Ryan H.

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About Ryan H.

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    Riding the crest of a wave breaking just west of Hollywood
  • Birthday 08/25/1986

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  • Website URL http://seenthatmovietoo.wordpress.com
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  • Gender Male
  • Location Philadelphia, PA
  • Interests Christian theology and practice, history, philosophy, and the arts, as well as the intersections between them.

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  • Occupation Nothing special.
  • About my avatar Orson.
  • Favorite movies Hitchcock's VERTIGO is tops. Everything else shifts, but you can always expect to see the following directors featured: De Palma, Kubrick, Leone, Resnais, Ruiz, Welles.
  • Favorite music Classical music, mostly (Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 is my all-time favorite work), but David Bowie, Donald Fagen, and Tom Waits can be heard in home on a regular basis.
  • Favorite creative writing My shelves are dominated by the works of Bradbury, Burgess, Dostoevsky, Chandler, Ellroy, Fleming, Greene, Kazantzakis, Nabokov, Percy, and Poe.
  • Favorite visual art I have a long-standing affection for Rembrandt, but I also admire the work of Dali and Dore and Whistler.

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  1. Ryan H. added a post in a topic Hail, Caesar!   

    Looks passable.
  2. Ryan H. added a post in a topic Top 25 list for next year?   

    It has. I think it's partially due to formatting issues and all the technical issues we had with the site.
    We're due for a new Top 100 (if Jeremy doesn't want to take the lead, I'd be willing), but I say we hold off a bit for the membership to get back together and to give some time for the site to be redesigned.
    Besides, the timeline for these lists has often been intensely inconvenient, and a T100 vote takes more effort than a T25, so it would be nice to have things start up after the New Year.
  3. Ryan H. added a topic in Film   

    The Duke of Burgundy
    I don't think this is likely to be one of the A&F crowd's favorite pictures, but Victor has this ranked as one of his favorites of the year, so you never know.
    I wasn't won over by it. It's better than Berberian Sound Studio by virtue of the human relationship at its center, but like Berberian Sound Studio it's an intelligent, if underdeveloped, exploration of genre dressed up with unmotivated stylistic flourishes.
    Those flourishes would be more bearable if they could be taken as whimsy rather than earnest artsiness. My problem with Strickland's pictures so far is that they fail to change gears. They get stuck in a narrative and formal rut. He's talented enough that if he ever learns how to make a more dynamic, less overbearing film, he'll probably win me over.
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  4. Ryan H. added a post in a topic SPECTRE (formerly Bond 24)   

    Well, Quantum does have that horrid CGI skydiving moment.
  5. Ryan H. added a post in a topic SPECTRE (formerly Bond 24)   

  6. Ryan H. added a post in a topic The X-Files   

    No, it's now in full 16:9. When filming the show, the creators kept widescreen format in mind and framed for widescreen. So they've gone back to the original negatives and have restored the full image.
    Effects were redone, but I don't think they're outright new (they look like the same effects to me). Maybe just recomposited from the original elements.
    Overall, it's a big improvement.
  7. Ryan H. added a post in a topic The X-Files   

  8. Ryan H. added a post in a topic The X-Files   

    I've been revisiting the series (I just started season five) via Netflix, which sponsored the gorgeous HD restoration of the show. It has been a great experience so far. 
    I've no idea whether or not the revival will be any good, but I can't wait for it. (They got Morgan to write an episode, so it can't be all bad.)
  9. Ryan H. added a post in a topic SPECTRE (formerly Bond 24)   

    Here it is on YouTube:
  10. Ryan H. added a post in a topic SPECTRE (formerly Bond 24)   

    So the Sam Smith theme song is out now (best place to hear it is on Spotify). I'm not a fan.
  11. Ryan H. added a post in a topic Color Out of Space (Richard Stanley)   

    This might be the creepiest story Lovecraft ever wrote. I'm intrigued.
  12. Ryan H. added a post in a topic Criterion Collection   

    Dressed to Kill is calling my name.
  13. Ryan H. added a post in a topic Metal Gear Solid V   

    Okay, so I've finished The Phantom Pain and given it time to settle.
    On a gameplay level, it's flawless. I haven't had this much fun playing a game in lord knows how long.
    On a conceptual level, this is really the cousin of MGS2: Sons of Liberty, the most controversial and unruly entry in the MGS franchise. It's not surprising that, despite widespread critical acclaim, the Phantom Pain has been a source of controversy among Metal Gear fans. I kinda love the wacky direction Kojima takes things in, but YMMV. At least he doesn't play it safe.
    It's best to play Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain as a single game, one feeding directly into the other (they were intended to be a single game before Konami's financial panic pushed Kojima to split them into separate releases). The story is more fragmented and episodic than anticipated. It's clear that the game was originally meant to be even more expansive and epic than it is (after completing the game, which officially "ends" at Episode 46, I recommend heading to YouTube to check out the released video of Episode 51, which was the intended climax before budget cuts set in), but this does, in a way, complete the Metal Gear saga even though--in true Kojima fashion--it leaves us with as many questions as it does answers. You just have to make sure that you're taking your time with the experience, listening to the "cassette tapes" you obtain throughout the game, because otherwise you'll be missing out on a lot of the narrative.
    Kojima's treatment of female characters remains outrageously and knowingly pervy, but it's also the case Kojima has also tended to write interesting, distinct, and strong female characters. The scantily-clad Quiet is both the game's biggest problem and the source of the game's most emotionally-involving story arc.
  14. Ryan H. added a post in a topic Windows 10   

    Yeah, I took the plunge. I like Windows 10 a lot.
  15. Ryan H. added a post in a topic Hannibal   

    You should write this all up,  Nathanael. It's good stuff.