In a puzzle titled "Wassail" in the RH omnibus, the theme entries had to do with Christmas, including this one:
Clue: Unthinkable seasonal headline
I've seen "Cheat on New York" airline ads plastered all over subway tunnels and subway cars. Tonight, another subway car ad campaign made me go "Huh?": for "Bahamavention." I couldn't quite figure out what this was, but assumed it was a play on "intervention" since "vacation" didn't work. Great, let's associate tropical isles with drug rehab tactics.
Sure enough, according to the tourist ministry press release: "A Bahamavention is defined as an action taken by concerned friends or family members to get a loved one the help only The Islands Of The Bahamas can give. The campaign targets those who want to help their un-happy, over-stressed and under-tanned friend or relative by encouraging these interventionists to end their loved one's cycle of pain and put him or her on the road to recovery by performing a vacation intervention or Bahamavention."
With the voting deadline looming, I watched:
"A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints": Teens hang out in Astoria (Queens), which did feel like Astoria. It was nominated for Best First Screenplay, but most of the screenplay consisted of the F word. I don't like cursing.
"Sweet Land": A 1920s Minnesota farmer and his Norwegian/German mail-order bride struggle to make a life. Touching.
"You're Gonna Miss Me": documentary about Roky Erickson, '60s psychedelic rock musician now messed up by a combination of drugs and mental illness. More a gothic family tale than a "Behind the Music" saga. Current articles say he's doing well.
Then I went online to vote. Ignoring instructions and my better judgment, I hit the Back button on my browser when I realized I forgot to rank one director, and had to start all over again. No harm done; the second try went through. Now I look forward to seeing the results the day before the Oscars.
It was a fun experience. To sum up:
1 movie previously seen
17 movies received from Netflix Spirit Awards queue
14 movies seen in IFP Spirit Awards screenings
2 movies watched in regular theaters
(and 6 movies not seen - just couldn't get to them all)
Besides the above, I saw 5 more movies through IFP since I joined, so the membership has been well worth it (and continues through next October).