Program Notes

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Program Notes: Broken Flowers (2005)

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Broken Flowers is a minimalist masterpiece. A deadpan comedy about a womanizer on a quest to understand who and what he is, it's so delicately understated that it makes other films feel like a force-feeding session.

Program Notes: Thelma & Louise (1991)

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The road movie is usually the domain of cowboys, crooks, drifters, and desperadoes. In other words, men. Thelma & Louise is a road movie about women. Its feminine emphasis imparts a fresh twist to its familiar elements.

Program Notes: Vacation (1983)

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A pebble thrown into a pond may create just a tiny splash. But the ripples it generates can seem to go on forever. Vacation created lots of ripples. We’re still experiencing them today.

Program Notes: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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If everyone loves a winner, why do we walk out of Little Miss Sunshine in love with the film’s miserable losers? It’s probably because the movie recognizes that most of us are losers. And that’s OK.

Program Notes: 24 Hour Party People (2002)

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You needn't know anything about the late '70s music scene in Manchester, England, to enjoy 24 Hour Party People. The real engine driving this romp is Steve Coogan, the Brit standup comic who makes an indelible impression.

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