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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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  • 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

    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.
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    Sherlock Holmes 3 (2020)

    There's officially a release date. I'm there. A Game of Shadows has only grown in my estimation over the years since it came out. Link to our thread on Sherlock Holmes (2009) Link to our thread on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
  8. I’m midway through the novel The Little Girl who Lives Down the Lane, so perhaps it’s too early to suggest adding the film version to this list—but if the book goes in the direction I’m suspecting, it could be a possiblity.
  9. Two movies that won't quite fit the main line of inquiry but might be helpful in some way: It (2017) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) --Elm Street is particularly interesting because Freddy's history as a child molester was removed at the request of the production company, though I would argue it's still pretty much there. There's some abuse stuff creeping around the edges of Kings Row (1942) and it's very much central to Peyton Place (1957) and their offspring Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). [I'm sure you mentioned pretty much every David Lynch movie to her, but--almost every David Lynch movie, particularly Blue Velvet and Inland Empire] EDIT: Gone with the Wind and The Quiet Man are both examples of movies that "let us down" by not portraying abuse as abuse.
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    A Quiet Passion

    Just watched this and skimmed the thread. I’m relieved I’m not the only person with reservations about this thing. I mean, I had reservations going in; by the time twenty minutes had passed I was audibly groaning. Alone. In an empty room. Nixon is good, and so is the sister, but the performances here are so stagey, and not in a good way. The dialogue is mannered—and not in a good way. It’s like a college production of Pride and Prejudice. There is, to my mind, exactly one sequence that is close to interesting or poetic (or interested in poetry, for that matter), and it occurs about an hour and a half into this interminable thing. It’s a positive relief when ED becomes heartbroken and bitter, because then—at least—the movie gets a little fire in its belly. So, nope. It’s a definite nope from me.
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    Ready Player One

    Yeah, that was an interesting review.
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    Gore Vidal (1925-2012)

    This past week I've been on a Vidal kick, so I (finally!) read Myra Breckinridge, which has gotten its hooks in me so thoroughly that I'm pretty sure I need to read it again this month. I also read Myron (available at the Open Library)--not as good, a much looser and less mind-colonizing work than Myra B. but not without a few small pleasures. And I ended it with Vidal's collection of sex writings, Sexually Speaking--though, really, one needn't read all of the essays here. "Pink Triangle and Yellow Star" is the gold standard for Vidalian sex writing, as far as I'm concerned. It's seriously a shame that more isn't being done with Myra Breckinridge. It's a weird read in this cultural moment of #metoo and trans visibility and I suspect that it would--these days--get blasted as much from the Left as from the Right (justifiably or no, I won't say). But that book crawled into my brain and camped out there (in every sense of "camp"). Myra is (and there's no doubt in my mind on this score) the most captivating, disturbing, and magnetic character in midcentury American fiction; she's a Captain Ahab for the sexual revolution set. (I've not seen the movie, though I plan to--I know it's terrible and have watched many terrible clips of it, but one must do what one must....) [Edit: The existence of the movie was never noted here, anyway, but for the record there was at one time to be a Gore Vidal biopic starring Kevin Spacey that has since been scrapped in light of the confirmation of persistent rumors regarding Spacey's conduct with young men. Actor-wise, it's a loss; Spacey has been accused--by people on this very board--of possessing a smarmy acting-style, which would go well with Vidal's actual persona. Given rumors about Vidal's own behavior, there's a certain symmetry to Spacey losing the job for sexual misconduct. Link two. Anyway, here's the IMDB page, which tells me that Michael Stuhlbarg was to have played Howard Austen.]
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    Ready Player One

    This movie is so dumb. It has exactly one redeeming feature--one place where I felt actual joy--and that's the journey into The Shining. Everything else? It's the perfect embodiment of all that I hate about nerd culture--the performative interest in trivia, the confusion of reciting trivia with love of a thing, the Romantic view of the Poor Misunderstood Genius who Just Wanted to Make a Cool Thing--and it's all so obvious, so dreary, and so flat. One problem--and I've mentioned this elsewhere--is that Spielberg is precisely the wrong person to do a movie about nerd nostalgia. When he makes movies that hit his own nostalgia buttons he's generally good. But he made the world these kids are nostalgic for. He's got no reason to particularly feel anything at all for it.
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    Podcast Recommendations?

    My friend and colleague Andy Crank from the University of Alabama has a podcast called The Sound and the Furious: "Two professors use humor, curse words, and hopefully some insight to connect current events with American literature and history." I just started episode one ("Trump, the Dirty South, and the Humanities") and it's quite good. The discussion of how the humanities are perceived vs. how they are in practice is pretty bracing after a year of Atlantic whinging about "safe spaces."
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    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off