Timbuktu

In the middle of the night, I watched the DVD of “Timbuktu,” which I thought was a very good film.  It had bright and beautiful photography, and it had characters who were caught in a compelling situation.  We see Timbuktu occupied by extremist Islamists.  The opening of the film shows the Islamists shooting at gazelles with their AK-47s.  Kidane is a cattle herder, and one of his cows damages a fisherman’s net, leading to a fatal incident.  Satima is Kidane’s wife, who draws the attention of a jihadi.  The occupation is oppressive, with music banned, along with soccer.  A woman is punished with lashes for singing.  Young men play soccer with an imaginary ball, although I don’t know how they determine goals in this game.  One thing we notice is the intrusion of technology into Mali, like the cell phones, video cameras, and weapons.  The director was Abderrahmane Sissako, and I thought this was a well-made film.  It showed a strong sense of purpose, and it made its point within 96 minutes, which I liked a lot.  I can’t stand those bloated movies that meander for two and a half hours.  During this spree of movie watching, this was one of the best three films I’ve seen within the past three weeks.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for September 14, Yolanda, a contestant on The Price is Right, had a notable wardrobe malfunction at the beginning of the show in 1977.  In 1978, “Mork and Mindy” had its premiere episode.  In 1985, “The Golden Girls” made its debut.  In 1995, Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to “Getting Better” sold for $249,000 at Sotheby’s.

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