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  1. On the question of prequels enhancing the originals: Maybe with books more than movies/TV. The book The Sword in the Stone, as part of The Once and Future King, is lovely and a significant in White's partially reworking Malory as a bildungsroman. Works well as a standalone, too. The cartoon, unfortunately, is a travesty. In terms of GoT-world plot, there's not much in the prehistory of GoT that seems interesting, unless they can create compelling characters. I might not have stuck with GoT either, if I hadn't cared what happened to Arya. Other book prequels that work, IMO: The Magician's Nephew, which I will defend to the death (figuratively) as the 6th Narnia Chronicle, rather than the first, because it refers to earlier books and also expects a level of maturity that LWW perhaps does not. Another is Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolo series (8 books), a historical novel sequence that is effective on its own, but also a prequel to her earlier Lymond Chronicles (6 books)--that's not really a spoiler, as she says as much in the preface of HN book 1. You don't need to know that before reading, but HN does add significantly to a re-read of LC.
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    Late Night (2019)

    I agree with your review, Ken. For me, Mindy Kaling's performance salvaged the movie, so I ended up on the positive side. Also, having just seen Men in Black: International, I enjoyed comparing/contrasting Emma Thompson's suiting choices. But yes, it could have been better.
  3. I don't know what your timeline is, but the Yesterday trailers look good.
  4. NBooth has accurately summed up my experience with MiB:International. It was diverting, and the theater was nicely air-conditioned
  5. Haven't seen anything of Deadwood, but I wish the late David Lavery were here to see this movie, because he would doubtless have been delighted. He edited this anthology back in 2006 and frequently mentioned the show as one of the all-time greats.
  6. This show was cancelled and wrapped up neatly, but with just enough of an open ending that it could possibly be renewed...and it was, because it was apparently quite successful. Whatever.
  7. My patience is about to be rewarded! Regular old CBS starts broadcasting The Good Fight on June 16 at 9 PM EDT--only season 1, though. AllAccess is up to season 3, and has renewed for a fourth season. This Variety article with backstory on the decision was rather amusing. Or maybe it was just the side-story about somebody's issues with "kerfuffle."
  8. Cathleen Falsani's official review of the GoT finale: "Why the 'Game of Thrones' Ending Was More Henri Nouwen Than George R.R. Martin"
  9. What is the point of this movie?
  10. Official trailer: Bring on September.
  11. Recently some comments in a film thread on The Kid Who Would Be King compared it with a new Nancy Drew movie that's currently available only via streaming services. One comment wished for a series based on that film, which I would like, too. But what we're going to get is a CW series more in the vein of Riverdale. The preview doesn't look quite as "dark and gritty" as Riverdale, but does look an awful lot like Veronica Mars (which is getting a reboot on Hulu, with many of the original cast. That's another thread.)
  12. Excellent review of the finale from Myles McNutt at the AVClub. Spoilers, obviously, but I think this quote is safe:
  13. Once you have (mysteriously, somehow) seen the finale, you may find that Cathleen Falsani and Fr. James Martin generally agree with you, based on their Twitter posts. Are there plotholes? Yes. Was I happy overall? Yes.
  14. It's been more or less a thing from the beginning according to a recent essay on problems with GoT's representation of race and medieval history/culture from The Public Medievalist. The author has written a book on the series and is a fan, yet argues that it is Good point.
  15. Episode 5 proved even more polarizing than episode 4. Speaking of controversial character treatment in G.R.R.M. series, back in the 80s, he killed off the female lead of Beauty and the Beast in s2, and fans were outraged. She was "replaced" in season three by an equally if not more interesting female character, but fans never accepted her. I knew nothing about this at the time, because I wasn't on the internet. Henry Jenkins writes about it in Textual Poachers. Also, this Twitter thread on writing the series is pretty good (no spoilers).
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    The Nevers

    Update with casting news for this show, plus some additional writing/producing staff: Espenson and Petrie both worked on Buffy, Angel, and Firefly.
  17. The execution of that particular character could certainly be perceived as racially insensitive and part of a pattern of privileging white characters in the show that goes back to season 1, and may be read as a problem of the stereotype of the Middle Ages, especially the European Middle Ages, as purely caucasian. So that's a discussion that's been going on for a while with regard to the show (not to mention medieval studies generally). I suspect the character's death is setting up another character (maybe two) to go off the deep end for revenge. It's a frequent, maybe even stereotypical, plot trope, that got at least two other show-runners in trouble for killing off a minority character (in both cases, not a racial minority, but a lesbian) to send the other partner off on an emotional tear in Buffy and The 100. The writers viewed it as character-driven writing. Many viewers saw it as insensitive at best, at worst, an attack. Bury Your Gays
  18. Some might say that episode 8.2 was overdone with fan-service, but I, and many others, loved it. Goodness knows, there will be more than enough darkness and death ahead. Alan Sepinwall's review is excellent, as far as I'm concerned. Full of spoilers, though, if you're not watching. And at least one event may have further repercussions...who knows?
  19. I hate ranking things. However, I shall do my best. This is a good list.
  20. If I had seen this nomination before the list closed, I would have seconded it. Yes, it may be flawed, but as a film it fits the list theme very well.
  21. Did the student journalist know that the play by Mark St. Germain (on which the movie is based, I suppose) is being produced by Campbell Theatre Arts, also in April?
  22. You've set forth what seem to me solid reasons for seconding this film's nomination. It is an enjoyable movie.
  23. Thanks, Ken. I just read your whole review. The concerns you raise are ones I had based on the promotions for this series. I may or may not watch it.
  24. I could have sworn I posted about The Kid Who Would Be King, as I feel duty bound to see every Arthurian legend movie, no matter how dubious, but it must have been on some other platform. I actually liked this one. As Doug C says, it was "clever, unpretentious entertainment" and I also found it to hold closely to what I feel is the spirit of some of the original texts (e.g., Malory), while finding fun ways to update the story for today's young audiences. If I were 10, I might be inspired to look for a book version after seeing this. Whereas after seeing King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, if my parents were stupid enough to allow such a thing--I would just be sad and horrified.
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