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About NBooth

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    Collector of Oddities
  • Birthday 01/23/1987

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    Hanceville, Al
  • Interests
    Literature. Film. Music. The theater. Philosophy. Theology.

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  • 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. This is a very, very mixed bag. Gorgeous, and definitely a movie to be seen in 3D. But the plot, once it starts resolving, is inelegantly handled and the leads are both terribly lovely but almost entirely without personality. Not a movie I can imagine playing well on home viewing.
  2. I'm visiting friends this weekend and decided to pitch a visit to the movies. The movie I pitched was definitely Valerian.
  3. I'm a year late, but Lindsay Ellis (the artist formerly known as Nostalgia Chick) has an in-depth look at Phantom and its numerous stylistic failings. It's been forever since I saw the movie, but I enjoy Ellis's discussion. [One thing she doesn't mention is that the framing device in the Phantom movie seems to also owe a lot to the framing device in Ronny Yu's 1995 film The Phantom Lover, itself an adaptation of the original Phantom novel. I don't know for certain that Shumacher was riffing on Yu; it could be that Yu was in some way riffing on the musical, even though his movie is a remake of an earlier Chinese adaptation of Phantom. Anyway, there's some sort of a connection]
  4. Btw, those are good points, M. I'm chewing them over still. Meanwhile.
  5. Rebekah Del Rio was in last night's episode;
  6. They're calling her the Thirteenth Doctor, which means that both times we've seen a Thirteenth Doctor the actor has been a woman.
  7. Jodie Whittaker becomes the first woman to play the Doctor. Which reminds me that I really need to watch this most recent season.
  8. Maybe this is the first movie in the Pilgrim's Progress Cinematic Universe.
  9. Well, this movie doesn't have the heart of the Raimi films, but it does have Michael Keaton giving his best-ever performance as a Birdman and Tom Holland being as charming and enthusiastic as in Civil War, so I'll call it even. My favorite part of the movie, actually, occurs toward the end and is a close facsimile of a scene in the first Spider-Man. Curiously, though, I couldn't help but notice how claustrophobic this movie feels compared to the Raimi flicks. Ironically, I think it's because this Spider-man is part of the MCU. As a result, where Raimi worked to anchor his movies in the texture of New York City and make them feel like they could be occurring in the real world, this movie is content with sticking Peter Parker into the plastic world of The Avengers. So, even though the action is bigger and the animation more lifelike, the movie feels generally closed-in. Similarly--and this is what I mean by "heart"--the characters don't seem to have the emotional vitality that Raimi gave them. Even when Peter should be upset, late in the movie, he seems merely a little piqued. Which, y'know, is very MCU. But it makes the movie poorer and less likely to stay in the memory. Still, though. It didn't make me mad (Civil War) or feel like it squandered its setup (Guardians 2), so it's generally a win. EDIT: Nothing in the movie is a patch on this, though:
  10. Same.
  11. Wound up getting both of these plus Chimes at Midnight.
  12. "Faith-based genre"?
  13. This show is getting a second season and John Cho is coming aboard.
  14. IMDB link The write-up on this one sounds like something that would have gotten it on the ballot for the "Waking Up" list if it had come out earlier: