• If you’re a loyal Reader reader — and why wouldn’t you be, you bright and sexy person — you have undoubtedly heard all about writer/director Nik Fackler and his darling, locally shot indie film Lovely, Still. Well, our little boy is “all grown up,” as Fackler was just nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. The awards ceremony will be shown on the IFC Channel Feb. 26, and will be hosted by my personal patron saint of snarkiness, Joel McHale. But Fackler doesn’t need a trophy to be pumped; as he states on his personal site (nikfackler.com) “I’m so f***ing stoked to be nominated” before thanking his friends and suggesting “let’s get drunk and go sledding soon.” I believe Dame Judy Dench celebrated her various nominations in the same manner. If you haven’t seen it, Lovely, Still is available from Netflix streaming, so you have no good excuse. Congrats Fackler, and I hope you wear the appropriate headgear whilst sledding.

  • Testing your circulation, Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) will spend Dec. 10-16 unspooling Carlos, a film with a running time of seven days. I’m kidding, of course; it’s only a mere 329 minutes, which is longer than some of my previous relationships. The film was originally a French TV miniseries but was sewed and stitched together into one giant epic that explores the notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal. His nickname is way cooler than mine: Ryan the Easily Impressed. The film will be shown with an intermission for weaklings, but feel free to really see what your bladder is capable of.

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