Andrew

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  1. 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/
  2. 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):
  3. 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/
  4. 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/
  5. No mention anywhere of Saul Williams' "Martyr Loser King"? That album is blowing my mind.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I still enjoy thoughtful film criticism, partly because I want to read what other folks have to say and also as a way to hone my analytic and writing skills. Like Justin, with Ebert's passing I don't have a favorite popular film critic, but I'll sift through RT's top critics and read what interests me. (I also just subscribed to Film Comment, figuring it was time to do so, instead of paging through it at the local bookshop every couple of months.) It's interesting to see the comments here about film ratings, too. If I had to guess, most of my reviews probably fall into the 3.5 to 4 star range, for a couple of reasons: 1) I'm very selective about what I view on the big screen and write about anymore (I like for my weekly written review to be about a film that I really give a damn about); and 2) like Ebert in his last several years, I'd rather err on the side of generosity and praise what is praiseworthy. And yeah, I think the "end of criticism" is a load of hoohah, just like the "end of ---" shtick almost always is.
  9. Six months out, I don't recall a lot of specifics, but I liked Frantz quite a bit when I saw it at TIFF last year.
  10. Fair enough, y'all. We've got a great community thing going on here that long ago earned my lasting trust and respect, so I'll participate in a (no pun intended) good faith manner.