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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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."
  4. 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!"
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I'd write about: 1) Summer Hours 2) Tokyo Story 3) Wild Strawberries
  8. 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.
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    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.
  10. 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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    RIP Agnes Varda

    A major loss for the cinema world. RIP.
  12. Attack the Block is great (also was the first major role for Star Wars' John Boyega as Moses, the leader of the crew of "hoodies"). Cornish is a friend and collaborator of Edgar Wright, Nick Frost (who appears in Attack the Block), and Simon Pegg. I'm looking forward to catching The Kid Who Would Be King soon. I'm thinking of reading my kids the first book of White's Once and Future King, "The Sword in the Stone," this summer.
  13. I'm in the minority of folks I know in not liking John Wick: Chapter 2, and this trailer doesn't make me think that Chapter 3 is going to change my mind. I kinda wish it had just stayed as a single film. Pass.
  14. It seems the reports that this film would focus primarily on the Manson Murders was exaggerated. The trailer seems to be more of a comedy-drama period piece about late-60s Hollywood. The Bruce Lee scene got a good laugh out of me.
  15. This is one of my wife's favourite books (she was a missionary kid in SE Asia in the 1980s). And Amy Adams is one of our favourite actresses. This could be good.
  16. Have not seen Alita: Battle Angel yet (and probably won't until home video/streaming), but with all the dunking on James Cameron for supposedly being "bad at writing women," what does the erasure of Laeta Kalogridis as a credited screenwriter mean?
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    The Favourite

    https://letterboxd.com/andersjb/film/the-favourite/ Thanks to Evan and others who gave me encouragement to check this out, despite my dislike of The Lobster. I liked it quite a bit.
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    Roma (2018)

    That isn't what I said. Clearly the final scene is one of tenderness and love in the midst of an intense experience, where the welling up emotions of both Cleo after her stillbirth and the family after the father's leaving finally breaks on the beach. I said that the fact that the film leaves out Cleo's life outside the family, and does not give us any insight into her "inner life" (Brody's issues), is the condemnation. Not that they don't genuinely love her. I do think that Cleo and the family genuinely love each other. I just think that the nature of their relationship precludes the family's inquiry into the rest of her life. It literally wouldn't occur to them to ask or grant that too her. And I think Cuarón is reflecting on his relationship with Libo and the paradoxical nature of it being both a relationship of love and one of labour and class relations. It's a reflection that I've seen my wife go through as well with her nanny in Thailand. As I said in my review: Posting the Alan Jacobs piece I mentioned above. https://blog.ayjay.org/the-circulation-of-roma/ Also, friend of some of us on the board, Joe Kickasola shares a nice reflection on the film as well, addressing the film as a kind of cinematic confession (perhaps a better term than self-condemnation that I used above). http://churchlife.nd.edu/2019/02/22/romas-wounding-confession/?fbclid=IwAR0XFmwjh1SOHRAVuaH4v6fIk-O91d-d5Eaou-7YcIjBWlFJqvzQ5DBvO2I This line from Joe also answers Brody's complaint: "a check on the presumptuous urge to over-dramatize another’s life."
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    Roma (2018)

    I think Brody goes too far when he says that Cuarón fails to consider who Cleo is and her inner life. I do wonder under what circumstances Cleo would speak about her life in the village and her family. Frankly, the film rang true to me, and what is left out is less a dehumanization of Cleo than it is a condemnation of the fact that in her experience with the family fails to offer her any space for that kind of expression. She is a cipher because the family, for all their care, doesn't actually have interest, or don't think to have an interest, in those aspects of her life. I will also mention that my own understanding of the film is shaped by my wife's childhood experience as a missionary kid in Thailand who had a nanny/housekeeper who was very close to the family, not unlike how Cleo is to the family in the film. I've met her during our time in Thailand a decade ago. I won't presume to tell my wife's or her nanny's stories, but suffice to say it took a long time before the family found out some very basic and central things about their nanny and her family. The nature of the relationship is such; no one is saying this is a good thing. The film is asking us to consider the way that this relationship is, to use Alan Jacob's wording "circumscribed" by class, culture, language, etc. While we may see it as a failure of imagination or an effacement, I think it speaks to the particulars of the social relationship and to portray it otherwise would be presumptuous and ring false.
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    Roma (2018)

    I'm with Joel. I loved Roma and it moved me immensely, both personally and politically. Nothing would make me happier as far as Oscars than for Yalitza Aparicio to win Best Actress. Joel, I'm really sad to hear that no one picked Roma for a HM! If I had known, I might have even bumped BlacKkKLansman for it, since it's still jockeying with First Reformed as my favourite film of 2018.
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    The Favourite

    Nice explanation, it's exactly this lack of playfulness that I found in The Lobster that you've identified that I had a hard time articulating on Twitter last night. I'll plan to check it out as it's still playing at the local theatre and it's my reading week next week and I'll have a bit more time.
  22. I was just gifted a copy of this one in a stack of Criterion DVDs so I'll move it up on my watchlist.
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