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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  • 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. VOTING (FINAL ROUND): Films on Mercy

    Yes. No more than three films per filmmaker.
  2. VOTING (FINAL ROUND): Films on Mercy

    Here's the Top 50: Adam’s Apples (2005) Calvary (2014) Child, The (L'Enfant) (2005) City Lights (1931) Close-Up (1990) Dead Man Walking (1995) Devil and Daniel Webster, The (1941) Diary of a Country Priest (1951) Elephant Man, The (1980) Frisco Jenny (1932) Goodbye Solo (2008) Hadewijch (2009) Happy Together (1997) Immigrant, The (2014) Island, The (2006) Joyeux Noel (2005) Kid with a Bike, The (2011) Kid, The Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Look of Silence, The (2014) Love & Mercy (2014) Merchant of Venice, The (2004) Miserables, Les (1935) Monsieur Vincent (1947) Munyurangabo (2007) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Night of the Hunter, The (1955) Of Gods and Men (2010) Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943) Phantom Carriage, The (1921) Philomena (2013) Pianist, The (2002) Pickpocket (1959) Pieces of April (2003) Schindler's List (1993) Scrooge (1951) Short Term 12 (2013) Son, The (2002) Spirited Away (2001) Stevie (2002) Tale of Two Cities, A (1935) Tender Mercies (1983) This is Martin Bonner (2013) Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The (2005) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Troubled Water (1998) Tsotsi (2005) Two Days, One Night (2014) Visitor, The (2007) Widow of Saint Pierre, The (2000)
  3. VOTING (FINAL ROUND): Films on Mercy

    It's interesting to try out this two-stage voting process. I recommend that everyone look over the nominees before voting, think about which films to prioritize, and organize your votes accordingly.
  4. The Neon Demon

    I was unable to suppress an instinctual guffaw while watching that trailer.
  5. The Hateful Eight

    This is the first Tarantino film to leave me completely and utterly cold. I've always had an uneasy relationship with him, but this is the first time where I've found myself so totally disengaged and unimpressed. It was clear from the script that this film would be a nasty piece of work, but it still read much better than it plays. Maybe Tarantino just lived with it for too long, because what should have been a tense, tight, suspenseful chamber piece is bloated and dull. I wonder what difference Sally Menke would have made. The Morricone score is nice, though.
  6. List of Nominations to Date

    Nothing official, as far as I know.
  7. List of Nominations to Date

    Here is the full list of seconded nominees as I have them. Please let me know if I missed any: Adam’s Apples (2005) Amadeus (1984) Amelie (2001) Beauty and the Beast (1991) Blade Runner (1982) Brood, The (1979) Calvary (2014) Child, The (L'Enfant) (2005) City Lights (1931) Close-Up (1990) Crying Game, The (1992) Dead Man Walking (1995) Devil and Daniel Webster, The (1941) Diary of a Country Priest (1951) Dogville (2003) Elephant Man, The (1980) Emperor's New Groove, The (2000) Fall, The (2006) Faustina (1995) Frisco Jenny (1932) Game, The (1997) Gone Baby Gone (2007) Goodbye Solo (2008) Gran Torino (2008) Hadewijch (2009) Happy Together (1997) History of Violence, A (2005) Immigrant, The (2014) Island, The (2006) Joyeux Noel (2005) Kid with a Bike, The (2011) Kid, The Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Look of Silence, The (2014) Love & Mercy (2014) Mary and Max (2009) Merchant of Venice, The (2004) Miller's Crossing (1994) Miserables, Les (1935) Monsieur Vincent (1947) Munyurangabo (2007) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Night of the Hunter, The (1955) Noah (2014) Of Gods and Men (2010) Our Hospitality (1923) Overnighters, The (2004) Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943) Phantom Carriage, The (1921) Philomena (2013) Pianist, The (2002) Pickpocket (1959) Pieces of April (2003) Rhapsody in August (1991) Romero (1989) Schindler's List (1993) Scrooge (1951) Sensation of Sight, The (2006) Short Term 12 (2013) Shotgun Stories (2007) Son, The (2002) Spirited Away (2001) Stevie (2002) Sunset Limited, The (2011) Tale of Two Cities, A (1935) Tender Mercies (1983) This is Martin Bonner (2013) Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The (2005) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Tree of the Wooden Clogs, The (1978) Troubled Water (1998) True Grit (2010) Tsotsi (2005) Two Days, One Night (2014) Visitor, The (2007) Widow of Saint Pierre, The (2000) Wise Blood (1979) Witness (1985)
  8. List of Nominations to Date

    Last-minute list update.
  9. Top 25 Films on Mercy: Nominations Thread

    I second CALVARY and WITNESS.
  10. Doctor Sleep

    It's not a bad book, but it'll make for a bad movie.
  11. List of Nominations to Date

    I've updated the list.
  12. Follies

    Yes. I love all of the cast recordings in one way or another, but the 2011 recording is the only one to capture the scope of the show.
  13. Follies

    I saw the 2011 production on Broadway. I hear from reliable sources that it is the only production to capture something of the original production's power. It ranks among the most memorable theatrical experiences of my life. I had tears in my eyes when it concluded. Peters' rendition of "Losing My Mind" will haunt me for the rest of my days. This is sometimes my favorite Sondheim musical. It's untidy and uneven, but when performed well, it's as visceral as theater gets.
  14. Last Days in the Desert

    I'm quite eager to see this.
  15. Jose Saramago Dies at 87

    Now that I'm done with Saramago's Gospel,I'll add a further disclaimer: this is a bleaker, more hostile reimagining of the narrative than what Kazantzakis wrote. It's suffused with the despair and skepticism that runs through Borges' poetry about Jesus. Still, this anti-authoritarian, pessimistic rewriteismoving. Saramago's imaginative characterization and prose elevates this above being a mere polemic.