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Buckeye Jones

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  1. When I have time I will provide an episode by episode rebuttal. All those elements could have been addressed in six episodes, or handled in ways that could have been more dramatically engaging in eight. How many episodes were Joyce and Hopper puttering around vs moving forward? (Six).
  2. Matt Zoller Seitz is crowdfunding a book on deadwood, called A Lie Agreed Upon.
  3. I really feel like both Season 2 and S3 could have been much stronger as 6 episode seasons instead of 8. Too much filler in the middle leaving key characters in some kind of narrative stasis.
  4. The entirety of this is now streaming on Prime. I generally avoid such shows as I find the content more than I prefer to take in (the “skip 10 seconds” feature is my friend); however I’m a sucker for westerns and for the complexity and artifice of the dialogue, once you get past the vulgarity. I do believe Doc Cochran is one of my favorite characters and the engagement with loss, religion, and relationship he embodies is near perfect.
  5. Reprisal is indeed the answer, though such a bad movie. Evan, is your first one Blade Runner?
  6. Finally caught this after all these years. Of all reasons, I was prompted to pursue this after my pastor used the film as a sermon illustration. As it turns out, while his illustration was well received, it was also only tangentially tied to Bergman’s film. He related the film as ending with Death putting the knight in checkmate. Then, the curtain drops. The illustration goes that young Bobby Fischer is in the audience and cries out to his companion, “wait a minute—that’s not checkmate, the king has one more move!” A fine illustration for a sermon—when death cries victory, the King still has one more move remaining. You can find versions of this story attributed to various preachers over time. There are a couple of problems, immediately obvious to anyone who has seen the film. One, there’s no checkmate scene (Death puts the knight into Check, and tells him “mate in one move”), and two, the film doesn’t end with the chess match. If you think about it, the story is great but not feasible. The details are that Bergman places the board in such a way that only an expert chess player can tell that it is not really in checkmate, and while the common viewer would just accept the proclamation of death, the filmmaker wanted to hide the true statement that death was wrong, and the chess player has the opportunity to beat death. The further story of young Bobby Fischer calling it out so that it can be used in a sermon illustration is too goo to be true. And of course, the film ends with the knight and his companions led away in the danse macabre, so the one move was not apparently enough! But there’s perhaps an even more powerful illustration available, one true to the events of the film and accessible to the common Christian. The final scene of chess begins with the knight accidentally losing his queen. I didn’t see that, he says. Death placates him with a bit of condescension. While he does so, the young family escapes as Death is distracted. Apparently this knight was not completely honest with Death—I think the knight, understanding now his role, sacrifices himself and his party so that the innocents can escape their doom. The illustration is not that of the King having one more move, it is that of the self-sacrifice of the true martyr giving up his life for the rescue of others. He wanted to see God; through his intentional loss of his queen, he became Gods agent of grace for the family of actors. The move is not a game of chess, bound by the rules of the game; the move is the counterintuitive nature of giving up all to gain all. anyway, that’s my $0.02.
  7. What a treat! However, there were several moments where I thought we’d rented the 3D disc and had no glasses. That effect was off-putting.
  8. Way more obscure and way way worse than any Die Hard variant. Right actor though!
  9. Cincinnati shot Yippee ki yay fun no more no motives make sense. Seriously you should not watch this movie unless you have a Cincy connection...
  10. One of these things is not like the others...
  11. This is streaming on Kanopy now if anyone needs to see it or wants to revisit it. I feel a little unprepared for it as I haven’t seen even one Tarkovsky (I know, right?) and only Au Hasard Balthasar from Bresson, but I have seen Ordet so that’s something. What a fascinating film, and I can see why it topped the year’s list. I very much appreciated the Merton quotes and the austerity of the film, both in its formal restraint and in its approach to its story. Ive read quite a bit about the ambiguous ending, and lean more to one version vs the other. Now I need to go fill in my film gaps.
  12. It’s on Amazon Prime in the States. Basically a remake of John Carpenter’s The Thing, except with flowers.
  13. Obviously when Cable and Thanos meet, the entire universe will collapse.
  14. I can kinda see an artistic reason for the swimming scene, especially with Bruce’s comments that he was tired of hiding and now coming out into the open. I still tend to hit the FF button on sex scenes; typically it’s imagery I don’t need in my noggin. Benefits of Netflix, I guess. and agreed on Hell or High Water. Needed some of that tight storytelling here.
  15. Buckeye Jones

    Outlaw/King

    Anyone catch this at TIFF and then see the Netflix edit? I had high hopes but didn’t think this came together well. Pine’s Bruce, while displaying a remarkable resistance to shrinkage, still came across as limp. He just was not a compelling leader that inspired revolutionary fervor regardless of the script’s insistence that he did. Even though the story is more accurate, Braveheart was a much much better movie. I know it faces it’s criticism here for its revenge plot and ridiculous affair with the Queen (justly deserved critique, that one) but Gibson’s flick breathes an expansive energy and Gibson’s Wallace was believable as a leader of men. Florence Pugh was solid, and I’d read one take that suggests a film about her would have really had potential but but alas she was shuttled off for leverage. its a shame; could have been a good epic but at the end it felt small and slight. For those that saw both edits, any key improvements?
  16. That’s a fair point. I am not sure what contact we’ve had with the landlord in the past. The building is larger (20+ units), and my suspicion is that the entire place is infested. It would be good to know a cost to treat the whole thing, at least to know what we could help with.
  17. First some context. I realize that this is an off topic for this group. But I figure there may be some resources. My church serves a very diverse socioeconomic congregation. One of our long term members has become infested with bed bugs such that you can see them on him. Other members have found them when sitting near him. He has some limited mental ability due to age and injury. Ideally we would help him by finding new living situation and furniture. This may not be possible due to any number of reasons, not least that he may refuse help. City ordinances do not allow for landlord citations for bedbugs. Anyone have resources or advice? We end up treating the area he sits in weekly after services, but are now at a point where we are considering requesting that he refrain from entering services. I feel my heart churn to think this but am worried that his infestation will affect others.
  18. I hope they use Nick Cave’s script.
  19. This is now on Netflix US. So is Rumble in the Bronx. knowing that Evans was trying to make the violence felt—I think it misses the mark. Yeah—you feel the violence, every landed punch, every stab of the knife, but then the hero just takes a licking and keeps on ticking. For example, if I took a machete fight out a window for a three story fall, I don’t think I could get up and then go take on another full room of gun wielding bad guys. I may just have to take a break, gets some morphine or something, first. But as a adrenaline shot of action, an indestructible hero is a price you pay for some pretty impressive choreography. That fight on the metal table in the drug lab! The brothers vs Mad Dog left a bit to be desired. Why would they take turns? Eventually they worked together but for the first 2/3 of that fight it was like a tag team match. Use disproportionate odds to your advantage in a martial arts film! Plus I don’t think a fluorescent bulb is that strong.
  20. This show is really good. Perfectly cast. Like Lost, though, it needs to ensure it’s working to an end.
  21. I don’t know. Watched this last night and while it had its moments, a few things really stuck out like a sore thumb. First, the initial scene with the grieving father was a standout. Then, the editing of the shootout (both of them, actually) was solid and cathartic. Finally, the grieving brother and Renner’s conversation was well done. However, this had some issues. Spoilers abound. Did business make this a white savior story? I get the logic behind the Olson role (naive outsider). But Renner’s character could have easily been cast as a native role. I don’t get it. But the main plot—the oil rig security team is a bunch of evil FBI murdering native killing rapists—makes zero sense. Here is a group of people who exist just to shoot and exact vengeance upon. They have no motivation to start a shootout. There’s nothing they accomplish that would not have been better served by just stonewalling. Let’s say their ambush was successful and they were able to kill all the cops without any losses. Then what? Makes no narrative sense. And how convenient that Renner’s cats are camped out on the same trail and the same mountain as the side trail from the drug house which is also the same trail as the cats, the deceased boyfriend, the deceased girl, and the trail back to the rigs. And that Renner goes back up the trail one last time to run into the killers trail right next to the cats’ lair. Rolling my eyes. But that was a tense shootout, and stuff.
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