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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. I mean, my response to the pairing of the two scenes is inverse. As in, I don't track with how the scene in Mindhunter led to increasing your loathing of Once Upon a Time.... I guess I can infer from your comments elsewhere about films that play fast-and-loose with real-life stories why you disliked Once Upon a Time, even if I think that's not really what QT is doing here. Also, can you not at least see an impulse to making things right and give Sharon a happy ending in that film as motivated out of real feeling? I'm also uncomfortable with the moral judgement implied in your loathing, but I can deal with that. To be honest, I'm increasingly unsatisfied with the discourse around difficult and problematic art online (here or on social media) which ends up making me pull back further from these kinds of discussions.
  2. Can you elaborate on this a bit, because that is not at all my response to that. I'm curious.
  3. I might be in for a film or two. University starts here the week after Labour Day, so it's a tough time, but I might pop in on the weekend to catch something. My teaching schedule is Mondays and Wednesdays this fall, so I can conceivably make a Friday screening on first weekend.
  4. Haven't seen the film yet and am in no rush to (still haven't caught up with Captain Marvel or Endgame yet!), but I'm loving Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland's press appearances. Jake seems to be having the time of his life and Tom is the greatest sidekick he could ask for.
  5. I have a longer piece on Summer Hours that I've presented as a conference paper and I'd love to expand and revise. I'll throw something together.
  6. Sorry for the delay. I wasn't sure what the deadline was, so it kept getting backburnered. It's been busy with me teaching a spring/summer class. I should finish the blurbs this weekend and get them to you early next week. I'll also send the bio and photo along.
  7. Just so it's clear. I think the idea that they get to determine when a "spoiler ban" lifts is just ridiculous. So, I agree with you. Also, Whedon has a distinctive "voice;" not sure he has a "style."
  8. https://twitter.com/Russo_Brothers/status/1123968719607218179 If all goes well, I should be seeing Endgame Saturday night. Good thing too, since apparently the "spoiler ban lifts on Monday!"
  9. Yes, I've often said that, whatever your feelings about the films, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice do a much better job of selling the world-changing impact of the appearance of Superman and the Kryptonian attack than the MCU films do the impact of "New York" in the first Avengers, for all the lip service. Hoping to catch Endgame soon (but 3 hours! I've got kids, a job, and NBA playoffs to watch). I was lukewarm on Infinity War.
  10. I saw it last weekend with my kids, and I can confirm Evan's take that it is indeed a wonderful film. It's modest in its aims, but rich in its craft and design.
  11. I'd write about: 1) Summer Hours 2) Tokyo Story 3) Wild Strawberries
  12. I'm with you. It worked for me, but I've always been more invested in Star Wars than most of the rest of the folks here anyway.
  13. Anders

    Leave No Trace

    I love this film and was disappointed how little attention it got at year end. But I'm going to do my part and show it to my church movie group in May.
  14. I know that Colin Stacy had once tossed around the idea on Twitter. I'd be interested in talking about it.
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