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  1. Ah, good. That's what I was hoping for. I saw the first McDull at the Chicago festival two years ago and loved it. Here's what I wrote then: The new one is playing here at Chicago's fest in a couple weeks. I had high hopes, and judging from your review, Peter, I don't think I'll be disappointed. McDull is my hero. J Robert
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    Time of the Wolf

    Actually, Peter, I was talking about the last shot in that sentence you quoted. I was being vague so as not to spoil anything. And I would argue that it doesn't "almost transcend" the despair; it completely transforms it. But not everyone reads the film's conclusion as hopefully as I do. SPOILERS Regarding the point of view in that last shot, that's an interesting question. My gut feeling is that Haneke wants to put us in the train. The film is designed to make us feel that we're part of this "community," that we too have lost almost all hope. I know I haven't had such a visceral reaction
  3. Just updating this info. The main blog will be at mike h's Flickerings site. I'm going to try to post to FilmJourney as well, but I can't guarantee it'll work. My plan is to write up a pre-fest post in the next couple days explaining what films I'm seeing and how I chose those. Then over the weekend, the real fest coverage will begin. Feel free to check it out and pass on the word. Ok, shameless self-promotion over. A big thank you to Mike Hertenstein for his work on this. J Robert
  4. It'll probably be at a few different places. Doug is going to Toronto too this year, so I'm not sure how easy it'll be to post to his site. Mike H has offered to host the blog at Flickerings, and I'm sure the Tollbooth will carry it, too. But I'm not proprietary about it. Anyone who wants to put it up is free to. So if Leary wants to post it at Matthew's House, that'd be great. And if you have any interest, Jeffrey, I'll email you, as well. Yeah, but I think it'll be harder this year. I know the passes and coupon books have already sold out, so attendance looks to be higher. Last year it w
  5. Thanks for that. I'm not a huge Midnight Madness person--both because I'm not a "genre" fan and because I like to get some sleep--but it's always fun to see what might be coming. I spent part of today reading through the Cannes coverage in the new Film Comment, and now I'm hoping, hoping for certain films to show up on the TIFF schedule. J Robert
  6. I'll be there. It's already a fascinating lineup. I'm arriving on the first Friday (the day after opening night) and staying for the entire fest. J Robert
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    Before Sunset

    MASSIVE SPOILERS Ah, I missed that part. I guess I was too busy looking at Ms. Delpy. Seriously, that was a fault of mine. I should've picked up on that. I wonder how it would've affected my viewing experience. Now I don't agree with this. I think the film stacks the deck. We're supposed to root for Hawke and Delpy to get back together. We don't want him to get on that plane. How else to explain that absolutely lovely scene in Delpy's apartment--her touching song that she wrote and plays, her brilliant Nina Simone impersonation, her dancing, Hawke's befuddled looks. And then Linklat
  8. Some other suggestions: Before Sunset--Best Director, Best Original Screenplay
  9. It is in fact a Sao Paulo Football Club jersey. A student of mine went to Brazil last year and was nice enough to bring me back a souvenir. I assumed it was completely obscure (I didn't know what SPFC stood for). But in what can only be described as a Cornerstone moment, a guy my age came up to me after my seminar and asked where I'd gotten the jersey. Turns out he was from Brazil, knew all about the soccer club, and gave me an interesting persepctive on Brazilian club football. He assured me that, if I ever travel to Brazil, I should be careful where I wear the shirt. I'll just chime in o
  10. APOLOGY FROM SDG: Crap. J. Robert, I accidentally deleted the contents of your post attempting to reply to it, and then botched my attempt to restore it from my cache. What makes it worse is that your post was much better than my reply, which can still be found below. I'm really really really sorry.
  11. Hi, Darren. I didn't realize you had made it back to these parts. I might've hurried back more quickly if I had known. Mad props to Leary for raising such an important and fascinating issue. I appreciate both Darren's qualms as well as SDG and Doug's counter-examples of how multi-valent a film's authorship is. As Rosenbaum points out, I think we've become far too lazy in focusing merely on the director's voice and not acknowledging how many cooks there are stirring the broth. I'd like to address this issue in a couple different ways. Let's start with Darren's assertion: I'm not going to d
  12. It could be, if the right money changed hands. Sorry, I couldn't resist. J Robert
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    Jersey Girl

    I like this one better than Jeffrey does. I haven't quite thought through it yet (writing the review this weekend), but I was really touched by the movie. The family dynamic is wonderfully handled, J-Lo's cameo is nice (Jeffrey's exactly right), and I was more impressed with the young girl than Jeffrey (and I have a low tolerance for Hollywood child actors). Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck have a nice sense of chemistry, and it's especially fine how Kevin Smith doesn't push too hard. In fact, despite yet another standing ovation near the conclusion, the movie is surprisingly low-key, which gives Ben
  14. I knew you were already coming, with expenses paid for! Or is that a secret? J Robert
  15. Everyone, including Mr. Overstreet. Jeffrey, you know it won't be the same without you. You and Ron need to get CT to fly you guys out here. That is a legitimate business expense. My hope is that Flickerings is quickly becoming the place for Christian film critics to come together. J Robert
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