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  1. 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."
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    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.
  3. Second Moonrise Kingdom Second 35 Up, but I have questions, which I'll ask in the discussion thread.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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/
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    2019 List Preliminary Discussion

    This is getting more interesting than expected...
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    Watership Down

    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.
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    2019 List Preliminary Discussion

    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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    2019 List Preliminary Discussion

    Chiming in to say yes to picking a Top 25, and that I can imagine good candidates for both "Crime and Punishment" and "Growing Older. For "Growing Older," I'm surprised no one has mentioned Apted's "Up" series yet--it's hard to pick just one, of course.
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    Shakespeare Uncovered

    Campbell U library has at least 2 versions on DVD: The Kenneth Branagh Much Ado (Branagh & Emma Thompson), and the 2012 Joss Whedon directed production (Amy Acker & Alexis Denisof as Beatrice and Benedick). Plus three versions via streaming databases: Films on Demand--1974 NY Shakespeare Festival production, directed by Joseph Papp (Kathleen Widdoes and Sam Waterston as Beatrice & Benedick) BBC Shakespeare Plays--an older BBC TV production Digital Theatre Plus--2011 London stage production with David Tennant and Catherine Tate, and the 1974 NY Shakespeare Festival production. Have fun.
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    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

    I'm still looking forward to watching this, because the Coens' have rarely disappointed me, but another friend whom I respect called my attention to this Forbes review by Sarah Aswell, "The Absent Women of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," and I'm sure I'll be aware of it as I watch:
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    A medievalist perspective by Kevin J. Harty, who has written or co-written several books on medievalism in movies: "Beam Me Up Robbie!: Outlaw King"
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    The Princess Bride

    RIP William Goldman. (Link to a collection of Hollywood Twitter tributes at Slate.com) Maybe he deserves his own thread, but it might as well be here, because he loved The Princess Bride, both the book and the movie. New York Times obit.
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    Shakespeare Uncovered

    Volume 3 has been or is now being broadcast on WUNC--PBS for North Carolina. I made a point of recording the Much Ado episode, as it is one of my favorite plays, and enjoyed it very much. The Campbell Library has vols.1-2 on DVD, and I own vol. 2 (Hamlet/Richard II/Macbeth/Twelfth Night & As You Like It/The Tempest/Henry IV & Henry V) if you want to borrow it. The weak point of vol. 2, unfortunately, is Derek Jacobi on Richard II, as he spends too much time on largely discredited "Shakespeare was really someone else" hypotheses.
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    God Friended Me

    Coming this fall to CBS. (trailers & featurettes at the link) I reserve judgment.
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    God Friended Me

    Originally, I thought this would be a 30-minute sitcom format, but it is an hour-long light drama. After five episodes, the clearest TV ancestors are Touched by an Angel--but the "angels" are ordinary humans, at least one of whom claims to be an atheist, and "God" is a mysterious Facebook friend who suggests other "friends" who need help--or Joan of Arcadia, with its skeptical but good-hearted protagonist directed by an enigmatic, multi-faced divinity--if Joan had had a team of friends/colleagues. The show, so far, avoids the sentimentality of Touched, but doesn't have the depth of Joan. So far, the greatest strength of God Friended Me is the cast, especially Brandon Micheal Hall as the main character Miles and Joe Morton as Miles's father Pastor Finer. The two main female characters, Cara and Jaya, look too much alike.
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    The Good Place

    Speaking of shows with vaguely religious/spiritual themes, The Good Place is a comedy about a not particularly "good" woman (Kristen Bell) who dies and finds herself in an afterlife identified as "the good place" where she feels somewhat uncomfortable. Ted Danson is the "angel" responsible for the clerical error. The basic assumptions of this series--that one's afterlife is based on one's deeds--are obviously not Christian, but match many other religions and general feelings, I suppose. I haven't seen it. Writers are attempting to infuse both a continuing narrative, comparing the show to LOST. All episodes are available for streaming via NBC.com
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    The Good Place

    Because everything connects to medieval studies if you look at it the right way (linked article contains SPOILERS for seasons 1-3 of The Good Place): The (Medieval) Saints and Sinners of NBC's The Good Place, by Matthew Gabriele