Andrew

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  1. My wife and I loved this (Season 1 > 3 > 2). The final season is batshit crazy but iresistibly watchable. I couldn't tolerate Lost, nor the source material for this show, but yeah, this worked for me. Terrific finale; the entire third season explores the desperate things that people will believe to make grief and the brevity of life bearable, but credibly keeps an open mind as to the objective veracity of some of those beliefs. As Iris Dement's opening tune states, they're willing to let the mystery be.
  2. If you have teens (especially, by my informal survey, teenaged daughters), they've likely already watched this series. In a moment of deep pride for me, my daughter and I co-wrote a review of the series (in which, truth be told, she did the heavy lifting). We both agree that the show is a substantial success aesthetically (using the talents of folks like Jessica Yu, Gregg Araki, and Tom McCarthy), but fails by its irresponsible handling of serious topics like teen suicide and sexual trauma. Here's the link to our full analysis: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2017/06/high-school-trauma-edutainment-teenagers-dads-responses-13-reasons/
  3. This was an excellent read (or listen, actually). I hope the film does it right; for its theme, it was surprisingly un-bitter and understated.
  4. Thank you for all of that exposition, Peter. I thought Prometheus was fun and creepy, even if it had way too much of scientists behaving stupidly. Covenant, OTOH, just felt flat and predictable after its first 30 minutes. Here's my full review, though it feels a bit extraneous after Peter's commentary: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2017/05/alien-covenant-starts-promisingly-fails-stretch/
  5. Title: The WayDirector: Emilio EstevezYear: 2010Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1441912/?ref_=nv_sr_2YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  6. It's been available on HBO for a month or so, but I finally got around to watching it. I thought this was an excellent overview of recent Syrian events, offering clarity while not sacrificing accuracy. Very gutsy reporting (much of the footage was captured by ordinary Syrian citizens and activists), but it's not for the faint of heart, as it doesn't flinch away from showing the actions and consequences of the brutality perpetrated by Assad, Putin, and ISIS. Here's the link to my full review: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2017/05/cries-syria-illuminating-gut-wrenching-masterclass-current-events-filmmaking/
  7. I know Gray's earlier film The Immigrant got lotsa love around here, but I think this is even better: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2017/04/lost-city-z-enchanting-throwback-progressive-twist/
  8. No mention anywhere of Saul Williams' "Martyr Loser King"? That album is blowing my mind.
  9. I read the rules in the opening post, but I thought the precedent was no movies from the previous calendar year, to avoid overenthusing about recent releases.
  10. Sigh...more exploding monuments, holding separating objects together with webs, silly antagonism between superheroes...been there, done that too many times now. I don't know that I'll even see this one as a rental.