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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. Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

  2. Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    This looks bad.
  3. Jurassic World 2 aka Jurassic Park 5

    It's not a strikingly unique response, I'm sure, but this looks terrible. Like, Jurassic Park 3 bad.
  4. Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    Edwin Turner:
  5. Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    As a sidenote--I assume this has to do with Star Wars not being all that big in China, but the cut I saw had little text onscreen whenever a familiar character appeared. It was kind of cool, because it reminded me of Shaw Brothers flicks (so did Snoke's throne room, actually--it, and some of the stuff that happened there, could have been the setting for a title sequence by Chang Cheh).
  6. Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    Yeah, I liked Rogue One well enough, but I loved The Last Jedi. Like, this is what The Force Awakens should have been--not a reverential retread, but a helter-skelter playing with bits and pieces of the Lucas movies. Hamill is magnificent, as is Fisher, and Dern was so good that I really wish we could get more of her. I have no patience with fan complaints about the arc of Luke's character--the franchise is nothing more or less than the movies that make it up, after all, and Hamill did better work here than he did in the entire Original Trilogy. Visually, I was much more satisfied as well--the scenes at the casino were imaginative and lush in a way TFA and even the visually superior Rogue One never dreamed of being. And there were several shots (including one spoilery one involving Leia) that made me audibly gasp. It's a real shame this gets booted back to Abrams now.
  7. Here we go again. Nonfiction in bold. Usual caveats about time-finished rather than time read. January James, Henry. The Aspern Papers (novella) Bloom, Harold. The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime Baptist, Edward E. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Burke, James Lee. Robicheaux. Woods, Gregory. Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World. February Greenblatt, Stephen. Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. Cassara, Joseph. The House of Impossible Beauties. March King, Stephen. 'Salem's Lot. (re-read; first time was audiobook) Hendrix, Grady, and Will Errickson. Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction.
  8. A better film about...

    Not sure it's quite fair--and I liked the newer movie--but the original A Nightmare on Elm Street is a better version of the 2017 It. (For that matter, though for a slightly different reason, so is A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge)
  9. Stephen King's IT

    Now streaming on Amazon, so of course I watched it. It's good. Not great--the horror scenes, especially early on, are too perfunctory; they appear out of nowhere and then go away with little impact. But the child actors are engaging and the movie re-structures the narrative so that Georgie is missing instead of known to be dead, which gives the climax a nice emotional payoff. I liked Pennywise's physicality, once I got exactly what they were going for.
  10. God's Not Dead 2

  11. David Peace

    I can't believe I didn't update the thread. Who Is Patient X? The new novel by David Peace. Not a conclusion to the Tokyo Trilogy--which is now scheduled to end in 2019 (maybe). Another thing entirely, though still set in Japan:
  12. Ok, so not-bad-but-pressing-personal-life-stuff obviously kept me from watching this movie before yesterday. Like I mentioned when the film was suggested, I saw this movie (and liked it) a while back. Revisiting it confirmed that response; this is such a clean movie--by which I mean all the pieces fit together like clockwork. It's tight. The second half of the movie, involving the police-work, isn't what some folks would call exciting (it's procedural in the purest sense), but watching a room full of professionals do their thing well always holds a certain attraction to me. I was struck by how neatly the movie divides into two halves. The first half--which could be a movie in itself (a Hitchcock thriller, perhaps)--is, I think, markedly different in tone and focus than the second half, which is (as I say) much more strictly procedural. And I guess there's a corresponding shift between the high of the wealthy shoe manufacturer and the low of the beat cops and such (and, of course, this is a transition Mifune's character makes between halves as well, though he doesn't wind up quite as destitute as the kidnapper). Obviously, there's a lot to talk about here regarding class issues, and the way the movie ends--abruptly, with the kidnapper (now killer) breaking into hysterical screams--suggests that Kurasawa is at least as interested in that aspect as he is in the cop or thriller elements.
  13. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

    Here's my piece on MOTOE, which is really about Branagh's Poirot. One thing I didn't get a chance to explore was the way in which, like the most recent MAGNIFICENT SEVEN remake, this movie shifts the races of several characters and attempts to use that shift to comment on contemporary racial anxieties. The problem, of course, is that the generic demands of the detective story are different, so it's hard to pull off what MAG7 did.
  14. Justice League

    I've blocked it from my memory, so I could be wrong. Looks like it's about manipulating markets, though.