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Andrew Michael Price

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    Reading, Sleeping, Drawing, Talking, Eating, Praying, Filmmaking, Running, Observing, Walking

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    "An artist is never poor."
  • Favorite movies
    The Incredibles, Citizen Kane, Babette's Feast, Star Wars IV The Empire Strikes Back, Lawrence of Arabia, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Casablanca, The Lord of the Rings, Not of this World, To Kill a Mockingbird, Sense and Sensibility, Serenity, Finding Nemo, Chariots of Fire, Ordet, Night of the Hunter, The Shawshank Redemption, Groundhog Day, Dairy of a Country Priest, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Signs, The Truman Show, It
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    Daniel Amos, Sixpence None the Richer, Jars of Clay, U2, Sam Phillips, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johnny Cash, Mark Heard, Over the Rhine, Buddy Miller, Bob Bennett, The Choir, Kevin Max, Sufjan Stevens, The Vigilantes of Love, The Arcade Fire, Steven Delopoulos
  • Favorite creative writing
    Orthodoxy, Till We Have Faces, Peace Like a River, The Man Who Was Thursday, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Magic Pudding, What's So Amazing About Grace?, The Lord of the Rings, Alice

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  1. I realize this is an older thread, but I've been doing a lot of research into what exactly happened with this movie. It feels so undercooked. I know it changed directors midway, but that's not a recipe for disaster at Pixar; Ratatouille, for example, changed midstream. Has anyone read any good articles on this? Any insight?
  2. Also: Disney has very rarely worked with original source material in the first place. Disney filmmakers in the 1930s and Disney filmmakers in the 2010s are more or less doing the same thing: Adapted stories they grew up with for new audiences.
  3. If it is the Rock, what kind of homage do we owe Jeff? By what title do we address this minor prophet?
  4. I know this is early, but is there a general Best Of thread out there already for this year? (I'm needing to start research early on this topic and would love to know what others have seen!) I tried searching for it, but didn't come up with anything. Also, I'm not a power user by any means, and I think I accidentally started this thread in the wrong place.
  5. My comic book-loving friends are hoping it's gone forever, calling it an X-Men knock-off. For my money, I don't think the MCU needs it. They don't have too few characters, which is basically the only problem an X-Menish thing could solve.
  6. And just because no one's mentioned it here: Pacific Rim. (Groundhog Day's been mentioned, but Edge. Die. Cruise. owes a lot to [or at least is a late twin of] Del Toro's movie.) Please continue with your conversation on dashes. (I don't mean that sarcastically; I'm happy to be surrounded — for once — by people who know more about punctuation than myself.)
  7. My understanding, based on insider information which I've gleaned from multiple *television show commentaries* (and a very, very small web-series I run), is that a TV director is heavily involved in all three stages of production (of their individual episodes), freeing up the showrunner to keep an eye on the series as a whole. So, while the showrunner is definitely the series' auteur, the director tends to be a bit more involved that the gun-for-hire directors of the studio Golden Age. Is that close to what anyone is talking about?
  8. I'm surprised to see the word "engaging" used as such a trump card in this discussion. So little of what makes up the very, very good things in my life and the art that has spoken most deeply to me is what I would (at least upon an initial encounter) describe as "engaging." Often the opposite is true. Not to sound over-the-top snooty, but I'm inclined to submit 'truthful' as a better trump (though I'm open to arguments saying the two aren't terribly far apart). By such a standard, I'd say Vertigo wins out. Rear Window entertains me. Vertigo tells me more about who I am. (Again, I realize this is very subjective.) Wonderful discussion!
  9. Can someone straighten me out on this: Wasn't "Secret of Kells" nominated for an Oscar *last* year? Why is it showing up on so many lists this year? (I certainly saw it for the first time this year, but I thought I had just missed the boat.)
  10. Just did. Wow, though it doesn't directly relate to the whole "female" side of things, it does have a lot of elements that sound very much like... a Christopher Nolan movie. Even more eager for that biography...
  11. Okay, I've been eager for a while to look into the role of "past women" in Christopher Nolan's films. When I saw your link, I was afraid someone had beat me to it, but, as it wasn't solely about Christopher Nolan, I'll air out some of my thoughts here. Because, from Memento to Inception, it's pretty clear that nothing can mess up your present like a dead woman in your past. (I almost put "Following" in there too. Persona, do you think that works?) Role call! Memento: Wife's death kick's off crazed hunt for killer (who may be closer than thought). Lot's of flashbacks of said deceased woman. Insomnia: The girl in question here is not a part of Will Dormer's past, but there are a lot of "Momento" style flashback's to her, and she definitely make's our protagonist's life quite difficult. Problem's with the wife at home aren't helping things any, either. Batman Begins: Shoot. This doesn't work. (Oh wait, Bruce's Mom? But Dad really is more of a player than she is [not that kind of player].) The Prestige: This whole story of over-the-top revenge craziness is kicked off by Hugh Jackman's (sorry, forgot the character's name) wife's death. The Dark Knight: Darnnit. This one doesn't work either. [unless you either a) buy one of the Joker's backstories or b ) place a lot of emphasis on the last third of the movie. It is possible that I could also rescue my attempt to include Batman Begins in this role call as well as this film if the third project ends up making a big deal out of Rachel's death and we role all three films together.] Inception: Obviously, more of the same. Only this time, it's kind of more so. Mal(ish) directly interferes in our protagonist's present life. Oh, and I just thought of this: In four of Christopher Nolan's seven films the protagonist has a hand in the woman's death. So... I guess I'm curious to read his biography some day.
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