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Few films are so beloved and influential that they've inspired their own religion. You may have heard of the Star Wars one (Jediism, which you can claim on the census in some countries) but you may not know that a film from the late 1990's about a stoner who stumbles into a kidnapping plot just because he wanted some sort of compensation for his soiled rug is responsible for another burgeoning faith; Dudeism.
Look, we all know Hallmark invented Valentine's Day in order to sell more greeting cards, but this made-up holiday isn't going anywhere. You might as well just engage and celebrate or else you'll be labeled a "scrooge" who doesn't have any "holiday spirit" instead of the being acknowledged as the liberated, free-thinker you truly are.
We've got a whole bunch of great special events programming coming up this month (and into next month, too) and you can click this one link right here to read them all on one page. OR you could continue past the fold and read little intro pieces about each one that synthesize them into a whole. Just click this one link, ok? But if you must, read on. I guess.
You're really reading on, huh? Fine. Whatever.
We've got the Oscar shoe-in musical extravaganza "La La Land" at the State (opened on Christmas day and will be here for at least three weeks). And if you haven't seen it yet, you're truly missing out.
We here at the State and Bijou and TCFF take the Holiday season very seriously. We decorate the theaters to the hilt, program just about every Holiday-themed film you can think of, and we get it all started literally the day after Thanksgiving. We on that Christmas Creep for real. Here's what we've got coming up day by day for the rest of this month and into December:
After you watch the absolutely terrific "Arrival" at the Bijou (starting tomorrow, Friday, November 18) you absolutely have to read this fascinating behind the scenes look at how it was written.
With the year rapidly wrapping up we wanted to assemble a small collection of the best films of 2016 that you may have missed:
At the Bijou this Friday we open a very important war film, "Hacksaw Ridge." Why important? It tells the true story of Desmond Thomas Doss, a Medic in the 77th Infantry Division in World War II. But Doss didn't begin his Army service as a Medic, rather as a Rifleman. But upon being drafted, due to his beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist, Doss refused to even touch a rifle.