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  1. Absolutely re: pencil lines. I recall an elk/hart showing up right at the beginning and noticing that and eagerly messaging an animator friend of mine. Oh, and I certainly didn’t mean that as a criticism of Kells. Budget aside, I found it appropriate to be consistent given that it’s pulling from the style of the Book itself. I’ve used Kells when I’ve run a film series that coincides with an intro course at the theological school where I’m an admin. It so perfectly captures the dynamic of that period and illustrates one of the lectures perfectly.
  2. Glad someone else here watched this. I managed to watch it twice in the 12 hour window (which I did with Nomadland, as well). Loved this one as much as their previous work. Particularly loved the contrast between the rigid geometry of the town of the well-outlined town and its inhabitants vs the curves and messiness of the wilderness. That was something they didn't quite tease out in Kells and I really loved it here.
  3. Irreversible Perks of Being a Wallflower Mysterious Skin
  4. Surely others saw this one? I just caught it. I didn't know quite what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and the visuals were quite wonderful. I think it would make a great triple-feature with My Neighbor Totoro and Song of the Sea.
  5. So...one trilogy in which the main character becomes a Jedi, another one in which the main character becomes a Sith, and a third trilogy where two characters meet in the middle? Well...okay, I guess.
  6. This ended last night to wild acclaim, as it should. Leftovers tackled faith, doubt, and mystery unlike anything I've ever seen before (and better than many things I've seen) and I'm surprised more people here didn't watch. One (non-spoilery) thing I found really interesting was that this final season started on Easter and ended on Pentecost and this was definitely intentional. I have the same question as spoon: Did anyone else watch this?
  7. FWIW, the IMAX version is still playing at World of Science every day at 3pm. I'm hoping to see it this week.
  8. I had no idea that Armond White was back, so it felt very fitting to find him back at his old shtick on this movie in particular. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/get_out/reviews/?sort=rotten
  9. I read the book on my flight up when I moved to Vancouver from Kansas 4 years ago. It was a goodbye gift from my sister. Tears for the bulk of that plane ride, tears again when watching the trailer a few months ago, almost certainly tears when I see the movie. I've given several copies of the book away over the years, so many more tears.
  10. But I just bought the blu-ray box set of all his films last Christmas and it doesn't even make room for future features the way that Bond box sets do. What am I to do?!
  11. I spent a good chunk of my monthly data allotment to watch this over the weekend. I do not regret it at all. I spent the whole first episode wondering why everyone was referring to El as if she were a girl. When I looked her up and found out she really was a girl, then I couldn't figure out why I thought she was a boy. Then I realized why I'd thought I recognized her:
  12. I spotted that earlier tonight. I was able to make it through about 5 minutes. I consider that an achievement.
  13. "This is the deep-down freshness anticipated on his debut…" A Hopkins reference was about the last thing I expected in an article about Chance. I'll take it!
  14. It is, at least, one of the two bonus tracks that comes with the Special Edition. It would have fit well on this album, but I'm glad they're at least releasing a high-quality version.
  15. I've taken the plunge. Scattered thoughts: Yes, the lyrics are awful awful awful. Yes, UltraLight Beam is great. Simply great. I've listened multiple times to the album, and I think I may be able to cut it down to a playlist of 10 songs that I might enjoy. The original version of Wolves that was being passed around a couple weeks ago is much better than the "album" version. I'm not sure what exactly this album IS. It seems an awful work in progress, like Kanye was finally surrounded by too many yes-men and started to believe that he could really put out anything in any state and have it be incredible. This is not. The production is often a mess, the clipping is horrid, and the lyrics. I don't want to think about them. The second/third track, for instance, starts out fascinating and then the lyrics screw it up. The model/asshole couplet is unbelievably horrid and stupid. In other news: Sunday Candy was my favourite track from last year. Endlessly fascinating.
  16. I just read Travels in Hyperreality last week for a guided study. Sad day indeed.
  17. THANK YOU. The myopic thing seems a new development, no? But it's all I hear now to the point where it made me doubt the "traditional" pronunciation. Also, either way, I'm with Tyler.
  18. I would be very surprised if most of the footage from this trailer isn't from the first half, if not first half-hour of the film. This is an Abrams joint, after all, and he's nothing if not intent on concealment through advertising and press.
  19. Honestly, if all that stuff actually did happen, I might actually want to see this movie.
  20. Yes they did, but now they'll presumably have to change again. Attached image is the schedule, including Spider-Man.
  21. I wonder how this will affect the release of other films. The polygon article claims this is the last Phase 3 film before the Infinity War, but the first of that two-parter is set to come out the year before the new release date of Panther. AntMan and Wasp was set to be released in July, 2018, so I'm sure that's changed. So will they move everything back? Or will we have an Antman sequel before the first Black Panther movie?
  22. Scholar's Parrot

    2015 lists

    I'm having a hard time sleeping so I came in to look for this topic. Glad it was made 30 minutes earlier! Five Albums I Really, Really Love: Each of these has been number 1 at some point over the past month/week/day/hour. I could make a top 10 and just have all five of them tie for first, but that would be weird. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free Chris Stapleton - Traveller Joan Shelley - Over and Even Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle Some Explanations: If you asked me to pick one right now? Julien Baker would take it. I honestly believe that if I'd heard this album when I was her age, my life would be very different. This 19 year old girl has been put through the wringer, is probably very much in the midst of all that, and is still clinging to Christ through it all. So very highly recommended. As for the others, Joan Shelley's sound is like a perfectly warm and comforting blanket. If I could live in album, it would be that one. Stapleton is not something I expected to like, but I fell in love with his voice and his honesty. Isbell's no surprise after Southeastern. "Speed Trap Town" is one of the truest songs I've heard this year and it feels even truer now that I'm back home in Kansas for the holidays. Enough has been said about Sufjan at this point: S'Good. Quick Note: I love To Pimp a Butterfly, but I can't even begin to parse it all out as a complete work. It's too much for me to take in at this point in my life and I have a hard time feeling comfortable saying much of anything about it. Five Songs I Really Really Love (that aren't on the albums I love): "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar "Sunday Candy" by Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment "Wait For It" from Hamilton: An American Musical "Sorry" by Justin Bieber "All I Ask" by Adele Some Explanations: "Alright" was the first song that hit me from TPaB, that it's become such a force since the album drops is somehow both baffling and fitting to me. "Sunday Candy" is definitely my most listened to song of the year (though "Something" by Julien Baker will probably surpass it by the end of 2016). If it comes on, I will rap every lyric along with Chance and harmonize horribly along with the hook. I don't have a grandma like the one Chance is going on about, but I definitely wish I did. Lin-Manuel Miranda uses "Wait For It" to blow through the great mysteries of life, but, more important to the story he's telling in Hamilton, he also uses it to help us to empathize with Aaron Burr. I get really bothered when we humanize fictional villains that are meant to be embodiments of evil (Maleficent) and equally as bothered when we villainize real-life humans (do you really need examples?), and this song brings a great depth to the humanity of Aaron Burr here. This song is a masterwork in the midst of a larger one. 'Sorry" is the best pure pop song I heard all year. I don't know what happened, but I guess when you combine two artists I really don't like (JB and Skrillex), you get a pop song I can't stop playing. The Smeezingtons helped Adele make the most Adele song ever. I mean, give me a break. It SHOULD be self-parody at this point. It might be, and I'm just blind to it, but every time her voice breaks, every time that key change hits, I'm so, so toast. Final Note: Honestly, if this post just gets even one person to check out this video of Julien Baker, I will be pleased.
  23. I'm with you on your second point. Is Overture finished or still in progress, or does it even have an end? I've never been able to read comics on an issue to issue basis and usually have to wait until a run is over... I'm currently right in the middle of Mind MGMT by Matt Kindt and I'm really loving it. Its plot is unfolding with expert pacing.
  24. This is late, but I got porn every time I came in through Google, which is what I used to search for specific topics.
  25. I certainly care. Thank you for the reminder. I've been anxiously awaiting this. Pity it's being paired with the mediocre Childhood's End adaptation…
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