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  1. NBooth

    Howl (2010)

    I have a somewhat kinder opinion of Kill Your Darlings than you do, but I agree that Howl is better (partly precisely because it leans so far in the "documentary" direction--there's no need to make it fit a traditional narrative arc). The bit where Franco/Ginsberg walks through the choice of words "screamed with joy" is probably one of my favorite moments of on-screen textual analysis ever.
  2. NBooth

    Howl (2010)

    I saw Kill Your Darlings two nights ago and decided to watch Howl last night. Shockingly, Franco is good in this. And he reads the poem very well, mostly because he's committing a note-perfect impersonation of Ginsberg's reading style. I didn't expect the movie to feel so much like a documentary, but it works on that level (my understanding--perhaps incorrect--is that much of this thing is based on interviews and transcripts of events for which there's presumably no film existing).
  3. I need to think some more about it, but I believe that The New Pope is at least as good as its predecessor. Malkovich has a speech in episode 9 that brought tears to my eyes.
  4. Definitely! One of the three times I read the book last year was in audiobook format and it was an amazing experience.
  5. It’s streaming on Amazon in the US, which is where I saw it. It’s also on DVD there.
  6. The movie is much better than its trailer. Tonally, it’s about halfway between the comedy of Dickinson and the stagey propriety of A Quiet Passion, which is a pretty sweet spot to be in. Ultimately, it’s less about Sapphic Revelations (though it’s a very Sapphic movie) than it is about problems of authority—who gets to construct an author’s persona and why. It’s also very funny. I laughed out loud and had to pause the stream several times.
  7. I found that decision troubling as well, though I rather think we’re supposed to. Certainly, this new season (series?) seems to be suggesting that this course of action is unsatisfactory.
  8. I’m rather proud of this piece I wrote for Rise Up Daily.
  9. NBooth

    The Lighthouse

    This was actually a movie (like 2018's The Favourite) that I was pretty sure I would love based on the look and various things I had read about it. Well, I finally got to it and--yep, I really love this movie. I'm less captivated by the horror aspects than by the relationship between the two characters and the Promethean stuff--there's something to be said (I'm not quite sure what, yet) about the way the ideas of lighthouses, keepers of flames, etc, plays into the not-erotic-but-erotically-charged May-December relationship between Dafoe and Pattinson (the characters' respective names would play into this as well...). I need to collect my thoughts first, though.
  10. My list. Usual caveats about time read. Yes, I count audiobooks. Nonfiction bold. January Buccola, Nicholas. The Fire is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Jr., and the Debate over Race in America. Vidal, Gore. Julian.
  11. I finally got around to this show in 2019 and am, perhaps, a little obsessed with it. I'm not sure it's good, most of the time (it's had some really good episodes), but it sucked me in enough that I picked up the books and read the first one. I liked it, too, though I've had trouble getting into the sequel (the first chapter of which has what strikes me as some genuinely bad writing). Brightbills definitely doesn't feel like graduate school, though--at least, not one with which I'm familiar. Not enough angsting over publications and the disappearing job market.
  12. Any Kindle-users out there should note that GV's books are regularly discounted, at least in the US store. Right now, Julian is 5.99. I picked it up a while back and have been struggling to find the time to read it. Now that the semester is over, I'm finally able to concentrate. It's really good, I think, and intersects with Myra Breckinridge in unexpected (to me) ways.
  13. Here's an old video that just crawled across my YouTube recommendations.
  14. Incidentally, it's occurred to me that--if Star Trek 09 can be thought of as Abrams' audition for Star Wars, then this movie is arguably an audition for Indiana Jones. It steals a whole plot-hole, more or less, from Raiders and it borrows a notably iconic bit from Last Crusade. And Poe has a particularly Indiana Jones-ish look to him. EDIT: Ken, you posted just when I did, so I didn't see your inquiry. I'll try to develop some thoughts, but for now my take is that I-VI represent the idiosyncratic vision of a single man with a number of identifiable obsessions (Campbell, yes, but also Freud--the whole Prequel Trilogy is steeped in pop-Freudianism), while the Disney movies aren't. Of the Disney movies, one is the work of a filmmaker who knows how to create interesting visuals and push characters in unexpected directions, while the other two are directed by a man who relentlessly shoots even the biggest vistas like they're small rooms. But, like, I'm at the point where I consider the Lucas Star Wars to be one thing and the Disney Star Wars to be another, separate, wholly ignorable thing. I'm glad The Last Jedi exists, but I don't care about anything else Disney does with the property for the foreseeable future (though I might check out the Obi-Wan miniseries).
  15. Apparently, Abrams is saying that Finn wanted to tell Rey that he was Force-sensitive. You can kinda see that, if you go into the movie knowing it, but it doesn't really have a payoff.
  16. Kind of funny that Abrams has revived two SF franchises now and in both cases the end result was that the best installments were directed by someone else. This movie is terrible. What a sorry “end” to the Saga. (It’s not the end. Nothing ever ends, to quote another property that got a much better sequel this year. They’ll be back to the well within a decade, is my guess).
  17. We don't have a thread on HBO's Watchmen?! It's good. Far better than it has any right to be. Since it's just wrapped its first (only?) season, perhaps discussion here isn't on the cards. It's a shame, because there's a lot going on here; instead of a carbon-copy of the comic, Lindelof and his crew have created an inquiry into areas the original version tended to avoid--race, especially--and manage to do so in a way that isn't ham-fisted (well, except for the fact that racists are particularly ham-fisted lately, so that realism looks like satire). [I've not seen the finale yet, so perhaps this praise is premature]. Anyway, I wanted to share this interview because at a certain point it keys into a number of intersecting interests present on this board. It's at Queerty, which is a pretty worthless rag of a website--except that they've managed to score Lindelof for an interview and, well
  18. Apparently this show is going to rest on the exact intersection of clever and stupid, considering the way in which its twist might have already been figured out by...reading the promotional material.
  19. My list is pretty basic, but I gotta do me. John Carter just barely didn’t make the cut. EDIT: Looking over Evan's list and I can't believe I left out The Assassin. Definitely top 20.
  20. I'm somewhat disappointed that this doesn't seem to be based on the Gore Vidal book of the same name.
  21. Finished this today. It's pretty much what I described above. It's blessedly not overly self-satisfied, most of the time, though it feels the need to nudge viewers in the ribs a few more times than is strictly necessary to sell its jokes. Pleasant, innocuous, lit-nerd-flavored cotton candy.
  22. This piece at Vulture convinced me to go ahead and do a trial subscription to Apple TV so I could check out the series. It helps to think of the show as less a biographical piece on Dickinson and more a slightly more sophisticated Another Period. The take on Thoreau is cartoonish, at best, but it's entertaining. It's disheartening because now we're in for another generation of "Yuk yuk, Thoreau's mom did his laundry!" jokes--but, really, we would get those anyway because there's no such thing as an original joke at Thoreau's expense. As for Steinfeld, she's entrancing, of course. She's very definitely playing Dickinson as a contemporary kinda-goth teenage girl, which is perhaps predictable but it's anyway more entertaining than A Quiet Passion's grim dreariness.
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