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  1. Yesterday
  2. This documentary is getting a one-night run on 9/11 through Fathom Events. I admit to being a bit miffed at the back end, which turns into a commercial for the Broadway musical, but the story itself is so great, it kinda carries the day. https://1morefilmblog.com/2019/08/24/you-are-here-a-come-from-away-story-mossanen-2018/
  3. So, has anyone else besides Doug C. and me seen this? I'm so glad that Doug praised Linklater's newest on FB, because I was planning to wait till screener season to watch it, after the critical thumping it received. It's not Linklater's best - that would be the Before trilogy and Boyhood, IMO - but it's still a strong film. I thought Blanchett gave a nuanced performance as usual, and also as usual, Linklater's script rang with authenticity in an eloquent Ericksonian way about the struggles of middle age and parenthood. As a social phobic/introvert/closet misanthrope, I also found Blanchett's character highly relatable. My full review: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2019/08/the-affecting-wisdom-of-whered-you-go-bernadette/
  4. I mean, I hate to give the RLM guys credit for anything, but it does sound like the kind of hacky thing Abrams would do.
  5. Last week
  6. Starting at the 18:25 mark, one of the Red Letter Media guys gets into all the reasons why he thinks The Rise of Skywalker will go the way of Avengers: Endgame and bring on the time travel. (Warning: f-bombs etc.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzeOrA2in1c One thing that *doesn't* come up in this video is that time travel is already "canon" in the Star Wars universe thanks to a February 2018 episode of Rebels.
  7. Links to our threads on other Erwin brothers films Moms' Night Out (2014), Woodlawn (2015), Steve McQueen: American Icon (2017), I Can Only Imagine (2018) and Apostles: Resurrection of Christ (in development). We don't seem to have a thread on October Baby (2011).
  8. Peter T Chattaway


    Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly. Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson. And Margot Robbie as a fictitious Fox News producer. (No glimpse of John Lithgow as Roger Ailes yet.)
  9. Blinded by the Light - At the beginning, when Javed is writing in his diary, VO gives the date as Sept. 3, 1987
  10. Rebel Without a Cause is a far superior version of Blinded By the Light.
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwXp5A_L93Y
  12. Hi Scott, Thanks for sharing. For some reason this article reminded me of one that was circulating a couple of years ago about House, M.D. and talking about how the myth of the "exceptional" individual is that some sort of singular talent was justification for being an a--. I don't have much invested in the Holmes canon, but it feels to me like previous iterations of Holmes leaned heavily into this portrayal -- insisting that Holmes was singular, exceptional, and that this justified all. (The myth of the tortured genius is an old one, and I suppose one feature is the insistence that the torture is mainly from isolation -- not being understood -- being alone. I think the article, if I remember said these sort of gloss over the damage and pain caused by the exceptional individuals. Sort of epitomized by Libby's speech to Jack Staunton in Primary Colors: 'What kind of s---t is that? Oh, yeah, I forgot, it's the same old s---t that nobody ever calls you on because you're so f---king special!" I'm not as big an Elementary fan as my spouse, but I do appreciate the way this iteration (and Miller's performance especially) explores the tension in Sherlock's awareness that he *is* special in some important ways and yet that special-ness doesn't exempt him from universal laws or principles.
  13. Co-written by Aleksandar Hemon??!! Seems like the lede was buried here. Not to mention Mitchell. This seems promising from a literary perspective. Doesn't mean it'll be a good movie, of course, but it's still promising.
  14. Here's Melissa Tamminga with an excellent long-form essay on the conservatism inherent within the film. I am admittedly not a Tarantino fan, but I went into Once Upon a Time with hopeful expectations...which were almost entirely dashed. I had (accurately) guessed the outcome of the narrative as part of Tarantino's revisionist history project before the first trailer ever dropped. So when Brandy the pit bull was introduced, it confirmed my suspicions, and found the expected bloodbath 2+ hours later to be anticlimactic, unoriginal, and deplorable in its worship of violence. And everything in between was...well, Melissa says it far better than I ever could.
  15. Honestly, after Sense8 and revisiting the original Matrix (though not, as yet, the rest of their work), I have a lot more respect for the Wachowskis than I did; they're not the empty-headed posers I assumed them to be the first time I watched The Matrix--they're much, much goofier and complicated. Which is to say--if Lana's on-board, I'm not going to dismiss a return to the franchise out-of-hand.
  16. Links to our threads on the MCU films Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019). Links to our threads on the non-MCU films Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Venom (2018) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), as well as the once-in-development films about The Sinister Six and Aunt May. Links to our threads on the original Spider-Man (2002) at the old Novogate discussion board: 'Spider-man -UPDATED- with Movieguide review' (Apr 29 - May 9, 2002) 'I saw "Spider-Man"!', page two (May 2 - 6, 2002)  'spider-man, shadowlands, son of paleface' (May 5 - 16, 2002)  - - -  Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige won’t produce any further Spider-Man films because of an inability by Disney and Sony Pictures to reach new terms that would have given the former a co-financing stake going forward. A dispute that has taken place over the past few months at the top of Disney and Sony has essentially nixed Feige, and the future involvement of Marvel from the Spider-Man universe, sources said. . . . Sources said there are two more Spider-Man films in the works that are meant to have director Jon Watts and Tom Holland front and center, though Watts doesn’t have a deal for the next picture. Unless something dramatic happens, Feige won’t be the lead creative producer of those pictures. . . . Deadline.com, August 20 - - - So it sounds like the loose Vulture and Mysterio plot threads won't be left dangling, necessarily, but we won't see (or even hear about?) Tony Stark in any future films, and Aunt May might have to break up with Happy, as well.
  17. Aren't lions cats? That's the connection here, right?
  18. Yeah, the "drug" scene was weird. Demographically, this film is in a very strange place. The original cartoon is aimed at preschoolers, but the film clearly has to aim higher than that... but not *too* high, age-wise. So it's one of those films about high-school students that were clearly made for kids who haven't started high school yet... which means my 13-year-old daughter is, in some ways, the perfect target audience for this film: she was curious to see just what the filmmakers had done to this character that she used to watch, years ago. Me, I liked some of the meta riffing on the Dora franchise, but I got bored during the final half-hour, when the film became just another Indiana Jones rip-off. (And I've already shown my kids three of the Indiana Jones films, so they're familiar with *those* reference points.)
  19. I left the film wondering if I would have liked it more if I knew more about Springsteen's music. As it is, the movie was a little like putting up with those friends of yours who are really hardcore fans of certain things; the scene where the guys say they want to start a radio show that plays Nothing But Springsteen kinda said it all. (Couldn't they at least broaden it out to include Artists That Springsteen Has Cited As His Inspirations? Something that might give The Boss a bit of *context*!?) Having said that, I did like the broader, 1987- and 1988-specific song choices on the soundtrack. (I say this as one who finished high school in 1987 myself.) I had the Pet Shop Boys' 'It's a Sin' on my mind for several days after seeing the film, much more than any of Bruce's songs. Also, in addition to looking at this film through the lens of Recent British Music Movies (With Diversity Elements), I would also suggest looking at the film through the lens of Period Pics About The British Pakistani Experience, like East Is East. In some ways this film is something of a hybrid, genre-wise.
  20. ‘Matrix 4’ Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski (EXCLUSIVE) In addition to Wachowski, the script was also written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski is also producing with Grant Hill. Sources say the film is eyed to begin production at the top of 2020. . . . Plot details are currently unknown, as is how the role of Morpheus will be handled, originally played by Laurence Fishburne. Some sources say the role may be recast for a younger take. . . . Variety, August 20
  21. BethR

    Blinded by the Light

    I have been looking forward to Blinded by the Light ever since I saw the first trailers, and it did not disappoint. Everyone with me agreed. While I liked Yesterday much more than kenmorefield did, I agree that Blinded is more nuanced and thoughtful--doubtless because it is based on biography and history, rather than being a fantasy. Would Hairspray be an example of a musical bildungsroman framed around a woman's experience? What about Dirty Dancing? Coal Miner's Daughter? Charlotte O'Sullivan of the Standard acknowledges the male-centric issues, but loves it anyway: O'Sullivan also suggested another woman's musical bildungsroman: the Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy (dir. Asif Kapadia). I have not seen it and am not familiar with Winehouse's music, but FWIW...
  22. Hi everyone, I posted an article about series as a whole and specifically reflecting on its finale. Check it out! https://lovethynerd.com/elementary-and-overcoming-fate/
  23. Earlier
  24. Even with that review, I'm still not tempted to see this movie.
  25. Copied from Letterbox'd: Cindy called this "clunky in spots" but sweet, and I agree. It's a bit on-the-nose, and some of the stylistic choices (such as words on the screen) did not work for me. It was formulaic. But the formula was well executed. It's always nice to see the supporting characters (even the dad) have *some* nuance. (The scene where he hocks his wife's jewelry, for example, is well done, and the choices, from the close up on his hand reaching out to take the money to the playing of Pakistani music over it, work well.) One nagging reservation is that I kept wondering why this whole genre (musical bildungrsoman) is framed as a quintessentially *male* experience. I thought about Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am, and how there are spaces for how literature (or film) has inspired or become spiritually meaningful to women, but there just feels like there is a hard to articulate difference between say, this or Yesterday, and Mamma Mia or Ricki and the Flash, where the music just becomes the generic soundtrack for a conventional melodrama rather than being about the female's relationship to the art. This is a biographical piece, and Patel is a guy, so I offer that not so much as a criticism of the movie as a nagging thought about the genre that mediates my enjoyment of individual entries in it.
  26. I haven't seen the film, so I guess I should avoid this sort of clickbait engagement, but...she gets "high" and "sings about pooping"? Really? https://letterboxd.com/kurstboy/film/dora-and-the-lost-city-of-gold/
  27. Andrew

    Blinded by the Light

    I guess a Billy Joel biopic can't be far behind, but this story inspired by Springsteen's music, about its effects on a British-Pakistani teen in Maggie Thatcher's England, was a delight. And it's my favorite among the recent crop of movies inspired by pop/rock music of the 60s-80s (no competition next to Bohemian Rhapsody and Yesterday, a tougher call with Rocketman). Writer/director Gurinder Chadha explores similar themes as she did in 2002's Bend It Like Beckham, but this film shows that she's matured greatly as a storyteller. Here's my full review: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2019/08/let-yourself-be-blinded-by-the-light/
  28. BethR

    Cats: The Movie

    Perhaps a planet where The Lion King is the only musical in any form?
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