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  2. Rushmore

    The Criterion Channel

    For me, MUBI and Filmstruck are both indispensable, and for very different reasons. Filmstruck is an extensive library that I can browse in at will, choosing my own paths and following my own projects. (Not that it has everything, of course, but it has, to name ones that caught my eye recently, almost all of Ozu, a lot of Kaurismäki, a lot of Rossellini...) However, to really broaden your horizons you should occasionally have someone else choose a movie, and that's the valuable service that MUBI provides. It's given me some memorable experiences that I would undoubtedly never have had otherwise. (Left to my own devices, I would be unlikely to seek out a documentary on Chinese lumberjacks.)
  3. Rushmore

    Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

    He's right, of course, but yikes. It's not surprising that the email tearing apart the script ("If I were intentionally trying to sabotage this project") failed of its intended purpose.
  4. NBooth

    Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

    Rick Riordan has memories of this movie.
  5. Yesterday
  6. Andrew

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

    Which chapter was that, Ken? Jessica and I watched this on Netflix two nights ago and loved it. I think it's their best film since A Serious Man; as someone who considers them contemporary masters but had been underwhelmed by their work of the past 9 years, Buster Scruggs comes as a huge relief to me. I think my favorite chapters were "The Gal Who Got Rattled" and "The Mortal Remains." The former showed an empathy and humanity that are often submerged in the Coens' films under layers of irony and foible-skewering, so it was a refreshing change, with a touching relationship at its core. The latter seemed like a perfect finish, with a perfectly eerie milieu and a satisfying meditation on human nature and our uses of stories, both conscious and unconscious. Here's my full review: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2018/11/the-ballad-of-buster-scruggs-has-the-coen-brothers-back-in-top-form/
  7. Thanks Joel - yes I'm nominating those first fourteen films, not nominating the honorable mentions, and if we decide to offer an award for best imaginative thing involving stop motion flying creatures, the Message Bird it is Having seen Roma yesterday, I want to nominate it too.
  8. kenmorefield

    Board Rules and Guidelines (Under Construction)

    So I've been meditating on this a bit. I'm wondering now if it might be better to leave this close to as is and have a separate page or thread, maybe even this one, to answer questions or tease out ambiguities. But I'm not there yet. Anyhow, I have some questions about: It seems to me like other terms (like defamation) have precise terms but these are a bit ambiguous. I've seen a fair bit of disagreement over the years here about what is harassing, for instance. I'm also concerned that "profane" and "sexually inappropriate" may have one intended meaning (no explicit photos) and be broadly interpreted as not expressing views that are orthodox. (If I were to review or discuss a transgender film like Gigi Gorgeous: This is Everything...?) Finally, we've had instances in the past where people have posted publicly available information (such as a member's full name instead of alias or a photo of a member from a work website) and had this called an invasion of privacy. On the one hand, the rules say members have no expectation of privacy (at the end), on the other hand, we call on members to not invade another's privacy.
  9. kenmorefield

    The Criterion Channel

    Like Darren mentioned in another thread, I have tried to get away from physical media, but it isn't that easy. This semester I had to rebuy two DVDs that I had once owned and given up because I had access to same titles on streaming. I wanted to show them (or clips) to a class and found myself in a location where WiFi was limited. I had a mechanism to show DVD but not to stream the film. There are instances of the reverse, I am sure. (Where a DVD would be unplayable but a streaming option is accessible.) But I've found the former more common. DVDs are also easier to lend or give away. I have noted a few more studios willing to go to digital screeners. (Magnolia doing so made several critics sad. Getting an e-mail with 15-20 links isn't quite the same as a package of 15-20 DVDs. But those 15-20 DVDs add up.) All that is to say, I will probably not subscribe to the Criterion channel for the time being. Buying 2-3 titles a year (during 1/2 price sale) lets me build access to core titles, and leaves money left over to subscribe to MUBI.
  10. kenmorefield

    Is Artsandfaith.com dying?

    Done. When I merged the two accounts, I received this message: It said the "Ralfy" account had zero posts. It may be that some old content got relabeled as "Guest" or "Guest (ralfy)" If there are any posts that are labeled that way that you would like reassigned to your active account you can flag them and I believe I may be able to do that manually. If you have any problems logging into the Ralfy acount, let me know and I can reset password.
  11. ralfy

    The Criterion Channel

    In relation to that news, here's one thoughtful article to consider: The Shutting Down of FilmStruck and the False Promise of Streaming Classics
  12. ralfy

    Is Artsandfaith.com dying?

    Yes, please merge the two if it's not too much of a bother, and I can use the "ralfy" account. Thank you.
  13. NBooth

    Boy Erased

    I've not seen this movie (and won't until it hits streaming), but I found this conversation between Kevin Garcia and Garrard Conley to be interesting.
  14. NBooth

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald

    The real crime here is this movie. It’s bad, y’all. Really bad. The plot is so over-complicated and under-explained that it makes the Pirates of the Caribbean flicks look minimalist and clear. Character motivations appear and disappear out of thin air. There’s about as much dramatic tension as an episode of Saved by the Bell. Outside of a few reliably-solid actors (Jude Law, for instance, or the again-underutilized Ezra Miller), pretty much nothing in this movie works.
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  16. Evan C


    From the trailer, it looks like Michael Keaton will be the villain. Also looks like there will be human protagonists.
  17. Joel Mayward

    The Criterion Channel

    Ha! I honestly don't know--it came into being right when I was moving to the UK, so I never was able to use it. Sounds like it started off amazing, but wasn't sustainable.
  18. Joel Mayward

    Church matters

    That's a tough situation, but I hope something can work out for both the man and your church community. Does he have someone he would consider a friend or point of contact within the church? I would be curious about their perspective if they know him and his situation better, and perhaps can speak to him about it with a greatest level of trust and care. And I think Ken's suggestion is worth pursing. Would your church community have the financial means to help in some way?
  19. Tyler

    The Criterion Channel

    Are we still calling MoviePass a nice service?
  20. Joel Mayward

    The Criterion Channel

    It won't be available outside of the US or Canada, so it's essentially FilmStruck and MoviePass for me--a nice film-related service which doesn't exist where I live.
  21. Joel Mayward


    I'm not adding much different to what's been said above--this film was fine, Pine is okay, Pugh is great, Scottish scenery is lovely. But here's my full review, fwiw: Living in Scotland, it actually made watching the film a bit more difficult, especially when I recognize that the scenes aren't filmed on location. I found myself muttering "that's not really Scone palace" and such. The most notable set piece is Doune Castle, near Stirling, which was used multiple times throughout Outlaw King (it's in the trailer). It also happens to be the Castle Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In fact, most of the castle scenes in Monty Python were shot at Doune. So every time it appears now in a "serious" film like Outlaw King, I can't help but think of John Cleese's French knight taunting King Arthur.
  22. kenmorefield


    It's been awhile since I've been abreast of chess happenings, but apparently the rules have changed for World Championship so that if no winner is determined by a preset number of games they go to...blitz games? Apparently the development of deep-thinking AI has changed the nature so that players can play to time control and then use computer helps to find lines through equal positions. Essentially, if I understand correctly, this makes people play not to lose by sticking with variations or lines that they are thoroughly familiar with--or familiar enough to recognize losing moves far enough in that they can play for draws every time. I confess this both makes perfect sense and is somewhat sad.
  23. BethR


    A medievalist perspective by Kevin J. Harty, who has written or co-written several books on medievalism in movies: "Beam Me Up Robbie!: Outlaw King"
  24. kenmorefield

    The Criterion Channel

    I was kind of sad their titles didn't get folded into MUBI or some other pre-existing streaming option, but it was probably naive of me to hope for that.
  25. BethR

    The Princess Bride

    RIP William Goldman. (Link to a collection of Hollywood Twitter tributes at Slate.com) Maybe he deserves his own thread, but it might as well be here, because he loved The Princess Bride, both the book and the movie. New York Times obit.
  26. Tyler

    The Criterion Channel

    Launching Spring 2019.
  27. I second Come Sunday and First Man. I'm *very* tempted to second A Star Is Born, but it's hard for me to justify as to why it should on this particular list. I've counted all of Gareth's nominations as "first nomination" for a first mention of a film (e.g. The Happy Prince), "second" if it'd been nominated before (e.g. Leave No Trace), and haven't included the Honorable Mentions in the nominees (unless Gareth wishes to formally nominate them). Beyond all that business, Gareth, these are a unique and lovely batch of films from 2018, and a good reminder for me to re-watch The Piano. And I'd agree with you about the message bird in Early Man; it was about the only scene in that film which got me truly laughing.
  28. Buckeye Jones


    I can kinda see an artistic reason for the swimming scene, especially with Bruce’s comments that he was tired of hiding and now coming out into the open. I still tend to hit the FF button on sex scenes; typically it’s imagery I don’t need in my noggin. Benefits of Netflix, I guess. and agreed on Hell or High Water. Needed some of that tight storytelling here.
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