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Crow

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  • Birthday 05/30/1967

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    St. Louis, MO
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    Writing, Hiking, Bicycling, Movies

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    Computer programmer and wanna-be novelist
  • About my avatar
    A respected film critic from Mystery Science Theater 3000
  • Favorite movies
    Mirrormask, Run Lola Run, The Blues Brothers, Ronin, Wall-E, Up, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Delicatessen, Hero, Casablanca, Ratatouille, Nashville, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, Harold and Maude, Metropolitan, A Man Escaped, The Son
  • Favorite music
    Daniel Amos, Lost Dogs, U2, 77s, Midnight Oil, Decemberists, Iona, Violet Burning, Adam Again, The Choir, King's X, Maria McKee, Over the Rhine, Rasputina, The Alarm, Big Country
  • Favorite creative writing
    Neal Stephenson, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, John G. Hartness, Faith Hunter, Zadie Smith
  • Favorite visual art
    Dali, Picasso, Gerard (Mike Knott), Pollock
  1. 2015 Film Journals

    * - repeat viewing bold - theatrical viewing March 3/1 - * October Sky (1999) 3/1 - Chef (2014) February 2/4 - The Trip to Italy (2014) 2/14 - * Casablanca (1942) 2/14 - Get on Up (2014) 2/16 - Lonely Are the Brave (1962) 2/19 - The Overnighters (2014) 2/21 - Interstellar (2014) 2/28 - * Murder at 1600 (1997) January 1/1 - * The Quiet Man (1952) 1/1 - The Red Chapel (2009 1/4 - Flying Tigers (1942) 1/9 - Calvary (2014) 1/12 - Frank (2014) 1/16 - Gone Girl (2014) 1/17 - Boyhood (2014) 1/24 - Paddington (2014) 1/24 - No New Kinda Story (2014) 1/25 - The Interview (2014) My Letterboxd thing
  2. The Congress

    I saw this at the St. Louis International Film Festival, and I really enjoyed the bold surreal vision of this film, even through the unevenness of the storyline. Robin Wright is terrific, and her performance helps provide an emotional through-line through each of the three acts, even though the animated section doesn't quite deliver on what it's trying to accomplish.
  3. Zadie Smith

    I have read White Teeth, On Beauty, and have recently finished NW. I find that Zadie Smith offers a human and intriguing view of how people interact in multicultural societies. She sees her characters as complex people whose identities are often colored by their surroundings, yet each possessing an innate spark, sometimes humorous, sometimes distant, but each reacting to their changing surroundings and societies and forging their lives in a way where their humanity is not bound simply to class and economic structures. I enjoy her writing in that it helps show the way forward in dealing in a world where old divisions of race and class are changing.
  4. Fantasy Baseball, Anyone?

    Wow, it's that's time of year again. I looked back in my emails, and I never received an invite. I am interested in participating again this year, team Buffalo Hills.
  5. 2014 Reading Journals

    January The Lucy Variations - Sara Zarr Black Arts - Faith Hunter February NW - Zadie Smith Ivy - Leesa Birch March - April The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss May Swords of Haven - Simon R. Green More Information Than You Require - John Hodgman
  6. R.I.P., Philip Seymour Hoffman

    There are no words. What a tragic loss. May he rest in peace.
  7. Favorite Albums of 2013

    A little late, but here is the best top 10 list I can decide on: 1. Daniel Amos - Dig Here Said the Angel 2. Over the Rhine - Meet Me at the Edge of the World 3. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You 4. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society - Brooklyn Babylon 5. Caveman - Caveman 6. Local Natives - Hummingbird 7. Jason Isbell - Southeastern 8. Arcade Fire - Reflektor 9. Richard Thompson - Electric 10. Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy Some honorable mentions Chris Taylor - Traveller's Hotel Rogue Wave - Nightingale Floors John Vanderslice - Dagger Beach Seabird - Troubled Days Laura Marie - The Season Pinnick Gales Pridgen - Pinnick Gales Pridgen Typhoon - White Lighter
  8. The Act of Killing

    I have to say, this film is an experience like nothing I've ever seen. It's like looking straight into the heart of a criminal or an abuser in a relationship, only it's a crime against an entire country and race of people. The Bible has things to say about works of darkness being exposed by the light. I think a film like this is an invaluable educational tool and allowing publicity to shed light on the terrible things this regime did, which is the first step toward change. And in Anwar, we see the first small step toward possible change. The moment that I thought was most striking was when By placing himself directly in the position of those he murdered, he can experience empathy, perhaps for the first time in his life. At points during the film, you can see small cracks begin to form in the walls of denials these men have built around themselves. The long term effects are still to be determined, and maybe many of these men won't change. But maybe someone will. That is the promise that art can bring.
  9. Our favorite movies of 2013

    I'm behind on seeing the most recent films, but here's my first attempt at a top 10 list for this year: 1. The World’s End 2. Gravity 3. Upstream Color 4. In a World 5. Before Midnight 6. Fruitvale Station 7. This is Martin Bonner 8. From Up on Poppy Hill 9. Computer Chess 10. The Broken Circle Breakdown
  10. 2014 Film Journals

    Bold - theatrical viewing * - repeat viewing December 12/5 - Country (1984) 12/20 - Taxi (2004) 12/20 - Heaven is for Real (2014) 12/20 - Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 12/21 - The Shepherd of the Hills (1941) 12/21 - We Bought a Zoo (2011) 12/24 - * It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 12/25 - * A Christmas Story (1983) 12/25 - * Home Alone (1990) 12/28 - 30 for 30: The U (2009) 12/28 - Sharktopus (2010) 12/29 - Wake of the Red Witch (1948) November 11/2 - Snowpiercer (2014) 11/8 - Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) 11/14 - The Congress (2013) 11/15 - Big Hero 6 (2014) 11/16 - Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) 11/17 - 30 for 30: Bad Boys (2014) 11/23 - Ida (2013) 11/23 - A Brony Tale (2014) 11/28 - Iron Man 3 (2013) 11/30 - The One I Love (2014) October 10/2 - * Old Yeller (1957) 10/2 - * Alaska (1996) 10/4 - Paranorman (2012) 10/5 - The Red Shoes (1948) 10/6 - Love and Death (1975) 10/7 - Bananas (1971) 10/10 - I Used to Be Darker (2013) 10/10 - 30 for 30: The Legend of Jimmy the Greek (2009) 10/11 - * There Will Be Blood (2007) 10/12 - The Other Dream Team (2012) 10/13 - Manhunter (1986) 10/14 - Hoop Dreams (1994) 10/18 - 30 for 30: The Guru of Go (2010) 10/20 - 30 for 30: Free Spirits (2013) 10/21 - 30 for 30: Slaying the Badger (2014) 10/21 - 30 for 30: No Mas (2013) 10/23 - Sleeper (1973) 10/24 - The Grandmaster (2013) 10/25 - 30 for 30: This is What They Want (2013) 10/27 - * Doc Hollywood (1991) 10/30 - Havalina and the Creaky Old Bridge (2001) September 9/1 - * The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) 9/11 - Clue (1985) 9/12 - Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013) 9/13 - Draft Day (2014) 9/25 - Lawless (2012) 9/26 - * Quick Change (1990) 9/30 - * To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) August 8/7 - World War Z (2013) 8/10 - Noah (2014) 8/16 - Edge of Tomorrow (2014) 8/21 - God's Not Dead (2014) 8/30 - Lucy (2014) 8/30 - Mile, Mile and a Half (2013) 8/31 - Popeye (1980) July 7/6 - Journey to the West (2013) 7/17 - The Immigrant (2013) 7/18 - The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014) 7/20 - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) 7/26 - Rock and Roll High School (1979) 7/28 - * Only the Lonely (1991) 7/29 - Alan Partridge (2013) June 6/1 - Oblivion (2013) 6/7 - * Dave (1993) 6/7 - Escape from Tomorrow (2013) 6/12 - Without a Trace (1983) 6/12 - Tiny: A Story About Living Small (2013) 6/22 - * The Pelican Brief (1993) 6/24 - The Fairy (2011) 6/27 - The Long Goodbye (1973) May 5/3 - Muscle Shoals (2013) 5/10 - Beware of Mr. Baker (2012) 5/10 - Wrestling for Jesus: The Tale of T-Money (2011) 5/28 - Museum Hours (2012) April 4/5 - * Field of Dreams (1989) 4/24 - Short Term 12 (2013) March 3/1 - Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012) 3/9 - Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014) 3/14 - Tower Heist (2011) 3/15 - Fading West (2013) 3/17 - Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (2010) 3/22 - Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) 3/23 - Muppets Most Wanted (2014) 3/31 - The Punk SInger (2013) February 2/1 - Rush (2013) 2/5 - Soul Surfer (2011) 2/8 - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) 2/9 - The Lego Movie (2014) 2/11 - Artifact (2012) 2/24 - * Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music (w/ director's commentary) (2005) 2/25 - * Sleepless in Seattle (1993) 2/28 - Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007) January 1/4 - Drinking Buddies (2013) 1/5 - What Maisie Knew (2012) 1/5 - How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) 1/6 - Robot & Frank (2012) 1/7 - The World According to Garp (1982) 1/10 - Brooklyn Castle (2012) 1/14 - Her (2013) 1/18 - The Act of Killing (2013) 1/22 - All is Lost (2013) 1/28 - The Invisible Man (1933) 1/29 - 30 for 30: June 17.1994 (2010) 1/29 - Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon (1982) 1/31 - * The Net (1995) 1/31 - The Rabbi's Cat (2011) I have started a Letterboxd diary here. I think I'm getting the hang of it.
  11. What Maisie Knew

    I thought Onata Aprile's performance was one of the better child performances I've seen. She portrayed such an innocence while she was passed between her self-absorbed parents. I think the film showed well the vapidity of parents who claim to love their children while not willing to sacrifice their own ambitions for the well-being of the children.
  12. 2013: Favorite Songs and A&F Participant Playlists

    My five favorites, for now: 1. Daniel Amos, "Dig Here Said the Angel" 2. Gogol Bordello, "Lost Innocent World" 3. Over the Rhine, "Sacred Ground" 4. Local Natives, "Colombia" 5. Richard Thompson, "Good Things Happen to Bad People"
  13. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

    I saw this at the St. Louis Film Festival. I thought this film was really well done. It handles sensitive material and a non-linear timeline in a compassionate, sure-handed fashion. I thought the religious conflict was handled well, without the biases that an American film would surely put in there (making the religious person a Scripture-quoting pietist, or the atheist arrogant and unlikeable). The film shows two people who came to love to each other, and how their relationship is tested. I thought the music was effective in providing an emotional relief from the turmoil of what the child was going through, but also in showing how the band functioned as an extended family, a support network.
  14. Those are intriguing films on that list, in particular: The Past, Oh Boy, The Missing Picture, The Great Beauty, The Blue Tiger. Some others at the fest I would be interested in checking out are Key of Life, Computer Chess, and A Touch of Sin. I will be pretty busy this month, but am hoping to make it to some of these.
  15. Gravity (2013)

    I really enjoyed the film, looking at it as an old-fashioned disaster film like those from the era of The Poseidon Adventure or The Towering Inferno. I thought this was better than most such films Hollywood has done lately, because its CGI is done in service to the viewer, in expanding the viewer's senses by engaging a positive curiosity, in placing this film in the setting of outer space. It's a nice change from all the CGI-fests that take place in ugly urban or post-apocalyptic landscapes. I think that trying to compare this film to Kubrick or some other high-art film may places too great an expectation on the film. The film isn't perfect by any stretch. I think the earlier observations regarding the score are well said. I think that the film could have made better use of the silence of space all the way through, since the silence of the first minute or so of the film was very effective. But this is big-budget Hollywood spectacle done right, which happens too rarely. In that, I can say I was satisfied.
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