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  1. Not to mention that Modernism in literature doesn’t start firing on all cylinders until about 1922!
  2. Behold. Edwin Turner at Biblioklept has thoughts.
  3. 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
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    Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

    IMDB lists the character as “Jack,” fwiw
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    Mission: Impossible: Fallout

    Managed to catch Fallout on the bigscreen. I remembered liking the previous movie more than my comments in that thread suggest, and this movie didn't really live up to that memory. Specifically, unlike Rogue Nation, Fallout doesn't really have any especially memorable sequences (there's the jump, which is really good, but it doesn't stick in the mind like the concert scene in the previous movie). And Fallout relies far too much on chase sequences, which would be fine if they weren't so repetitive. But they are; there's really nothing distinguishing them from one another. Still, there were some thrilling sequences and it was difficult not to laugh at several points , which I think was the purpose of the whole thing; Ryan has commented elsewhere on how bland the soundtrack is, and he's correct. The movie is very funny and the soundtrack, somehow, doesn't realize that fact.
  6. We don’t have a thread on this? Huh. Willem Dafoe as Van Gogh. Here’s the IMDb. And the trailer: It looks purty, at least, and has some great actors. I’m distrustful of this continual glamorization of the Tortured But Brilliant Artist—but I would be lying if I said I didn’t think Dafoe looks like he’s bringing it here. (Anyway it looks better than some other movies-about-painters I could name).
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    Dune

    Rebecca Ferguson is in talks to play Lady Jessica. We’ll see. In my opinion, Lady Jessica is an even tougher role to cast than Paul. Lynch nailed it with Annis in the role, but the miniseries dropped the ball (though I dig Krige as an older Jessica in the Children of Dune mini)
  8. Some of these are more obvious than others; I'll give a thumbnail reasoning after each title. Exodus (Otto Preminger, 1960) Obvious, given its title and subject matter. Dune (David Lynch, 1984) Less obvious, but it's drawing heavily both on the Mosaic tradition and on Lawrence of Arabia. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-Wai, 1990) This one is all about exile and attempted return, though the return's success is doubtful. The Addams Family (1991) I won't stop plugging this one because it's really a classic, for all that it's part of that 90s glut of remade TV shows. But Uncle Fester goes through an actual exile and return. And there's room to discuss what kind of family/community makes space for returning exiles. Moonlight (2016) Existential exile. Most closeting narratives could probably fit here, including the much-less-interesting Beach Rats. Ben Hur (William Wyler, 1959) For obvious reasons. *I did not put The Ten Commandments (1956) because that one's more about communism than it is about its purported subject-matter.
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    John Updike

    Finished it. What a dreary novel. The last fifty pages nearly redeem it--I admit, I had tears in my eyes, though how much of that was because something in it triggered memories of my mother's funeral is more than I can say--but on the whole this book is hardly worth the effort.
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    John Updike

    I’m about 2/3 of the way through Rabbit, Run and...it’s really insufferable. Not just the characters (I’m all about unlikable characters); the prose is hardly remarkable and the stabs at transcendence are thin at best. As a commentary on gender and the fading Midcentury American Dream, I’ll take Psycho (published 1959) or Myra Breckinridge (1969) over this bland concoction.
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    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    Yes. The last time I tried to rewatch one of these, I was shocked at how poorly it played. I’ve never had a film series O previously enjoyed sink so low in my estimation over time.
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    Foundation

    Apple's given Foundation a direct-to-series order for 10 episodes.
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    Foundation

    The Wrap breaks the news: Link to our thread on the never-materialized film.
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    Doctor Sleep

    New casting announcements suggest that they aren’t going to be trying to make this movie fit the Kubrick version.
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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2

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    Godzilla 2

    With this cast, I’m in.
  17. Jane Fonda refused to say “Jesus Christ” as a profanity b cause of her own devout Christianity, according to the show runner of GRACE AND FRANKIE.
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    Boy Erased

    BTW, here's our thread on the other 2018 movie dealing with so-called reparative therapy, The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
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    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    I'm going to go ahead and drop a link to our thread on the other 2018 "reparative" "therapy" movie, Boy Erased.
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    Boy Erased

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    Dune

    Sean T. Collins makes the (doubtful) assertion that Dune fandom is the last non-toxic fandom: Ok, whatever, I was on the messageboards a few years back and I remember how fans reacted to the Anderson-Herbert collabs. It was certainly not non-toxic. But the article does make a good point about why Dune is such an unlikely franchise-starter. (I decided today, several years after reading Dune, to finally get around to the sequels. We'll see how that goes).
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    Dune

    Timothee Chalamet in talks to star in Dune.
  23. I’m down for either. Like Evan, I’ve not posted as much lately, but I check in multiple times a day.
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    Stranger Things (Netflix)

    I found it passable enough, though by no means essential viewing.
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    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    Trailer (NSFW—language)
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