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  2. Peter T Chattaway

    The Eternals

    Links to our threads on Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers 4 (2019) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019). - - - Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Taps ‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao After earning critical acclaim for her Sundance darling “The Rider,” director Chloe Zhao looks ready to step up to the big leagues as the up and coming director has been set to direct “The Eternals” for Marvel. Matthew and Ryan Firpo are on board to pen the script with Marvel president Kevin Feige producing. Created by Jack Kirby, the story of “The Eternals” is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered individuals as well as more villainous off-shoots known as the Deviants. The two groups went on to battle each other throughout history to see which would eventually become the ultimate race. Marvel sees this as the perfect transition into its next phase along with “Captain Marvel,” which released its recent trailer to huge acclaim earlier this week. Variety, September 21 - - - Um... did humans even *exist* millions of years ago?
  3. Peter T Chattaway

    Space Jam 2

    Ryan Coogler To Produce ‘Space Jam 2’; Terence Nance To Direct LeBron James On social media today, LeBron James on his Spring Hill Entertainment handle announced that Black Panther filmmaker Ryan Coogler will produce the long-awaited Warner Bros. sequel Space Jam 2 with Terence Nance directing. Nance created HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness and directed the pic The Oversimplification of Her Beauty. Production will start next year during the NBA offseason. . . . Deadline.com, September 19
  4. Not to mention that Modernism in literature doesn’t start firing on all cylinders until about 1922!
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  6. Peter T Chattaway


    WingClips, a website that specializes in movie clips that pastors can download for use in sermons etc., has several clips from the film.
  7. Peter T Chattaway

    Red Sonja (2010)

    Bryan Singer in Talks to Direct 'Red Sonja' for Millennium (Exclusive) The X-Men: Apocalypse helmer, who has battled bad PR, lawsuits and continued scrutiny in the post-#MeToo era — none of which seems to have stuck — would take the reins on a big-screen adaptation of the 1970s sword-and-sorcery Conan the Barbarian comic book spinoff. Ashley Miller, who wrote X-Men: First Class (which Singer produced), is writing the screenplay. Millennium is financing and producing the new version of Red Sonja and is hoping to start a franchise and capture the audience that turned out for Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman. Hollywood Reporter, September 17
  8. : This mini-era packed in the political, social, and cultural shifts of the average century, while following the arc of an epic narrative (perhaps a tragedy, though we pray for a happier sequel). I imagine someone could have written this sentence a hundred years ago in 1918 (when the 20th century began, we were still living in the Victorian age, and then there was the rise of this powerful new medium called "feature-length films" -- one of the most popular of which sparked the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan -- and somewhere in there was the Symbolically Significant sinking of the Titanic and the schism within the Republican Party, and now here we are at the tail end of the Great War, a war that saw new mechanized ways of killing people (such as these fancy new flying machines) triumph over the old ways of doing things, and a war that has brought down the Tsars and other royal houses and has led to the rise of the first officially Communist government...). They would have had No Idea what other political, social, and cultural shifts lay ahead of them that century.
  9. Joel Mayward

    The Good Place

    Thanks! I did present it, and a longer version of the original paper will be published as a chapter in an edited volume from the "Popular Culture and Philosophy" book series. I did create a handout with a list of every single philosophy/theology book mentioned or shown in Seasons 1 and 2, which you can see in the attached PDF. The small detail I enjoyed most was how in Chapter 7 the title of Chidi’s sparkly-boot-wearing colleague’s course on the classroom blackboard is “Eschatology and Notions of the Apocalypse,” with books by prominent Christian theologians listed as assigned reading. It's probably the only time Jurgen Moltmann has ever been included in a TV sitcom. SST 2018 - The Good Place Presentation Handout.pdf
  10. Anders

    TIFF 2018

    I didn't make it. But my brother Aren saw a number of films. His favourite was Sunset. You can read his coverage at 3brothersfilm.com.
  11. A former professor/ current friend of mine actually did some of the talking-head stuff for the Great American Read. It’s Andy Crank. I think he talks about Gone with the Wind and maybe To Kill A Mockingbird. I’m not too into predicting a canon either (and I’m actually convinced that much of what gets to be considered classic is going to be trash fiction of various kinds). Some of the choices seemed solid; most I’m unfamiliar with. Some, such as Franzen, I just don’t care enough about to bother with
  12. BethR

    The Americans

    The final season (6) finally won an Emmy for writing, and Matthew Rhys won an emmy for Lead Actor. Keri Russell deserved one as well. (I know awards don't mean anything, but I found myself watching the Emmys and wondering what was going on--everything seemed to be going to just three shows.)
  13. BethR

    The Good Place

    Joel, I would love to read your paper. Have you presented it yet? Season 3 starts September 27.
  14. Ha. I love Edwin Turner's responses overall. He's absolutely right--nobody knows what literature will be canonized in 50 or 100 years. My own thoughts on scrolling through this list were along the general lines of "If this is going to be the 21st century canon, depression and cynicism will rule." But then, that was more or less the situation with the 20th c. canon, such as it is, when I went to grad school, which is why I ended up a medievalist, despite having spent my MA on a shelf-ful of late-20th century poets. In other canonicity news, "The Great American Read" books are a bizarre hodge-podge of actual great books, books people think should be considered great, and complete dreck. My fear is that somehow 50 Shades of Gray, The Da Vinci Code, or A Confederacy of Dunces (the most overrated novel in 20th century literature) will the voted up to the top. So everyone, go there and vote for some decent books.
  15. Andrew

    TIFF 2018

    Of the 17 films that Jessica and I saw, only 3 were disappointments. My favorites, in order, were If Beale Street Could Talk, Birds of Passage, and American Dharma. After that, in descending order were Wildlife, Roma, The Load, Transit, Meeting Gorbachev, Beautiful Boy, Styx, The Wedding Guest, The Factory, Museo, and Putin's Witnesses. The biggest disappointment for me (perhaps of the entire cinematic year) was Paolo Sorrentino's Loro - such a letdown since Youth and The Great Beauty are deeply loved by me. I ended up posting 9 reviews this year (my last will go up tomorrow morning), which is the most of the past 4 years that I've attended, so I'm quite happy about that as well. Anders, did you make it to Toronto? And Darren, what were your impressions?
  16. Behold. Edwin Turner at Biblioklept has thoughts.
  17. Peter T Chattaway

    Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

    NBooth wrote: : IMDB lists the character as “Jack,” fwiw Oh, weird. Though it does make sense of the character's age, at least.
  18. NBooth

    Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

    IMDB lists the character as “Jack,” fwiw
  19. Peter T Chattaway

    Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

    Looks like Bert hasn't aged a day either...? (If anything, he got younger. Lin-Manuel Miranda is currently 38, and Dick Van Dyke was 39 when Mary Poppins came out. Emily Blunt, for her part, is 35, while Julie Andrews was 29 when Mary Poppins came out.)
  20. Peter T Chattaway

    Mission: Impossible: Fallout

    Incidentally, this weekend Fallout became the top-grossing Mission: Impossible film in North America, beating the record set 18 years ago by Mission: Impossible 2 (the John Woo movie). But of course, there has been 18 years of inflation since then. Meanwhile, this is also easily Tom Cruise's highest-grossing film overseas and worldwide, ever. (In North America, it still lags behind War of the Worlds.) I don't know how to factor inflation into that when one considers all the various currencies that would have to be converted from all the different time periods.
  21. Peter T Chattaway

    Joker (2019)

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  23. NBooth

    Mission: Impossible: Fallout

    Managed to catch Fallout on the bigscreen. I remembered liking the previous movie more than my comments in that thread suggest, and this movie didn't really live up to that memory. Specifically, unlike Rogue Nation, Fallout doesn't really have any especially memorable sequences (there's the jump, which is really good, but it doesn't stick in the mind like the concert scene in the previous movie). And Fallout relies far too much on chase sequences, which would be fine if they weren't so repetitive. But they are; there's really nothing distinguishing them from one another. Still, there were some thrilling sequences and it was difficult not to laugh at several points , which I think was the purpose of the whole thing; Ryan has commented elsewhere on how bland the soundtrack is, and he's correct. The movie is very funny and the soundtrack, somehow, doesn't realize that fact.
  24. Joel Mayward

    The Predator

    This was one of the more incoherent, poorly edited action films I've ever seen, up there with the Transformers films and Suicide Squad. Perhaps it was the theatre I was in, but the night scenes--which are almost all of them--are so poorly lit and blocked that it's quite hard to discern what is happening. I'm a fan of the Predator series, but not a fan of this.
  25. kenmorefield


    I added this as a "track this film" on Roku, which now tells me that it is available on Netflix. (It's kinda ironic that it finally appeared the day I watched Johnnie To's Mad Detective because Blind Detective is now the film that has been on my "track this movie" 'feature the longest without an "available" alert.
  26. Anders

    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    I'm due for a rewatch, since my last viewing was in 2011. But I still have a major fondness these films and think they are a more significant achievement in sf/fantasy filmmaking than they are given credit for these days. However, Peter well-articulates the few reservations I have about them which are issues of characterization and agency that I see in a lot of fantasy/sf/comic book cinema.
  27. Evan C

    Little Women

    Emma Watson replaces Emma Stone. Watson seems like an obvious choice for Jo, so I'm guessing Ronan's probably going to play Beth.
  28. winter shaker

    The Predator

    I plan on watching it because they filmed it at my old high school.
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