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  2. Podcast Recommendations?

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    I've added a few podcast subscriptions (links to iTunes or podcast site, but they're available on whatever you like): Backlisted--"giving life to old books"--two or three British people chat about what they've been reading, then get down to discussing the week's chosen unjustly neglected book from the past. All genres, so you're bound to find something you either remember reading, or something you realize you want to read. Recent titles included: I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Warren Zevon bio), Venetia (Georgette Heyer), Red Shift (Alan Garner), Lost Horizon (James Hilton, Passing (Nella Larson), and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson). The Good Die Young--"dedicated to great but obscure TV shows. We love the short-lived, ahead of their time series that end up as fan favorites." I can't remember how I found this, but the first season is devoted to The Middleman, which is one of the most delightful, good-hearted sci-fi shows ever to be cut off after just 12 episodes. Best if you have watched the series, of course. This guy really does his homework, and between reviewing the episodes, interviews series creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach, writers, directors, most of the main actors (including the elusive Matt Keeslar), and the comic book artists. Grapes of Wrath! I can't wait to hear what he talks about next. Shameless plug: A friend has embarked on a Buffy & Angel rewatch podcast, Conversations with Dead People, that will be featuring a lot of fan-scholars & scholar-fans, including me. The first two episodes (covering BtVS episodes 1-5) are up now. I don't think there's anything else quite like this.
  5. Creating Film Critic Circle?

    I'm definitely interested and think it would be great to get something like that going. A mailing list that provided links to members' reviews written for their various platforms could work well. I think we'd probably want to tag team to make sure the majority of new releases got covered, but if we got enough people, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
  6. Creating Film Critic Circle?

    This is a question which deserves a much more detailed and thorough response, but I haven't the mental space for it now. There seems to be a polarizing evolution of the review format between the lengthy analytical "hot take" and "long take," and the star-rating with super-short blurb review/plot summary for Rotten Tomatoes purposes. Regarding the creation of a film critic circle, I think it's something worth pursuing, especially as it may add legitimacy to the reviews that are being written by/for a religious audience, as well as continue the connections we've fostered within the A&F Ecumenical Jury each year. I'd certainly want to be a member of it. I think there's also something to be said for podcasting, although I don't have the knowledge or equipment to start one.
  7. Creating Film Critic Circle?

    Doing my bi-annual (or so) bump of this thread to see if interest has changed. I had lunch with publicist at SXSW and we discussed how more and more sites are decreasing or doing away with movie "reviews" altogether. CT, for example, has pretty much eliminated movie reviews, though they still run occasional "trend pieces." I've been told that Crosswalk has done the same. Seems like the only ones doing movie reviews in that space are the content monitors (Plugged In, MovieGuide, Christian Spotlight) or individually run blogs. But it's not really possible for blogs to be anything approaching comprehensive. Anyway, now that CT has shelved the weekly e-mail newsletter as well, it occurs to me that an FFCC type affiliation could have a weekly newsletter through MailChimp or whatever that ran short blurbs/recommendations of new releases or provided links/excerpts to member reviews at various blogs, Letterbox'd etc. That is, of course, assuming people are still writing movie reviews in various places all scattered to the wind...or is the review dead and we all just live in the age of the trend piece? Any thoughts?
  8. Podcast Recommendations?

    My friend and colleague Andy Crank from the University of Alabama has a podcast called The Sound and the Furious: "Two professors use humor, curse words, and hopefully some insight to connect current events with American literature and history." I just started episode one ("Trump, the Dirty South, and the Humanities") and it's quite good. The discussion of how the humanities are perceived vs. how they are in practice is pretty bracing after a year of Atlantic whinging about "safe spaces."
  9. 300 (2006)

    Thank you for saying that. Made me smile.
  10. What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, will take a detailed look at this historic series and consider the reasons why "fans all over the world are rediscovering and embracing the show with an enthusiasm rivaling the affection they feel for any other Star Trek series." I’m curious to see this documentary -- supposed to be released early this year. Ever since Adam Nimoy quit the project, it seems Ira Steven Behr has been dragging his feet to complete the film. Like many Trek fans, I think Deep Space Nine has been sorely underrated…. can’t recall seeing TV reruns of any DS9 episodes (or Enterprise either, for that matter) – only Next Generation and Voyager, besides the original series. One thing does seem problematic-- Avery Brooks apparently declined to be interviewed.
  11. My brother doesn't build scale models but he's fond of building gundam figures
  12. U2 - Songs of Experience

    Love this album
  13. The Dandelion Method

    will check that out
  14. 300 (2006)

    This thing is on Netflix, which means I've finally gotten around to seeing it. Ken's spot on with his 10 years review. I'm surprised that the film with all its stylization was as inert as it was. I also expected more gore, so I noticed that when the blood was flowing, the sand stayed unstained. This led to an almost clinical feeling--that there's no weight to this thing, even as it purports to showcase Spartan valor in the face of unstoppable invasion. The politics of this are a mess, I suppose, although it may have no politics to begin with. The end coda, with Dilius leading the charge lend only the tiniest gram of weight to the sacrifice of Leonidas, which could have been supplied with a much stronger dramatic arc. What if Gorgo was actually marshalling the army to come to their aid? What if she was evacuating the city and only needed three days' time? But nope--pretty much, what would it have looked like if we turned 300 the comic book into 300 the movie? And that's about it. One final shot--why the incessant narration? So annoying. My wife asked if I had the voiceover for visually impaired feature on.
  15. Top-grossing films by female directors

    good to know about this
  16. Favorite films of 2017

    unnumbered list but I really liked these movies Dunkirk Lady bird Get out John Wick 2 Logan Spiderman: Homecoming Coco Wonder Woman Blade runner 2049 Lego Batman
  17. Mary Poppins Returns

    i think the link is the same as this thread.
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  19. Ready Player One

    I suppose I had that one-liner coming.
  20. Ready Player One

    Based on what little I know of you, I expect you would probably hate it.
  21. Ready Player One

    Happy you liked it. I'm also a child of the 80s and had an Atari 2600.... and yet the trailer still underwhelmed me. I also have a fandango coupon for a (mostly) free ticket. And yet... that trailer still underwhelmed me, and my time is precious. On the fence.
  22. Mary Poppins Returns

    Well, move it. The search function of this board is ridiculous.
  23. Ready Player One

    teven Spielberg dropped by Austin last night to introduce the film, which was both pretty terrific and total fan service. Should make a gazillion dollars. My review.
  24. Top-grossing films by female directors

    Just a quick note to say that I updated the list above to include Pitch Perfect 3, which has grossed over $100 million in North America. Time will tell whether A Wrinkle in Time joins that list. It made an estimated $33.3 million this week, which is the 15th-biggest opening weekend (as far as I can tell) of any film (co-)directed by a woman, and the 10th-biggest opening weekend of any film directed *solely* by a woman, but appears to have been smaller than the studio had hoped. 2017 Wonder Woman (dir. Patty Jenkins) $103.3 million 2015 Fifty Shades of Grey (dir. Sam Taylor-Johnson) $85.2 million 2008 Twilight (dir. Catherine Hardwicke) $69.6 million 2012 Pitch Perfect 2 (dir. Elizabeth Banks) $69.2 million 2013 Frozen (co-directed) $67.4 million 2012 Brave (co-directed) $66.3 million 2009 Alvin & the Chipmunks 2 (dir. Betty Thomas) $48.9 million 2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 (dir. Jennifer Yuh Nelson) $47.7 million 2004 Shark Tale (co-directed) $47.4 million 2001 Shrek (co-directed) $42.3 million 2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 (co-directed) $41.3 million 1998 Deep Impact (dir. Mimi Leder) $41.2 million 2009 The Proposal (dir. Anne Fletcher) $33.6 million 2000 What Women Want (dir. Nancy Meyers) $33.6 million 2018 A Wrinkle in Time (dir. Ava DuVernay) $33.3 million 2014 Unbroken (dir. Angelina Jolie) $30.6 million 1998 Doctor Dolittle (dir. Betty Thomas) $29.0 million 2008 Mamma Mia! (dir. Phyllida Lloyd) $27.8 million
  25. Pixar: The studio, its history and process

    COMMENTARY: Why Did ‘Coco’ Producer Darla K. Anderson Ditch Pixar Just Days After Winning The Oscar? The timing of Anderson’s exit raises new questions about what is happening right now internally at Pixar. Even Brenda Chapman, who left Pixar following the release of Brave, waited for one month after her film’s theatrical release before exiting. So, it’s extremely telling that Anderson, a staunch Pixar loyalist who was known by people at the studio to be extremely protective of the company brand, had planned to leave immediately after the end of Oscar season. . . . While it’s unlikely that Anderson will speak anytime soon about why she chose to leave Pixar (she has also demurred on adequately addressing Lasseter’s actions), it would not be surprising to see other longtime Pixar upper brass follow the same path. That’s because one of the most damning revelations that has emerged out of the entire sordid Lasseter scandal is that his “missteps” were widely known to people who worked at the studio, and the studio’s management spent years protecting Lasseter at the expense of his victims. . . . Anderson’s Pixar career may or may not be collateral damage of the Lasseter scandal, but her decision to sever ties with the company at the first convenient moment, not to mention the ringing endorsements from Disney brass, suggest that there’s more to the story. Whatever her particular situation may be, other Pixar careers will almost certainly come undone before the Lasseter drama has ended. Cartoon Brew, March 9
  26. Back to High and Low: *spoiler alert* I was really intrigued by that final scene in a way that strongly pulls me back to revisit it. The superposing of the faces of the 2 men (Gondo and the criminal) is striking. It makes me think of what those 2 men may actually share even in spite of the dramatic class gulf between them. Of course we know that Gondo by this time is no longer in the rich, lofty social class that he once was. Perhaps a partial closing of this social class gap is suggested here. Even more fascinating to ponder, though, is the possibility that this shot suggests Gondo is not as far from the guilt and condemnation of the criminal as it may seem at first. We recall that, were Gondo to have not opted to pay a ransom for the boy's life, he may have spent a life of somehow sharing in (or at least condemning himself) the guilt of the boy's murder. 2 faces, superimposed on one another. Both human and both not far from the tormented, guilt-wracked cries of that final scene. Ah, for the grace of God to break in..
  27. Great idea! I'd be up for that or a similar category -film maybe, say, in April. I would try to join the discussion if you started a thread in a few weeks, Rob.
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