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    Wuhan, China
  • Interests
    Literature. Film. Music. The theater. Philosophy. Theology.

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    Lecturer in American Literature, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Favorite movies
    Top Ten (descending order):The Third Man (Reed, 1949) Mulholland Drive (Lynch, 2001) 2046 (Wong, 2004) Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) Zodiac (Fincher, 2007) Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) There Will Be Blood (Anderson, 2007) Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1981) Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone, 1968) The Thin Man (Van Dyke, 1934)
  • Favorite music
    Top Ten (descending order):Bob Dylan,David Bowie,Nick Cave,Brandi Carlile,Josh Ritter,Bill Mallonee,Robert Johnson,Willie Nelson,Van Morrison,The Beatles,
  • Favorite creative writing
    Top Ten (descending order): Tristram Shandy,    The Idiot,    Absalom Absalom!,    Winesburg, Ohio,    Leaves of Grass,    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,    Calamity Town,    Our Man in Havana,    Kings Row,    A Sentimental Journey

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  1. I just learned of the existence of a ten-episode podcast about Gore Vidal. The first episode, “Gore and the Gay Novel” is disappointingly shallow, but the episode on the Vidal-Buckley debates is a good supplement to the movie. The podcast is called Vidalotry. Here’s the first episode.
  2. The Gore Vidal podcast Vidalotry episode on these debates is quite good and provides some context the documentary leaves out, such as the fact that Buckley was apparently in quite a bit of physical pain during the Chicago debates—a fact that doesn’t excuse his outburst but does help to contextualize it.
  3. I made the same point upthread.
  4. Loki is apparently getting a Disney+ show.
  5. Here’s Alissa Wilkinson making the LEFTOVERS connection.
  6. This is a good point; my own thoughts in the opening moments (and those of my viewing companion) turned to The Leftovers, which might do a better job than Left Behind. A difference would be that The Leftovers isn't really meant to be a realistic look at a post-Rapture world; it's a meditation on grief and loss. And Endgame isn't, really; I've seen people saying it's "about" grief, but it's really "about" reversing a shock ending. Some of the characters grieve, but that has to get moved past pretty quickly. This seems accurate to me.
  7. So I complain about these movies all the time and then I go and see them all the same. Did that for Endgame and--y'know, it's fine. Better than fine, in places. I would be lying if I said I wasn't moved in spots and I think that the movie does a fair enough job juggling its mandate (which is, bring back all those people dusted in the last movie) without seeming too cheap about it (there's cost and there's people who--because they weren't dusted--can't be brought back). There's some nice nods to the MCU's development--Jon Favreau gets a particularly lovely bit, considering he created the whole dang thing with Iron Man--and there's the requisite amount of fan-pleasing stuff of both the stupid and the smart variety. I certainly liked it better than Infinity War. EDIT: Does no one think of the fact that de-dusting all those dusted people would be at least as catastrophic for the world as dusting them in the first place?
  8. Nothing about this thing looks good.
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    I mean, my recollection is that superhero movies are a tougher sell for you than they are for me. So YMMV. But Shazam! has a lot going for it, including a level of thematic consistency that’s often lacking in these kinds of movies and a finale that is actually pretty satisfying. My impression from FB is that Peter isn’t as positive on the movie, so again YMMV.
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    Saw this tonight. It’s really good. Between this and Aquaman, the DC movies have gone from simply being more interesting than MCU flicks to actively being better than them.
  11. Yeah, Chaw’s way over the top on this. It isn’t a great film, but it’s a Marvel movie. None of them are great. CAPTAIN MARVEL is perfectly passable entertainment. Like THOR: THE DARK WORLD, it’s at its best when it’s aping crappy 90s sci-fi film and television (in this case, SUBURBAN COMMANDO). It’s less good when it’s a superhero movie.
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    Tolkien (2019)

    TOLKIEN: “Yeah, so I’ve been working on a novel. It’s kind of complicated, but....”
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    The Favourite

    I spent most of awards season chafing against the fact that The Favourite wasn't really available in my area, and then once it became available I still put it off until after Green Book got best picture. Based on everything I had heard and seen, I expected this one to become my automatic top film of 2018 and--yeah, it went right to the top and into the ol' personal canon. This is a gorgeous movie, for one thing, and the three leads are all solid. Funnily enough, the relational dynamics reminded me of Phantom Thread, in that both films portray subtly (or, in the case of Weisz's ridin' and shootin' getup, not-so) sado-masochistic relationships, where the interest and frisson derive from the ways in which characters manipulate each other and themselves. This is a kinky movie, and no mistake, but it feels less leering than, for instance, The Handmaiden (a movie which, to be clear, I love). It's more detached, more interested in the internal dynamics of the central relationship than in the external forces bearing down on them. So, yeah. I've not seen Green Book, but I have a hard time imagining it's more satisfying than The Favourite.
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