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    Film, books, sports, politics, music, food, drink.

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    University Lecturer, Media and Communication Studies
  • Favorite movies
    2001: A Space Odyssey, Citizen Kane, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Godfather, Seven Samurai, Taxi Driver, 8½, Vertigo, Pulp Fiction, The Godfather: Part II, Days of Heaven, The Third Man, Mulholland Drive, Blade Runner, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, La Dolce Vita, It's a Wonderful Life, Raging Bull, Apocalypse Now, Ikiru, The Grapes of Wrath, Eyes Wide Shut, Wild Strawberries, The Big Lebowski, Brazil, Blue Velvet, Rushmore, Children of Men, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, JFK, Spirited Away, Lawrence of Arabia, 2046, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Once Upon a Time in the West, Barry Lyndon, Do the Right Thing, Pan's Labyrinth, The Mirror, La Jetée, Alien, Lost in Translation, From Russia With Love, Ronin, Inglorious Basterds, The Man Who Would Be King, The Prestige, My Neighbour Totoro, After Life, The Tree of Life, Psycho, Mad Max: Fury Road, North By Northwest, Chungking Express, Summer Hours
  • Favorite music
    Hip-hop, Jazz, Pop, Indie Rock, R&B, Film Scores
  • Favorite creative writing
    Moby-Dick, Blood Meridian, The Lord of the Rings, Dandelion Wine, Karl Ove Knausgaard

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  1. Anders

    Da 5 Bloods

    I did read it, and I think it's a fair point, even if I ultimately like Lee's film. It echoes my main discomfort with the film, that while it's as you say primarily about the black American experience of the Vietnam War, it still has a tendency to flatten the Vietnamese (or short shrift their experiences when it does gesture at them) and make it about an internal American struggle, with Paul's soul as the site of that battle, rather than fully grapple with why the Americans were there or the legacy of American imperialism. Though, my brother raised a good point in our discussion about how even the Treasure of Sierra Madre plot gestures towards American greed and "soft imperialism," just as the Huston-Bogey film does. Yes, I also didn't encounter anything like that floating market experience when I travelled in Vietnam. Also, i suspect the scene was filmed in the Bangkok floating market, just as the temple scene near the end confirmed my suspicion that it looked more Thai, since it was filmed near Chiang Mai where I used to live. The only scenes shot in Vietnam I believe are the Ho Chi Minh City ones.
  2. Anders

    Da 5 Bloods

    So, on the chat the other night and in his Letterboxd review, Jeffrey suggested that it felt like Lindo's Paul could have been played by Denzel Washington. Well, you're right Jeff! In this interview Giancarlo Esposito says that was the original intent, with John David Washington as David (the Jonathan Majors character) and Giancarlo as Eddie, and Samuel L. Jackson too! As good as Lindo is, I'm kinda bummed we didn't get to see that. https://collider.com/da-5-bloods-original-cast-denzel-washington/
  3. I think she's only talking about the film, so maybe this is a case where the film is better than the book? (I have not read the book).
  4. Yup, this is the case for me too. I would put it in my top 10 at this point. It certainly doesn't hurt that it's so confidently and wonderfully crafted as well. The classical storytelling and wonderful cinematography, the script and its unity of time and place that helps you feel like you are experiencing the day, the wonderful performances across the board, Bill Lee's score, etc.
  5. I read Anglica Jade Bastién's piece on "What Are We to Do With Cinematic Monuments to the Confederacy?" and I thought it was very good.
  6. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is up.
  7. Slow to these, but I updated the 2001 A Space Odyssey blurb with my new one.
  8. I have not finished mine, but I expect to get to a few this week. Sorry for the delay.
  9. At least in Canada, Sátántangó is streaming free on Kanopy if you have access through your public or university library.
  10. Anders

    Young Ahmed

    I share it, while qualifying it with the usefulness of comparison as a rhetorical device Ken noted above. One of my least favourite things is people complaining about what a film was not, rather than what it is. I think it's fair to say, this was not the film that I wanted or needed at this time, but that certainly doesn't automatically make it a bad film. Does that make sense? Back to the film and this discussion. My short answer is, definitely not the first. I lean toward the second to some degree, though I think that it's hard to simply label those values exclusively as "Christian" in any real sense that I would have at one time in my life. I think that it's a really big question of what does the philosophical and religious project that has grown out of Christianity and Judaism look like, what is its trajectory, and what is the relationship between the values being expressed in the films of the Dardennes (among others) and Christianity specifically. I think Joel is doing valuable work teasing that out.
  11. Yes, I’d love to if no one else wants to. But I’m just aware of the fact that with 6 blurbs it may take me a week or two to finish them all.
  12. Anders

    Young Ahmed

    I think I was one of the folks who used that term "flat niceness" to describe the Belgian bureaucratic state apparatus. I'm reflecting on some of what I had heard about Belgium and their response to both Coronavirus, post-2008 economic austerity, and Islamic extremism on a podcast I listen to, and squaring that with what the Dardennes show in this film. In both cases, the Dardennes and Anton Jäeger on the podcast, suggest it's it's a both and situation: Belgium has unique problems due to their ambiguous national status and liberal institutions, but at the same time it has given them tools to combat it that I don't see in the USA or UK or Germany or France. Anyway, the point of my saying it was to highlight it in contrast to Ahmed being upset that they are so "nice"! But I think that it does have a positive effect (so I'm with Andrew on that), and that it slowly nudges him in a way that confrontation would not. There's a sense also of the passage in the New Testament of your goodness and loving your enemies as "heaping burning coals" on them; even though I'm uncomfortable with that imagery, it's relevant I think.
  13. Great. The Seventh Seal sounds good to me. Thanks.
  14. Has anyone claimed 2001 or The Seventh Seal? I'd be happy to write on of those for the top 25.
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