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  1. Hey, in your latest SW:TFA thread post, you mention "RotC." Revenge of the Clones? 

    1. NBooth

      NBooth

      Whoops. That was a mistake.

    2. NBooth

      NBooth

      Thanks. I guess my mind got muddled having just written AotC.

    3. Christian

      Christian

      I figured it was AotC but thought it might be RotS.

  2. Re: jury priorities. I nominated and/or seconded a few titles you mention, but would urge you to prioritize THE REVENANT. I'm not sure how it'll fare in our voting, but I'm very enthusiastic about the film's religious core. I doubt others who see it - will many get to it? - will buy into the film as I did, but I'm looking forward to the conversation, however the vote goes.

    1. Evan C

      Evan C

      Thanks! If passes open up to a screening, I'll make sure to jump on them. I just hope there's one before the voting cutoff.

  3. Another PM response to a board post to say that I'm glad to see someone (you) express reservations about Carol. Nathaniel really nailed what bothered me: From the beginning, this is a predator/prey relationship, not a "love story" in the sense it's being sold. I mentioned this to a gay friend who'd seen the film, and he didn't disagree. I guess I should be surprised at how many critics - mainly openly gay male critics, judging from my Twitter feed - have passionately rallied around this film as some sort of masterwork, but I can't help but shrug. It's beautiful to look at -- I knew it would be -- but it's not nearly as affecting to me as Far From Heaven was, and even that film had some flaws, I thought. The other thing that flat out just didn't work is the whole girl-with-a-gun subplot (is that right? subplot? it's just two scenes) that comes out of nowhere, threatens to turn the film into full-on noir, then vanishes. I know this is an adaptation of a novel, but yeesh, I didn't think those scenes fit with the rest of the narrative at all.

    1. Evan C

      Evan C

      The only thing the gun achieves is making the (relatively) happy ending a surprise. When we first see the gun; I thought it was suggesting that Carol was unstable and possibly suicidal, and as a result I was expecting one of the women to be shot at the end.

      You and Nathaniel are both making me think that the Sunset Boulevard comparison is more apt than I (and obviously the filmmakers the film's enthusiasts) thought.

  4. Strong agreement on your Carol post re: the whole predator/prey thing. That's what bothered me most about the film, although pursuer/pursue-ee is often part of cinematic romance. Here, though, the relationship never felt like a mutual "love story" to me. Of course it's beautiful to watch, but I found it a little (unintentionally) disturbing. I wonder if the source novel treats the relationship differently than the film does. 

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