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Welcome back to Registering the Registry, where we consider and review the films inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry by merit of their cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities! This week, it’s one of the 2020 class’ most unjustly underseen works, a video documentary from the Hawaiian islands produced to increase knowledge and raise awareness around the issue of telescopes upon the Big Island’s highest mountain. It’s Mauna Kea: Temple Under Siege from 2005, and we’ve got a LOT to talk about here, so no dawdling! Let’s go!


Welcome back to Registering the Registry, where we consider and review the films inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry by merit of their cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities! This week, the cultural contributions from the 21st century’s CG fairy tale phenomena are never ogre as we dive into the swamp to consider America’s favorite green-skinned, sensitive onion man. Courtesy Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson out of Dreamworks in 2001, it’s Shrek! Some of you may die from embarrassment reading this piece, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make!


Welcome back to Registering the Registry, where we consider and review the films inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry by merit of their cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities! This week, Robert Beavers’ unique level of distributive control over his works makes The Ground somewhat difficult to come by, much less ethically discuss. How’d we handle the conundrum? Read on and find out!


Welcome back to Registering the Registry, where we consider and review the films inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry by merit of their cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities! Today, we’ll spend our time together meeting and appreciating a group of Cuban son musicians who never got their full due during their heyday, only to receive a boost into international superstardom during their senior years in the 1990s. From music producers Nick Gold and Ry Cooder, and director Wim Wenders, it’s 1999’s Buena Vista Social Club! Come on in and dig the old-new sound!


Welcome back to Registering the Registry, where we consider and review the films inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry by merit of their cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities! Today, it’s time for yet another independent picture out’ve the LA film scene, this time a documentary about the documentarian’s search for answers around the mysterious death of her uncle down in Mexico. We’re talking about Lourdes Portillo’s The Devil Never Sleeps from 1994, so I hope you’re ready to interrogate the nature of cinematic truth, cause here we a-go!


Welcome back to Registering the Registry, where we consider and review the films inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry by merit of their cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities! Today, we look at what was hailed as the first in a new wave of mainstream Asian-American starring and produced Hollywood films that never arrived until decades later. Widely beloved despite its lack of magical erasure of Hollywood’s color bias, it is a story of mothers and daughters struggling to understand one another, and their identity in an adopted homeland. We’re looking at The Joy Luck Club from 1993…


Welcome back to Registering the Registry, where we consider and review the films inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry by merit of their cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities! Today, we hang around the 80s New York film college scene to check the work of a filmmaker who remained obscure until recent revitalization at her daughter’s hands, one who deserves proper due beyond her superlative titles. From 1982, directed by Kathleen Collins, it’s Losing Ground! Join me after the break, won’t you?


Welcome back to Registering the Registry, where we consider and review the films inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry by merit of their cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities! This week, we don our film school caps as we look at one of UCLA’s prominent graduates of the 70s, and a major voice in the LA Rebellion. Julie Dash is up to bat, as is her 1982 short film Illusions, alongside a few other films for context. Have a click through to see what’s what!


Welcome back to Registering the Registry, where we consider and review the films inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry by merit of their cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities! This week, we’ve a rare breed of film: the Saturday Night Live sketch adaptation that doesn’t suck! Course, it has some of the biggest talents to emerge from the initial Not Ready For Prime Time Players, directed by the incoming decade’s best action-comedy man in the days before he committed manslaughter. From John Landis in 1980, starring Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and a murderer’s row of talent, it’s The…


Welcome back to Registering the Registry, where we consider and review the films inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry by merit of their cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities! Today, we regale one another with tales of those summer nights, soup up our automatic, systematic, hydromatic roadsters, and confess you’re the one that I want (one that I want, hoo hoo hoo, honey). From Randal Kleiser, it’s Grease from 1978! No holding back, let’s dive in and have some fun with it!

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