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About NBooth

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    Collector of Oddities
  • Birthday 01/23/1987

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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. Justice League

    Oh, and this is by my count the fourth movie featuring Superman to center on some sort of real estate grab.
  2. Justice League

    With the exception of Gadot and a few fleeting seconds where Cavill shows what a great Superman he *could* be with a decent script, this movie is a total disaster. It fails in so many basic ways (like, introducing the villain and building tension and maintaining tonal consistency) that it should be taught in film school as a cautionary example.
  3. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

    I'm going to try to come up with something long-form about this movie, but for now: this is a film that benefits *tremendously* from lowered expectations.
  4. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

    If I'm not mistaken, this just opened in China, so I'll be seeing it on Monday.

    I have The Entire Mystery. From what I can tell, the Criterion blu-ray essentially replicates the extras in that set (though it's got the essay! of course). There were issues with sound in some pressings of that set, but I never noticed any problems with mine.
  6. Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy

    I need to rewatch it. It's been a couple of years and I want to see how it holds up.
  7. Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy

    Counterpoint: the Red Riding trilogy.
  8. Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy

    As dubious as I've become about DisneyWars, this is exactly the direction they should take. Not more Han Solo/Boba Fett/Pruneface spinoffs. If Johnson wants to hear my ideas for a noir flick set on Coruscant during the Clone Wars, he can feel free to reach out to me.
  9. I burned out on Lord of the Rings a while ago, so I don't have a dog in this fight. But given the ubiquity of the movies (there's still media being produced based on the films' aesthetic!), they're going to have a long row to hoe if they want this series to be judged on its own merits. OTOH, reviving or reworking a movie barely a decade after its release is nothing new. I recall that The Third Man ran as a TV series exactly ten years after the iconic Orson Welles film. So this isn't unprecedented.
  10. Are there absolutes in art?

    I often tell my students--sometimes with a conspiratorial wink and a grimace--that the dark, dirty truth about writing is this: if it works, it works. If you can get away with it, then go for it--the only absolute truth in writing. I maintain that the same is true of art.
  11. Not to interrupt the flow, here, but I got my habds on a copy of this and will be watching this weekend.

    Excerpt from Frost's new TWIN PEAKS book, out next week:
  13. I can do The Assassin or Cleo.
  14. Princess Cyd

  15. Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    When you put it that way, it sounds Hegelian.