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  1. Ross Butler (Reggie) is leaving the show. This is, to my knowledge, the second re-cast (Dilton is played by different actors in the pilot and in subsequent appearances). It's a shame, because Butler brings a tremendous amount of charm to what could have been a one-note character. Given how good the show has been at casting, I guess we should expect them to find a suitable replacement--but I'm still disappointed. Related: this seems related to the second season of 13 Reasons Why, which I haven't seen but which has had people in my timeline running around in a tizzy. So I guess I should see it.
  2. This is a real thing. For comparison, this is a [not neccessarily safe for work] parody thing from a few years ago: Indiewire: Link to our thread on the Archie vs. Zombies movie. Shannon Purser (Barb from Stranger Things) is playing Big Ethel. I don't see any way this could be good, particularly after that trailer, but it intersects with a number of my interests (small town stuff; nostalgia; murder-mystery; etc), so I'll be checking it out anyway.
  3. Well, I was going to. But then I popped the disc in and discovered that Netflix had sent me a broken one. So it'll be a couple of days.
  4. The finale wasn't too shoddy. I'm going to stick by my assertion that Bates Motel doesn't have the courage of its own perversity, but perhaps that can be a good thing; certainly the closing confrontation was tremendously moving, even without the cosmic-level stuff that made the Hannibal finale (similar in some respects) stand out. Bates Motel, at its best, has always been a much smaller-scale show than Hannibal, anyway. More later, perhaps.
  5. I finally got my DVD in, so I'll be catching this sometime this weekend.
  6. Ok, I'm not so cynical yet. This is promising.
  7. Same.
  8. Title: Barton Fink Director: Joel and Ethan Coen Year: 1991 Language: English IMDB Link Link to the A&F thread on the film
  9. Right there with you. I nominated a few movies that I think play with the idea of waking or conversion in interesting ways, but the basic theme is looking at once to be too limiting and not limiting enough. On the other hand, I'm a firm believer that the meaning of everything--lists included--is found in the process of construction, so I'm hopeful that as the list takes shape we'll get a better idea what we mean.
  10. This looks like one I'll have to ship in on DVD from Netflix, but I'm looking forward to checking it out.
  11. Seconded, though not without reservations.
  12. The Matrix just strikes me as a movie that thinks it's smarter than it is. On them other hand, it deserves consideration and debate, so I'm going to second it.
  13. Is there any way we can get this list pinned like previous lists?
  14. Ok, here we go. Our film selection for March is John Woo's 1989 actioner The Killer. Here's IMDB. Here's a few articles: John Woo's Mesmerizing The Killer Changed Action-Movie History Forever Here's MZS on The Killer. Here's a 2000 article on Woo from Senses of Cinema. And here's our thread on spiritual themes in Woo's films. I'm looking forward to the discussion, y'all. I've seen very few of Woo's movies, so I'm looking forward to catching The Killer later this week. The movie is streaming on Netflix.
  15. Today I got my copy of Chen Chen's first full-length collection, When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities. It's a funny and frequently heartbreaking collection about race, sexuality, and self-doubt. I'm about halfway through it now and am really enjoying it (note: my knowledge of poetry is medium at best and mostly confined to the Modernists). One poem in particular might be of interest to folks around here: "I'm not a religious person but". A snippit: I love that whole poem, to be honest. Then there's this, the conclusion to "To the Guanacos at Syracuse Zoo":
  16. Very interesting. The emphasis on the desire to communicate is confirmed, I think, in the touchstone phrase "You see? You see?"
  17. I Don't Want to Sleep Alone: I actually thought, after watching this, that it could very easily have gone on our "Mercy" list, but I think it works as well here. The characters all exist in a [literal!] haze, and part of their journey in this film is the need to "wake up" to other people, to human connection--which is itself a kind of transcendence (suggested by the final shot of the film): See also this shot:
  18. Title: I Don't Want to Sleep AloneDirector: Tsai Ming-LiangYear: 2006Language: Min Nan | Malay | Mandarin | BengaliIMDB Link No thread
  19. Dang, seconding Angel and the Badman. Good call.
  20. Yep. And the endless "apes-are-just-like-people" thing is annoying, too ("for Family!"). The whole premise loses its punch if the apes are just humans with fur; it's imperative that they maintain some sense of uncanny Otherness. [And now I'm thinking of...Mark Fisher? Zizek?...and his point that King Kong as realized in claymation is more effective precisely because it doesn't try for photorealism. The ape costumes in the original movies are similarly effective, in part, precisely because we can tell they're "fake".]