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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. NBooth


    It's less effective than a typical MCU movie at doing what it wants to do, for sure; but what it wants to do is much more interesting and peculiar than anything most MCU flicks attempt (all exceptions admitted). So I balance those against each other. One thing I get a kick out of, in retrospect, is the way in which the threat-to-the-whole-globe stuff is basically (at least, in the cut I saw....) tossed out there. There really isn't any particular concern for that aspect; it's almost openly a generic trope that the movie feels the need to include but doesn't really care about (or expect us to care about).
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    So this came to China (I know, right?) and so I wound up seeing it. It’s about on a level with MCU flicks, tbh. It’s more fun than INFINITY WAR and ANT MAN AND THE WASP. Tom Hardy is really funny. But the last half-hour is incredibly boring.
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    The Woman in White (PBS)

    I like this book a lot--I read it once in my teens and then once, again, for a graduate seminar. So I'll try to check this out, although the recent adaptation of The Moonstone left me relatively cold.
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    Silent Hill

    This movie's been coming up a lot recently. First, The Unloved did a piece on it four months ago, which caught my attention (of course): Then the YouTube algorithm decided I needed to see a video from 2014: And then the Now Playing podcast put up a new episode on the movie. So, basically, it seems like I'm going to have to watch this at some point. (Besides which, visually interesting horror set in an American small town is kind of my thing)
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    House of Cards

    I totally lost interest about the middle of last season. I kind of wanted to check this season out because I've been convinced for a while that the real MVP of the show is Robin Wright, but I haven't been able to muster the interest (or the time).
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    Should A&F posts have a "Like" Button?

    In addition to the above points, if there's a "like" button it will destroy the sometime-tradition of wishing that the board had a "like" button.
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    Board Rules and Guidelines (Under Construction)

    I think in general that not having a forum devoted to politics would be the most, um, politic decision possible. I (obviously) don't have a problem invoking politics in discussing art; my whole take on Captain America: The Winter Soldier was basically a political rumination, and I'm sure I could think of other examples (my eventual review of Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, for instance, derived from politically-inflected thoughts posted here). That said, I think it's probably for the best not to have a place specifically devoted to the arena of politics, for a couple of reasons. First, we're an international board, so there's that to consider. Second--frankly, this is a personal thing, but I talk and think and worry about politics all the time, lately, and it's kind of nice to have a place where I can go and not worry about having to ignore/block/mute/whatever threads. A safe space, if you will. W/r/t the specific issue of homosexuality, it's complicated by the fact that religion and politics step all over each other (at least, in the U.S. they do); people with political reasons for supporting/opposing LGBTQ rights will offer religious reasons and vice-versa. I'll note that we have a thread on "Sexuality and Christian Belief," which started under a more specific title and which is pretty much devoted to discussing LGBTQ issues (similarly, we do have a recent-ish thread on "The U.S. Evangelical Vote," so I guess the "no politics" rule has been flexible for some time).
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    Gore Vidal (1925-2012)

    Oh, I absolutely want to see it. Jay Parini, one of the screenwriters, was a friend of Vidal’s as well as his biographer, so he’s bound to bring something unique to the project. And Spacey, whatever his faults, was ideal casting. Still, I think you’re right that we are unlikely to ever ski whatever they shot.
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    Gore Vidal (1925-2012)

    Well, we know why they canceled it (beyond the obvious reason):
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    Dr. Who

    Turns out, "The Husbands of River Song" felt so much like a conclusion to the Moffat era that I just...forgot to watch the actual last season of Capaldi. I'm fixing that now, while I watch the new series as it comes out. And, um.... I like Whittaker as the Doctor. Not a lot, but she's good (which is to be expected). What I don't like is anything around her. The scripts are mostly rubbish, the emotional payoffs are undercut by bizarre plotting and pacing choices (there's an event late in the first episode that should have had me in tears and didn't because it occurred after it needed to, plot-wise). The direction is pretty flat and uninteresting. The companions are attractive and dull. It's basically as bad as I expected a Chibnall-run Who to be. This is particularly apparent since I immediately turned to the last Capaldi season and watched a few episodes of it. And, while it's not up to the really glorious heights of the second Smith year or the first and second Capaldi years, it's good. And interesting. And thematically more complicated than "working together is a good thing to do." And it's shot well. Basically, it's superior in almost every way to the current season. Almost. I won't say that Whittaker is superior to Capaldi, but she's different, and that's a good thing. This Doctor is (as Elizabeth Sandifer has noted) notably more emotionally aware and present than any previous Doctor. She's still the same character, insofar as any of the incarnations of the Doctor are the same character (she reminds me of Tennant, which coming from me isn't exactly a good thing--but it will be for most viewers). But she's also giving a notably more community-minded Doctor. (There's an obvious gender thing going on below the surface, as Sandifer points out). And I like it. So I'll stick it out for her (and for the hope that the non-Chibnall writers coming up have a better sense of how to tell a story than the showrunner does). Next week is Rosa Parks, btw.
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    A&F Site News -- Please Read

    Oh, wow. I’m not surprised, exactly, but—well, I am, a little. Also grateful that the site (which has meant a lot to me) has a way forward.
  12. Not to mention that Modernism in literature doesn’t start firing on all cylinders until about 1922!
  13. A former professor/ current friend of mine actually did some of the talking-head stuff for the Great American Read. It’s Andy Crank. I think he talks about Gone with the Wind and maybe To Kill A Mockingbird. I’m not too into predicting a canon either (and I’m actually convinced that much of what gets to be considered classic is going to be trash fiction of various kinds). Some of the choices seemed solid; most I’m unfamiliar with. Some, such as Franzen, I just don’t care enough about to bother with
  14. Behold. Edwin Turner at Biblioklept has thoughts.
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    Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

    IMDB lists the character as “Jack,” fwiw