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    Disc Golf, Cards (especially Euchre), Literary Criticism,

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    Professor of English
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  • Favorite movies
    The Godfather, Persepolis, The Man Who Planted Trees, Emma, A Man Escaped
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    I dunno. My Ipod did once randomize a Meatloaf song and an Amy Grant song back to back.
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    * George MacDonald * Lord of the Rings (but not the dreadful movies) * Riddley Walker * Wicked * Dune * Emma (anything Austen, really) * The Remains of the Day * Nero Wolfe * Billy Budd Tom Jones (but not the dreadful movie). D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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  1. Link to The New Muppet Show It seems inconceivable to me that after nearly two decades, there is no dedicated thread to The Muppet Show. Perhaps there was, and I couldn't find it. Anyhow, I got a press release today that Disney+ is getting The Muppet Show including Seasons 4 and 5 which the press release says " have never previously been released on home entertainment." "
  2. Okay, here's the grumpathon: http://1morefilmblog.com/2021/01/23/cobra-kai-season-3/
  3. Whether you are a critic, a fan, or something in-between, you have no doubt experienced the delicious pleasure of discovering a show or a band or a film before it breaks out. You have also no doubt shared that the glum experience of watching that personal favorite lose something of its appeal as it seeks and finds a larger audience. Cobra Kai on YouTube was a quirky, clever, nostalgic favorite that avoided the extremes of deconstruction and imitation. It wasn’t simply a repeat of the Karate Kid formula, but neither was it presenting the childhood movies as false memories. Cobra K
  4. May try to write a review this weekend, but man, S3 was a major letdown for me.
  5. Interesting thoughts...appreciate the other perspectives. One thing that hasn't been wearing well with me is the whole "never before in the history of the world..." vibe. I do think there is an important observation to be made that it is the technology and the apparatus that is more disturbing than the content...but I am old enough to remember similar such claims for, say, television (the medium is the message/amusing ourselves to death/death of print culture irrevocably changing all aspects of life.) I wonder to what extent the film postulates some sort of straight, unchanging
  6. I finally watched Mulan and it was marginally entertaining, though thoroughly safe and over-processed in an American movie kinda way. I felt like the movie thought just the existence of a female lead who wasn't a princess was enough of a reason for being, as though we haven't watched 8 years of Arya Stark or something. Bits and pieces had nice art design and choreography. Other scenes were really laughable: Commander: Your punishment is banishment... Mulan: I would rather die! Commander: If you are seen again, you will get your wish. [Mulan leaves] I couldn't really t
  7. Nice commentary from Magnus Carlsen: "This draw offer is, quite frankly, insulting...." Also liked, "He shouldn't smile there...he should be ashamed..." Not surprisingly the essence is that the show tries to inject suspense or drama into a situation where world-caliber chess players would see there is none...
  8. I know one other idea we had for a list was TV shows. I think Crime & Punishment was suggested in the last round. But I know Evan's been wanting to do Musicals for awhile, and I'm inclined (if we do this) to let whoever organizes have maximum input on selecting the topic.
  9. I would be okay with that, though it is hard to tell if there is enough interest to proceed.
  10. This Netflix documentary looks a little different on the other side of last week's failed insurrection at The Capitol. It's argument is depressing but persuasive -- that the conditions that created the violence were predictable (one participant says the thing he most fears based on his understanding of social media manipulation is "civil war") and to some extent unavoidable. Like documentaries dealing with climate change, it is harrowing because it doesn't see a clear solution. The conditions that have been created are so widely entrenched as to make fixes implausible. That's why t
  11. The Immigrant (#91) is on MUBI for 30 days. Looks like we have an old (2014) blurb on there. If anyone wants to update, let me know. But watch the film either way if you've never seen it.
  12. When someone he has befriended leaves the Ku Klux Klan, he often gives Daryl Davis the robe he wore as a member of that group. Over the years, Davis, by his own account, has amassed dozens of these retired jerseys of hate. Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America, which premiered this week at SXSW, chronicles Davis’s attempts to impact America by changing the hearts and minds of one racist at a time. Daryl goes to Klan rallies. He has invited Klansmen to his home and visited them. He calls some of them “friend” even as they call him inferior. In one moving segment, the film rec
  13. Love Sarah begins immediately after the death of the titular character, whom we are told was a world class chef. Sarah’s partner reluctantly agrees to sell the restaurant space, and her daughter meets Sarah’s estranged mother because she has nowhere to live. I would like you to stop for a moment and predict three things you might expect to happen in a movie with the set up described above. Go ahead, I’ll wait… If you actually did the above exercise and are still reading, you might make it through Love Sarah since knowing what is coming next is not a deal-breaker for you. It isn’t for
  14. For the seventh year in a row, members and friends of the Arts & Faith forum attempted to bring attention to films specifically recommended to a Christian audience. The Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury is not affiliated with Interfilm -- best known for forming an Ecumenical Jury at various world film festivals, especially Cannes. The Arts & Faith groups was created in 2014 after Christianity Today discontinued its annual lists of critics choices and "most redemptive" films. Although many participants at Arts & Faith identify as Christian, the forum itself is not affiliated wi
  15. I am very pleased that 11 A&F members and friends kept this tradition alive. The results have been populated in our list section: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/films/year/20-2020-arts-faith-ecumenical-jury/ I'll be adding an intro at the A&F Blog and we have blurbs coming from various participants. The final list was: 1) Nomadland 2) Minari 3) Dick Johnson is Dead 4) Sound of Metal 5) Soul 6) First Cow 7) The Painter and the Thief 8) Da 5 Bloods 9) Young Ahmed 10) David Byrne's American Utopia
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