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About Anders

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    Globe-trotting special agent
  • Birthday 06/12/1982

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    Waterloo, ON
  • Interests
    I have a particular interest in the works of Hitchcock, Kurasawa, Nolan, Lynch, Malick, Wong Kar-wai, Welles, and Scorsese. I am developing an interest in Southeast and East Asian cinema. My research areas include film and literary theory. I am currently working on the topic of film, memory, and dreams - subjectivity in cinema. And I still love Spielberg and Lucas.

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    PhD Candidate (Wilfrid Laurier University)
  • Favorite movies
    A sample of favourite films: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Psycho, North By Northwest, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, It's A Wonderful Life, Lord of the Rings, Days of Heaven, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Seven Samurai, Ikiru, La Dolce Vita, Wild Strawberries, Pulp Fiction, Schindler's List, Blue Velvet, Rushmore, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove; Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Big Lebowski, The Third Man, There Will Be Blood Directors: George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Sofia Copolla, Terrrance Malick, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurowsawa, Frederico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Alfonso Cuaron, The Coen Bros., Orson Welles, Hayao Miyazaki, Wong Kar-wai, David Lynch
  • Favorite music
    A sample of my favourite artists: Radiohead, The Beatles, U2, Broken Social Scene, Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, The Clash, Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West, Mos Def, Outkast, Ryan Adams, The Beach Boys, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, New Order, Joy Division, Joel Plaskett, The Kinks, My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths, Bob Dylan, The Stone Roses Genres: Canadian Indie Rock, British Rock, French House, Hip-Hop,
  • Favorite creative writing
    A sample of my favourite authors: William Shakespeare, John Donne, J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, J. K. Rowling, Joseph Conrad, T. S. Eliot, William Blake, John Keats, Oscar Wilde, John Milton, Robert E. Howard, Ian McEwan, W. Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, Franz Kafka, Fydor Dostoyevsky, James Joyce, Ian Fleming, Michael Chabon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Bill Watterson, Charles Schulz, Brian K. Vaughan Genres: 17th C. English Poetry, Modern Lit, Existentialist Lit, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic Realism, Humour, Comic Books, Comic Strips

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  1. Elaborate cos-play, note-for-note remake (mostly). Shaking my head, but this is not at all surprising given the culture we live in.
  2. Iggy Pop!
  3. JANUARY Gleick, James, Time Travel: A History FEBRUARY Bradbury, Ray, The Illustrated Man
  4. If we're talking about cultural upheaval and the end of an age, surely Jackson's Lord of the Rings films deserve some consideration. The end of the Third Age and all that.
  5. FYI, SNOWPIERCER was Bong Joon-ho. But point taken.
  6. I'm friends with Andy on Facebook and he posts about music on there, but he's not writing at any publications at the moment that I'm aware of.
  7. I'll just note that Glenn has publicly discussed his own struggles with alcohol and overcoming addiction, so that may affect his stance on the film. I haven't seen the film myself.
  8. Ack. It doesn't even open here until January 6. Not sure I'm going to have a chance to see it in order to vote for it.
  9. I'm not sure if "tyrannically" is the right descriptor here. Lucas certainly had some oversight, especially on Zahn's first trilogy, but it was mostly to veto things that he wanted to preserve for his own sandbox (e.g. The Clone Wars). Check out Michael Kaminski's SECRET HISTORY OF STAR WARS if you haven't. I know I've plugged it before, but I bet you'd really enjoy it, Justin. That said, one of the other EU (Legends is it now?) stories that Lucas had the most input on was DARK EMPIRE by Kennedy and Leitch for Dark Horse comics, and it certainly fits the darker tone that folks are interested in.
  10. I'm so happy to hear you say this.
  11. To me, this is why I find this film so valuable. I don't think this is just another film that negatively portrays Christians and Christian history. Not only does it do a good job of portraying the mindset of extreme Puritan Calvinism, it does so without dismissing their fears as completely misguided or deluded. There *is* in fact a witch, and this makes the obsession and patriarchal aspects more interesting. And it shows how certain reactions to *real, genuine* evil can in fact drive people into its clutches rather than save them.
  12. This is one of my favourite bits in the movie, mostly because I remember the old production artwork for Vader's castle by Ralph McQuarrie. Apparently the planet is actually Mustafar, even though it seems pretty morbid of him to make his base on the same planet that almost destroyed him.
  13. I agree. Not only do I still have a couple dozen films to catch up with on the list, but I'm honestly curious what films do you think are missing from the list? I don't think there have been a significant number of films I'd want to add from the last 5 years to warrant a revision, so I would require a careful thinking about the one's we already have on there and looking at cinema history in a new lens. But I'm definitely interested in the idea of a book companion.
  14. Wasn't one of the aliens in the Rebel War Room on Yavin IV a Bothan? Kind of a cross between a chimp and a cat?
  15. I remember there was talk of casting a POC in the role as Mary Jane. A bit annoyed they seemed to have backed off that.