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About BethR

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    Getting medieval on media

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    North Carolina
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    medieval English literature, fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, movies, music, travel, a unified Christian life

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    university English professor
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    Dandelion from "Sugarshock" by Whedon & Moon
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    Singing in the Rain To Kill a Mockingbird Casablanca Galaxy Quest Babette's Feast
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    William Langland, THE VISION OF PIERS PLOWMAN Geoffrey Chaucer, CANTERBURY TALES Julian of Norwich, A BOOK OF SHOWINGS Dorothy Dunnett, THE LYMOND CHRONICLES; THE HOUSE OF NICCOLO; KING HEREAFTER Dorothy L. Sayers C.S. Lewis J.R.R. Tolkien Poetry: John Donne, Edward Hirsch, David Citino, Mary Oliver, Kelly Cherry

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  1. Catastrophe s3 now available--6 episodes--on Amazon Prime. A darker season, but grimly funny, and includes Carrie Fisher's last performance. She's a wonder. Ends with a cliffhanger, but season 4 is guaranteed. Spoiler-filled review of the final episode of s3.
  2. Evan C's thoughtful review points out how this movie fails as a musical, but the AV Club considers those variations from classic musical style and structure as intentional. I've finally had a chance to re-watch the movie, on DVD, and found it to hold together quite well, especially musically--although of course, I'm not a professional, so my musical assessment can certainly be questioned. Gina Dalfonzo's Christ and Pop Culture review compares La La Land with Singing in the Rain to good effect. Finally, the DVD may settle the question
  3. I'll just say "I told you so" now to save time. Duty will force me to see the movie, but it was destined to be terrible.
  4. Just came across this podcast about film adaptations of Shakespeare, As We Like It. Thirteen episodes, so far. It's one of three series under the umbrella of "The Extracurricular." The other two are an archives re-read/read-through of Tolkien's complete works, and a weekly book-club style podcast, Interlibrary Loan (six weeks on The Handmaid's Tale, two weeks into Candide).
  5. Second: The Color Purple Awakenings David and Lisa Searching for Bobby Fischer
  6. I'm going to let Nick Olson's review of Moonrise Kingdom argue for its inclusion in a list of films about "waking up" to a new way of seeing the world and a new kind of community: Add his commentary on the film's conclusion, and I think that says it all.
  7. I've nominated the 1971 George C. Scott/Joanne Woodward They Might Be Giants (screenplay by James Goldman). If you haven't seen it, it may be difficult to find the full film online, though the DVD is available. Additional clips are available on YouTube. Scott's character, wealthy, respectable judge Playfair, seems to have fallen into the delusion that he is Sherlock Holmes. Joanne Woodward is psychiatrist Dr. Watson (of course!), hired by the judge's greedy relatives to declare him incompetent so they can get his money. Playfair/Holmes's "broken" world of mystery, however, proves to have greater depth, hope, and truth than the "real" world. Playfair may not be Sherlock Holmes, but he is more than he seems, and so are we all--if we wake up and face our fears. ETA: They Might Be Giants is in many ways very much a 70s movie, but it also falls squarely into J.A.A.'s description of a film "where a character [more than one character] realizes that there are deeper, even sacramental, realities behind the scenes....a character eventually sees the world as a little enchanted, and this fundamentally changes and redeems him. He [and she] has a sense of what really matters."
  8. Title: They Might Be Giants Director: Anthony Harvey Year: 1971 Language: English IMDB link: YouTube link: A&F Thread: N/A
  9. Title: Moonrise KingdomDirector: Wes AndersonYear: 2012Language: EnglishIMDB Link: Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film
  10. Several years ago, someone asked about Rumi. A new English translation of his Arabic poems is available now with a very helpful introduction that contextualizes his life and work within Islamic Sufism of his time, and the translations are more accurate than Coleman Barks's paraphrases: Love Is My Savior: The Arabic Poems of Rumi, trans. & ed. Nesreen Akhtarkhavari and Anthony A. Lee. Michigan State Univ. Press, 2016.
  11. Second: Children of Men I [heart] Huckabees Joe Versus the Volcano Holiday Punch Drunk Love
  12. I like this approach very much and it is more or less what I had in mind when I voted for "films on waking up."
  13. I recognized his voiceover in the trailer and said to myself, "I hope they're paying you excessively for being in this explosion-fest, Sir Anthony." But the dog is a nice touch.