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‘Out of Africa’ and other places

Bette Burgess
Bette Burgess

I love watching movies. The first movie my brother and I saw was in the living room of our adopted parents’ home. I was around 5 and my brother was 3.

Our Dad pulled up the white screen with tiny white beads on it. The projector was brown and got very hot if it ran for too long. The film was in reels and about the size of a saucer. They were housed in a thin, square, cardboard box with a picture and a name on the front of the cover.

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Does 3D improve your movie experience?

Rusty Hammond
Rusty Hammond

3D or not 3D — that is the question.

Let’s start with a confession.

I am probably older than you. The only thing I can do on my cell phone is make calls. In my last business, we had a coal-fired copier (OK, just kidding on that one). Anyway, I sort of don’t like change…
When I was a kid, they tried 3D with dogs like “House Of Wax.” It was dreadful, with equally bad special effects.

So what does this ancient curmudgeon think of the latest incarnation of 3D?

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Have these five films slipped your notice?

Rusty Hammond
Rusty Hammond

Here are 5 movies from last year that are worth a look and which may have slipped under your radar.

‘The Good Lie’
“The Good Lie” was Reese Witherspoon’s other movie from 2014 (the more famous one being “Wild”). It is the true story of a group of Sudanese refugees helped to resettle in America after a harrowing time in their homeland. Their misadventures in learning our ways are both touching and hilarious. And, I guarantee a wet eye or two when this interesting film spools out.

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For film buffs, 2014 was the Year of the Documentary

Rusty Hammond
Rusty Hammond

The year 2014 was a spectacularly good one for documentaries. Two of my top three were docs, and there were many other very good ones.

“Finding Vivian Maier” is the fascinating and almost unbelievable
story of a quiet, low key Chicago woman who took the most astonishing photographs. She was a nanny all of her adult life. She never married and was unassuming and very private. Almost nobody knew what she was up to with that old camera.

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Did we realize these were dementia movies?

Rusty Hammond
Rusty Hammond

I recently saw Julianne Moore’s incredible performance in “Still Alice” (2014). She plays a university professor in the throes of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

She deservedly won the Best Actress Oscar, conveying the terror and helplessness that must affect those stricken with this terrible disease. It occurred to me later that I had seen several really excellent films centered on a character with some form of dementia.
The earliest example I can think of is “On Golden Pond” (1981). Before that one, such people were generally relegated to comic relief. Henry Fonda plays the patriarch of a small family.

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