From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Vacation (1983)

Vacation movie poster

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.

New on DVD: Jeff Who Lives at Home (2011)

Jeff Who Lives at Home movie poster

Jeff Who Lives at Home is a pleasantly meandering effort that exhibits more genuine soul than any comedy since Bill Forsythe’s sublime Local Hero back in 1983.

Program Notes: The Straight Story (1999)

The Straight Story movie poster

The Straight Story is a glorious aberration. At a time when movies tend to dazzle with speed and style, it rolls along at a snail's pace, allowing us plenty of time to observe the changing sky and the flora in the roadside ditches.