483 – Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010)

spacetime coordinates:   post-human extinction-era Australialegend posterLegend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is a 2010 American-Australian 3D computer-animated fantasy-adventure film based on the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1219342/

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461 – My Friend Dahmer (2017)

spacetime coordinates:  1974 – 1978  Bath, OhioMy-Friend-Dahmer-movie-posterMy Friend Dahmer is a 2017 American biographical drama film written and directed by Marc Meyers about the American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. It is based on the 2012 graphic novel of the same name by cartoonist John “Derf” Backderf, who had been friends with Dahmer in high school in the 1970s, soon before Dahmer began his killing spree. The film stars Ross LynchAlex WolffDallas Roberts, and Anne Heche.Dahmer http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2291540/

402 – Drowning by Numbers (1988)

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Drowning by Numbers is a 1988 British-Dutch film directed by Peter GreenawayDrowning by Numbers(158)The film’s plot centres on three married women — a grandmother, her daughter, and her niece — each named Cissie Colpitts. As the story progresses, each woman successively drowns her husband. The three Cissie Colpittses are played by Joan PlowrightJuliet Stevenson and Joely Richardson, while Bernard Hill plays the coroner, Madgett, who is cajoled into covering up the three crimes.Drowning by Numbers(159)The structure, with similar stories repeated three times, is reminiscent of a fairy tale, most specifically ‘The Billy Goats Gruff‘, because Madgett is constantly promised greater rewards as he tries his luck with each of the Cissies in turn. The link to folklore is further established by Madgett’s son Smut, who recites the rules of various unusual games played by the characters as if they were ancient traditions. Many of these games are invented for the film, including:

  • Bees in the Trees
  • Dawn Card Castles
  • Deadman’s Catch
  • Flights of Fancy (or Reverse Strip Jump)
  • The Great Death Game
  • Hangman’s Cricket
  • The Hare and Hounds
  • Sheep and Tides

In Drowning by Numbers, number-counting, the rules of games and the repetitions of the plot are all devices which emphasise structure and symmetry. Through the course of the film each of the numbers 1 to 100 appear, the large majority in sequence, often seen in the background, sometimes spoken by the characters. 

The film is set and was shot in and around SouthwoldSuffolkEngland, with key landmarks such as the Victorian water towerSouthwold Lighthouse, and the estuary of the River Blyth clearly identifiable.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092929/

365 – Magnolia (1999)

spacetime coordinates: 1999 San Fernando Valley

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Magnolia is a 1999 American ensemble drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.  The film is a mosaic of interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Themes

The film has an underlying theme of unexplained events, taken from the 1920s and 1930s works of Charles Fort. Fortean author Loren Coleman‘s 2001 book “Mysterious America: The Revised Edition” includes a chapter entitled “The Teleporting Animals and Magnolia“, addressing the film. The chapter discusses how one of Fort’s books is visible on the table in the library and the film’s end credit thanking Charles Fort.

Further information: Raining animals

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358 – It (2017)

spacetime coordinates: summer of 1989,  small town Derryit__2017__movie_poster_by_sorin88-dbmrexwIt (also known as It: Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The screenplay is by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. A second installment is planned. The film tells the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by the eponymous being, only to face their own personal demons in the process. The novel was previously adapted into a 1990 miniseries.missing person poster featuring Richie Tozier

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_(2017_film)

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