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

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  • Occupation
    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. NBooth

    Jurassic World 2 aka Jurassic Park 5

    Ok, so I surprised myself by liking this one. It’s got some pretty substantial pacing issues, but it’s miles better than either of the previous two movies in this series. And there was some proper dismemberment, which my inner adolescent appreciates. So. It’s not great, but it’s an improvement.
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    Little Women: A Modern Retelling

    Looks less like a modern retelling than a direct adaptation in modern dress. Weirdly, from the trailer, a lot of that direct reskinning seems to work. But the stuff that doesn’t really sticks out (“Marmie”? “Oh, how I’ve missed my little ones”).
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    I need to rewatch Bright Star. You're the third or fourth person in as many months that I've seen praise it.
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    I'm feeling similarly. Of course, after the drearily pious A Quiet Passion, this might be a more interesting take. My own conviction is that they should just not make movies or TV shows about poets. No one ever gets it right.
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    A Quiet Passion

    Link to our thread on Dickinson, the upcoming Apple TV series starring Hailee Steinfeld.
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    Hailee Steinfeld to Play Emily Dickinson for New Apple Series Link to our thread on A Quiet Passion, the Cynthia Nixon-starring Dickinson biopic.
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    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    This movie is a landmark, at least, in that it's the first Star Wars movie since The Phantom Menace that I've decided to just wait for home video before I watch it.
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    Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

    One of the nice things about the Suchet series ending is that we're getting more varied portrayals of Poirot. Link to our thread on the John Malkovich-led (!) The ABC Murders.
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    The ABC Murders

    John Malkovich is playing Poirot! I'm thrilled. Suchet is great (though he has his limits, as Queering Agatha Christie--an excellent recent study--points out). But, since Finney, the major trend has been toward more genial, friendly portrayals of Poirot (Ustinov the avuncular, Suchet the lonely, Branagh the soulful). I've come to admire the weird, alien, unlikable Poirot Finney gave us in Murder on the Orient Express, and I'm really hoping Malkovich brings back some of that spikiness. EDIT: Here's our thread for the 2017 Murder on the Orient Express.
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    The Great American Novel

    Philip Roth has died.
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    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    Walter Chaw hates it. [Spoilers, but--really. It's Solo.]
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    The Magnificent Seven (2016)

    I’ve worked my thoughts above into a two-years-later review at Rise Up Daily.
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    Lindsay Ellis has an excellent three-part series on The Hobbit. Here's the first one.
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    Avengers: Infinity War Part I

    Saw it. It's relentlessly ok. It isn't great, or even good--but it isn't the Death of Cinema, either. It's just--there. Some funny bits. Some genuinely astounding settings (the star forge). Lots of uninteresting action. An ending that should be affecting but isn't (apart from Tom Holland's performance). A villain who isn't interesting, in spite of all the advance hype. A conclusion that suggests the next movie will feature Matt Smith popping out of a TARDIS and doing some timey-wimey stuff. I did have fun, but the overall impression was of exhaustion.
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    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

    Link to our thread on the newly-announced Sherlock Holmes 3.