I was reminded by this week's feature review
on my favorite podcast, Filmspotting
, that I need to let you all know that you really should go see 12 Years a Slave! Alyssa and I saw this about a month ago at Telluride by the Sea (Portsmouth, NH) and it was the best film of the festival. Moreover, it somehow straddles the line between being an important film dealing with weighty issues, while not feeling like a manipulative prestige picture. Not a flawless film, but a very important one. Important both in terms of the more immediate — it's sure to be featured in many “best of” lists by year end and as a major Oscar contender — as well as in the long term as a film that does an impeccable job of covering important aspects of our history as a nation (which makes it particular interesting that this comes from a British director).
I’ll keep further thoughts on the film to myself for now, but I’d love to chat about this more once more folks get a chance to see this (or, if you’ve seen it, and want to share some thoughts, feel free to email me directly).
This is not being screened in Worcester proper currently (yet?), the closest theater right now that has it is in Framingham, but as its limited theatrical run continues to expand, I suspect it’ll show up at the Showcase (in the “Art” section) at least. Hopefully it’ll hit more.