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  1. 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?
  2. I hate ranking things. However, I shall do my best. This is a good list.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. You've set forth what seem to me solid reasons for seconding this film's nomination. It is an enjoyable movie.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Somehow I missed this earlier. I started reading Burke with his first Robicheaux mysteries in the 80s, maybe--The Neon Rain (1987) and Heaven's Prisoners (1987). The first was made into a terrible movie. The second is where Dave really starts taking shape as a character, I think. Burke improves and expands Dave's world for a while, but in most recent novels, is starting to repeat himself and rant a bit. The supernatural elements are most effective in 1993's In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead--which also has the best title ever. The Katrina novel (Tin Roof Blowdown) is also worth reading.
  9. I can't believe we don't have a thread for this novel in the "Literature" forum (I checked, already knowing that if we did, PTC would have found it & linked it to the original post here ). As a missionary kid from the Congo/Zaire/Congo, I recognized the excellence of the writing, characterization, and structure, but generally disliked the experience of reading it. Mixed responses from my fellow Congo MKs, a few of whom had actually known the Kingsolvers. In an interesting twist, high school MK friends, now missionaries in the Kikongo region (near Kinshasa), posted photos of Kingsolver and her husband who were visiting the area this week, to revisit the place of her childhood memories (though some who knew her then say she rarely ventured out of the house) and to lecture at the university on the value of education and environmental preservation. A TV series is probably a better medium than a movie for this complex, multi-perspectival and decades-long novel. It will probably just reinforce anti-missionary prejudices, though.
  10. I seconded Overstreet's nomination of Apted's documentary 35 Up, but I wonder why this particular installment of the series was chosen rather than, for example, 56 Up--or indeed, the entire 7 Up series? Any comments appreciated.
  11. Just putting this here, FYI. I recording episode 1, but haven't watched it yet. Personally, I don't have high expectations. Not so good: https://www.vulture.com/amp/2019/02/miracle-workers-tbs-review.html Mashable says: "It's a daunting task to dive in alongside such heavy hitters [as The Good Place], yet Miracle Workers takes the plunge – and mostly falls flat. The jokes are generic, (often scatological – where the bar once raised by American Vandal is nowhere near met), and they feel incomplete, as if we've just heard the first draft and no one tried to improvise or push it further."
  12. BethR

    Tolkien Biopic

    Ugh. I think Nicholas Hoult is a treasure, but I also believe biographical criticism is the most boring approach to literature. Reducing literary analysis to "based on the author's life experiences!" just turns everything into a cheap reality show and denigrates the imagination, hard work, and research that go into creating fiction.
  13. Second Moonrise Kingdom Second 35 Up, but I have questions, which I'll ask in the discussion thread.
  14. Second Stand By Me. Nominate: Title: Blast from the Past Director: Hugh Wilson Year: 1999 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124298/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://youtu.be/9_mi3qoA_QY Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Of course not.
  15. Second Return of the Secaucus Seven. Nominate: Title: Gods and Monsters Director: Bill Condon Year: 1998 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120684 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://youtu.be/Nn2G6YrvibM Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): can't find it, though the movie is mentioned in a few other threads.
  16. I nominated An Education. It received somewhat mixed reviews here back in 2009/10, but a few of us liked it very much. I think as coming-of-age/growing older/wise movies go, Lady Bird may be better, but I still think An Education is worthy of consideration as a story of a young woman who has to lose almost everything before she can see what is at stake. I noticed that the link to Ken Morefield's CT review in the A&F discussion is broken. I believe Ken was one of those who had a positive review, so if that review is archived elsewhere, maybe he can share it again? Thanks.
  17. Title: An Education Director: Lone Scherfig Year: 2009 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1174732/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://youtu.be/eRbp-dd1QvM
  18. Having just re-watched The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (it was on TCM this weekend), I endorse Evan's analysis that the story is about growing older--and wiser.
  19. Title: Amour Director: Michael Haneke Year: 2012 Language: French IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1602620/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film [an extensive thread with links to several reviews]: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/25796-amour-aka-these-two/
  20. This is getting more interesting than expected...
  21. I did watch it, but once was enough. It wasn't terrible, but I felt that having read the book filled in quite a bit of background info regarding rabbit traditions and culture. I don't know how someone who had not read the book would respond. Distinguishing one rabbit from another was a bit of a struggle (except for Bigwig, obviously), but that's true of real rabbits, too (sorry, rabbit fans). The stories of El Ahrairah (sp?) were effectively presented, though few. Yes, it's rather earnest, but also had some genuine moments of tenderness and jeopardy. I've seen the film, but it didn't make a huge impression on me.
  22. I'm waffling over my vote now, because in thinking of "Crime and Punishment" as a broader topic, I would love to nominate Out of Sight (Soderbergh 1998), which I recently re-watched. Also, "Crime and Punishment" is a topic that might finally acknowledge the brilliance of Kind Hearts and Coronets, which didn't make it to "Comedy."
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