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  2. NBooth

    The Great American Novel

    Philip Roth has died.
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  4. Peter T Chattaway

    Mowgli (aka The Jungle Book)

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  6. Peter T Chattaway

    Happytime Murders

    Seriously NSFW here (language, violence, body fluids, etc.).
  7. Peter T Chattaway

    Pixar: The studio, its history and process

    Disney considering welcoming back Pixar co-founder John Lasseter after allegations of unwanted touching: report Executives at Walt Disney Co. have discussed bringing animation guru John Lasseter back to the company in a new role that would reduce his managerial power but allow him to retain creative influence, according to a person familiar with the matter. Those discussions come as the end of Mr. Lasseter’s six-month leave, taken following accusations of unwelcome hugging and other touching, approaches on May 21. So far, Disney has given no indication whether or not Mr. Lasseter will return. It is also possible that Monday will pass with no decision. . . . Wall Street Journal, May 16
  8. Peter T Chattaway

    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    For some reason that Chaw review leads me to think this film is *also* going to give us a back-story, not just for the Kessel Run, but for the bit in The Empire Strikes Back where Threepio says to Han, "Sir, I don't know where your ship learned to communicate, but it has the most peculiar dialect."
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  10. Evan C

    Movie Calendar

    An Angel at My Table - Janet Frame is reading a newspaper dated October 26th. Tully - Marlo's (Charlize Theron) birthday is mentioned as June 7th.
  11. NBooth

    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    Walter Chaw hates it. [Spoilers, but--really. It's Solo.]
  12. Peter T Chattaway

    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    I sense a pattern forming...
  13. Mike_tn

    Soul of a Woman - Sharon Jones

    "He Said I Can" track on Soul Time! compilation album
  14. Brian D

    The Tree of Life (2011)

    Noted...although I was assuming Penn's limited time on screen in the theatrical cut dovetailed with some script portions that included his character but were cut from the theatrical version. Seems to me that someone around here (Ryan H?) had said they had read the original script. Ryan?
  15. NBooth

    The Magnificent Seven (2016)

    I’ve worked my thoughts above into a two-years-later review at Rise Up Daily.
  16. Anders

    Avengers: Infinity War Part I

    I actually preferred the Guardians here to in Vol. 2, which I wasn't a fan of.
  17. Peter T Chattaway

    The Tree of Life (2011)

    Brian D wrote: : Wow, that is exciting news. Especially given Sean Penn's statement that this film was a lot better as originally scripted than it ended up being after the edit for theater release. I would caution against the assumption that "more screen time" equals "closer to the script". Malick is kind of notorious for telling actors to just ignore the script *on set*, let alone whatever he decides to do with it in the editing room.
  18. Peter T Chattaway

    Avengers: Infinity War Part I

    Buckeye Jones wrote: : There was a bit too much Guardians of the Galaxy screen time, though I suppose the story demanded it to be so given the third act and its machinations.  Ironically, one of the things I hated about Infinity War was how it effed up the Guardians, which had heretofore been one of my favorite Marvel movie properties. Among other things, they simply didn't have James Gunn's touch here -- and I can only wonder how Gunn will pick up the pieces once this Avengers storyline is over. That being said, I did love the way Thor kept calling Rocket Raccoon "Rabbit".
  19. Brian D

    The Tree of Life (2011)

    Wow, that is exciting news. Especially given Sean Penn's statement that this film was a lot better as originally scripted than it ended up being after the edit for theater release.
  20. M. Leary

    Avengers: Infinity War Part I

    Relentlessly okay, thirded. A lot of really inert dialogue. The critical problem for me is that Thanos is not a compelling character, and the relationships intended to imbue his prodigious chin with pathos are not well scripted. A similar thing happens with the Iron Man/Spiderman relationship, which doesn't quite connect the emotional dots. There just aren't any stakes present. A telling flaw is the first Guardians of the Galaxy sequence, which lacks the crackle and pop of their film installments. This makes me think that had Gunn directed this entire film, it would have been more coherent and incisive. He is a much better director.
  21. Buckeye Jones

    Avengers: Infinity War Part I

    Relentlessly okay is a pretty good descriptor. As franchise movies go, I'm more invested in the Star Wars series (though its long had diminishing returns, even as I remain favorably inclined to the new sequels, despite their faults), so I don't get tremendously excited when various Marvelista's appear or disappear. I found Thanos to be pretty engaging as a bad guy, even if his minions and their motivations never really gel. There was a bit too much Guardians of the Galaxy screen time, though I suppose the story demanded it to be so given the third act and its machinations. And I'm not sure that this ending could be affecting, as it is so obvious a set up for the next film, and with such clear Chekovian guns still hanging over their various mantles. For starters, of course, is that phone call that was never made between Cap and Iron Man, then Banner's impotence, as well as the fact that for an Avengers movie there was no Avengers reinstatement. So many MCU threads that need resolution, and resolution that won't take place until the fourth film. Just cinematically, this is half a story.
  22. Evan C

    ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959)

    Saw it last night. SPOILERS I actually found Mrs. Manion quite sympathetic, because the film makes it clear she's a victim of someone. Whether she's a rape victim of Barney Quill or an abuse victim of her husband, who along with Stockholm syndrome pressured her into lying about being raped to get him off, is unclear and outside the scope of the film. And I actually thought the film did make it clear that she was in no way responsible for whichever act of abuse actually happened, even if she was highly flirtatious or willingly having an affair. And the way Preminger framed the reaction to the "panties" scene made me sympathize with her even more, because he puts her right in the center of the frame, drawing all attention to her, which for me, put into stark relief the cruelty of laughing at her and the abuse she suffered. However, I absolutely agree that the film doesn't really see a problem with the "what was she wearing" argument, as is made clear by how Biegler wants her to dress for the trial, even if it wants to put all the blame on the perpetrator (whoever he is). And the introduction of Mrs. Manion was also quite problematic, because it's designed to cast as much doubt on her story as possible, even if there are dramatic reasons to do that. I suppose it's possible to say the film is depicting a realistic portrayal of what laws and attitudes were regarding rape in 1959, but it is cringe-worthy. I was thinking this would make a good double feature with Cape Fear, in which a defense attorney buries evidence that his rapist client's victim was flirtatious, because he knows that's immaterial and an immoral line of defense even though the law says otherwise. Regarding what really happened in Anatomy of a Murder, whether Mrs. Manion's a victim of her husband or Barney Quill, the testimony from Quill's friend makes me think she was raped, because why else would he be so jumpy, nervous, and reticent. Also, the ripped panties suggest a more violent encounter, not an affair. On the other hand, Lt. Manion is so unlikeable and obviously violent that the prosecution's claim he caught his wife having an affair, beat her, and murdered her love seems more than plausible. Anyway, it is certainly clear that the "temporary insanity" claim is bogus, and Diegler is defending a guilty man in regards to the murder charge, and I thought the film handled that aspect fantastically, showing how everyone is entitled to a fair trial and the ways that a guilty man could get off depending on how evidence is produced.
  23. Evan C

    Movie Calendar

    Anatomy of a Murder - Jimmy Stewart mentions August 16th during the trial as the date the rape occurred.
  24. Darrel Manson

    Movie Calendar

    Tully (2018) - When Marlo is in the hospital after car accident, the husband is asked her DOB: 6/7/77
  25. NBooth

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    Lindsay Ellis has an excellent three-part series on The Hobbit. Here's the first one.
  26. NBooth

    Avengers: Infinity War Part I

    Saw it. It's relentlessly ok. It isn't great, or even good--but it isn't the Death of Cinema, either. It's just--there. Some funny bits. Some genuinely astounding settings (the star forge). Lots of uninteresting action. An ending that should be affecting but isn't (apart from Tom Holland's performance). A villain who isn't interesting, in spite of all the advance hype. A conclusion that suggests the next movie will feature Matt Smith popping out of a TARDIS and doing some timey-wimey stuff. I did have fun, but the overall impression was of exhaustion.
  27. Overstreet

    The Tree of Life (2011)

    Um... This seems significant: Terrence Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’ Gets Longer Criterion Version
  28. Peter T Chattaway

    Rambo V

    Sylvester Stallone lining up 'Rambo V' (exclusive) Sylvester Stallone is attached to reprise his role as former Green Beret John Rambo in Rambo V, which Millennium Media will bring to Cannes this week. Production on the fifth instalment in the 36-year franchise that famously launched with First Blood in 1982 is scheduled for a September 1 start and will encompass London, Bulgaria, and the Canary Islands. . . . Stallone’s return to action in the long-running series finds him living in a ranch in Arizona, deeply troubled and wrestling with PTSD as he picks up casual work wherever he can. When long-time family friend and estate manager Maria informs Rambo that her grand-daughter has gone missing after crossing into Mexico for a party, he sets off with her to find the youngster. What ensues is a violent descent into hell as Rambo uncovers a sex-trafficking ring. He teams up with a journalist whose half-sister has also been kidnapped and must deploy all his skills to save the girls and bring down a vicious crime lord. . . . Screen Daily, May 5
  29. Peter T Chattaway

    Star Wars: Episode IX

    A new story at the Wall Street Journal says Colin Trevorrow lost the job because Kathleen Kennedy didn't like his script. So it didn't necessarily have anything to do with The Book of Henry or his post-Jurassic World ego, as earlier reports had it. But what I want to know *now* is whether Kennedy was always unhappy with Trevorrow's script, or if she was only upset with the direction it was taking after Carrie Fisher died and the filmmakers were forced to come up with a whole new, Leia-free storyline.
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