Todd Ford

I won’t go into how I know be­cause it might get me in trouble, potentially operatic trouble, but the lives of teenage girls are filled with drama. Reading their Face­book profiles makes daytime soaps su­perfluous. How often have you heard someone accused of being a “drama king?”

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By Todd Ford

Eva (Tilda Swinton) is working late at the travel agency when a coworker rushes into her of­fice panicked. It seems that her son Kevin’s high school is on the news. Someone is on a rampage, killing stu­dents and faculty and the police have the school surrounded.

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New Film About People of the Upper Missouri Debuting July 12

Villages of Hidatsa and Mandan Indians are preserved at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historical Site.

By The State Historical Society of North Dakota

The premiere of a new documentary film, The People of the Upper Mis­souri: The Mandans, will be shown on Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at the National Energy Center of Excellence (Room 304) at Bis­marck State College.

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Into the Abyss

By Todd Ford

Werner Herzog and I agree on one matter. We are opposed to capital punishment. For me, it has always been a simple matter. The shadow of doubt is virtually inescapable. If one isn’t pres­ent when the act is committed, one can­not be certain that evidence, testimony, and even confessions aren’t tainted by mistakes, misperceptions, and lies (in­tentional or otherwise).

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Two for the Price of One

By Todd Ford

Sandy and Todd are hanging out around the office coffee pot.

Sandy: “I finally got around to Taxi Driver last night and I don’t know what I thought. When Betsy follows Travis into that porno theater, the movie lost me.”

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Von Trier’s Melancholia

By Todd Ford

My wife often accuses me of being a pessimist. I prefer to think I just have something of a melancholic nature. I’m not a popular picker of movies in my house. A typical exchange on a Saturday night goes like this.

“Let’s watch a movie together.”

“What movie?”

“How about The Last Picture Show?”

“Is it funny or all dreary and depressing?”

“Ummm, never mind.”

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The Secret World of Arriety

By Todd Ford

My daughter came home a month ago and gave me that amazed look of hers. “Why didn’t you tell me Miyazaki had a movie coming out?” She’d seen the poster for The Secret World of Arrietty displayed in the lobby of the Grand Theater. She was so excited she almost sent the stack of Miyazaki DVDs that live on our end table tumbling.

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Meek’s Cutoff is a refreshing look at gender roles

By Todd Ford

A scene from “Meek’s Cutoff courtesy of Evenstar Films

My wife watches bemused as I drive about town – or wander about a department store – with an elusive destination evading me, always giggling just around the next corner. She doesn’t even bother suggesting that I ask for directions. What’s the point? I’m a man. I should be able to find things on my own – or die trying. Continue reading

Hugo is a Magical Adventure

A scene from “Hugo” courtesy of movieviral.com

By Todd Ford
Hugo
is a joy from start to finish. It’s a colorful, delightful evo­cation of 1930s Paris as play­ground for two fanciful, imag­inative kids – both orphans, one living by his own resources in a train station, the other living with her grandmother and grumpy, peculiar grandfather. It’s full of slapstick chases and funny mo­ments involving dogs. Most kids of all ages should enjoy it.

Definitely see it. Grab the DVD right away and curl up with the whole family. It should be available shortly. The crowd was pretty sparse both times I saw it. But, this isn’t really the type of review I wish to write. I’d rather tell you why it so grabbed me and won’t let go.

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Cinema 100 Opens Film Series with World Premier


Cinema 100, the Bismarck-Man­dan Film Society, is opening its 2012 film series with the world premier of Teen Writes: The Group That Opened the Box, a docu­mentary about the experiences of a teen writing and performance group.

The fifty-six minute film will be giv­en a free public showing at the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium on the campus of Bis­marck State College, the site of three of the group’s public performances, one of the titles of which was Shhhhhhhhh!

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