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  1. A friend, who, like many Christians, disliked or disapproved of the film’s divergence from the novel, recently revised her views based on the recent cultural dialogue around race (and quantum principles). Whether you agree with her take or not, it’s a well written article.
  2. A friend, a woman in her 30s, who by her own account has been fat her whole life, is trying to mitigate the wounds our fat-phobic culture have inflicted. As part of that, she is trying to nurture her imagination by feeding it depictions (in film, books, or TV) of old women who are fat and happy. Can y’all help me start a list for her?
  3. I'm wondering if any of you fine folks are on Clubhouse. I'd love to connect there. This is a pretty good article if you're curious about it: https://www.wired.com/story/inside-clubhouse-audio-app-paul-davison-rohan-seth/ It feels different from any other social media I've every experienced.
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    Tenet

    Why Does Christopher Nolan Want ‘Tenet’ in Theaters Next Month?
  5. 1) Maybe I was less forgiving because I binged the season in ~3 days, but about halfway through I found almost everyone really annoying. I haven't figured out if it was the acting, the writing, the direction, or something else. I'm leaning toward the direction. Whatever the case, I'm really glad they got Anthony Hopkins (even if it seems a slightly tired role for him); his is the only performance I really admired. 2) That all said, I'm surprised your take was so much more positive, and I'm curious which you think is the one exception! Only one?? Logan? Sylvester? Felix Lutz? Sizemore? Theresa? Charlotte? (I'm only guessing humans because it's harder to disparage someone playing a robot--performances that are "off" seem to fit a little better) By the end of the season, it felt like all the worst tendencies of J.J. Abrams and M. Night Shyamalan were being indulged hard. Huge disappointment since the premise is solid and there was so much potential. I even agree it veered pretty close to greatness at times, even despite the performances/direction.
  6. Some interesting thoughts here on Borat's 10th anniversary and its relationship to the current Trump-influenced cultural / political climate. And on satire's inevitable "Now what?" question and the increasing tendency of shows like Last Week Tonight to end with a Call To Action.
  7. Anybody else watched this yet? I loved it. Isaac was superb, imo, and there were plenty of other very good performances, although the parade of Wire actors was a bit distracting at times for me. Their familiarity worked against what Zoller Seitz draws attention to above. I was able to care for the (what would normally be) auxiliary characters to the extent that they felt like real people; every Wire face was a too-hard-to-ignore reminder that they were not.
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    Future Islands

    I was surprised to see no one talking about this performance here. I can't stop watching it. http://youtu.be/1Ee4bfu_t3c I can't remember a front-man performance as mesmerizing as this. Part of the fun for me (and friends) is trying to come up with adequate hybrid descriptions: Tom Jones + Henry Rollins + a pigeon Carlton (from Fresh Prince of Bel Air) + Kevin Spacey + Beelzebub Rick Astley + Burt Reynolds + Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons) William Shatner + Tom Waits + Aerobics Instructor How can a single song/performance bring together so many disparate influences/references/connotations and make it work?! The music, sans vocals, is pretty straightforward pop/electronic but throw in Samuel T. Herring and I can't help thinking of Las Vegas, the 80s, Death Metal (or whatever subgenre...I can't keep them straight), etc., etc. The new album and the one before are good, too. PS - I love how enthused Dave is afterward!
  9. Anyone have any thoughts on the significance of the title?
  10. Some might argue Electronic Music (insofar as it is a genre) could compete for that title. Baths Bibio Boards of Canada Bonobo Disclosure DJ Koze James Blake Jon Hopkins Atoms for Peace Daft Punk That's a really good batch of albums.
  11. Here are a bunch of albums I like a lot, so far: Junip - Junip The National - Trouble Will Find Me Alpoko Don - The Ol' Soul EP Josh Ritter - The Beast in its Tracks Ballake Sissoko - At Peace Baths - Obsidian Bonobo - The North Borders Rhye - Woman Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg (My guilty pleasure. I suspect the pleasure will diminish with time but I like this candy right now.) Foxygen - We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic Olafur Arnalds - For Now I am Winter Want/need to listen more: The Uncluded, Parquet Courts, Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer, My Bloody Valentine, Torres, Jon Hopkins, Laura Marling, Olafur Arnalds, Glenn Jones, Laura Mvula, Hiss Golden Messenger, Colin Stetson, Frightened Rabbit, Phosphorescent, Jason Isbell, Mikal Cronin, Sam Amidon, Shigeto, These New Puritans, Cayucas, Looking forward to: Damien Jurado, Arcade Fire, Ebony Bones, Volcano Choir, Lowland Hum, The Dodos, Bill Callahan,
  12. Official release is tomorrow. I just wanted a place to share this -- http://storify.com/kevangilbert/what-yeezus-says -- and there didn't appear to be an existing thread.
  13. SDG, would you mind sharing a URL to your final list?
  14. My 2012 favorites in alphabetical order, which works out well because the first two are in a league of their own and I don't want to rank the rest: Alt-J - An Awesome Wave Anais Mitchell - Young Man in America Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe Damien Jurado - Maraqopa Father John Misty - Fear Fun Japandroids - Celebration Rock JBM - Stray Ashes mewithoutYou - Ten Stories Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again Stealing Sheep - Into the Diamond Sun Some honorable mentions: Cat Power, Sarah Jaffe, Boom Bip and Charlie White, Max Richter, Kanaku y el Tigre, Old Time Machine
  15. I'll second 7 Wonders. Haven't played Android but recently played Infiltration, which is a spin-off and it was pretty enjoyable. Played Lord of the Rings (or maybe it was the hobbit version) once and it was alright but not my cup of tea. Here are a few more that I've been playing that I just added to the Favorite Board Games thread: Snake Oil (4 - 9 players)(more of a party game than a "board" game) - Similar to Apples to Apples, in that you choose word-cards from your hand and are trying to get your selection chosen by the player who is "it" this round, but instead of just needing to have the card(s) fit the indicated theme, you are trying to sell a new product to the "it" person who is given a role. They might be a dictator or a priest or Santa Claus and you make your selection based on what that character might buy. So if the "It" is a Cave Man, from my hand of Finger, Hell, Gas, Future, Shield, Urge, Soap, I might choose to sell him a product called "Soap Urge," which I might define as some pharmaceutical that promotes impulses toward cleanliness, "Because soap is useless, if you don't want to use it." The Cave Man (or whatever) would hear the pitches from all the players and then choose from among them whom to award the point. There is definitely a performative element, so it's not a game that will work with all crowds but with the right people it can be hilarious. Repello (2 - 4 players) - My wife and I are always on the lookout for games that are good with 2 players. Bonus points if we can play it over dinner. This one fits the bill. It's still fairly new to us so we'll see if it has staying power but so far so good. Quick to learn but leaves plenty of room to improve. I believe it's Mensa endorsed, which is usually a really good sign for abstract strategy games (some other favorites are Blokus and Quarto) Love Letter (2 - 4 players) - Super simple to learn, quick to play, lots of fun.
  16. A few new faves: Snake Oil (4 - 9 players)(more of a party game than a "board" game) - Similar to Apples to Apples, in that you choose word-cards from your hand and are trying to get your selection chosen by the player who is "it" this round, but instead of just needing to have the card(s) fit the indicated theme, you are trying to sell a new product to the "it" person who is given a role. They might be a dictator or a priest or Santa Claus and you make your selection based on what that character might buy. So if the "It" is a Cave Man, from my hand of Finger, Hell, Gas, Future, Shield, Urge, Soap, I might choose to sell him a product called "Soap Urge," which I might define as some pharmaceutical that promotes impulses toward cleanliness, "Because soap is useless, if you don't want to use it." The Cave Man (or whatever) would hear the pitches from all the players and then choose from among them whom to award the point. There is definitely a performative element, so it's not a game that will work with all crowds but with the right people it can be hilarious. Repello (2 - 4 players) - My wife and I are always on the lookout for games that are good with 2 players. Bonus points if we can play it over dinner. This one fits the bill. It's still fairly new to us so we'll see if it has staying power but so far so good. Quick to learn but leaves plenty of room to improve. I believe it's Mensa endorsed, which is usually a really good sign for abstract strategy games (some other favorites are Blokus and Quarto) 7 Wonders (2 - 7 players) - I've only played it once but I loved it. Won a bunch of big awards. Love Letter (2 - 4 players) - Super simple to learn, quick to play, lots of fun.
  17. Just found out: it's an online symposium. Ie. A blog a day, with the author responding to any comments/questions. Part 1
  18. Just saw this announcement and thought some of our UK A+Fers might be interested. Curiously, I don't think the announcement says where it's taking place...
  19. Huffington Post just posted a Top Big Screen Jesus Bracket Challenge.
  20. Thom, thanks for the recommendation. This album became one of my most listened last year. I always look forward to your "New Music Worth Hearing" round-ups because you're always introducing music nobody I know is talking about.
  21. My non-critic 2 cents: liked it a lot but found it hard to really love it. Very little emotional investment but brilliantly intellectually engaging. Did find it hard keeping names and code names straight but it didn't stop me from following what was happening. Visually very interesting. Subtle little comedic nuggets spread throughout (the drama rehearsal in the yard when he goes to visit Connie Sachs [where is she living, btw??], or, my favorite, the prominent graffiti in one scene: "The Future is Female"). The ending felt a little underwhelming even though I appreciated the--already mentioned here-- possible ambiguous/ambivalent interpretation of Prideaux's final action of the film. Related, but probably inconsequential question: what wooden something did the boy come to give to Prideaux right before that?
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    Wild Flag

    I saw their second show as a band, not because I was particularly excited about the band or the music--I was never a huge fan of Sleater-Kinney or any of the members' other bands--but because so called super-groups don't often do their second show in my (then) hometown of Bellingham, Washington. I was also a fan of the venue, a great little intimate folk/country/blues space, just down the street from my studio. The show was fun and I expect if you like Sleater-Kinney you'll enjoy WILD FLAG, but it was hard to tell from the concert what an album would sound like. Any thoughts from anyone who has heard it?
  23. Bought this on the strength of that youtube clip. Thank you. I'm enjoying it. Although I might dispute your claim that the album is lovelier than the live clip--maybe it's the slow atmospheric build up that does it for me.
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